There are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., which proves that early diagnosis and better treatments are helping more women to survive. Still, the statistics are there to show that it’s the second most common cancer among women.

Mille Lacs Health System and Mille Lacs Health System’s Long Term Care Facility both received the “blue ribbon award” for their efforts to vaccinate employees against influenza last year.

People love their morning coffee. Especially as the days grow cooler and darker, there’s nothing that smells as good as fresh brewed coffee or warms cold hands like a hot mug. Coffee has been the center of much debate over the years as it relates to health.


by Dawn Huffman

Mille Lacs Health System


It’s flu shot season again, and Mille Lacs Health System is giving flu shots in all the neighborhood clinics during the month of October. Walk-ins are welcome but we recommend an appointment.

Call 320-532-3154 to schedule an appointment to get your shot.

On the fence about it? Here are answers to four common concerns: 


By Dawn Huffman

Mille Lacs Health System

September is Healthy Aging Month and chances are that if you are younger than 50, you have put this concept in the very back of your mind. No matter your age, it is never too early or late to think about aging well.


by Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT

Mille Lacs Health System

Fasting, the exercise of going prolonged periods of time without food, has been practiced in many cultures for centuries as a way to restore clear thinking and optimal body function, as well as connect with one’s spirituality. Lately, it’s been touted as the newest and best method for weight loss.

There are many approaches to fasting. They can vary in length for as little as 24 hours or up to 30 days. Some fasting protocols allow only water; others allow juicing, bone broths, or specific meal timing. The more extreme they are, the more risky they are. Conversely, the more lax they are, the fewer benefits they have.

by Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT

Mille Lacs Health System

Nearly everyone takes a prescription medication at one time or another in their lifetime. Some medications manage acute infections and others manage chronic disease symptoms. All medications, whether taken short or long-term, have specific health benefits or symptoms that they manage. Unfortunately, they also can have some drawbacks that most people are unaware of.