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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 people with diabetes and health professionals make the link between diabetes and heart disease:

4 out of 5 deaths of people with diabetes are due to heart disease or stroke.

People with diabetes have the same risk of heart attack as a person without diabetes who has already had a heart attack.

Yet - most people with diabetes do not believe they are at serious risk for heart disease or stroke.

The good news: simple steps can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

If you have diabetes, manage your ABC's: know your numbers and what your targets should be for:

A1C: a blood test that indicates how well you are managing your blood sugar. Check at least twice a year.

Blood pressure: indicates how hard your heart has to work to keep blood flowing through your body. Check at every doctor's visit.

Cholesterol: indicates the amount of fat (lipids) in your blood that can clog blood vessels. Check at least once a year.

Take action to keep your heart healthy. The same steps can be taken to manage all the ABCs: follow a healthy diet, get daily physical activity, lose some weight if you are overweight, take prescribed medicines, avoid smoking and ask your doctor about aspirin therapy.

Remember, keeping the ABCs under control can reduce heart disease and stroke by 33-50 percent.

If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

If you are a health professional, check out the MN-DC's educational resources at www.mn-dc.org.

About the MN-DC

The MN-DP is celebrating their 10th Anniversary by combining forces with the heart health community to become the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative. Our members include some of the largest and most influential health systems and organizations in Minnesota. Our purpose is to provide consistent health messages and promote best practices to providers and consumers statewide. With a collective reach of 80-85% of people with diabetes in the state and most health care professionals, the MN-DC is now reaching out to the thousands of Minnesotans who have or are at risk for heart disease. Learn more about the MN-DC and our educational p .....
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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).

"Germs on ..... 
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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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