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Building positive food relationships in indigenous populations through games

Photo from Elizabeth LaPensee

You know what they say: you are what you eat. Our diets can be as important as our medications, making healthy eating choices and habits an essential part of our daily lives.

Getting this message across to youth, especially those within Indigenous communities, can be tricky. That’s why Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., a post doctoral associate for the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH) in the College of Pharmacy, has designed a board game to promote healthy food culture.

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U of M pharmacist helps prevent heroin addictions and deaths in northern Minnesota

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Heroin addictions have been rapidly increasing over the past decade. This has been especially problematic in northern Minnesota, where the number of people admitted for treatment and the number of deaths associated with heroin and opioids are higher than in any other part of the state.

According to College of Pharmacy assistant professor, Laura Palombi, Pharm.D., drug abuse deaths now surpass traffic deaths in Minnesota.

Palombi is on the front lines in northern Minnesota, working directly with the community to address heroin and opioid abuse in ways that make sense for specific communities.

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Sexual health for a lifetime requires communication

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Sexual health is often talked about as a physical state, focused on sexual functioning, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy prevention or achievement. So rarely is it talked about as part of a larger whole-health picture, but sexual health is truly part and parcel to whom we are as humans.

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UMN School of Dentistry students provide kids free dental care

More than 150 kids received free comprehensive dental care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s dental clinic earlier this month on Give Kids a Smile Day.

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‘Safety net’ health care changing lives in south Minneapolis

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is known nationally for great health care.

But when it comes to health disparities, Minnesota still has some growing to do. Minnesota ranked 15th nationally in health equity in The Commonwealth Fund’s latest 2014 State Scorecard.

So, Health Talk is taking a moment out, in tandem with National Health Center Week, to shine a light on one of the University of Minnesota’s own affordable and accessible health care providers. Located in south Minneapolis, the U of M Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) is on the frontline of public health care. Their work reduces health disparities, improves lives and saves costs by encouraging regular health care visits for patients, thus providing preventative care and fewer hospital and emergency room visits.

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Coming soon: U of M Raptor Lab

Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund dollars begin supporting the development of a raptor-oriented, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused curriculum for 7th and 8th graders today.

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