According to the Minnesota Department of Health prevalence of obesity is 50% higher among African Americans than Whites. Diabetes among the African American population in St. Paul has always been much higher than other populations groups, with the exception of American Indians. As a result Open Cities Health Center has an internist, ophthalmologist, and podiatrist on staff. OCHC has participated in the national Diabetes Collaborative for over 12 years and has been offering diabetes classes and support groups for that long as well. Healthy eating and exercise have always been part of the regimen for diabetes programs offered at OCHC. Monthly Diabetic Support Groups are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 409 North Dunlap St, St. Paul, MN 55104 from 12pm-1pm. The support group features diabetic education, guest speakers, resources and more.
Monday, 23 September 2013 14:05
EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that American kids are going through puberty earlier today than in previous generations, and are there any environmental causes for this?-- Paul Chase, Troy, NY
Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals is at least partly to blame, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly why our bodies react in certain ways to various environmental stimuli.
Obese teenagers who lose weight at risk for developing eating disorders
Friday, 13 September 2013 16:41
Mayo Clinic News Network
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Obese teenagers who lose weight are at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Mayo Clinic researchers imply in a recent Pediatrics article. Eating disorders among these patients are also not being adequately detected because the weight loss is seen as positive by providers and family members.
Good at gardening? There's a spot for your veggies at the Community Aggregation and Distribution Table
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:22
Shaina Brassard, West Broadway Coalition
Are you a North Minneapolis resident growing your own fruits and vegetables? If you, or someone that you know has extra bounty to share, there's an innovative resource available to help you earn money while sharing your produce with the local community. The Community Aggregation and Distribution Table is a resource at the West Broadway Farmers Market staffed by West Broadway Coalition employee Matthew McGlory, a licensed and insured farmers market vendor and reseller. By bringing their fresh goods to the table for McGlory to sell on their behalf, local growers can sell their produce without spending on overhead costs like insurance, market tent, table, signage and merchandising gear.
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.