June is National Safety Month

Every 3 minutes, someone dies from something 100% preventable. National Safety Month is a call to action to reverse this trend. Join us to ensure #No1GetsHurt www.nsc.org/nsm

Do You Focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally –it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

This May is Mental Health Month; Ortonville Area Health Services is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a before Stage Four approach to mental health.

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can help control weight, improve mental health, and help you live longer and healthier. Recent research is also connecting your nutrition and gut health with your mental health. Sleep also plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a good night’s sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities. And we all know that stress can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health, so it’s important to take time to focus on stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga.

OAHS wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness#4Mind4Body.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

Heart and Vascular Screenings

Annual Lab Promotion May 9th -11th

Motherhood and More – An OAHS Women’s Expo

Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS) is excited to announce the upcoming Motherhood and More event, April 6th at the Ortonville Armory.

This event will feature motherhood-inspired vendors as well as motivational speaker and life coach, Kathryn Vigness.

As a self-proclaimed soulpreneur, encourager, and lover of all things happy, Kathryn inspires and encourages those around her to live with intention.  As a mama to three boys under the age of seven, Kathryn demonstrates the importance of self-love, being seen amidst the messiness of life, and finding beauty at rock bottom. Her energy and belly laughs are contagious, her stories are memorable, and her passions are a magnetic attraction for others.

As an avid writer, Kathryn is the co-author of #soulprompt: an inspirational journal that unfolds when you do, a featured blogger for elephantjournal, a contributing author in the book and documentary series, StoREALities, and will be releasing her memoir, Growing Wild, in 2018.

“OAHS has a passion for moms and we want to lift you up and encourage you to keep doing the great work you are already doing!” said OAHS’ Beth Fladhammer, FNP” Kathryn Vigness is going to be amazing!”

Doors open at 5:30 pm for shopping and refreshments and Kathryn will begin at 7:30 pm.

2018 Student Internship Opportunity

Through a joint effort with the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, MN Department of Health and OAHS, we are accepting applications for the summer internship program. This Summer Health Care Intern Program (SHCIP) allows students to gain valuable experience in a healthcare setting and encourage students to explore healthcare careers.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High School students who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2018, or are 2018 high school graduates; or
  • Post-secondary students who are enrolled in (and not graduating this school year) a Minnesota 2-year or 4-year healthcare degree-granting educational program; or are a resident of Minnesota enrolled in (but not graduating this school year) an out-of-state two-year or four-year health care degree-granting educational program.

For consideration, students must submit a completed OAHS application with a cover letter plus at least one letter of reference by March 26, 2018.

Applications should be submitted to:

Ortonville Area Health Services
Attn: HR Office
450 Eastvold Ave, Ortonville, MN 56278

Applications are available at www.oahs.us/careers.
Phone: 320-839-4125 Email: hr@oahs.us

Effective March 1st, OAHS will be a Level 2 Cost Provider for PEIP and SEGIP.

Cardiovascular Disease Today – Lunch and Learn

The Good Life here at OAHS

OAHS Welcomes Amanda Berckes, Registered Dietitian

We are excited to welcome registered dietitian, Amanda Berckes, to Ortonville Area Health Services. Amanda grew up In Wilmot, SD, and now lives in Canby, MN, with her husband, Ted. She attended South Dakota State University and earned a B.S. in Dietetics and M.S. in Nutrition & Exercise Sciences.

“I pursued the field of dietetics and nutritional sciences because of my fascination with nutrition and passion for helping others,” Amanda said. “The foods we eat play such a big role in the way our bodies function and feel! I am excited to motivate people to make positive changes towards a healthy lifestyle and reach their health and nutrition goals!”

Amanda will provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for a wide variety of diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, GI disorders, oncology, food allergies, nutritional support, pulmonary disease, renal disease, weight management, eating disorders, and nutritional support.

Medical Nutrition Therapy includes a comprehensive nutrition assessment, planning and implementation of a nutrition intervention using evidenced-based nutrition guidelines, and monitoring and evaluation of an individual’s progress over subsequent visits.

If you are interested in Medical Nutrition Therapy please call Northside Medical Clinic at 320-839-6157 or talk with your Primary Care Provider.


Kafka Donation Helps Improve Cardiac Rehab Education

OAHS Cardiac Rehab Coordinator, Kelly Kallhoff, RN, recently began to develop a new education program to better educate our patients on how the heart works, various cardiac procedures, the purpose of Cardiac Rehab, and other ways to be heart healthy. In her research, she discovered some video resources that touched on all of those topics and were perfect for the program. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, she just didn’t have a convenient way to get those resources into the hands of her patients.  Dan Kafka was just beginning the Cardiac Rehab Program when this was beginning to develop. “Dan and I were chatting about the education portion,” said Kalhoff “and I stated that we are looking into getting an iPad but until then I was using my computer on wheels to view the videos.”  Dan ran into OAHS CEO Dave Rogers and expressed that he would like to donate an iPad to the Cardiac Rehab Department for the education program. Kalhoff stated, “Thanks to Dan’s generosity, now my patients can watch and listen to important information about leading a heart-healthy lifestyle all while exercising and strengthening their hearts.” 

10 Ways To Avoid Holiday Meltdowns

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings
    If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
  2. Reach out
    If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious, or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic
    The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
  4. Set aside differences
    Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget
    Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

Try these alternatives:

  • Donate to a charity in someone’s name
  • Give homemade gifts
  • Start a family gift exchange
  1. Plan ahead
    Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  2. Learn to say no
    Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
  3. Don’t abandon healthy habits
    Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
  1. Take a breather
    Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Some options may include:

  • Taking a walk at night and stargazing
  • Listening to soothing music
  • Getting a massage
  • Reading a book.
  1. Seek professional help if you need it
    Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
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