NE Minnesota Succeeds in Breastfeeding Advocacy

May 25, 2017 Comments Off on NE Minnesota Succeeds in Breastfeeding Advocacy

Low numbers are good when discussing the rate of infants receiving formula after delivery. According to MDH, in 2015 just 15 percent of NE Minnesota WIC infants were fed formula in the hospital, showing the success of breastfeeding advocacy in the region. Other areas in the state ranged from 33 to 56 percent. Babies who are fed only breast milk... Continue Reading

I’d Like to Bike to Work but . . .

May 16, 2017 Comments Off on I’d Like to Bike to Work but . . .

Do you ever find yourself thinking about how great it would be to bike to work or school? You aren’t alone. Bike communing has grown by 62% from 2000 to 2013! You know you would get great exercise, be kind to the environment, and even save money! But then something gets in your way.  You realize you don’t want to get... Continue Reading

Tips for Fitting a Bike Helmet

May 16, 2017 Comments Off on Tips for Fitting a Bike Helmet

Keep yourself safe while biking! Wear a helmet and make sure it fits correctly. Here is some great information from the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook created by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.   HELMET POSITION Your helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead – one or two finger widths above your eyebrows. SIDE STRAPS Adjust the slider on... Continue Reading

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Hospital Food Just Got Better in Aitkin, MN

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Hospital Food Just Got Better in Aitkin, MN

Once again, food is bringing people together. Riverwood Health Center in Aitkin, Minnesota has an appetite for change. They are making connections one bite at a time to bring healthier food to patients, staff, and visitors. Check out this video from KBJR.        

Breastfeeding training for the health care team

April 13, 2017 Comments Off on Breastfeeding training for the health care team

Physicians and health care providers have the opportunity to learn about breastfeeding and earn CMEs and CEUs on May 25 in Duluth. The day begins with Breastfeeding Managment in Primary Care, a workshop for physicians from 7 to 8:30 a.m. This breakfast session provides lactation training for physicians and includes case-based presentations and a physician panel discussion about breastfeeding management... Continue Reading

Thinking about Buying a Bike?

April 4, 2017 Comments Off on Thinking about Buying a Bike?

The new Minnesota Bicycling Handbook has a ton of great information, including a guide to buying a bicycle. Here is a summary: Guide to Buying a Bicycle IF spring time has you thinking of getting a new or used bike, these questions will help you decide which kind of bike will serve you best: What type of riding will you do?... Continue Reading

Prevent diabetes with free classes in Duluth

March 6, 2017 Comments Off on Prevent diabetes with free classes in Duluth

If you’re ready to take charge of your health by losing weight and delaying the onset of diabetes, two free classes are beginning in Duluth this month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes, and most don’t know it. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal, but not... Continue Reading

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Students Educate their State Representatives

February 27, 2017 Comments Off on Students Educate their State Representatives

On February 22 three students from Two Harbors High School joined a group from the American Lung Association to lobby at the capitol for stronger tobacco prevention and control. Thank you students! These students were part of the bigger Minnesota Smoke-free Generation Day at the capital. Equipped with stories about how big tobacco targets them, young leaders educated their Representatives... Continue Reading

First Baby Friendly hospital in Northeastern Minnesota

February 21, 2017 Comments Off on First Baby Friendly hospital in Northeastern Minnesota

Essentia – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth has become the first Baby Friendly hospital in Northeastern Minnesota! Read more about the success and other updates from Healthy Northland’s breastfeeding work here.

Community partners offer class to prevent type 2 diabetes

February 13, 2017 Comments Off on Community partners offer class to prevent type 2 diabetes

A group of community partners in Itasca County have come together to improve health and prevent chronic disease. As a direct result of the collaboration, classes that are proven to help people lose weight and prevent type 2 diabetes are expanding across the county in the coming months. Representatives of Itasca County Public Health, the University of Minnesota Extension, Second... Continue Reading