Health

MDH State Fair booth focuses on a healthy school year for students

Help your kid—and all kids—get a healthy start this school year

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 2019 State Fair booth in the Education Building is ready to help ensure all Minnesota students’ back-to-school checklist includes health. The MDH booth features interactive activities and information about school health and healthy behaviors for students, including preventing tobacco use, healthy eating, mental well-being and oral health. In addition to useful information for teachers, […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Follow through and get it done!


In my last column, I asked you to consider the extent to which you’re sufficiently looking after your general health. Are you getting enough sleep, eating good food, eschewing the bad stuff and so on. While such things may seem trivial, a lack of the positives and/or inclusion of the negatives set off a cascade of ill effects, such as […]

Staying safe during a heat wave; risks of being infected by flesh-eating bacteria very rare

Q: I’m worried about my grandmother, who lives alone. The heat has been so dreadful that I’m afraid she will get sick if she goes out to run errands or see friends. How can I help keep her safe? — Sally J., Lawrence, Kansas A: Good questions. If you’re 65 or older, or care about someone who is, it’s more […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Are you taking care of yourself?


This column devotes a fair amount of space exhorting folks to engage in daily, common sense, health-enhancing practices: Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, eat whole foods, destress, be social and stay physically active. Ensuring that you check off all six of these items every day is another matter. If we looked at the past week, how did you fare? […]

Protect your eyes during summer fun; ways to avoid catheter-related infections

Q: We’re spending a lot more time at the beach and on our boat this year. I know I should protect my eyes, but what kind of sunglasses should I be looking for? — Danny G., Put-in-Bay, Ohio A: Glad you asked, because having the right sunglasses helps avoid vision impairment and even vision loss from cataracts and macular degeneration. […]

Vaping also banned in public places as of Aug. 1

New law bars use of e-cigarettes in most indoor workplaces

E-cigarettes, vapes, vape or hookah pens, e-pipes, and other vaping products are battery powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid (e-juice). Beginning Aug. 1, 2019, Minnesota law prohibits the use of these products indo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Bravo for blood donors! Give blood during August, get entered in drawing

IRON RANGE — All presenting donors at Memorial Blood Centers during the month of August will be automatically entered for a chance to win dinner and theater tickets. Though the demand for blood is constant, the supply is not—and summer is an especial… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Foot Wise



 Many people learn at some point in their lives that there are 206 bones in the body. This is somewhat true. There can be many small accessory—or extra—bones that are not counted in that number. The number of accessory bones a person has varies … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

Sidetracked? Think positive results


 I hope your summer is going well. It’s been interesting around here, to say the least. Last year’s total knee replacement went so well, I pulled the trigger on having my other one done. Although this year’s knee had not deteriorated to the same… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Set realistic goals for step counting; possible risk of statins and diabetes

 Q: I’m 70 and physically active (I’m a florist), but striding 10,000 steps a day is nearly impossible. Do I really need to do that much to stay optimally healthy? — Gloria T., San Francisco A: Considering the hills in San Francisco and that y… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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