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Feb 12th


Hennepin offers low-cost vaccination clinics which includes measles

Vaccines prevent diseases for people of all ages, and Hennepin County is offering low-cost immunizations – including shots to prevent the measles – to people who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines.

USDA expands access to fresh fruits and vegetables for schools across the nation

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that, as authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year. The investment is part of the Obama administration's efforts to improve the health of our children by providing access to nutritious meals in schools and also serves as a valuable resource to schools that continue working to improve the health and nutrition of the foods they serve. The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children throughout the school day.

Dorothy Abellard Named Freeport West Interim Director

Executive Director, Ramona Wilson is moving on from Freeport West to pursue other professional opportunities.  Freeport West has wished Ms. Wilson all the best in her future work.  Given Ms. Wilson’s departure, Dorothy Abellard Freeport West Program Communications Manager, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the agency.  Additionally, Freeport West has named Larson Allen as its interim financial management team, and has hired J. Murphy & Associates to assist with compliance and reporting.  The agency will be conducting a search for a Chief Financial Officer, and they hope to have a new CFO in place as soon as possible. 

CROI 2011: Advances in HIV Mean Something for Everyone

Boston—Chilly Boston temperatures and a freshly fallen snow couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of attendees at this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The meeting revealed important data on HIV prevention and treatment. There was also a significant break-through in curing another viral infection, hepatitis C. In addition, there was promising early data on an experimental gene therapy procedure that could lead to new ways of controlling, and perhaps someday, even curing HIV infection. Yet in a meeting that provided something useful and promising for everyone, it also left unanswered questions.

HEALTHY LIVING - Easy tips to help you de-stress

(StatePoint)  Stress is on the rise nationwide, and experts say it's endangering our physical and emotional health. 

Approximately three-quarters of Americans say they experience chronic stress at unhealthy levels, putting them at risk for heart disease, diabetes and depression, according to the American Psychological Association's 2010 "Stress in America" survey.

The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization ActDear EarthTalk: What specific issues and protections are covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act recently signed into law?    -- P. Palmerino, New York, NY

Existing laws and oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have done a decent job of keeping the vast majority of Americans safe from food borne illnesses, but several recent cases of contamination have put the spotlight on what more we can do to protect ourselves from unwittingly consuming harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and toxins that could be lurking on our dinner plates.


Getting serious about healthy eating

Getting serious about healthy eatingWhen it comes to food and health it is ironic in that as we enter National Nutrition Month, members of Minnesota’s state legislature have failed to advance anything more creative or substantive than the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, also known as ‘the Cheeseburger Bill’. This legislation is designed to protect fast food corporations from lawsuits for weight-related health problems. Unfortunately, thus far nothing has been done to help address the very real problem faced by Minnesota’s urban and rural citizens alike in accessing affordable fresh produce, a critical component to the effort to improve health and reduce obesity.
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