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Health officials urge Minnesotans to take steps to prevent illness from swimming this summer


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

odies can make people sick; action steps can prevent illness

As temperatures rise and Minnesotans flock to swim at their favorite beaches and pools, state health officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help prevent recreational water illnesses this summer.

“Germs on and in swimmers’ bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick,” said Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist specializing in waterborne diseases with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). “Even healthy swimmers can get sick from recreational water illnesses, but the young, elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.”

The best way to prevent recreational water illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place. Swimmers can take an active role in protecting themselves and other swimmers. Follow these steps for a safe and healthy swimming experience:

•Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.

•Don’t swallow pool or lake water.

•Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming.

•Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.

•Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.

•Change diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside or beachside.

From 2000 to 2011, 24 swimming pool outbreaks and 15 beach outbreaks were identified in Minnesota, resulting in over 900 people who became sick. The most common symptom of recreational water illness is diarrhea, which frequently is severe enough to result in hospitalization. Symptoms may not begin until a week or more after swimming.

The parasite Cryptosporidium, one of the most common waterborne disease agents, is a chlorine-resistant parasite that can survive and be transmitted even in a properly maintained pool. So practicing healthy swimming behaviors is especially important for preventing this illness.

If warm weather persists such that water temperatures climb into the 80s, swimmers should be aware of a different but rare kind of risk. The ameba Naegleria fowleri multiplies in stagnant freshwater lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers when water temperatures exceed 86 degrees F. It causes a very rare but fatal infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis. This infection happens when Naegleria gets in the nose and travels to the brain. Forty cases we .....
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Harmony blood drive collects 50 units

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 2, 2012, succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 53 donors that presented and six first-time participants. Congratulations to these two donors who reached the following milestones: Marilyn D ..... 
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2012 4-H Summer Olympics Day Camp!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Come experience the 2012 4-H Summer Olympics where kids can learn about the Olympics, compete in their own Olympic trials, build crafts, play games, and have a lot of fun! This is for anyone grades 3-4 and will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from ..... 
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Rushford gets kids biking safely

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

It’s been nearly 20 years since Rushford has held a bike safety clinic for its young people. This past Wednesday, thanks to tenacious part-time Rushford police officer Chris Frick, the community once again saw kids practicing the basics on the sch ..... 
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Wagons Ho! 24th Annual Friendship Wagon Train June 23-June 30, 2012

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Members of the Friendship Wagon Train are gearing up for their annual week-long trek through southeast Minnesota. Their #1 goal ... to raise funds for children and adults with developmental disabilities who attend Camp Winnebago. Camp Winnebago, lo ..... 
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Portable defibrillators increase survival rates Rochester survival rates, one of the best in the nation

By Bill Lisser

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Sudden cardiac death is one of the six leading causes of death in the United States. It can happen unexpectedly in people with no previous history of heart disease. When the initial rhythm of the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the key to sur ..... 
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Local website promotes active living

By Nate Langworthy

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for a way to have some fun getting a little exercise and more fully enjoy the outdoor resources that southeastern Minnesota has to offer, there is now a comprehensive online list of parks and recreation areas to fit your whims. ..... 
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Fillmore County has a new physical therapist

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

It wasn’t until recently that Fillmore County residents were able to receive physical therapy close to home. Lisa Stensrud opened up her Preston practice in the same building with Arndt Chiropractic at the beginning of December. Lisa Stensrud g ..... 
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Yoga as heart opener

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Yoga is more than exercise. Everyone knows that exercise is an important determinant of health; we all should strive to get 150 minutes of moderately intense activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, as recommended in the 2008 Physical ..... 
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