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September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

September 6th, 2017

Do something to help promote the awareness of Falls Prevention!

The National Council on Aging has many resources to help you be effective in spreading the awareness that falls can be prevented and they are not a normal part of aging.  Check out the link to their Tool Kit below.

For a variety of resources to help promote Falls Prevention Awareness Day, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/

You can . . .

  • Schedule an event to mark the day – presentation at a senior center, a walk event, an exercise class, a dance, etc.
  • Post a photo sharing what you do to help prevent falls (NCOA has some stock photos to use).
  • Share an informational video (see website above). Or make your own video to share.
  • Share an Infographic (see website above).
  • You can invite individuals to attend a falls prevention exercise class (visit mnraaa.org for classes in A Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance – offered in MNRAAA’s 27 counties).
  • You can speak to a loved one about falls prevention.
  • You can sign up yourself for a falls prevention workshop.
  • You can sign up to become a Leader/Coach to teach a Falls Prevention workshop (see mnraaa.org for training dates).

Let the MNRAAA Program Developers help you.

Betty Christensen…………….. 507.508.5496……………………. bchristensen@mnraaa.org

Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, and Renville Counties

Jamie Enger-Lanners……….. 507.327.2980……………………. jlanners@mnraaa.org

Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Pipestone, Murray and Rock Counties

Diana Madsen…………………… 507.327.0841……………………. dmadsen@mnraaa.org

Brown, Cottonwood, Watonwan, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, and Faribault Counties

Elaine Spain……………………… 507.387.1256 x 106…………… espain@mnraaa.org

Meeker, McLeod, Sibley, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Blue Earth, and Waseca Counties

Thank you for doing your part to reduce falls, save money, and save lives. We can all reach more when we stand together.

 

Health risks of nicotine in youth

June 5th, 2017

Nicotine can harm brain development as teens grow.

Animal research has found that even in small doses, nicotine exposure in adolescence causes long-lasting changes in brain development, which could have negative implications in human adolescents for learning, memory, attention, behavior problems, and future addiction.

For the full report go to the Minnesota Department of Health Site or check out the Nicotine- more harmful than you think infographic

Workplace Wellness Consortium Kick Off Meeting- Register by Friday April 7th!

April 7th, 2017

Thursday, April 20th

  • 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Networking/Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Meeting

Bonfire Bar and Grille

16818 Minnesota Highway 22,

Litchfield, MN 55355

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer!

Celebrating more than twenty years as a top ranked national professional motivational speaker, author, psychologist, radio talk show guest, and subconscious core reprogrammer, Michael has delivered well over 3,000 presentations and has spoken in nearly every state in the U.S.A. His MP3 audiobooks, e-books, and paperbacks sell to a worldwide audience.
Who should attend?

  • Business Owners, Employers, HR Professionals
  • Community Organizations, Schools, Faith Communities
  • Wellness Teams & Professionals

The Workplace Wellness Consortium is an ongoing series of gatherings that welcomes and invites employers, wellness teams, and professionals from a myriad of settings (e.g., worksites, community organizations, healthcare facilities, schools, faith communities) to:

  • Collaborate with local workplaces and organizations
  • Participate in research-based and best-practice learning opportunities
  • Develop a networking community
  • Implement wellness activities for personal and professional growth
  • Establish a culture of wellness in their workplaces

Register yourself and your wellness team today!  Register here

Our communities support Active Living work

March 13th, 2017

Increasing physical activity is a powerful way to prevent obesity and promote health among children and adults. Across our counties, Healthy Communities Collaborative is coming together with local partners to create healthier communities that support active lifestyles.

Children and families are more active when they live in neighborhoods that have sidewalks, parks, bicycle lanes and safe streets. Schools also can help residents of all ages be more active by providing students with quality recess, physical education and after-school programs, and by sharing their facilities with the community outside of school hours.

We are excited to share with you the attached infographic that summarizes local survey data from Meeker, McLeod and Sibley County residents related to active living. As you can see from the infographic, there is strong community-level support for initiatives that create opportunities for residents to engage in physical activity.

Active Living Infographic

Free resource for Adult Caregivers

March 10th, 2017
Who takes care of YOU when you are busy helping others?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Whether you provide care for your family member or friend in your home or at a distance, this class can help you!
You will learn to:

 Reduce stress
 Improve self-confidence
 Better communicate your feelings
 Balance your life
 Increase your ability to make tough decisions
 Locate helpful resources

This class is offered in Arlington, MN in April and May.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Sign up today!

 

Contact Information:
Barb Alsleben (LSS) – 320.221.3747 or
Sarah Doering (LSS) – 320.221.4513

Offered by Lutheran Social Service of MN and MN River Agency on Aging