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Radioactive gas: a persistent health risk in Minnesota

Governor Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” to encourage testing

Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; winter is the best time to do it. Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and t‹he leading cause of lung cancer among non smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, and state health officials say every home should be tested. Continue Reading →

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Norovirus: the holiday ‘gift’ nobody wants, but many get

‘Tis the season of giving, but too many Minnesotans this time of year are giving and receiving something nobody wants: norovirus infection and the nasty illness that comes with it. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines, leading to vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Other symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headache, and muscle aches. Noroviruses are very contagious and are the leading cause of food-borne illness outbreaks in Minnesota, infecting thousands of people each year, said state health officials. Found in the stool (feces) or vomit of infected people, the viruses are transferred to food, water or surfaces by the hands of infected people who have not washed adequately after using the bathroom. Continue Reading →

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Sabathani awarded grant to reduce health disparities



The Minnesota Department of Health recently awarded Sabathani Community Center an Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant in the amount of $176,872 for fiscal year 2012-2013. Sabathani will work with community partners to address health disparities in the African American and Latino communities in the areas of diabetes, teen pregnancy, and unintentional injury and violence. Community partners include the Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC), Southside Clinic, HUE-Man Partnership, Kente Circle, Young Black Male Society, and the University of Minnesota. To eliminate health disparities in diabetes, Sabathani will increase the amount of healthy foods distributed to low-income families through its food shelf; offer an intergenerational healthy soul food cooking class to urban teens who attend MNIC; provide an array of fitness and dance classes (cardio kick boxing, low-impact aerobics, weight boot camp, Zumba, yoga, hip hop aerobics, and kettle bells) to neighborhood residents and MNIC students; offer a foot clinic and nurses clinic for seniors to check their glucose and weight levels; and conduct a support group in collaboration with the University of Minnesota for individuals who are diabetic or pre-diabetic through the Senior Center’s “Club Sugar.”

The second annual Hue-Man event, a health fair specifically for African American men/men of color, will provide health education, health resources, and outreach to 600-800 men and their families. Male-specific information will be provided on heart health, diabetes prevention/disease management, nutrition, physical activity, primary health care, employment/financial resources, fatherhood/parenting, cancer prevention, and dental care. Continue Reading →

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