Join in NAMI Minnesota’s free online mental health classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free online mental health classes for October and November. They include classes such as Mental Illnesses and Crisis Communication, Good Mental Health in the Workplace, Hope for Recovery, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, Self-Care and Mindfulness, In…

Coronavirus vs flu: How to tell the difference

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you explain the differences between the coronavirus and seasonal flu? I’m 70 years old, and usually get a standard flu shot, but would like to find out what else I can do to protect myself this winter. Worried Senior Dear Worried, Great question! Because of the dual danger…

Joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC Dear Dietitian, I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. I was curious if the “fad” supplements and plans will relieve the joint pain caused by these diseases? I am on several drugs that deal directly with the RA and its side effects. With the fatigue I suffer with, they all…

Talking breast cancer awareness with U of M

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,670 new cases of breast cancer in Minnesota in 2020. Douglas Yee with the University of Minnesota answers questions on the symptoms, treatment, and screening for breast cancer. Q: What is breast cancer? Dr. Yee: Breast cancer arises from the…

More funds to support health and safety in child care

Providers must apply by Oct. 14 for payments through December Child care providers across Minnesota are in line for more state support to help them keep operating through the end of the year – but only if they apply for funding by Wednesday, Oct. 14. About 7,300 providers may be eligible for COVID-19 Public Health…

Talking flu vaccine with U of M

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), influenza (flu) viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The CDC has indicated it believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading in the fall and winter. Ann Philbrick with the University of Minnesota talks…

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 4-10

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4-10. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have used this time to educate the public about mental illnesses. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to…

Increased visitor restrictions for all CentraCare and Carris Health sites

Due to the current surge in positive COVID-19 cases in our communities, CentraCare is once again implementing a no visitor policy at all its facilities. The restrictions will go into effect Wednesday, Sept. 30. Exceptions to the policy will be allowed for patients/visitors experiencing specific situations including: • End of life. • Critically ill. •…

EV-W shifts to hybrid instruction model

Each Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) releases COVID-19 rates by county. The Department of Education and MDH use these rates to determine which instruction model is safe for individual districts based on their primary county. Before school started, each district had to make specific plans for three modes of instruction: in-person, distance, and…

Discover your roots with virtual family history conference

Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud area genealogists host event This year’s Family History Conference: Growing for Generations has gone digital. A virtual experience takes place from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. See website and phone number below for more information and to buy tickets. Have the full conference experience wherever you are with…

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