July Edition of The Whistler


Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the skin.

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has several layers, but the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer).

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June Edition of The Whistler


Of the estimated 2.1 million Americans currently in the grip of opioid addiction, many are women of childbearing age. The young-adult population has been hardest hit, proportionately, with nearly 400,000 adults ages 18 to 25 suffering from addiction to prescription painkillers (the vast majority) or heroin. Strict adherence to a birth-control regimen — or any regimen at all — is difficult for someone whose body and mind have been hijacked by drug dependence, which may help to explain why, according to the largest recent study, nearly 90 percent of pregnancies among women who abuse opioid medications are unintended.

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May Edition of The Whistler


Facts About Alcohol:

*88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use

*Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation

*Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death

*Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption

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April Edition of The Whistler


7 Reasons Children Need a Good Night of Sleep, Every Night

1. Supports physical growth
2. Helps the heart
3. Affects weight
4. Fights infection, illness and stress
5. Reduces risk of injury
6. Increased attention span
7. Enhances leaning ability

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March Edition of The Whistler

March is National Nutrition Month®

This year’s campaign title is, “Go Further with Food.”

The way you can, “Go Further with Food” is to:

1. Plan meals and snacks in advance
2. Store food correctly to reduce waste
3. Shop locally for produce
4. Eat right on a budget

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February Edition of The Whistler


Make a Date With Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.

  • Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active.
  • Eat healthy.

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    Farm to Head Start Program

    Child care providers and early care settings often have a variety of reasons for participating in Farm to Early Care activities. For Haley Anderson, Nutrition Services Coordinator at Reach Up Head Start in St. Cloud, developing personal relationships with local fruit and vegetable growers was a primary motivator. It was important to Haley not only to know where the food served on her menu was coming from, but to know the names and the faces of the people growing it. Through partnerships with four Central Minnesota farmers, Haley’s dedication to purchasing local foods also reaped benefits that she didn’t expect.


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    June Edition of The Whistler



    Powassan Virus can be transmitted to humans much faster than Lyme Disease. In animal studies, the virus could be passed from tick to host after only about 15 minutes of attachment. For Lyme Disease, it takes 24 hours.

    If possible, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick by the head. Grasp the tick close to the skin. Pull the tick outward slowly, gently, and steadily. Use an antiseptic on the bite.


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    May Edition of The Whistler

    Keep Calm and Vaccinate

    There are currently vaccines available for 18 dangerous or deadly diseases. Over the years, these vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infants, children, adolescents, teens and adults need different vaccinations, depending on their age, location, job, lifestyle, travel schedule, health conditions or previous vaccinations.

    In Minnesota, when a patient is diagnosed with a disease that is “vaccine-preventable”, the Minnesota Department of Health & local health departments work to identify individuals who may have been exposed, assess their immunity, and recommend post-exposure prophylaxis as needed for that particular situation.

    Currently, there is a vaccine-preventable outbreak of measles. As of April 28, 2017, there have been 32 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota.


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    April Edition of The Whistler

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother tied a blue ribbon to the antenna
    of her van to “make people wonder.” The story she told to inquisitive community members was the tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which
    lead to the brutal death of her grandson.

    “It has been so long since I sat by my grandson’s side in the hospital. Of course, I knew something was wrong as I sat there, I saw fear on his face, the
    bruises on his body and the healing cigarette burns on his hands. His doctor did not believe my daughter’s story…’he fell in slippery water in the bathtub.’

    “After the ordeal at the hospital my grandson was placed into foster care for three weeks. He cried when they came to take him back to his mother. I ached
    for this dilemma, but I was not physically able to care for him. I never saw him again. My 16-month old granddaughter was hospitalized after being beaten
    severely. Her leg was broken in four places and her hand was burned from the top of her little fingers to her wrist. It was only then that the search was on for
    my grandson. We learned that he had been killed, wrapped in a sheet, stuffed in a toolbox and dumped into the dismal swamp three months earlier.”

    “My grandchildren had suffered and battled so much throughout their young lives that it sickened me. My life was turned into physical and mental chaos. My
    efforts to understand became a plea to stop abusing children. I tied a Blue Ribbon on my van antenna to make people wonder.”

    Why blue? I intend never to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren.

    Blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for protection for our children.

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