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Red Cross racing season revs up summer


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Greg Biffle - driver of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford Fusion - has signed on again as a Red Cross spokesperson this 2010 racing season to help raise awareness among the 75 million NASCAR fans across the country about the ongoing need for blood donations.

Thanks to a generous donation by 3M, Biffle, a Red Cross blood donor and member of its National Celebrity Cabinet, will wear the Red Cross fire suit and drive the No. 16 Ford Fusion with the full Red Cross paint scheme at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race on June 27 and at the Texas Motor Speedway race on November 7, 2010.

"I'm proud to be an American Red Cross blood donor," said Biffle. "I give blood because it's easy to do and helps support the community. I hope NASCAR fans across the country will join me and be a lifesaver this racing season by donating blood."

Red Cross blood donors and supporters can participate in the Red Cross Racing donor rewards program by accruing points for blood donation activities including giving blood and/or platelets, and recruiting others to donate blood. After reaching Elite status, members may exchange those points for Red Cross Racing gear. Donations may be reported until January 2011. Fans can join the program by visiting redcrossracing.com.

New this season is the Red Cross Racing Hall of Fame. This is a new incentive celebrating members who have been registered for Red Cross Racing for two consecutive years and reported at least two blood donations per year. "We want to reward them by giving them a chance to be inducted into the Red Cross Racing Hall of Fame," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services Region. "Red Cross Racing is a great opportunity for loyal NASCAR fans to become dedicated Red Cross blood donors. We hope NASCAR fans will follow Greg Biffle's lead and support the Red Cross by donating blood."

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

• July 16, 2010: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, United Methodist Church, 212 St Anthony St N, Preston.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally g .....
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Health officials remind Minnesotans to "swim healthy" this summer Germs on and in swimmers' bodies can make people sick; preventive measures can help people avoid illness

Thu, Jul 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Awareness of disease risks and healthy swimming practices can play an important role in stopping the spread of illnesses when you go to the pool or the beach this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, first designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception.

The U.S. Surgeon G ..... 
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Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said today.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callend ..... 
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Food Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy 4th of July

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis (June 18, 2010) - Practicing proper food handling techniques will protect yourself, your family and friends from food-borne illness and food contamination. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Beef Council to keep in mind when preparing, ..... 
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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on ..... 
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July 4th Whalan Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people of our area equate with July 4th is t ..... 
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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology

Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his ..... 
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Three more E. coli cases linked to raw milk from farm

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have identified three additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness in Minnesotans linked to consumption of raw milk or other dairy products from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minnesota.

Since May 26, including the new cases, a ..... 
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