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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 support for women who are uninsured or underinsured to prevent these serious health problems. And, it seems to be the kind of health care our country needs to rein in skyrocketing costs.

Sage Plus is a heart health program offered at 14 clinics in Minnesota including the Hawthorne Clinic in Rochester. The program offers women who are over forty free testing for blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes.

The mission of Sage Plus, however, goes far beyond just testing. Its goal is to provide women with the knowledge and skills to improve their diet, increase physical activity and change other lifestyle habits to prevent, delay or control high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

According to Anne Kukowski of the Minnesota Department of Health, "Heart disease and diabetes increase just as a function of age. Most people by far can do something about heart disease; it can be delayed if not completely stopped. Lifestyle changes can keep people from needing to go on medications," which can be expensive and need to be taken for the rest of their lives.

Karen, a Fillmore County resident who is currently uninsured, finds the Sage Plus program to "offer a ray of hope." As a self-employed person she has struggled to find health insurance and health care she could afford. She finds the program to be "very user friendly- it provides blood tests that can be prohibitively expensive for many people who don't have insurance or have high deductibles. Moreover, they take the time to explain the results and options and are very supportive in helping me to make the changes I need to prevent or at least delay heart disease and diabetes. It encourages women to rely on themselves and not just the medical system and drugs."

"More and more people in this country are self-employed," she added, "or losing their health insurance, so the Sage programs are a big help. Many women are familiar with the regular Sage program which offers breast and cervical cancer screening, including mammograms, and know how valuable and lifesaving that program can be."

Mary Ann Moon, RN, is the practitioner at the Hawthorne clinic and an employee of the Mayo Clinic. She strongly believes in .....
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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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Four new cases of asbestos-related cancer to be included in University of Minnesota's Taconite Workers Health Study

Tue, Mar 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

As part of its ongoing participation with a University of Minnesota study of respiratory health issues in Minnesota taconite workers, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has identified four additional cases of mesothelioma in a group of 69,000 p ..... 
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Private water well owners in flood prone areas urged to take precautions

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials are warning that contaminated private water wells pose a major public concern during the flooding now threatening various parts of Minnesota.

Although simply coming in contact with flood water shouldn't pose a signifi ..... 
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