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International Infection Prevention Week

This week is International Infection Prevention Week. The theme this year is "Vaccines are Everybody's Business". With the rise in measles cases it is important to remember that the spread of infection is everybody's business. Know the basics of infection prevention...wash your hands. Clean hands stop the spread of infection. Do your part.... hand hygiene is key. Vaccines also play a crucial role in eliminating diseases. Awareness of what you can do to prevent the spreading of illnesses is everyone's responsibility. ... Continue Reading

Suicide Prevention for World Mental Health Day

Suicide prevention is today's theme for World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change. Reach out today, and every day. You may make a difference to someone who is silently struggling. Our crisis line is open 24 hours a day 320-484-4585. ... Continue Reading

PowerUp October Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in October Get Crafty! You will need: Paper Tempera paint Paint brush LEAVES! Collect various types of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. Choose a paint color and paint the whole entire leaf. Press painted side onto the paper for 5 seconds to transfer the print. Repeat this process with different colors, shapes, and sizes of leaves until you are satisfied with your picture. Let the paint dry before displaying. Source: https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/leaf-prints.html How to Avoid the Halloween Candy Overload For many kids Halloween is the best day of the year because they get to dress up in fun costumes, walk around the neighborhood with their friends, and come home with a mountain of free candy. For many parents, this means struggling with finding the balance between ... Continue Reading

Wellness Wisdom

I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. September is National Whole Grains Month. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we make at least ½ of our grains whole grains. But what is a whole grain? Any why does it matter? Whole grains are the entire seed of a plant and are made up of 3 edible parts; the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whole grains are either present in their whole form or ground into a flour while retaining all parts of the seed. So, whole grains are either single foods such as oatmeal, barley, brown and wild rice, popcorn, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat flour in bread. Whole grain products are our body’s main source of energy and important sources of fiber, iron, B ... Continue Reading

PowerUp September Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in September   September is better breakfast month! Most people have been told how important breakfast is their whole lives, but do you know why breakfast is so important? It kick-starts your metabolism for the day. You are less likely to overeat throughout the day. Skipping breakfast can lead to difficulty concentrating at work/school. You will have more energy throughout the day. Breakfast is delicious! Exciting News! A new Fixit station will be installed at the Hutchinson Rec Center in September! This is Hutchinson second station, joining the one located on the Luce Line Trail near Policeman’s Park. Time to head back to the classroom! Many schools have a designated snack time, and while breakfast and lunch may be provided by the school, kids often have to bring ... Continue Reading

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

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Ways to Power Up in September

Kickin’ It for McLeod Kickball Tournament 10:30am, Saturday, September 7th Roberts Park, Hutchinson www.unitedwaymccleodcounty.org Power of Produce, free produce for children ages 3-12 Hutchinson Farmers Market Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 & Saturdays 8-noon $2 Tuesdays and Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum (reduced admission) 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (Sept 10th, 24th) 4-7pm Hutchinson Community Running Group Every Wednesday at 7pm starting at Library Square Connect on Facebook for run updates BikeHutch- Hutchinson Biking Group Connect on Facebook for local rides and trail conditions Check out disc golf at South Park. Disc Golf rentals available at Hutchinson PRCE Luce Line Lace-up September 14th Pick your distance: 1 mile, 5k, 10k, or half marathon Registration is open at lucelinelaceup.com Power Up ... Continue Reading

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources, connecting with others, and work towards reducing stigma about suicide and mental illness. Hutchinson Health and Meeker, McLeod, Sibley Community Health Services are a part of a local effort committed to change hearts and minds about the misconceptions about mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations and education on the topic. It’s time to spread the word, stop the silence and Make It OK. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by ... Continue Reading

PowerUp August Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in August PowerUp Action Team meeting August 19th, 2-3pm at the Farmers Market Depot Open to anyone who is passionate about the health of our community! -Power of Produce at the Hutchinson Farmers Market <h5 Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 & Saturdays 8-noon -$2 Tuesdays and Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum August 13th and 27th, 4-7pm -Free Swim Night at Hutchinson Family Aquatic Center August 6th and 15th, 5-8pm - Hutchinson Community Running Group Every Wednesday at 7pm starting at Library Square -Paddle Sports rentals at Masonic River Park   August is National Sandwich Month! Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich (4 servings) 1 ripe avocado ¼ cup plain greek yogurt 2 Tablespoon lemon juice ½ Tablespoon dried tarragon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp garlic powder 2 cups ... Continue Reading

Cardiac Walk 2019

Cardiac Rehab Annual Walk was a huge success. This group has a lot of heart! Thanks to Janet and Shelley for their commitment to our Cardiac Rehab program and in helping patients get back to enjoying life and activities!             ... Continue Reading