Health

Checking your home’s lead levels; benefits of extracts and essential oils

Q: One of my colleagues found out that his 10-month-old had elevated lead levels from exposure to lead paint dust in their Brooklyn apartment. It made me wonder how common this problem is. And what about adults — are they affected, too? — Katie D., Brooklyn, New York A: Lead exposure among children is high where older housing stock (that’s […]

MDH tips for avoiding illness when raising backyard poultry

Raising poultry, like chickens in the backyard, is increasingly popular across the country. However, newcomers may not be aware of some risks for illness. These risks are greatest for children under 5 years old and people with weakened immune systems. Since spring is a common time to purchase birds, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Board of […]

Suicide prevention text services expand statewide

Minnesotans across the state can now access suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As of April 1, 2018, people who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. The service helps people contemplating suicide […]

Register now for 2018 Hope Springs 5K Walk/Run

HIBBING – Hope Springs 2018 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday April 21, at the Hibbing Memorial Building. The race starts at 9 a.m. A Kids Fun Run will follow the 5K on Saturday. A pasta dinner—open to the public—will be held Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hibbing Memorial Building. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 […]

New EH-Grand Rapids Clinic is now open

GRAND RAPIDS – The final touches are being put in place at the Essentia Health- Grand Rapids Clinic, 1542 Golf Course Road, after a $14 million expansion. The new clinic space, adjacent to the existing clinic, will officially open today. The renovation brings the total number of exam rooms to 25, from the original six, allowing for quicker access to […]

Program offered at no cost; application deadline is July 8

Partners in Policymaking® program welcomes applications

STATEWIDE – Comprehensive disability advocacy training is offered to Minnesotans with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. These individuals are encouraged to apply for the Partners in Policymaking ®, a nationally recognized leadership training program. Eight sessions are held over nine months, starting in September 2018. M innesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created the program to […]

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Sugar affects your waistline, but can also lead to chronic liver disease



Awash in the candy and treats of Easter, you’re probably thinking more about your waistline than your liver. Take a minute to consider just how much sugar you’re eating. For example, a 14-ounce bag of jellybeans can have 70 teaspoons or 1-1/2 cups of sugar. Each Peep has about 2 teaspoons of sugar. A 1.5-ounce hollow milk chocolate bunny has […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Forming habits to support a healthy lifestyle


I write a fair amount about process. There are certain steps involved in physical transformation regardless of the method(s) you choose to get you to your end point. And while it’s usually the case that the magnitude of transformation determines how involved the process will be, no matter which method(s) of transformation you utilize, all will have some common requirements. […]


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