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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 Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. "No matter what your schedule has in store, set aside an hour to donate blood through the Red Cross and be a lifesaver to patients in need."

Holiday weekends, like the Fourth of July, can prove extra challenging for blood collection making this is a great time to donate and help maintain the blood supply while adding a little variety to your summer routine. To help ensure a stable blood supply through the season, make an appointment to donate blood.

While all blood types are needed to meet patient demand, type O negative blood is especially needed at this time. If you have type O negative blood and are eligible, please make an appointment today to give.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

• July 6, 2010: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Community Center; 225 - 3rd Av SW, Harmony.

• July 7, 2010: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Community Hall; 202 Parkway, Lanesboro.

• July 8, 2010: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm; United Methodist Church; Old Territorial Rd, Chatfield.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 in some states), 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a c .....
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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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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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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on ..... 
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July 4th Whalan Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people of our area equate with July 4th is t ..... 
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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology

Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his ..... 
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