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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect themselves.

Photo/video opportunities with participants including demonstration of proper repellent use.

An update on metro-area mosquito control efforts.

Field demonstrations of tick habitat and mosquito monitoring and control techniques.

Who: Minnesota Department of Health, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, DEET Education Program

Where: Bunker Hills Regional Park Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW., Andover, MN 55304

When: Thursday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Minnesotans who spend time outdoors from late spring through early fall face substantial health risks from diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes. Over 1,000 cases of Lyme disease, West Nile virus disease, and other diseases transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes are reported in the state each year. This event will include practical steps residents can take to protect themselves plus hands-on instruction about proper insect repellent selection and application. Speakers will include:

David Neitzel, tick and mosquito disease specialist, Minnesota Department of Health

Jim Stark, Executive Director, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

Ken Speake, former television reporter and West Nile Virus survivor

Susan Little, Executive Director, DEET Education Program, Washington, D.C.

A portion of 2,000 donated containers of insect repellent products will be given out at the event and officials will announce plans for distribution of the remaining samples.

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 profession ..... 
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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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