Health

  Mankato East football takes part in ‘Safety in Football Campaign’

The Cougars are just one of 22 high schools and four universities in the state taking part in the ‘Safety in Football Campaign’ being put on by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association.

  Southern Minnesota health coach wants to inspire others to stay healthy this fall

  Mayo Clinic Health System gets special delivery

  Grant helps school teach and practice healthy eating

Bed bugs found in school iPad cases prompt cleaning lessons

CDC: 3 in 10 Minnesota adults are obese

Summit explores public health concerns with legalization

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  WIC part of new coalition addressing health improvement in Faribault and Martin Counties

  Advocates criticize sale of at-home rape kits

  Follow-up with VINE Faith in Action diabetes prevention participant

  What to know for upcoming flu shot season

  Fairmont family faces hurdles in getting daughter’s life-saving medication

  Waseca Chamber learns about mental health in workplace

  WIC data helps local organizations confront childhood obesity

Local organizations are using those numbers to help WIC populations manage their health.

MNsure announces 7-week enrollment period for 2020 coverage

Minnesota’s enrollment period is eight days longer than the federal open enrollment period.

  Suicide on the farm: How one man is trying to save lives

Rosmann is a fourth-generation farmer and psychologist, living just a mile and a half from where he grew up. He writes about farming and mental health.

River’s Edge Hospital serves large veteran population as St. Peter’s only urgent care authorized VA provider

River's Edge Hospital is one of few southern Minnesota hospitals to have VA authorization.

  Minnesota officials find THC in vaping illness cases

  Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic hosting Health Clinic for Hunters, Photo Contest

  Pediatric Therapy Services merge with Mankato Clinic

  Vaping added to middle, high school health curriculum at Mankato Area Public Schools

  Walk to End Alzheimer’s honorary family encourages conversation among community while hoping for a cure

  PrairieCare Medical Group will soon have a new location in Mankato

  Minnesota Department of Health finds nearly one-third of children ages two to five in WIC Program are at unhealthy weight

Here's what that number looks like for southern Minnesota.

  Longtime Mayo oncology nurse retires

Today marked the conclusion of a 42–year career for Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato's Barbara Ahlman.

  Education about hospice care

Nearly two million people are expected to receive hospice care in the United States this year.

Upward Bound sposnoring Red Cross Blood Drive at Minnesota State University

The blood drive will be located in the flexible space on the basement level of the CSU.

  Medical community stresses importance, proven success of HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine is proven to prevent 90% of HPV-caused cancers.

  Caravel Autism Health set to expand in Mankato

Caravel will provide comprehensive support for families who require high–quality autism treatment.

  Public educational meetings coming to Mankato for Autism services

Parents, caregivers and health care providers will have an opportunity to learn about services available through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare for children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic sponsors hunting photo contest

Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC) is sponsoring a photo contest for anyone that would like to submit their favorite hunting photos.

  DFL hosts “Hands Off Our Health Care” Tour

Part of the “Hands off Our Health Care Tour,” Sen. Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato) joined the conversation.

United Way’s Women with Heart Luncheon breaks fundraising record

It was an increase of more than $30,000 in pledges from last year’s then-record amount

  Organization uses horses as alternative therapy

At Fusion Life and Leadership, they’re teaching much more than how to harness and trot.

  Getting your kids back on school sleep schedules

There are many things you can start doing now so your kids are prepared for the school year sleep schedules.

  Planned Parenthood rejects abortion “gag order,” exits Title X program

A new rule under the Trump Administration prohibits health care providers who receive Title X funding from sharing information about abortion services to its patients.

  2nd Annual Kids Health and Fitness Expo

The 2nd Annual Kids Health and Fitness Expo hosted by JP Fitness, featured local businesses and organizations with booths promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

Medicaid benefit to be made available to Minnesota seniors starting July 2020

The new service will increase long-term stability by supporting people to plan for, find and move into their own homes.

  55+ year olds participate in SAIL class

The evidence–based exercise program was developed by the Washington State Department of Health.

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

  Severe lung damage may be linked to vaping, health officials say

Children’s Minnesota has reported finding four cases of lung injury in the Minneapolis area potentially related to vaping.

  Freedom Home Care team raises money for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Freedom Home Care team is taking part in September's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Minnesota-based Juniper receives National Aging Innovations Award

The Aging Innovations Award goes to aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to suppler older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers.

  Severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping

Minnesota health officials say severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping.

Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

The governor told reporters Monday he finds it “absolutely unacceptable” that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

  Bride with a brain tumor makes “phenomenal” recovery

24-year-old Christina Anderson was in the middle of planning her wedding when doctors told her she would need emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.

  Play for a Cure kicks off in Fairmont

The fundraiser for the fight against cancer includes a co-ed softball tournament as well as games and door prizes.

  Faribault County Relay for Life remembers lives lost and celebrates survivors

More than 200 walkers and 2,800 luminaries and counting adorned the Faribault County Fairgrounds Friday in Blue Earth for Relay for Life.

  Mental health and family communication take center stage at Farmfest

After some tension in talks with Sonny Perdue and congress men and women Wednesday at the listening session at Farmfest, a speaker and farmer brought a little humor Thursday, August 8, to the grounds while still sharing a dire and timely message.

  CADA able to provide free counseling because of Greater Mankato Area United Way

$2.06 million is allocated to 36 agencies.

  Women with Heart Luncheon attracts record number of attendees

Every year, women from Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca Counties come together to give to those in need.

  Brain surgery won’t stop Blue Earth woman from walking down aisle Saturday

Not only was Anderson walking on her own the day after surgery, but she’ll be walking down the aisle at her wedding in Fairmont Saturday.

  Body Concepts collaborates with meditation teacher for a series of classes

The class is guided by Jinelle Anlea who says the goal is to reach a state of relaxation while reducing stress and anxiety.

  19th annual golf tournament in support of cancer research

Eighty-four players took a swing at cancer for the 19th annual Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament at the Le Sueur Country Club.

  Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital nationwide by U.S. News & World Report

In addition, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is recognized as high-performing in Congestive Heart Failure and Colon Cancer Surgery.

  Power of Produce program promoting healthy food

Roots, Shoots and Boots is a food network in the Mankato and North Mankato area working to make sure everyone has access to healthy food.

  A survivor of two transplants strives to attend motorcycle rally

After two transplants and a rough road to recovery, 60–year–old Dale Leighton was determined to get well enough to attend the 2019 Sturgis Bike Rally.

  Kasota man finds passion, path to help other veterans

Efraim Cadriel has found another calling later in life since he discovered the healing power of mushrooms.

  Hastings dances out of chemotherapy

Jean Ann Hastings was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in February. Today, she danced her way out of chemo with a flash mob at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

  Watonwan County Relay for Life helps lead fight against cancer

The crowds showed up in force to honor all those impacted by cancer.

  Reps. Considine and Munson give legislative update

As many new laws start to go into effect in the coming weeks, KEYC is taking a look at what lawmakers are prioritizing for the summer and the next legislative session.

  Yellow Line Project reflects on progress made, looks toward future of program

For the last four years the Yellow Line Project in Blue Earth County has served people who come into contact with law enforcement, focusing on mental health and chemical dependency.

Midwest wildlife officials discuss chronic wasting disease

Midwest wildlife officials gathered Wednesday to discuss how they might better combat chronic wasting disease, which has been spreading through the region’s deer herds with no end in sight.

First-of-its-kind in Mankato expressive dance at Sun Moon Yoga

The DJ, known as CNDRM, often plays at bars in the area, but is setting a new scene at Sun Moon Yoga with ecstatic dance.

  Relay for Life of Blue Earth County honors all those touched by cancer

Funds raised benefit local programs and cancer research.

  Troop 95 makes special delivery to Mankato hospitals

Boy Scouts Troop 95 made a special delivery to some Mankato hospitals on Friday afternoon.

  River Valley CoC announces end to veteran homelessness in Southeast Minnesota

Looking to become the fourth state to end veteran homelessness, five out of Minnesota's 10 CoC's have ended veteran homelessness.

  Researchers testing new method to treat pancreatic cancer

Researchers are testing a promising new method to treat the disease.

  Make-A-Wish makes dreams come true for local 7-year-old boy

It was a collective community effort to ensure seven-year-old Gabe Wargelin’s wishes, indeed came true for his day.

  American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donations

Currently there is only a five day blood supply on hand.

  Faribault Wildlife Sanctuary Introduces “Yoga with Foxes”

A fox wildlife sanctuary in Faribault is holding their first-ever “Yoga with Foxes” event to better socialize the animals with humans.

Minnesota health plans seek only modest premium increases

GOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says the steady or falling rates show Minnesota’s reinsurance program is working.

Boaters sickened on Lake Minnetonka on July 4th

Hennepin County has received more than 30 reports from people experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or cramps after holiday celebrations on boats in the area.

New discovery could stop infectious ‘super-bugs’

Researchers in England may have discovered a way to combat infections that have become resistant to antibiotics.

Ex-Sen. Coleman of Minnesota to have part of lungs removed

Coleman wrote he is “not intending to give any quarter in this war against the beast.”

  Hometown Business Connection: Optivus Physical Therapy

A North Mankato man was once an employee of the company he now owns.

Freeborn County to join federal lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

Freeborn County will join 10 other Minnesota counties.

  Can’t get to the gym? Workout with a partner on the go

Kelsey & Hunter with Mankato Family YMCA joined KEYC News 12 This Midday to demonstrate some workouts partners can do together while on the road or away from the gym.

  Minnesota sees a 2% decline in abortions in 2018

The overall number of abortions performed in Minnesota declined by 2% in 2018.

  His Haven Ranch heals with horses

Horses at His Haven Ranch are helping people find healing in their everyday lives.

  Keeping cool in the heat

Temperatures for Saturday are expected to approach triple digits, topping out in the mid–90s.