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Oct 20th


A better budget that works for Minnesotans

A better budget that works for MinnesotansThis legislative session I traveled from Virginia to Winona to talk about the human services budget. In each city I heard directly from Minnesotans about the real impact programs and services have on their lives. In Duluth I met Stacey, a formerly homeless single mom, and now student, who was able to stay in control of her chronic illness and finances with help from MinnesotaCare. And in Mankato I met Marlys, who with a small house modification and community support, was able to care for her ailing husband in their longtime home.

"Free" medical alerts set off warning bells

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning the public of robocalls – automated telephone calls – telling seniors they're eligible for a free medical alert system. The BBB believes this is simply a tactic the company, which refers to themselves generically as Med Alert, is using to collect credit card information and try to get people to agree to monthly monitoring services – which are not free.

YWCA says group fitness helps attain goals

YWCA says group fitness helps attain goalsThe benefits of group fitness are boundless. From mixing up your workout to ensuring structure, accountability, and support, group fitness may be the link to helping you reach your fitness goals.

Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service seeks nominees

Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service seeks nomineesThe annual Community Health Awards seeks to recognize and acknowledge individuals or groups who are making significant contributions to public health in Minnesota.

Mosquito-borne diseases on the uptick -- thanks to global warming

Mosquito-borne diseases on the uptick -- thanks to global warmingDear EarthTalk: Is there a link between the recent spread of mosquito-borne diseases around the world and environmental pollution? -- Meg Ross, Lantana, FL

If by pollution you mean greenhouse gas emissions, then definitely yes. According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of Public Health, the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by creating more mosquito-friendly habitats.

Gains in asthma management show progress in reducing health care disparities

Gains in asthma management show progress in reducing health care disparitiesSixth annual report shows focus still needed on closing gaps in care

A growing number of children are getting their asthma under control in Minnesota, including children covered by Medicaid programs, according to data from the sixth annual Health Care Disparities Report conducted by MN Community Measurement for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Much more work remains to be done.

Encourage healthy eating, don't add unnecessary regulation

Recently a group of 18 mayors from major U.S. cities sent Congress a letter urging them not to cut funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as food stamps. It is good news for Minnesota farmers, grocers and those who rely upon SNAP that the bill was defeated Thursday night.
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