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Meeker Memorial Hospital and Clinic will be a Tobacco Free Campus

May 11th, 2015

Meeker Memorial Hospital (MMH) was smoke-free for more than 25 years. As a healthcare facility the sale of tobacco products or smoking has not been allowable in the building. As the number one cause of deaths in the United States, tobacco remains a priority health concern. As a healthcare leader, in May during National Hospital Week, May 10-16th, MMH will implement a Tobacco-Free Campus policy for all patients, visitors and staff. A Tobacco-MMH Announcement for Tobacco Free Campus PhotoFree Campus means that tobacco use not only is not allowed in the buildings but now will no longer be allowed on the grounds or in vehicles parked on the grounds including the use of electronic cigarettes. This step as a healthcare leader will align with the hospital Mission.

Efforts are being led by the MMH Wellness Team and Tobacco Free Campus Taskforce. In 2010, MMH was a program recipient of start up grant funding to form a Worksite Wellness Team through the Meeker, McLeod and Sibley Healthy Communities Collaborative with funding from the MN Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Since that time, the MMH Wellness Team has implemented many worksite initiatives serving not only staff but the community.

Now, staff can engage in fitness breaks, access a Mother’s Room, to support mom’s returning to work who are breastfeeding, have a hospital Garden to Table program to provide fresh vegetables to staff and visitors in the Prairie Winds Cafe‘ or for patient meals. There is a new Fit Choices 4 Life menu offered by A’viands nutrition services and healthy catering offered for community groups and staff. Staff are encouraged to exercise using hospital equipment and grounds. More classes and community space is dedicated for Weight Watchers, TOPS and RSVP Bone Builders or other community health programs.

A tobacco-free campus was a long term goal for the Wellness Team to implement. It affects, staff, visitors, and patients. This commitment to healthy living continues to grow inside and outside the hospital; helping MMH fulfill part of its Mission to help make the Meeker County area a healthier place to live.

Across the state of MN, hospitals are working on community health initiatives, an important part of the Strengthening Healthy Communities campaign launched by the MN Hospital Association. Efforts happening at Meeker Memorial support this broad base effort. “As an anchor in our community, it is our social responsibility to not only provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art healthcare, but to engage with our area residents in optimizing the health and wellness of our entire community,” says Kyle Rasmussen, MMH’s CEO. For more information, support classes and materials to assist patients and visitors regarding the MMH Tobacco Free Campus go to: meekermemorial.org

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities is making a difference!

June 25th, 2014

The Healthy Communities Collaborative has been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play.

Through SHIP funding, we are working on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! See the You Tube Video below.

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Below are report summaries divided out by sectors – Worksites, Schools, Community, and Health Care. We are proud of our partners and our staff assigned to work on these initiatives though Statewide Health Improvement Program funding through the Minnesota Department of Health.

The work we are doing through SHIP improves health and saves money by building stronger communities. Our local communities chose SHIP strategies that are best for them. The result? Real, community-led improvements in healthy eating, physical activity and reduced commercial tobacco use.

MMS Progress Report Summary 2013

Communities 2013 Report

Health Care 2013 Report

Schools 2013 Report

Work Sites 2013 Report

 

FREE CLASS: “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

August 8th, 2012

FREE CLASS:  “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

From salsa to spaghetti sauce, from spicy tomato juice to tomato jam, home preserved tomatoes are versatile and tasty!  Learn the safest and most current tomato preservation methods for canning, freezing, drying, and making salsa.

Join us for Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa on Tuesday, August 14 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and repeated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Litchfield Senior High School in Room C110 (FACS Room).

Presenter will be Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety.

This class is sponsored by “One Vegetable, One Community” and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  Attendance  is free, although pre-registration is requested by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320.693.5370.

Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving tomatoes for years, this session is for you!

 

 

 

Swimming…Beat the Heat, and Be Active!

July 25th, 2012

Why Swimming???  Here are a few facts that highlight some of the benefits of choosing swimming as your choice of exercise!

  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories! More than walking or biking!
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs and works the body’s major muscles
  • Swimming helps reduce stress
  • Water’s buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for anyone seeking a low impact exercise
  • Swimming is a great cardio exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance which is over ten times that of the air
  • Because it’s FUN!!!

Eight Tips to Bike to Work Safely

May 21st, 2012

Here are eight tips offered by Pearl Izumi on how you can have more confidence and stay safe while biking to and from work in an urban setting:

1. Plan your route. 

Map out the safest and most enjoyable bike route from your home to work.  Your route should avoid cars, is well traveled by other bikers or runners, and offer easy access to gas stations in the event your bike breaks down or you encounter bad weather. Carefully observe your bike route to determine the high risk spots, such as intersections with heavy traffic or streets with lots of parked cars, and road hazards, such as grates, potholes, and spots with sand and loose debris. Talk to your local bike shop for bike route tips, buy a local map that shows designated bike routes and trails, and check out Google.com/Maps to map out a bike-friendly route.

2. Drive Your Bike, Be Seen, and Be Safe. 

Serious bikers know to drive-their-bike as if they were behind the wheel of a car and how critical it is to wear a bike helmet to prevent head injuries.  Equally important is to be seen and that means wearing bright colored jackets, jerseys or shorts, such as a screaming yellow P.R.O. Barrier lite jacket — especially in low light conditions such as early morning or dusk.  It’s vital to equip your bike with front and rear lights and reflectors, and always carry identification on you when you bike and put a card in your wallet with emergency phone numbers should you be injured while biking and are unable to call for help.

3. Bring clothes to work.

If you work in a more casual work setting, it may not matter as much, but if your workplace is slightly more formal, you may need to bring in a change of clothes when you drive into work.  Talk to your local bike store about getting a waterproof backpack or pannier to carry clothes and shoes to work wrinkle free.

4. Gear up. 

It’s important to be comfortable when you ride to work.  Arriving to work cold, wet or with a sore behind will take the fun out of biking to work really fast.  Start by investing in a pair of high quality bike shorts or pants that include anatomic 4D chamois  technology to make the ride on your behind more comfortable.    Be prepared for unexpected weather changes by packing a water-resistant jacket, arm and leg warmers, and sunglasses.

5. Bike for the streets.

Many bike manufacturers now make bikes specifically designed for urban commuting.  Serious riders who commute all year round, even in snow, change their tires to match road conditions.  Equip your bike with an extra tube for your tire, air pump and an easy-to-access tool set in the event you experience bike trouble.

6. Have a bail-out plan.

Expect drivers to act without seeing you.  If you see backup lights, expect them to back into your path; if you see drivers parked, expect them to open their doors into your path. Always try to make eye contact with a driver – especially at intersections.  Wave to a driver if you don’t think they see you.  If they don’t look at you, they’re probably not seeing you.  If they are texting, or gabbing on their cell phones, they won’t see you.

7. Road rage. 

If you bike frequently enough, eventually you’ll encounter an angry driver. In any road rage situation, the person on the bike is exposed and extremely vulnerable.  Do not challenge or confront enraged drivers, or drivers who are drunk, or high on drugs.  Apologize, go meekly away, and live to ride another day.

For more information about biking, visit http://www.pearlizumi.com.
Courtesy of ARA content

Source: www.havefunbiking.com