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Red Cross offers tips for a safe, yet spooky Halloween


Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when donning costumes and going out to Trick-or-Treat. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. The Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:

•Look for flame-resistant costumes.

•Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.

•Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.

•Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.

•Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.

•Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.

•Be cautious around pets and any other animals.

WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS

If welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at home, make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:

•Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.

•Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.

•Restrain any household pets.

•Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.

LEARN WHAT TO DO

Download the free Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app include:

•Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations;

•Videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn;

Safety and preparedness tips; and

•Quizzes users can take to earn badges, which can be shared on social media.

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Gundersen Health System offers tips for a healthy and safe Halloween

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Valerie ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood in honor of military members, veterans

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Veterans Day is November 11, and the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces. Blood donated through ..... 
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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 40 years!

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as “Senior Dining” and “Meals on Wheels” - are celebrating their 40th year of service in the state. In July of 1973, the Governor’s Citizen’s Action Council on Aging award ..... 
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American Red Cross invites Americans to give something this holiday season

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The American Red Cross kicks off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program on Monday and invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vets and their families by sending holiday card ..... 
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Root River Trail user alert

Thu, Oct 17th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Beginning Oct. 17 and ending in mid-December bridge repair will be taking place on two trail bridges between Lanesboro and Fountain. For the most part the work will be taking place underneath the deck so interruptions for trail users will be few. Wa ..... 
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A cancer story: Striving for normalcy

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

To Karla Strom, “A normal day is a good day.” These normal days are now appreciated much more since a discovery of breast cancer from a routine mammogram around February 28, 2013. Strom had no real symptoms and did not suspect that she would be ..... 
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Red Cross recomends increased iron intake prior to blood donation

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Many people can donate blood, but even healthy donors are sometimes temporarily deferred due to low hemoglobin levels. The American Red Cross recommends eligible blood donors eat a well-balanced diet with extra iron-rich foods pr ..... 
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Key dates for new MNsure health insurance options

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As of October 1, Minnesotans have a new resource to find health insurance coverage that fits their needs and budget. MNsure is a marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can find, compare, choose and get quality health care cove ..... 
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