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Staying in shape -- at 88!


Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Hidden in Fountain is an inspiring story that reminds us that we are never too old to start a new, healthy habit. It is there, at Fillmore Fitness, that 88-year-old Winnie Klockeman works out three times a week.

Klockeman has always been active, but when the fitness center opened up in the basement of her old church, she was very excited.

"I spent fifty years upstairs trying to save my soul, and now I'm trying to save my body," said Klockeman.

It helps that the fitness center is right across the street from her home, where she lives alone and still takes care of herself. She is no longer able to drive due to macular degeneration affecting her eyesight.

Jackie Hrstka owns Fillmore Fitness in both Fountain and Chatfield. She said that Klockeman never misses a day, even in the winter, and she has been coming to the fitness center since she first opened up almost seven years ago.

"It doesn't matter how old you are," said Hrstka. "It helps her keep her flexibility, her strength, and her endurance for her heart."

Klockeman has had heart valve trouble for many years, but said she knows what she can do and what she can't. After developing arthritis about a year ago, she found she just had to walk a little slower on the treadmill than she did before. She thought it would hurt her to exercise, but it hasn't.

"If you don't use it, you lose it," said Hrstka.

When she began her workout routine six years ago, Klockeman was careful to take it easy.

"I still take it easy," she shared. "I don't add any weights to the machines. I just want movement."

Klockeman does twenty minutes on the treadmill going two miles an hour. She also works on lifting weights, and she counts her reps instead of timing herself. Her entire workout is an hour long.

"I usually go about eight in the morning," explained Klockeman. "I lose my ambition after that! But, actually it keeps the rest of the day free if anything comes up."

Klockeman stays involved in her community and really enjoys monthly shopping trips to Rochester on the SEMCAC bus. "I try to keep active and busy," she said.

All three of Klockeman's children live outside of town or out of state, but Klockeman finds there are people around to help if she needs anything.

Many people believe, Klockeman included, that taking care of your body as you age makes a big difference. It helps to keep her joints limber and her hear .....
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Harmony blood drive collects 56 units

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 6th succeeded in collecting 56 units of blood. There were 58 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

•Ch ..... 
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Health Organization Expands to Focus on the #1 Killer of People with Diabetes

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative (MN-DC) is urging the nearly 230,000 people with diabetes in the state to take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke-the leading killers of people with diabetes.

The MN-DC hopes that pe ..... 
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American Red Cross - Southeast Minnesota Chapter Summer 2010 Lay Responder First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Southeast Minnesota Chapter will be offering the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor

course. Students who complete the course will be able to teach American Red Cross

classes in First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). T ..... 
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Community-based health care

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

Health care needs occur in the lives of everyone. In the previous article, we explored the community efforts to keep health care close to home. The advent of Medicare and Medicaid encouraged the development of hospitals and nursing homes in small co ..... 
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Beat the Dog Days of Summer and donate blood through the American Red Cross

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

While the temperature outside is rising, and according to the American Red Cross, the blood supply often drops due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities.

"Summer is a fun, but busy season for a lot of people," said Geoff ..... 
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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 d ..... 
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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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