Live a happy, healthy, gluten-free life by learning from gastroenterologist Paul Dorsher, MD, CentraCare Digestive Center, about the possible signs of celiac disease such as gas, bloating and abdominal pain from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the Hughes, Mathews Room at CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid the long-term effects of celiac disease. Free. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center and CentraCare Digestive Center. For more information or to register, call (320) 229-5139.
Tick season has arrived! Now that the weather is warming up, it is important to keep a watchful eye out for ticks. Ticks can be found lurking in hardwood forests as well as in tall grasses. The two most common ticks in central Minnesota are the Blacklegged tick (formerly known as the deer tick) and American Dog tick (also known as the wood tick). To reduce contact with ticks, it is important to keep grasses at bay, keeping them mowed short around the homes and in areas where people commonly walk. It is important to clear away brush and fallen leaves near homes along with keeping grasses short. Place lawn furniture and play structures in sunny areas of the yard. Bird feeders and wood piles attract tick-carrying mice so keep them far from the house.
The American Red Cross wants us to mark our calendar for Wednesday, May 15, when they will be visiting Eden Valley from 1-7 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Every donor is important and needed, but this will be a difficult time to get people to commit being that our spring is slow at coming this year. Please help the American Red Cross reach their goal by making an appointment and informing other friends and family about the importance of donating.
Contrary to popular belief, Lyme disease is not always cured simply by a quick, one-time treatment, but can take months or even years to get rid of. Some have found that they never get rid of all the damage that this bacteria has caused to their body. On May 6, at 6 p.m. in the Watab Room (#122) at the Sartell-St. Stephen School District Office, we will be viewing the dramatic documentary, “Under Our Skin,” that focuses on the epidemic of chronic Lyme disease.
This class will be led by a husband and wife, both of whom have been diagnosed and struggled with this complex disease. They invite everyone to come to support, learn, and share with each other the struggles that come with this disease and its effect on the body. And before you head outdoors this summer, make sure you are on the lookout for the tiny tick that can cause you lots of misery.
The class is free to everyone. Registration prior to the class is required through the Sartell-
St. Stephen Community Education Office, (320) 253-4036.
A limited number of free skin cancer screenings by board-certified dermatologists will be offered Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, at CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza, 1900 CentraCare Circle. Interested participants must call (320) 229-4924 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays for an appointment time. No walk-ins will be accepted.
This 15th annual CentraCare Clinic screening coincides with National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and CentraCare Clinic. May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.