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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