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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
, to learn more.

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.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12

National Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12. This week is marked by community education efforts in all 50 states to raise awareness that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions, and that there is help and hope for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. To learn more about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, or to find support groups, family educational classes and other resources, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota at (651) 645-2948 or (888) NAMI-Helps.


MDA offers free flu shots

To those affected by muscle disease

MDA’s online Flu Season Resource Center can help.

Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 12, 2013 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association is offering assistance with the cost of flu vaccines for individuals affected by neuromuscular
disease, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

MDA offers this service annually for adults and children living with muscle disease who, because of compromised respiratory function – including difficulty coughing or clearing fluid from the lungs – are at increased risk of serious and possibly life-threatening complications from the flu.

Families and those individuals served by the Association can visit MDA’s Flu Season Resource Center to receive up-to-date information and tips for flu prevention, what to do should infection occur and how to obtain a vaccine through MDA.

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people get their flu vaccine as soon as it is available in their area. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to be protected from the flu.

“All strains of the flu can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening illness for those living with a neuromuscular disease,” said MDA Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific and Medical
Officer Valerie Cwik, M.D. “We encourage everyone affected to visit an MDA clinic or consult with their physician about receiving the vaccine as a precaution from contracting and spreading the flu this season.”

The influenza vaccine for 2013-2014 will help protect against three viruses – influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses, as well as the common influenza B virus. Individuals affected by muscle disease can receive reimbursement, up to $35, for the cost of vaccines received from licensed health care professionals, including those located at retail pharmacies. MDA clinics may also offer flu shots in certain areas.

For more information about obtaining a flu vaccine, individuals
may call their local MDA office at (800) 572-1717.

About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit, and follow us at and @MDAnews.