Tricounty News

Changes made in childhood immunizations

New immunization requirements for child care, early childhood programs and schools begin Sept. 1, 2014.

Tdap is added to secondary school schedule; Hepatitis A and B are expanded to child care.

Changes to immunization requirements for children in Minnesota child care, early childhood programs and schools will better protect children and communities from a number of potentially serious diseases, say state health officials. The new rules adopted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Monday, Oct. 28, will apply to children enrolling in programs beginning Sept. 1, 2014, and bring Minnesota’s immunizations law in line with current national recommendations and practices.

Among the biggest changes, the new rules for children in child care and grades pre-K-12 now call for:

Hepatitis A and B vaccination for children enrolling in child care or early childhood programs.

Replacement of the current seventh-grade tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccination with one that also includes pertussis (Tdap).


Family and friends support group for eating disorders Nov. 7

The St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic will offer a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 7, at CentraCare Health Plaza (Woodland’s entrance) in the Leonard, Street & Deinard room. This month’s topic will cover “Supporting your loved one through the holidays.”

Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support – through education and sharing – to friends and family of individuals with eating disorders. Participants will learn tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say.

This group is intended for family members and friends of a person with an eating disorder and is NOT appropriate for people who currently struggle with an eating disorder. No charge, but call: Bette Bakke, PhD, LP, at (320) 229-4918.

Stelten awarded Natural Health Professional Certification

Cindy Stelten, a local day care provider, was awarded a natural health professional certification from the National Association of Natural Health Professionals. Stelten was officially W-CindySteltenandElaineNewkirkrecognized at a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 22, after completing the 18-month seminar course in Alexandria, Minn.

“My goal has been to always help people,” said Stelten, who retired from the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue in January 2013 after serving for 28 years. “When I see someone suffering from pain or discomfort, I always want to know that I can make a difference.” Her certification also complements her Young Living Inc. business now in its second year, she said.

Completion of all five certification seminars provides Stelten with the distinction of becoming a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP). The information in these five weekend seminars provided her with the hands-on application of various theories and techniques used by natural health practitioners including nutrition, body systems, iridology, western herbology and practicum. Stelten plans to maintain her certification by attending at least one capstone seminar each year.

Cindy Stelten receives her Natural Health Professional Certification from CNHP instructor Elaine Newkirk. Submitted photo.


Red Cross recommends increased iron intake prior to blood donation

Many people can donate blood, but even healthy donors are sometimes temporarily deferred because of low hemoglobin levels. The American Red Cross recommends eligible blood donors eat a well-balanced diet with extra iron-rich foods prior to their donation this fall.

During the fall, iron-rich produce such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chard are in season and therefore more abundant.

Food can have two types of iron, heme and nonheme. The body can absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron, primarily found in meat, but only 2 to 10 percent of nonheme iron. Foods high in vitamin C, such as leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits, help with iron absorption.

The Red Cross also recommends iron supplements for regular blood donors after consulting with their personal health-care provider or pharmacist. Visit  red
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Healthy blood donors help patients in need every day. Make an appointment to roll up a sleeve by calling (800) RED CROSS, or visiting

Kingston Lions Blood Drive Oct. 15

The Kingston Lions are planning a Blood Drive to be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Kingston Community Center. The location is 30840 722nd Avenue in Kingston.

For appointments or information, please call Sandy Smith at (320) 398-8025. Please bring photo ID or donor card. Daycare will be provided.