PARENTING: Playtime encourages motor skill development
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:18
(StatePoint) From playing basketball to painting a picture to cutting with scissors, motor skills are at the basis of all of our movements. And while these abilities may be innate, fine motor skills must be developed and refined through practice. Experts say it's crucial for parents to offer children opportunities to reinforce these vital skills.
Vaccines keep healthy teens healthy. Did you know that your kids need shots when they begin their teen years? Starting at around 11 or 12 years old, kids need three vaccines. And it's not too late for your older teenagers who didn't get these vaccines at 11 or 12 years old. They can get them at their next doctor/clinic visit.
Survey finds African Americans hit hard by high health care costs
Monday, 26 August 2013 12:51
Economic stability, racial equality, and health status are intertwined, according to a recent poll that confirmed African Americans, hardest hit by the high cost of health care, worry even when they are employed and have health insurance.
Forging partnership to better serve the Latino community
Monday, 26 August 2013 12:43
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Neighborhood House President Armando Camacho
Relationships. Connections. Partnerships. These are vital to serving Minnesotans in need. At the Minnesota Department of Human Services, we know who needs help and what resources are available to them. At Neighborhood House, we know how to connect directly with them and how to best serve them. In partnership, we are reaching out to the Latino community to serve low-income individuals and families who may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Monday, 19 August 2013 15:24
Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
As the Department of Agriculture's Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I am on a mission to make sure all of our nation's children have the best possible chance at a healthy life and a bright future. So, I'm very encouraged by some recent news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): the rate of obesity among low-income pre-school children appears to be declining for the first time in decades.
Minnesota conducts nation's largest statewide patient experience survey
Monday, 19 August 2013 15:12
Minnesota Department of Health
Being diagnosed with cancer in his tonsils and lymph nodes in 2012 was a terrible shock for Dave Olson of Lino Lakes. Suddenly his life was in the hands of physicians who advocated for him, talked him through what he needed to understand and helped to guide him toward recovery.
Department of Human Services, Emergency Foodshelf Network reaching out to hungry in Ramsey, Hennepin counties
Monday, 12 August 2013 15:21
With a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) is expanding its Mobile Foodshelf outreach this year to deliver an additional 73,000 pounds of food to low-income communities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. In total, EFN will distribute 226,000 pounds of food to low-income Minnesotans this year.