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Feb 06th


Oakdale event seeks to uplift diabetes patients

March 10, 2011 Mark Stesin, MD and Christopher Schoonover, MD of Oakdale Medical Center held their 3rd Annual Diabetes Patient Appreciation event, which was filled with lots of helpful information and supplies to make each and every diabetic patient’s life just a little easier. “I feel my patients need to be educated of the current health methods,” said Stesin who has one of the largest endocrinology practices in the region. He and his partner Dr. Schoonover, along with Medtronic, gave their patients the chance to find out ways to better manage their health. The public education event took a look into a disease that currently affects more than 200,000 Minnesotans and an estimated 25 million people nationwide, according to the CDC.

Being screened saves lives

Colon cancer has hid in the shadows of other cancers because people are too embarrassed to openly discuss the disease because it deals with part of the body that the general public is uncomfortable talking about. Sadly, many individuals suffer needlessly. Understanding risk factors, symptoms, and screening options will not only help in avoiding the disease, but could mean the difference between life and death.

American Cancer Society says "Let’s Talk about it"

On April 18th, the American Cancer Society plans to honor eight distinct organizations for their work in the community with the educational program called Let’s Talk About It. This program designed to inform men, and some women, on the effects of colorectal and prostate cancer, and ways they can make life-style changes to improve their health and delay, or put off entirely, having one of these forms of cancer. Over the past two years these groups have worked to reach out to over 2000 Minnesotans, predominantly African American men, giving them knowledge through laughter, love, prayer and personal experience.

Why teenage girls should love breakfast

Why teenage girls should love breakfastThrough their ‘I Heart Breakfast’ initiative (represented as ‘I <3 BRFST’), General Mills wants African American teenage girls to know the importance of a healthy breakfast. The campaign was launched to prove that teen girls who eat cereal tend to have healthy body weight, which in turn helps to live healthful lives.

Studies show that over 38% of teenage girls in America don’t eat breakfast. While there are many reasons for this, the two most common ones are: a jam packed schedule and the exposure to images on television, magazines, and the internet that entice girls to want to be thin. General Mills hopes that with their campaign they will not just highlight the importance of eating breakfast, but the nutritional value the girls will receive from a breakfast consisting of cereal.

Nationwide 2011 County Health Rankings explore the health of Minnesota counties

Minnesota's counties are included in a report ranking the health of every county in each of the 50 states. The County Health Rankings, prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranks the overall health of counties by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.

Counties are ranked in two categories: health outcomes and health factors (also known as health determinants). Health outcomes include the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health and the rate of low-birth weight infants. Health factors include health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. The rankings, which launched nationwide last year, are designed to compare the health of counties within each state; they do not compare counties in one state with counties in another state.

Water fluoridation: Safe or not?

Water fluoridation: Safe or not?Dear EarthTalk: So, what’s the story: Is it good that we have fluoride in our tap water or not? I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions over the years. -- Benjamin P., Mission, KS

The debate over whether we should add fluoride to public drinking water has raged since the 1940s when American cities first initiated the practice as a way to fight the scourge of tooth decay. The benefits of more research and hindsight in recent years have led many policymakers to reconsider the merits of so-called artificial fluoridation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that today over 60 percent of Americans get fluoridated drinking water from their taps whether they want it or not.

Free eye exams for infants at Open Cities Health Center

Free eye exams will be offered at Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) for infants from six to 12 months on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The InfantSEE Family Health Event will be held at the clinic’s Midway location in St. Paul at 409 N.  Dunlap Street.

The event is open to the public and will include:
•    FREE InfantSEE eye exams for babies (6-12 months of age, please pre-register)!
•    FREE lunch and entertainment for all attendees.
•    FREE $20 gift card for each family that schedules and completes an InfantSEE eye exam.
•    FREE dental screenings; diabetic education; prenatal education; and, smoking cessation information for the entire family.
•    FREE raffle for a flat screen TV for participating families.
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