Health

  Health professional provides shoveling tips as snow blankets much of US

More snow means more shoveling, and as temperatures drop, you may have to also battle the winter elements.

River’s Edge Hospital to make changes to facility entrances

Mankato Area Public Schools invites parents, children to “Screenagers” showings

Minnesotans are drinking water contaminated by nitrate

  A look at mental health resources in schools

VINE Faith in Action to host presentation about hearing loss

  New beer for 2020 prepares to help give those in need 20/20 vision

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  ’They Lied. We Know.’ initiative visits St. Peter High School for harmful vaping awareness

  All-Star Nutrition offers fitness challenge for greater Mankato area with “New Year, New You”

State Rep. Huot to host listening session in North Mankato

  Mankato Area Public Schools report average flu rate among outbreaks across Minnesota

  Mayo Clinic Health System ambulance blessed into service

  New Year’s fitness resolutions and preventing injury

  Crush your fitness goals with the Lake Crystal Chisel Challenge

The weight loss challenge put on by Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center (LCARC) and All Star Nutrition begins Jan. 10 with an initial weigh-in with two more later on in the challenge.

  Blue Earth Taxi giving individuals in recovery a second chance

A local taxi service is bridging the gap for individuals with a criminal record who are seeking work.

  Mayo Clinic Health System welcomes first baby of the new year

The baby boy, Abdurahman Ilyas Mohamud, was born at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning to parents Amino Mohamed and Ilyas Ahmed of North Mankato.

  River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic in St. Peter gets robotic-arm assisted technology

With robotic technology, surgeons at the River's Edge Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic have a more predictable surgical experience.

  Mayo Clinic Health System secures Civic Center naming rights

  Influenza B hits Minnesota hard

  Free radon testing kits available from Brown-Nicollet Environmental/Community Health

Sleepy Eye Medical Center awarded one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

VINE Faith in Action to offer free diabetes prevention program in 2020

  New Ulm Park and Rec to host 2020 weight loss challenge

  Nonprofit receives funding as part of State Opioid Response Grants

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has given over $11.2 million in State Opioid Response Grants, including $373,613 to local nonprofit WEcovery.

  St. Peter High School student publishes novel; addresses mental illness

High school senior Josh Ellerbeck hopes his novel and his message will help save lives and awaken a sense of purpose in peoples’ lives.

  VINE’s diabetes prevention program reaches its halfway point as members see weight loss

KEYC News 12 has been following VINE Faith in Action's 2019 Diabetes Prevention Program since its kick-off in the middle of June.

Lamberton picks Allina to operate clinic

The Allina Health clinic in Lamberton plans to be fully operational in spring 2020.

  How to keep your skin healthy during the winter

It's that time of year when our skin starts to get dryer as temperatures drop.

  Gustavus Adolphus robotics students make, gift remote-controlled wheelchair for child

The remote-controlled wheelchair was built for Henry by students after Go! Therapy in St. Peter saw an article on a robotics team in Farmington, Minnesota, who had done something similar.

  Horizon Homes: treating mental illness with a variety of programs

Abby Barlament with Horizon Homes joined KEYC News 12 to discuss the variety of programs they have to help treat mental illness.

  Jessica Potter shares some Christmas history with antique ornaments

Jessica Potter with the Blue Earth County Historical Society joined KEYC News 12 this Morning to share some history with antique Christmas decorations.

  Taking precautions against radon

"Twenty-thousand people in the United States will die this year from radon. Radon is the number two killer behind cigarette smoking for lung cancer across the country,” Community Development Manager Rick Jeddeloh said.

  Healthy Holiday tips and alternatives

With all the parties and family functions, the comfort food is ubiquitous this time of year.

  Waseca man to bike across the U.S. to raise awareness for a degenerative eyesight disease

A Waseca man announced he will soon be taking a journey of a lifetime to raise awareness for a disease that causes progressive vision loss.

Report: Flu season in Minnesota kicking off with Influenza B

Flu season in Minnesota is off to an unusual start, with the B strain of influenza causing most of the lab-confirmed cases instead of the A strain, which typically emerges first.

  Allina Health Clinic coming to Springfield

Allina Health has been selected as the facility’s new health care provider.

  Teal Program Project hosts Crafts with Santa, spreading holiday cheer and food allergy awareness

Stephanie Miller from the Teal Program Project joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about their upcoming Craft with Santa event, taking place Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m. at the St. Peter Community Center

City of Springfield to announce new healthcare partnership

Mayo Clinic Health System announced plans to close their facilities in Springfield and Lamberton effective March 1

Dig 'N Pink raises over $15,000 for cancer patients

Every October, Dig 'N Pink raises money and awareness for breast cancer with the help of local high school volleyball teams. This year’s fundraisers included t-shirt sales and silent auctions.

  Mankato Clinic donates time as bell-ringers and donates dollars to local Salvation Army

The Mankato Clinic is donating more than money to the Salvation Army this year.

American Red Cross in need of blood during the holidays

Those who donate blood through Dec. 18 will be eligible to receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

  MNsure open enrollment deadline looms

Open Door Health Center in Mankato will have two certified MNsure navigators on site to help people through the signup process.

  Minnesota sues Juul over ‘deceptive marketing’ to youth

The lawsuit describes how Juul has created a public nuisance and violated the consumer protection laws in Minnesota.

Le Sueur County Relay for Life Team to host craft, bake sale

Funds raised at this event will benefit the Le Sueur County Relay for Life Team.

Blue Earth County unanimously approves Smoking and Tobacco-Free Policy

Blue Earth County announced on Tuesday that it will prohibit smoking and the use of all tobacco products on county government grounds beginning April 1, 2020.

Five charities selected as beneficiaries for 2020 Mankato Marathon

The Charities Program helped raise nearly $25,000 in 2019 for participating charities.

  Mayo Clinic Health System announces closure of Springfield, Lamberton facilities

Mayo Clinic Health System announced Tuesday that it is set to close its Springfield and Lamberton facilities on March 1, 2020.

Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center receives gift from Le Sueur Area Healthcare Foundation

The Le Sueur Area Healthcare Foundation recently presented a gift of $37,311 to Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center.

  growMANkato to host Mustache Bash

There will be live music, shave stations and more.

  VINE Adult Community Center starts the holiday season off on a healthy note

Older adults worked off their turkey dinners at VINE Adult Community Center with a scavenger hunt fitness challenge that had them moving throughout the building to different exercises and classes.

  Vaping illness, or the flu? Doctors say both present similar symptoms

Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos from Johns Hopkins says the flu and vaping related lung illnesses present similar symptoms and health care providers are having trouble diagnosing patients.

  First-ever Holiday Trimmings event brings out the community for Thanksgiving morning workouts

Mankato got moving bright and early for the first-ever Thanksgiving Day Extra Trimmings event.

  Mental health in rural America; recognizing the signs at the table this Thanksgiving

With low commodity prices and inclement weather taking a beating on producers and rural America, it’s important to notice the signs of faltering mental health for suicide prevention.

Walz, Flanagan appoint Mankato resident to Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

The Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy regulates the practice of alcohol and drug counseling and professional counseling/professional clinical counseling in the state.

  MCHS nurses file charges, plan to picket as contract talks stall

Nurses told KEYC News 12 they are now planning to picket in front of the hospital and have filed charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board.

  High School students get hands on health care experience

“I wish I had it when I was in high school. It gives them the opportunity to explore the different careers in healthcare. Healthcare we will need forever. We’ll always need hands-on and this will give them the opportunity to learn about those careers.”

  River’s Edge Hospital completes expansion to emergency, urgent care departments

Nearly doubling their space in these departments, the hospital added six additional exam rooms, two trauma bays and a couple of mental health or secure holding rooms.

  New Ulm Holiday Trimming program returns in time for holiday season

The weekly email gives tips on how to lessen stress and lower your weight.

  Local lawmakers discuss possible Minnesota cannabis legislation with community

Wednesday night, St. Peter community members joined local lawmakers in a statewide conversation on cannabis that House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler launched this summer.

Rasmussen College-Mankato to host high school students for health care networking event

Students will have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with health care professionals, while also being able to gain firsthand exposure to the healthcare field through different breakout sessions.

Two northwest Iowa healthcare facilities receive national award for patient satisfaction

The 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award® was presented by Press Ganey, a national company that monitors patient satisfaction in over 41,000 healthcare facilities across the country.

Sens. Draheim, Benson to host prescription drug costs listening session in New Prague

The public meeting will offer community members the opportunity to tell their own stories, as well as learn more about two options being considered that would grant Minnesotans access to more affordable prescription drugs.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

  Group at Minnesota State University, Mankato encourages users to quit tobacco

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Health Science joined thousands in “The Great American Smoke Out,” a nationwide intervention for smoking tobacco by providing resources to students.

  Healthcare companies gather for a workshop on infectious disease scenarios

The workshop included guest speakers in the morning and a facilitated infectious disease outbreak tabletop exercise in the afternoon.

  ’No Shave November’ bringing awareness for cancer

As men grow out their beards doctors want to remind them to check themselves for cancer such as prostate, testicular or skin.

MNRAAA to host Prescription Drug Prices Solutions Forum in North Mankato

Minnesota lawmakers and community leaders will be engaging in a conversation on policy solutions to address the current state of prescription drug prices.

Upward Bound sponsoring upcoming blood drive in Mankato

Appointments can be made by going online at RedCrossBlood.org and entering “MSUUPWARD” as the sponsor code.

  Project for Teens discusses role in reducing vaping in schools

Project for Teens discusses role in reducing vaping in schools

  SCC, MNSU students partner for hands-on athletic training workshop

Learning how to provide the best care for injured athletes was the goal Wednesday night when Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Training students visited South Central College EMT students in a collaborative training event.

  New app improves communication, emergency response

The Vitals App provides first responders with crucial information about vulnerable individuals, improving both the way they respond to incidents, but also raising the chances of a safe resolution.

  Veterans receive free medical exams during Health for Heroes event

The students provided a variety of free services to active, reserve and retired members of the military during Tuesday’s event.

Mayo Clinic Health System ending surgical services in Waseca, St. James

At the end of the year, all surgical patients will be offered treatment at Mayo sites in Mankato, New Prague and Fairmont.

  Raising awareness for men’s health with “No Shave November”

Dr. Colin Weerts from the Mankato Clinic joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss how “No Shave November” raise awareness for issues in men’s health, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

MCHC announces Lake Crystal Pharmacy will open in April 2020

The Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) announced on Monday that it will be opening a pharmacy in Lake Crystal in April 2020.

Mankato Clinic Foundation awards $16,500 in grants to seven organizations

The Mankato Clinic Foundation has provided more than $1.8 million in scholarships and grants to organizations, programs and projects in the greater Mankato area in the last 10 years.

  Former KEYC Weekend Anchor shares mental health journey

A familiar face to many KEYC viewers returns to the Mankato community, but this time he is not telling other people’s stories, he’s telling his own.

  Palliative Care Conference addresses end-of-life questions

The End-of-Life Experience: A Community Conversation with doctors, caretakers and family members.

  MCHS, Mankato Area Public Schools collaborate for educational vaping event

According to MissingItMN, one in five Minnesota teens vape, a number that has only been rising substantially through the years.

MNSU’s College of Allied Health & Nursing offering free health, dental services to active, reserve, retired military members

Departments within Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing will be providing a variety of free services to active, reserve and retired members of the military during a “Health for Heroes” event

Mayo Clinic Health System - Fairmont restructures its surgical services

Mayo Clinic Health System - Fairmont restructures its surgical services, cutting six jobs as a result.