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Nov 25th

Health

Minnesota STD cases decline in 2009 according to health department

Chlamydia cases remain stable, syphilis and gonorrhea cases drop.
The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota dropped slightly to 16,702 in 2009, a 5 percent drop from the previous year, state health officials reported today.

According to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), there were 17,649 cases reported in 2008 and 17,057 cases in 2007. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid. 



"Chlamydia was Minnesota’s number one reported STD this past year with 14,186 cases," said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH. "This is almost identical to last year’s totals where we saw 14,350 chlamydia cases reported." 


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Alpha Kappa Alpha joins crusade to promote healthier media images of girls

Alpha Kappa Alpha joins crusade to promote healthier media images of girlsChicago, Illinois - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  has joined forces with the American Psychological Association,  the Congressional Women's Caucus Task Group on Young Women and Troop Capitol Hill to combat media images that impact girls' self esteem by co-sponsoring H.R. 4925, the Healthy Media for Youth Act.   Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first organization of its kind to support this legislation, which was introduced on March 24 by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.
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Alzheimer's Association Statement

Rep. Keith Ellison cosponsors legislation addressing the Alzheimer crisis

The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota commends US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for cosponsoring both the “Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act” {S. 1492/ H.R. 3286} and the “National Alzheimer’s Project Act,” {S. 3036/H.R. 4689).  For the more than 5 million people nationwide living with Alzheimer’s, and the 97,760 living right here in Minnesota, supporting these important bills is a significant step in the fight against the disease and offers great promise for someday having a world without Alzheimer’s.

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State Legislators and Physicians Discuss Health-Care under Obama

The day before policymakers voted on President Barack Obama’s controversial, but historical health care bill, members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) and the National Medical Association (NMA) met in Virginia for the first day of a series of panel discussions between state legislators, physicians and other health care professionals at the Eleventh National Colloquium on African-American Health (NCAAH).  
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Body & Soul Initiative Helps Black Churches Reduce Health Disparities

Body & Soul Initiative Helps Black Churches Reduce Health DisparitiesRICHMOND, VA-- In conjunction with National Minority Health Month, The Balm In Gilead announced last week that it has added a major program to its repertoire of national faith-based initiatives that address health disparities among African Americans.  Body & Soul is an evidence-based wellness program that was originally developed for African American congregations and piloted by the National Cancer Institute, The American Cancer Society, and researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The program promotes a healthy diet along with an active lifestyle as a means for decreasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer among African Americans.
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Fighting Childhood Obesity

When First Lady Michelle Obama decided to launch the "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, she brought much needed attention to a crisis facing millions of children.  It's a special concern for children of color because new research shows Black and Hispanic children are disproportionally at risk for nearly a dozen factors that increase their chances to be obese.  But children of color are far from the only ones in danger. Experts estimate one-third of American children are currently overweight or obese, and these rates have tripled among children ages 12 to 19 since 1980.  Some adults may see a heavy child as a sign of a healthy eater, or think that for children, extra weight is mainly just a cosmetic issue.  But serious risks for overweight children go far beyond appearance. 
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Changing the Northside food environment

There is a movement sweeping America.  Whether in family homes, schools, neighborhoods or in the kitchen of the Obama White House, there is a growing belief in the need to take control of what we eat thereby improving our health and our lives.  North Minneapolis is no exception.  The community has added its voice to the call for community gardens, healthier food access and choices in our schools and work sites and neighborhoods.
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