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A life-long athlete trains for Boston


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three young children, snow, and minimal daylight hours and most would not attempt such a challenge. But, for life-long athlete Calla Kevan of Fountain, it was just the motivation needed to start training again after the birth of her third child.

Calla is in her final week of training for the "Third Annual 26.2 with Donna - The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer" on February 21, in Jacksonville, Florida. "I like to sign up for a race and having that goal to train really motivates me to get each run done. It's also a good opportunity to travel! I have a cousin who lives in Jacksonville and works with Mayo Clinic and I saw it as a great opportunity to race, visit, and travel," she said. Many people are surprised by the fact that this isn't the first marathon that Calla has signed up for, "I had previously signed up to run two other marathons but was not able to do it because I was pregnant two times. I want to finally do a marathon and do many more!"

An athlete her entire life, Calla's athletic background began as a child participating in t-ball, soccer, softball and running. She began competing on the varsity level in track in 7th grade, cross country running in 8th grade, and Nordic (cross country) Skiing in 9th grade. "I have been on several state championship teams for those sports in high school," Calla commented. In college, Calla ran cross country and indoor/outdoor track, focusing primarily on the 5 kilometer run and 3,000 meter steeplechase, a demanding race that involves running, hurdles and water obstacles.

Calla's athletic endeavors have allowed her to travel overseas. She competed in the Deaflympics for Nordic Skiing in Switzerland, track in Italy and at the PanAm Games in Cuba. "It has been great to travel for competition, that's for sure. Most of my experiences have been with family coming along for international competitions. Cuba has to be my favorite, not many Americans get the chance to go to Cuba. And that is where I met my husband, Matt, who was also a member of the US Track Team," she remarked.

Calla selected Hal Higdon's marathon training program, an eighteen-week training program with a daily mile schedule. "There are many marathon training programs," explai .....
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Health officials stress importance of careful hand washing, food preparation in battling norovirus

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Winter in Minnesota is the peak time of year for norovirus, an illness that should be as easy to prevent as one, two, three, say health officials: wash your hands properly, prepare and handle food properly, and if you are ill, stay home and don't pr ..... 
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Rock Stars of Science to Present at Annual Alzheimer's Association and Mayo Dementia Conference

Wed, Feb 10th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis, MN - Two of the country's most renowned medical researchers, Dr. Steven DeKosky and Dr. Ronald Petersen, will be presenting the keynote address at the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota and Mayo Clinic's annual A Meeting of t ..... 
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Ban the bug with H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering joint H1N1 and seasonal influenza immunization clinics in an effort to ban the flu bug. It is not too late to receive either H1N1 or seasonal influenza immunizations because flu season often runs ..... 
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Soy Potentially Healthy for Cancer Survivors

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. LOUIS (January 12, 2010) - As research continues to demonstrate the human health value of eating soyfoods, a recently published study shows that soyfoods are not only safe but also beneficial for breast cancer survivors. In the past, some doctors ..... 
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First Student Provides School Bus Winter Weather Safety Information

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

CINCINNATI -First Student, Inc., North America's largest provider of school bus transportation, reminds parents, student passengers and motorists of important winter weather safety information. Snow and ice can make road conditions hazardous. Parents ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Thu, Jan 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, say state health officials.

In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for ..... 
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January is National Radon Action Month

Wed, Jan 6th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 6, 2010) - EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The aim of National Radon Action Month is to increase the public's awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-r ..... 
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"Toddleriffic" 2010 Resolution:

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



With any new year comes the perfect opportunity to change old habits and introduce healthier lifestyle choices. In the past, your New Year's resolutions probably had something to do with just yourself, but as a parent, there's one other perso ..... 
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