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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December 23, 2014

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Chemicals in baby products – what’s a parent to do?

A Minnesota public health expert provides simple tips to help protect children Every parent of a newborn wants to protect their baby from harm. So parents and parents-to-be learn about safety gates, outlet protectors, choking hazards, car seat safety and safe sleep positions. But parents might not be as aware of potential risks from small [...]

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