Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), coincides American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Mille Lacs Health System as a Level IV Trauma hospital. MLHS and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and

It has been said that more people in the US die of too much food than too little. The facts are, more than 35 percent of adults are obese, and 34 percent are overweight. Nearly 32 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s three times the prevalence from just one generation ago.

The annual St. Francis Award, given to a nominated employee at Mille Lacs Health System, was awarded on Fri., Jan 19, to Connie Hermel. Hermel began working at MLHS in 1992, as a bookkeeper in the nursing home. She went on to manage the business office and is now working in the Admissions/Reception Department.

The MLHS Hillman Clinic will be closed on Fri., Feb. 2, due to carpet installation. If you have a medical need, feel free to visit one of our other neighborhood clinics in Onamia, Garrison or Isle. Our Urgent Care in Onamia is also open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The group Alzheimer’s Ride for the Mind has given a donation of $5,000 to Lake Song Assisted Living in Onamia for their Memory Care Unit. Lonna Schmidtbauer, Housing Manager of Lake Song said, “We will use this money to assist with using alternative methods that revolve around engaging the senses through aromatherapy.

Mille Lacs Health System’s Infection Control Committee wants you to remember that this is the season for colds and flu (and we can’t forget last year’s Norovirus.) The single best piece of advice is: Wash your hands.

Caring for a loved one at the holidays can be an extra burden, above and beyond the other times of the year when you are making sure someone is looked after and cared for.

We’ve all heard the expression that we are what we eat, but it’s probably more accurate to say that we are what we assimilate. In other words, we are what we are able to absorb from our foods. For some, even if they eat a nearly perfect diet with lots of servings of fruits and vegetables each day, they may not be healthy if they can’t get the nutrients out of their food.