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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 Safe Roads (SCSR) Coalition is to support the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and crashes on Minnesota roadways. More information about TZD can be found at: http://www.minnesotatzd.org/.

Locally, the Fillmore County SCSR Coalition supports TZD efforts by:

•Developing comprehensive traffic safety plans to make roadways safer.

•Holding bi-monthly meetings to network and plan traffic safety activities.

•Participating in regional and state meetings and programs regarding TZD.

•Reviewing fatal and serious injury crashes to determine how future crashes can be prevented through education, enforcement, or engineering.

•Serving as a resource regarding traffic safety laws such as the new primary law for seatbelts, booster seat law for children, and ignition interlock law for previously impaired drivers.

•Promoting traffic safety messages regarding speeding, seat belt use, and speeding through education, enforcement, media, signage, and training.

•Conducting community presentations regarding traffic safety issues to local government officials, worksites, or alcohol retailers.

•Working with community members at highest risk for crashes, such as school-aged youth, to teach them about their behaviors and the potential driving risks.

•Providing child passenger restraint education to child care providers and parents.

At this time, citizens are also encouraged to become part of the local Fillmore County Safe Communities Safe Roads Coalition. You may partner with the coalition in many ways such as: participating in coalition meetings, sharing educational materials with your community, helping to conduct traffic monitoring, hosting a traffic safety event, or donating funding for the purchase of car seats for Fillmore County residents who can't afford to purchase them. To become a member of the Fillmore County Safe Communities Safe Roads Coalition or support its work in other ways contact Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898.

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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Talking birds and bees with kids and teens

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

Discussing sexual health with your children can be difficult or feel awkward, but it is a crucial part of parenthood and important to your child.  It is best for youth to learn about appropriate sexual behaviors from their parents, school, or o ..... 
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Minnesota STD cases decline in 2009

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota dropped slightly to 16,702 in 2009, a 5 percent drop from the previous year, state health officials reported today.

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on April 6

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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