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A model of health blooms in New Ulm

[Star Tribune, Sept. 28, 2012] Maybe you won’t listen to your doctor. But can your village help you lower your blood pressure or live a healthier life? That’s the premise of a two-day conference, which starts on Friday in Bloomington, showcasing how Minnesota communities have taken it upon themselves to promote healthy living. And the […]

Owatonna’s Wilson Elementary School receives School Health Connection award

[Owatonna People’s Press, Sept. 28, 2012] Wilson Elementary School, Owatonna, is one of 10 elementary schools in Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities chosen to participate in a novel partnership with Allina Health. Wilson Elementary School has been selected as a School Health Connection site for the 2012–13 school year, which includes a $10,000 grant to […]

Cambridge man receives Inspiration Award from Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

[Isanti County News, September 26, 2012] Each year, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute bestows Inspiration Awards on persons: • who have persevered despite seemingly insurmountable odds. • whose achievements or outcomes are extraordinary. • whose actions serve to encourage others. • who serve as advocates, championing the issues of those with disabilities. Robert Matchinsky of Cambridge […]

Allina Health, Blue Cross form new insurance option

[Pioneer Press, Sept. 19, 2012] Health insurers in Minnesota are jumping on the ACO bandwagon. ACO is the abbreviation for “accountable care organization,” a new system that links insurance companies, hospitals and doctors with the idea of better coordinating care and costs. On Tuesday, Eagan-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced a similar […]

CDC: Kids get too much salt

[KSTP TV5 & KMSP Fox 9 News, Sept. 17, 2012] A new Centers for Disease Control study says kids get too much salt in the diet and that can lead to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Much of the salt comes from foods you might not suspect. Allina Medical Clinic pediatrician Eric Barth and […]

In the Kitchen: End of summer salad

[Fox 9 News, September 15, 2012] Grants from Allina Health are helping one Minneapolis community get healthy by bringing in local chefs to turn community gardens into tasty events for residents. Chef Brian Hauke, of the Red Stag Supper Club, and Ricky Venson, who sits on the board of directors for the McKinley Community CSA, […]

Groundbreaking for Mercy Specialty Center project in Coon Rapids

[Coon Rapids Herald, Sept. 13, 2012] Groundbreaking for an expansion of Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids took place yesterday (Wednesday, Sept. 12). Mercy Specialty Center, a 120,000 square-foot, multi-specialty medical building, will be located on Coon Rapids Boulevard immediately opposite the hospital. The four-story building has a $22 million price tag and is being paid […]

Experts expect bad allergy season

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Sept. 12, 2012] Brace yourself if you’re an allergy sufferer. Experts are predicting one of the worst fall allergy seasons ever. Allina Medical Clinic – Woodbury allergist Pramod Kelkar, MD, tells Fox 9 News it’s here now and could last into November. Watch the story here.

Grand Itasca joins 13 other communities in wellness promotion partnership with Allina Health

[Grand Rapids Herald Review, September 11, 2012] Allina Health and George Family Foundation have announced a regional health improvement partnership with 13 health care organizations in communities across Greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. “The Healthy Communities Partnership recognizes that at least 40 percent of the deaths in the U.S. are attributed to four behaviors: unhealthy […]

Steele County employees take cooking classes to promote wellness

[Owatonna Peoples Press, September 11, 2012] Some Steele County employees may be spending more time in the kitchen this fall thanks to a grant the county received from the Neighborhood Health Connection program of Allina Health. The county received a $2,500 grant from Neighborhood Health Connection, which supports wellness and promotes healthy lifestyles one neighborhood […]