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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the beautiful bluff country of southeastern Minnesota. Host cities with overnight stays include Rochester, Owatonna, Austin, Lanesboro and Winona. All donations raised by the participants go to help people with MS.

TRAM 2011 goes on as scheduled, rain or shine. Routes will be well marked with orange arrows.

The ride will cover about 300 miles averaging between 50 and 75 miles per day. To physically prepare for the ride may take weeks, so no time to waste. Google MS TRAM 2011 to find the website (MS TRAM - National MS Society) which provides answers to any questions you may have, registration and contact information.

The week long ride is fully supported. All riders must be at least 12 years of age by the beginning of the ride. There is a $50 registration fee which helps cover the purchase of a commemorative t-shirt, food and drinks at the many rest stops, and a meal at the end of the ride. Also included is entertainment, help for mechanical and medical issues, and police support.

Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $300 for MS. Help and suggestions for fundraising are available on the website.

Riders can take advantage of outdoor camping, arrange for their own housing or use shuttle buses to participating hotels and B and B's. Or, alternative housing will be made available in each of the host cities for $20 per person.

The website provides detailed information for all aspects of preparing for the ride including training. It recommends individuals consult their doctor before starting a training regimen. It is suggested that participates ride with a friend or family member frequently and for longer periods of time to get into shape. Generally, participates need to drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy and get sufficient sleep. The website details a suggested eight week training schedule.

If you are not able to participate directly by riding, you can help a participant with a donation or by volunteering.

Volunteering

For information on volunteering and an application google MS TRAM 2011 and click on National MS Society Survey - Bike MS: Star Tribune. Many volunteers will be needed including truck drivers, people for first aid, route mark .....
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Innovative public-private partnership helps Minnesota schools tackle childhood obesity through changes in the cafeteria

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and seven public and private partners are collaborating to bring more nutritious, kid-friendly foods into school cafeterias across the state. The Great Trays Partnership, funded by a $2.3 million grant from th ..... 
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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury.

The implicated products were sold as skin-lig ..... 
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Health officials alert salon owners about hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health today are warning hair salon owners and their customers about certain hair-smoothing products-sometimes referred to as keratin treatments-that may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can presen ..... 
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Teal ribbons

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Violence is when sexual behaviors and comments are unwanted. 

When sexual behavior is not consensual, is forced or is coerced, it may be a crime. These crimes includ ..... 
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Report: Affordable Care Act controls costs for early retiree coverage in Minnesota

Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



State and local governments, private employers in Minnesota receive $4,243,495 in 2010

to help protect coverage for retired Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing tha ..... 
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Project Fit Families, Pursuing a Dream

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, Harmony, is on her way to fulfilling her dream. She has established a non-profit organization "Project Fit Families." The immediate goal is to educate children about physical fitness and healthy living.

During her ..... 
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Project Fit Families, Pursuing a Dream

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, Harmony, is on her way to fulfilling her dream. She has established a non-profit organization "Project Fit Families." The immediate goal is to educate children about physical fitness and healthy living.

During her ..... 
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Study shows sleep-deprived teens eat more

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

According to a recent study in the journal Sleep, teens who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to eat a high-fat diet that puts them at risk for obesity and other health problems.

The study found that sleep-deprived teens te ..... 
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