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March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S. But it can be prevented. Screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.

Facts about colon and rectal cancer:

  1. In 2019, an estimated 2,300 Minnesotans will be diagnosed and 790 Minnesotans may die from colorectal cancer.
  2. One in 23 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime, one in five of those will be diagnosed under the age of 54.
  3. The American Cancer Society recommends that screening for this preventable cancer should begin at age 45 for adults with average risk. Screening should begin earlier for individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  4. In Minnesota the screening rate for colorectal cancer sits at 73.7%, increasing that by just one percentage point could mean an additional 10,000 Minnesotans would be screened, saving lives in the process.

What can be done to reduce the risk?

  1. Get screened as recommended, starting at age 45, or earlier for those with certain risk factors.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight, and adopt a physically active lifestyle.
  3. Understand the symptoms, and talk with your doctor if you experience blood in your stool, chronic constipation or unexplained weight loss.
  4. Consume a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting red and processed meats.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke.

 

If you’re 50 or older-don’t wait. Talk to your doctor and get screened.
Call 320-839-6157 for an appointment or if you have questions.

February is Heart Health Month – Let’s Talk About Cholesterol

Managing cholesterol early in life is key to lowering your risk for heart disease. Here are 4 ways to take control of your cholesterol levels today. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZExternal

 

 

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is a 100% covered annual visit under your Medicare benefit. During this in-depth discussion, the RN will review your medical history, medications, vaccinations, and risk factors for illness while creating a personalized prevention plan.

This is a wonderful benefit exclusive to patients with Medicare. Don’t miss out on a benefit you have earned and deserve.

For more information, please call 320-839-6157.

November is Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and 1 in 3 adults in America has prediabetes. Thankfully, with early diagnosis, prediabetes can be reversed. Talk to your provider about your risk and what steps you can start taking today.

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s that time of year again where everywhere you look you will see something pink. Pink is the official color for breast cancer and thanks to the NFL and other major partners, breast cancer awareness is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. We can still do more.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

To schedule your mammogram please call 320-839-6157 today.

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance
to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

  • NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they
    are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.
  • Communities have continued to use the month of August each year to
    raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing
    serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
  • Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare
    professionals, and public health officials must work together to help
    protect the entire community.

Talk to your health care professional to make sure your family is up to date on all the recommended vaccines.

  • Back-to-school appointments are a perfect time to make sure your
    children are up-to-date on all the vaccines recommended for them.
  • Because vaccines aren’t just for kids, you can take CDC’s Adult Vaccine
    Quiz to find out which vaccines may be recommended for you. Take the
    customized printout to discuss with your doctor at your next healthcare
    encounter.

Big Stone County 1 of 36 on US News community health honor roll

Ortonville, MN — The 2018 U.S. News Healthiest Communities Honor Roll recently recognized Big Stone County as one of 36 communities on their first ever health honor roll.

The honor roll is a component of U.S. News & World Report‘s inaugural healthiest communities rankings, a project conducted in collaboration with Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna’s charitable foundation. The project scores nearly 3,000 counties on approximately 80 indicators across 10 categories: population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure. Researchers then identified the top 500 healthiest communities.

“At Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS), we’re proud of our community and to play a key roll in the health of people in our area,” Dave Rogers, CEO of OAHS.

As part of the project, each county was placed into a peer groups based on urban-rural status and economic performance, according to U.S. News & World Report. The groups are urban, high-performing rankings; urban, up-and-coming rankings; rural, high-performing rankings; and rural, up-and-coming rankings.

The honor roll comprises the top-performing communities within each peer group in these specific geographic divisions: East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic, Mountain, New England, Pacific, South Atlantic, West North Central and West South Central.

The communities named to the honor roll “best serve their residents in the face of often complex health-related challenges,” according to U.S. News & World Report. Populations in honor roll communities range from 2,000 people to nearly 1 million. According to U.S. News & World Report, the honor roll communities together have an average life expectancy of 81 years and health insurance coverage exceeding 90 percent.

Here are the 36 honor roll communities.

  1. Allegany County, N.Y.
  2. Bennington County, Vt.
  3. Leelanau County, Mich.
  4. Big Stone County, Minn.
  5. Lexington, Va.
  6. Carson County, Texas
  7. Livingston County, N.Y.
  8. Carver County, Minn.
  9. Marshall County, Ky.
  10. Collin County, Texas
  11. Mono County, Calif.
  12. Dolores County, Colo.
  13. Montgomery County, Va.
  14. Door County, Wis.
  15. Morris County, N.J.
  16. Douglas County, Colo.
  17. Nantucket County, Mass.
  18. Dukes County, Mass.
  19. Orleans County, Vt.
  20. Essex County, N.Y.
  21. Pickett County, Tenn.
  22. Falls Church, Va.
  23. Real County, Texas
  24. Hamilton County, Ind.
  25. Routt County, Colo.
  26. Island County, Wash.
  27. San Mateo County, Calif.
  28. Jefferson County, Wash.
  29. Sibley County, Minn.
  30. Kerr County, Texas
  31. Washington County, Tenn.
  32. Keweenaw County, Mich.
  33. Williamson County, Tenn.
  34. King George County, Va.
  35. Winneshiek County, Iowa
  36. Latah County, Idaho

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.

Why did you choose OAHS?

We chose to deliver our first baby at OAHS because we really liked the atmosphere at the clinic. And as soon as we met Dr. Stacy Longnecker, we knew we felt comfortable with her – with the staff and everybody there. 

Once it was time for baby to come, we were nervous, this being our first baby. But as soon as we got to the hospital, we knew we were going to be well taken care of. 

We felt comfortable and everything went smoothly. We had no problems and it was actually an enjoyable experience.  There were a lot of emotions going on, but I felt comforted and really well taken care of at OAHS.

Would I recommend OAHS to expecting or soon to be expecting parents? Yes, I would!

 

Lance and Alyssa Frogner of Milbank, SD, with baby Grayson

Why Did You Choose OAHS?

We chose OAHS because it’s the local hospital and because I knew of the good staff they have along with their providers – nurses, surgical team – everybody’s great. I just feel very comfortable there.

 During my first pregnancy, everything went completely normal and well – labor was a little rough, however, my provider and the nursing staff got me through it. Because I had a pretty traumatic labor, my provider recommended a C-section with my second baby. I felt 100% confident in his judgment, so we did the C-section with the second. It was a terrific experience from start to finish. I have zero regrets with having the C-section.

 Would I recommend OAHS to expecting or soon to be expecting parents? Oh I would for sure recommend OAHS. Some people think it’s such a small town hospital it makes people hesitant. I can’t stress enough –  they are so comforting, start to finish.

And if I have a question for my doctor, I send a message on my chart and receive a quick response.

 These are the best times of your life, but also very nerve racking times. Everyone at OAHS does a good job reassuring you and being there for you from start to finish. And even for years after during well child checks and anything that comes up after baby is born.

Melanie and Drew Martig
Kids: Brock and Reegan, plus one on the way in Sept!

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