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Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service receives UCare Fund Grant


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS – UCare’s UCare Fund awarded a $25,000 grant in late 2013 to Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service in Caledonia, Minn. to support a program working to reduce obesity among youth in Fillmore and Houston counties. The Health Service works with area schools, child care providers, and early childhood facilities to increase nutrition and physical activity.

The UCare Fund is a community-directed initiative of UCare, the fourth-largest health plan in Minnesota. The Fund was established in 1998. UCare focuses its grant-making on programs and initiatives that improve the health of underserved populations across Minnesota with innovative services, education, community outreach, and research.

“UCare creates and maintains partnerships with community organizations to improve not only the health of our members in Minnesota but also the underserved in communities across our service area,” said Ghita Worcester, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing, UCare. “We are proud to award UCare Fund grants to so many public health, nonprofit, and community-based groups conducting innovative programs in the state.”

In 2013, UCare distributed 29 community grants totaling $885,116 and four research grants totaling $295,460 to Minnesota organizations working to improve the health of people of all ages, cultures, and abilities in 2013. UCare Fund grants were awarded to organizations meeting four health improvement-related grant criteria for 2013:

•Access to health care coverage: Initiatives that focus on providing comprehensive outreach support services, including referrals and education, to eligible Minnesotans about health care choices and helping individuals gain access to appropriate coverage options.

•Disabilities: Projects with a goal of reducing health disparities for people living with a physical or developmental disability.

•Healthy lifestyles: Projects addressing wellness issues, especially through physical activity, healthy nutrition, and lifestyle behavior changes; helpful if improving preventive health care and disease management in diverse populations.

•Medical home initiatives: Projects that connect community resources with local clinics and hospitals to improve the health of members.

About UCare

UCare (www.ucare.org) is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrativ .....
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Care to help older Minnesotans?

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Share your expertise by assisting older Minnesotans make informed decisions about health insurance and community resource options. Volunteers are being sought to provide non-biased information and help in completing forms for health care, prescripti ..... 
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CranioSacral Therapy available in Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Anyone who suffers from constant or reoccurring ailments will tell you that they would do just about anything to find relief. Helen Sutter of Lanesboro, Minn. understands that feeling and is here to help. In a 1992 roll-over accident that took th ..... 
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Winter blues lead to SADness

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By this point of the winter season, Minnesotans are usually getting pretty tired of what seems like endless inches of snowfall, the bitterly cold temperatures, blizzard-like winds, windchill warnings, winter weather advisories, and back-breaking sho ..... 
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Root River Yoga - a way of life, a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

For some, yoga invokes one-sided images of quietly posed people, breathing paced and nothing more. But, for more and more Americans, the understanding has grown beyond the physical and into deeper understanding that touches mind, body, and soul and ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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American Red Cross issues new pet first aid app

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Pets are an important part of many families. A new American Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is avail ..... 
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Free Radon and Nitrate testing

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon is the number one cause of lung-cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexp ..... 
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