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Health notes: Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day

Mental health advocates from throughout Minnesota will be converging Thursday on the Capitol for Mental Health Day on the Hill.

Presentations on this session’s legislative issues will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cedar Street Armory, 600 Cedar St., near the capitol building, according to a news release from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota.

Free bus rides from across the state are being provided, with pickup points including Duluth and Cloquet.

For information, call NAMI Minnesota at (888) 626-4435 or go to

Medicare enrollment deadline nears

Time is running out for eligible individuals to enroll in Medicare Part B.

The general enrollment period ends on Thursday, according to a news release from the nonprofit Medicare Rights Center.

Those who did not enroll in Medicare Part B when they originally became eligible will have to pay a premium penalty for every year they delayed enrolling, according to the news release. Part B covers a range of services, including doctor visits and outpatient therapy.

To enroll in Medicare, contact your local Social Security office or apply online at

Wisconsin a model infection fighter

Wisconsin is one of five states being asked to share their success in reducing hospital-acquired infections, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Research and Education Trust have asked the five states to develop education content on their practices, according to a hospital association news release.

The other states are Michigan, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Arizona.

Balance program needs coaches

Volunteers are being sought to serve as coaches in the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging’s Matter of Balance program.

Coaches work with groups of people with the objective of helping older adults keep their balance by discussing habits and attitudes toward falling, increasing physical activity and taking environmental considerations into account.

Volunteers receive eight hours of classroom training and direct experience with strengthening exercises.

The next training class will be April 7-8 at the Public Safety Building, 2030 N. Arlington Ave. in Duluth, with registration limited to 16 potential coaches. Registrations are being accepted through Friday. For a registration packet, contact Rebecca Sash at the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging at (218) 529-7531.

Compiled by John Lundy