May 8, 2015

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A warm farewell from Nancy Feldman

UCare’s CEO reflects on the lessons of her “incredibly rewarding” career Since my retirement is just a few months away, I have been spending lots of time doing “one last time” things, reflecting on my incredibly rewarding career, and thinking about what comes next…for me and for UCare.  So this is my last UCare blog [...]

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April 1, 2015

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‘I don’t think anything prepares a parent for the illness of a child’

UCare staffer shares her experiences as a mother of two little ones I don’t think anything prepares a parent for the illness of a child. I still remember the day about a year ago when I came home from work and saw my 6-month-old daughter not looking well. My husband had been taking care of [...]

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March 24, 2015

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‘Aging vicariously is a gift’

Senior Companion program volunteer Mary Jo Franske says she receives far more than she gives by helping her Minnesota neighbors Editor’s Note: As part of a 40-year-old national initiative, the Senior Companion program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota pairs volunteers with isolated and frail Minnesota seniors. Volunteers who are 55 or better offer elders [...]

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March 11, 2015

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‘If you know someone who needs health care or health insurance, give yourself permission to help make a difference’

A Springboard for the Arts leader tells how her group boosts the health of Minnesota artists  Seven years ago, I met Jane – an artist who hadn’t had health insurance in over a decade and hadn’t had a preventive health care check-up in almost as long. That’s a scary proposition. Fortunately, I was able to [...]

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March 4, 2015

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Girls AND women “Rock the Capitol”

Eighth-grader Hailey DelCastillo shares her impressions after a visit to Minnesota’s Statehouse Editor’s Note: The following account is 13-year-old Hailey DelCastillo’s impression after participating in the Feb. 16 “Girls Rock! the Capitol” event. The 13th-annual gathering, open to all 13- to 18-year-old Minnesota girls and women, offers hands-on opportunities to learn more about government, leadership, [...]

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February 20, 2015

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Bamba Iqhaza! (That’s Zulu for “Be Part of It!”)

UCare staffer to race in South Africa’s 56-mile, uphill ultramarathon. Oy! “Bamba Iqhaza,” or “Be Part of it!” says the invitation to participate in the oldest and most famous ultramarathon in the world: the 56-mile Comrades race in South Africa. “Ultras” are any distance longer than a standard marathon’s 26.2 miles. Though I’ll be a [...]

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February 6, 2015

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Fuerza Unida Amig@s (“Friends United in Strength”)

Latino communities stand against domestic violence with support from organizations like UCare  Editor’s Note: Nouns in Spanish are usually either masculine (ending in an “o”) or feminine (ending in an “a”). Because the “@” symbol resembles an a inside of an o, Casa de Esperanza uses that symbol in place of an o when referring [...]

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January 30, 2015

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Grocery-store-on-a-bus delivers health, affordability, smiles

The Twin Cities Mobile Market, with help from the UCare Foundation, brings fresh offerings closer to home A few years ago, I was on the phone with a friend who used the term “food desert.” “Food what?” I asked. I understood the concept: Many communities don’t have easy access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. [...]

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January 15, 2015

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You are what you eat … or drink … or juice

‘How veggie and fruit smoothies — and other nutritious choices — powered my health turnaround’ Have you ever heard the saying “Your body is your temple”? I believe my minister said this many times. About four years ago, I took the idea to heart – literally. My triglycerides and cholesterol levels were on the rise [...]

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January 9, 2015

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The “no-car-for-one-year” experiment meets winter

UCare staffer Dan Sarles tells how he’s holding up since his summertime car-for-bike swap. Spoiler alert: “It’s a pretty great trade.” About every five years or so, Minnesota is treated to a particularly punctual and fierce winter. During these winters, there will be snow on the ground on or before Thanksgiving (U of M Climate [...]

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