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Parents and caregivers of children with asthma encouraged to have written asthma action plans


Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In recognition of World Asthma Month, Minnesota health officials are encouraging parents and caregivers of children with asthma to ensure that their child has a written asthma action plan (AAP). An AAP helps all asthma patients and medical professionals manage and prevent asthma symptoms by providing crucial information to those who come in contact with, or care for, people with asthma.

Prescribing clinicians can easily prepare an AAP through a new software application, called the Interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP). The software incorporates algorithms that follow the National Institute of Health guidelines for assessing and treating asthma. It condenses 460 pages of guidelines into a highly useable decision-support tool for preparing an AAP. The application can be found atwww.asthma-iAAP.com.

"Asthma is a condition that can be effectively managed with the right tools and resources," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "The iAAP represents a huge accomplishment in making it easier for all Minnesota providers to implement asthma best practices. That's why we are strongly encouraging providers to use this new evidence-based program for all patients with asthma."

Approximately eight percent of Minnesota adults and an estimated 85,000 Minnesota children have asthma. A written plan can enable a person with asthma to better manage the disease, thus reducing asthma hospitalizations and emergency department visits (and associated costs), as well as improving the quality of life for Minnesotans with asthma and their families.

The iAAP is available as an online or "kiosk" version in which a provider develops and prints a plan, with no information being saved electronically when the encounter ends. It is also available in three downloadable versions that allow providers to save individualized asthma action plans and patient data while maintaining confidentiality within the health care system. It was developed by MDH and is available at no cost.

The final plan can be printed in both English and Spanish. Examples of those who should have a copy of the action plan include patients, parents, grandparents, school nurses, coaches, teachers, day care providers, and others who might care for a person with asthma.

For more information, please visit www.asthma-iAAP.com.

Soccer in Preston

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

A group of adults will begin playing soccer on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Central Middle School football field in Preston, Minn.

Soccer games will begin May 5 and run throughout the summer months, always played at the same ..... 
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Team Bodacious Broads - Relay for Life

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

"Your test results are back and show that you have cancer." Have you been sitting in a doctor's office with a loved one and shared that horrible moment with them while they heard those scary words? Maybe you have waited for months to find out what w ..... 
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Toward zero deaths: a collaboration of the 4E's

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

In 2004, Fillmore County Public Health started a Safe Communities Coalition (SC) with local community partners from the 4Es of engineering, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and education. The goal of the Fillmore County Safe Communities ..... 
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Healthy lives

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

During April, Public Health agencies across the United States set forth to celebrate National Public Health Week or Month. The theme for Public Health 2010 is "A Healthier America: One Community at a Time." This theme was selected in response to the ..... 
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New program encourages women to take charge of their health

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

Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability for American women. In fact, more women die of heart disease that any other cause, and more women die of heart disease each year than men. A new program, Sage Plus, offers encouraging sup ..... 
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP), a sexual assault occurs every 83 minutes in Minnesota. The Cost of Sexual Violence Report released by the Minnesota Health Department in 2007 reported that 61,0 ..... 
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Importance of maintaining high child immunization rates is focus of National Infant Immunization Week April 24-May 1

Thu, Apr 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Infant and childhood immunizations are responsible for nearly eliminating many diseases that once killed thousands of children each year in the United States. While Minnesota's rate of childhood immunizations is relatively high, many children are und ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Each county in Minnesota has its own recycling guidelines. That is why your brother in Brown County or your aunt in Itasca County recycles somewhat differently than you do here in Fillmore County. That is not to say that one way is much better than ..... 
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