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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood Donor Month


Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.

People have many different reasons for donating blood. Jill Long’s is her late husband, Bill, who died from esophageal cancer. After his stage 4 diagnosis, he was able to survive for three more years, thanks in part to the blood transfusions he received. Long said she believes “the gift of time” is what blood donors really give.

“It took me only a few minutes to donate my blood, while he spent all day receiving someone else’s — just so that he could keep fighting to stay alive,” she said.

They were both grateful for that opportunity to fight, Long said. Now, as a blood donor, she said she feels like she can help other families in similar situations “battle to stay together as long as possible.”

January can be a difficult month to collect donations due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give during National Blood Donor Month by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Fillmore County:

•January 6 from 2-7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 124 Winona East St. in Chatfield, Minn.

Houston County:

•January 7 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Community Center, 900 N. Kingston St. in Caledonia, Minn.

•January 14 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 202 S. Sheridan St. in Houston, Minn.

January 15 from 12-6 p.m. at American Legion, 509 N. Chestnut St. in La Crescent, Minn.

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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MNsure Announces New Enrollment and Payment Deadlines for January 1 Health Coverage

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans who want individual or family health care coverage beginning January 1, 2014, now have until December 31, 2013, to select a plan on MNsure.org, according to an agreement announced today by MNsure and Minnesota’s heal ..... 
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Minnesota is one of only nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative

Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Northeastern Minnesota has some of the highest hypertension rates - high blood pressure - in the state. Survey data from 2010 show that northeastern Minnesota experiences hypertension rates of 27 percent. This is significantly higher than the 2009 ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 34 units

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 3, 2013, succeeded in collecting 34 units of blood. The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Harmony American Legion Auxiliary, and many of the volunteers are Auxiliary members. However, numerous volunteer ..... 
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National influenza vaccination week

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is accepting flu mist vaccination appointments as a part of a statewide effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza during National Influenza Vaccination Week December 8-14. “It is not too la ..... 
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Minnesotans urged to get vaccinated during National Influenza Vaccination Week

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The month of December is filled with holiday events, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. Don't let influenza keep you from enjoying the upcoming season. Influenza season is just getting underway in Minnesota, so it's not too late to ..... 
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Gundersen receives Patient-Centered Medical Home certification

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Primary care clinics throughout Gundersen Health System recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification. This designation comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ..... 
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Semcac wellness committee partners with weight watchers and welcomes community members

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Semcac continues to partner with Weight Watchers to better the health of the community. Since January 2013, Semcac staff and community members have joined together as a team to lose 968 pounds! Semcac sponsors the meetings by providing space in Rush ..... 
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Need for blood continues during holiday season

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with hol ..... 
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