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Mindfulness through the holidays


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Researchers, parents, and helping professionals are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence. Wouldn't it be great if there was a method for improving family relationships that was inexpensive, effective, and readily available to everyone? Turns out that just such a method exists-it is called mindfulness. This simple process dramatically reduces conflict in interpersonal relationships and has the potential to significantly improve connections between family members.

What is mindfulness? It is paying attention moment by moment to your present experience as it unfolds. One notices all their sensations, feelings, and thoughts in the present moment. This sounds simple enough and yet it is far from easy. Our minds enticingly invite us into our "thought stream" carrying us away from the moment into the past or the future. An example is what typically occurs during our morning shower. In that moment we are experiencing thousands of tiny droplets of water bombarding our skin. Soap, shampoo, and towels are all available to provide us with a rich sensory experience. Unfortunately many of us use this time to plan our gift giving, think about the problems of yesterday, or otherwise "leave" our shower and enter into the thought stream. This habitual way of thinking accompanies us throughout the day rarely placing us in the present moment, always seeking what is to come or what has already occurred. By developing mindfulness we learn to step outside the thought stream and back into the present.

If we consistently practice staying present two amazing things happen. First we increase our tolerance for intense emotions. This increases the likelihood that we will respond skillfully when times of conflict, tension, and stress occur-like when things aren't going well with our children or when dealing with the stress of the holiday season. Secondly, we tend to not take things other people say and do so personally. Some people notice this when they are interacting with someone else's children, conflicts seem less personal, more manageable, and not so emotionally intense.

So, how can we all get some of this mindfulness? The only way is through practice. Just like gaining physical strength requires concerted repetitious practice so, too, does mindfulness. It requires intentional, focused effort to bring ourselves back over and over to the present moment. If we become adept at staying present with our .....
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Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

January is National Blood Donor Month. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope. If you haven't donated blood through the Red Cross, add another resol ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 43 units

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 15 succeeded in collecting 43 units of blood despite the bitter cold weather. There were 46 donors that presented with five first-time participants. Congratulations to five donors who reached the following ..... 
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Highland Store is rooted in tradition and healthful foods

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The clichéd "spot in the road" is the location of the Highland Store. One could readily whiz up County Road #10 and not notice it at all. Don't miss it though. It is well worth squealing the brakes to stop for breakfast or lunch.

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H1N1 vaccination appointments for small children

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health, located at 902 Houston Street NW in Preston, is offering H1N1 vaccination appointments at their main floor office for children aged 6 months to 4 years of age on:

• December 8, 2009, from 9 to 11 AM

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Influenza activity downgraded to local; deaths continue to be confirmed

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that influenza activity in the state has been downgraded to "local," as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The reclassification reflects the fact that influen ..... 
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Fillmore County to offer large H1N1 vaccination clinic

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health will be offering a mass H1N1 vaccination clinic for the priority groups listed below at Harmony Community Center located at 225 3rd Avenue SW in Harmony, MN, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
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More Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Arrives in Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering a final round of seasonal influenza immunizations for anyone over the age of six months. These seasonal influenza clinics will be offered in four locations around the county during December. Dece ..... 
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H1N1 vaccinations come to R-P schools

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is moving forward with the Minnesota Department of Health recommendation to start school vaccination clinics for children age five to nine years. It is anticipated that the vaccination process for this group of youth wi ..... 
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