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Nov 24th


2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response Overview

The health and safety of the American people is the first priority of President Barack Obama.  Since the novel 2009-H1N1 flu virus emerged in the United States during the third week of April, the President has received regular briefings and asked his Cabinet to spare no effort in addressing this national security challenge.

(Health and Wellness) Students’ at risk as schools abandon health instruction

(Health and Wellness) Students’ at risk as schools abandon health instructionI am passionate about developing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of children.  I have dedicated 20 years of my life to working with children in various capacities, whether it be dance, mentoring, or life skills training.  Over this time, I have witnessed first hand children who are becoming less and less healthy.

The economic costs of uninsured children

In June, Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy released "The Economic Impact of Uninsured Children on America," (.pdf) a new report whose bottom line is that extending health insurance coverage to all children in the United States would be relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of letting children remain uninsured and would yield economic benefits that are greater than the costs.

AARP offers free health screenings and health education

AARP offers free health screenings and health educationCongress is engaged in an enormously important national debate on health care. But we all know our health is also shaped in discussions closer to home—around our  kitchen tables and in our communities.  So while AARP is working with the President and Congress to make sure all Americans have affordable, quality health care, we’re also working to make sure every person has the resources and the information to take care of his or her health.

U of M Medical School receives grant from National Institutes of Health to establish Center of Excellence in Minority Health

The University of Minnesota Medical School was awarded $6.24 million by the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research, Engagement, and Training (CeHDRET) focusing on minority health and health disparities.  More then 30 percent of Minneapolis is composed of ethnic minorities, and this grant will help provide the Medical School with the resources to enhance opportunities for diverse populations and improve minority health overall.

What is Swine Flu Pandemic? How can you be safe?

What is Swine Flu Pandemic? How can you be safe?We have all heard about something called the Swine Flu (H1N1 Flu)?  What exactly is Swine Flu and how does a person get it?  How can we be vaccinated against the virus?  Once a person has been infected with Swine Flu, what can be done to treat it?

More choices now available under Minnesota WIC Nutrition Program

Foods provided under the federal Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program (WIC) now include fruits and vegetables. The changes are the first major overhaul of the foods available through WIC. The 35-year-old federally-funded nutrition program serves lower-income and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant and breast-feeding women, their infants and young children.
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