Health Notes: Talk with family members about family health historySometime between the touch football game, the big meal and the big naps, the U.S. surgeon general wanted you to spend time on Thanksgiving talking about your family’s health history.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Sometime between the touch football game, the big meal and the big naps, the U.S. surgeon general wanted you to spend time on Thanksgiving talking about your family’s health history.
It seems like a downer in the midst of a day of thanksgiving, but it can pay off in preventing future illness and disability, Dr. Regina Benjamin said in a news release.
“Discussing health information with other members of your family can often uncover conditions and explanations for health problems which you never knew about, simply because no one ever asked,” Benjamin said in proclaiming Thanksgiving 2011 as the nation’s eighth annual “Family Health History Day.”
There’s help on the Internet, and this might be a perfect assignment for the family member you want to keep out of the kitchen. You can build your own family’s health portrait by going to familyhistory.hhs.gov.
A tool for measuring nutrition therapy and equipment that helps stroke victims regain upper arm strength are among the results of a total of $307,381 in grants from the Miller-Dwan Foundation this year.
Among numerous grants listed in a news release:
From the Van Gorden Fund, for organizations that help people with injuries or physical disabilities:
Health reform on the web
The Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force has set up a website to help
people keep tabs on the state’s health-reform efforts.
According to a news release, the website provides information on both federal and state health reforms and how they affect individuals and businesses.
The website can be found at healthreform.mn.gov.
Buying health insurance
Small businesses are getting help in being comparison shoppers for health insurance plans.
In a news release, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an online tool to help small-business owners compare benefits and costs of the health plans available to them.
It is available at HealthCare.gov.