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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.

Olmsted County staff has collaborated with ten surrounding counties to help create gosoutheastmn.com, a website and mobile phone application with the aim of assisting local residents and visitors lead active lives.

“We wanted to make sure that we had a product out there that the everyday citizen could work with, not just the active sports enthusiast,” said Sandi Goslee, Olmsted County senior planner.

In addition to providing information about parks, trails, and active recreation, the site also can be used to find opportunities to eat better. Information is given for area community gardens, farmer’s markets, and even the farmers themselves.

The site was developed by Houston Engineering, which had helped to create similar sites in Anoka and Carver counties. Having a set template to go off of and pooling resources from a larger area helped to keep the County’s cost down. Winona County staff will maintain the site, and Olmsted County will update information on a yearly basis.

“We weren’t reinventing the wheel in terms of data,” said Jill Walters, a Olmsted County public health educator. “That saved us a lot of money, that we didn’t have to do this on our own.

The site is an initiative of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) which was implemented in 2008 to promote healthy living as a preventative approach to health care. Olmsted County, as well as the partnering surrounding counties, used approximately $5000 of the SHIP grant funding each to create gosoutheastmn.com

In addition to providing a resource to promote physical activity, Goslee says that the project helped to bridge communication with planning staff in neighboring counties, in lieu of a regional planning group, and also to better connect departments within the County.

“I see our communication as something that will save us time, money, and headaches in the future,” Goslee said. She went on to say that planning staff, GIS staff, and public health educators are now in better communication within the County and that should help to streamline more valuable services to the public.

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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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Tables for cancer

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Fillmore County will be hosting a Tables for Cancer event on January 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm at the Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Cost for attendance is $5 at the door, which includes a light ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 58 units

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 13, 2011, succeeded in collecting 58 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented with one first-time participant. Congratulations to these 10 donors who reached the following milestones:

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New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance Expanded coverage from the health care law has continued to grow

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Today, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data illustrating that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health in ..... 
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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to ..... 
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State awards grants to build local capacity for addressing health hazards in homes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutan ..... 
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Free cholesterol and glucose screening offered at Breakfast with Santa

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) was recently awarded a $27,000 grant from the UCare Fund. The goal of the grant is to reduce obesity-related diseases by targeting the risk factors of nutrition, physical activity, and access to preventative care ..... 
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