Health notes: Heart Association plans second heart makeoverThe American Heart Association announced this week it’s taking application for its fifth Go Red For Women Makeover Challenge.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
The American Heart Association announced this week it’s taking application for its fifth Go Red For Women Makeover Challenge.
The women chosen for the challenge will take part in a 10-week heart health makeover. That includes access to a fitness facility and medical professionals from Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital. Each participant takes part in an initial wellness screening and tracks her progress using social media.
Results will be showcased as part of the Northland Go Red For Women Luncheon on March 5.
Applications must be postmarked or received by Nov. 18, and the selected women will be notified by Dec. 1. The kickoff for the challenge is Dec. 17.
Apply at heart.org/duluth.
Athletes cap off a drive
Student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin-Superior used recent soccer matches to help cancer patients in the Northland.
The athletes collected more than 500 hats and caps that will be offered free to cancer patients in Duluth, Ashland, Virginia, Hibbing and the surrounding region, said a statement from the Miller-Dwan Foundation. The hats were donated specifically to the foundation’s Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, which is on the second floor of the Essentia Health Cancer Center. The resource center, which will pass along the hats, was created to provide support and resources to anyone in the region.
Trauma designation renewed
A Northland hospital has had its Level IV trauma designation renewed.
Essentia Health-Deer River earned the designation from the Minnesota Department of Health, an Essentia Health statement said. Level IV centers must demonstrate their proficiency in evaluating, stabilizing and diagnosing trauma patients before transferring them to larger trauma centers, the statement said. They also must provide round-the-clock physician staffing.
Minnesota began developing a comprehensive trauma system in 2005, the statement said. States with trauma systems see survival rates for severely injured patients increase by 15 to 20 percent, it said.
In Northeastern Minnesota, St. Luke’s hospital and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center each are designated as Level II trauma centers, and the latter also is designated a Level II trauma center for pediatrics, according to the state Health Department. Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing is a Level III center. Level IV centers, in addition to Essentia Health-Deer River, are Cook Hospital, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, Essentia Health-Northern Pines in Aurora, Essentia Health-Virginia, Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors, Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet and Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake.
Concert aids autism group
A rock concert, Halloween party and fundraiser for families dealing with autism will take place Saturday at the Reef Bar, 2002 London Road.
The eighth-annual Rock Out Autism event, sponsored by the Autism Association of Northern Minnesota, begins at 9 p.m., said Bret Walczynski, executive director of the event. Last year’s event raised $1,500, which paid for the carnival and activities at Autism Walk Northland in September, Walczynski said in a statement.
The show features Infrared, Velahsa, Theft By Swindle, Uprising and The Tico Three. A costume contest also is part of the festivities. It’s free, but donations will be accepted for the autism group.
Vaccinations for kids in Superior
A children’s immunization clinic will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. Routine immunizations for children 6 months and older will be available and are free to children who don’t have health insurance, are on medical assistance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. A parent or guardian must be present to sign the authorization.
Small businesses and Obamacare
Small-business owners curious about how the Affordable Care Act affects them are invited to an upcoming program at Lake Superior College, according to an e-mail from Small Business Minnesota, a nonprofit association of small businesses.
“Minnesota’s health insurance exchange (MNsure) for small businesses” will be presented at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in Room E2024, with registration and networking beginning at 5:15 p.m.
The presentation, including a question-and-answer session, will be led by Neil Rolland, small-business director for MNsure. Topics will include health insurance exchange requirements, costs, enrollments and tax credits.
Author to speak on aging, spirituality
Issues of spirituality and aging will be the subject of a talk in Duluth next month by a professor and author.
Janet Ramsey, professor emeritus of congregational care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, will be the speaker at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Inn, according to a statement from the Miller-Dwan Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors. It’s free with no preregistration required.
Ramsey is co-author of the book “Aging and Spirtuality: Hope, Relationality and the Creative Self.” Her research findings offer a positive image about aging, the statement said.
The event will be preceded by a social hour at 5:30 p.m.
Health topics on TV
Postpartum mental health and mental illness will be the subject of tonight’s edition of “Speak Your Mind” on PBS North, Channels 8.1 and 31.1.
The half-hour program, hosted by Dr. Carolyn Phelps, begins at 7:30. It follows “Doctors On Call” at 7, which tonight focuses on orthopedic problems and joint replacement.