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Feel good about giving back by donating blood, Red Cross says need for blood is constant


Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Looking for a way to give back to the community by don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification.

“Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors,” said Geoff Kaufmann CEO of the Red Cross North Central Blood services Region. “By donating blood, you can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.”

As Americans become increasingly mobile, donors feel good knowing that by donating blood through the Red Cross, they may be helping not only family and friends in their local community, but also patients in need across the country.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Mabel Community Blood Drive on Monday, March 30, 2015 (2:00 – 7:00 pm) at the American Legion (114 N Main Street).

How to Donate Blood

Simply call Bev Williams at 507-493-5284 or 507-450-0992 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), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org

Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need. Red Cross Month is dedicated to the ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. During 2014, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson assisted ove ..... 
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Local residents sled for ALS

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

When someone we know is diagnosed with a disease we want to do all that we can for them. In many cases when that loved one is lost to the disease the need to help others with their battle begins by raising funds to find a cure. Such is the case ..... 
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Minnesotans save more than $30M on health insurance premiums in 2014 Savings comes from Advanced Premium Tax Credits, only available through MNsure

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.— MNsure announced Minnesotans enrolled in qualified health plans through the state marketplace saved $30,958,984.87 in health insurance premiums in 2014. The savings comes from federal Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC), available ..... 
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Gundersen Health Plan, Unity Health Plans Insurance Explore New Partnership Organizations sign letter of intent to consider combining businesses

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ONALASKA, WIS. - Gundersen Health Plan and Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation announce today the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to explore a new partnership that will benefit both organizations. Gundersen Health Plan, a subsidiary ..... 
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National 2-1-1 Day is Feb. 11 Great Rivers 2-1-1 provides reliable resource for wide variety of topics

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Great Rivers 2-1-1, your local information, referral and crisis line, has been active in the community for more than 35 years and continues to be a valuable resource for the public to use. Their database has more than 3,000 agencies listed and is up ..... 
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Minnesota’s smoking rate falls to 14.4 percent Majority of Minnesotans who quit smoking say cigarette tax helped them

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult smoking rate has declined to 14.4 percent, the lowest rate ever recorded in the state and ..... 
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Winter wonderland shoveling Winneshiek Medical Center offers tips on how to avoid injury

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Waking up to a winter wonderland can be a dream come true, but cleaning up after one can be very physically challenging,” says Ryan Burras, DPT, physical therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center. To help kids and adults alike avoid injury while s ..... 
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