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The Minnesota State Fair: Where food, fun and exercise (yes, exercise) collide!

The Minnesota State Fair is off and running, bringing with it the symbolic end to summer and the beginning of fall and the school year. The Minnesota State Fair is best known for its shows, rides, livestock and other animals, family fun and of course – the food!

From corn dogs, cheese curds, cookies and basically anything you could possibly imagine deep-fried and/or on a stick, the Minnesota State Fair has something for everyone to enjoy.

Now, at Health Talk, we won’t try to lecture you as to what foods you should and should not eat at the State Fair because we know, honestly, that it wouldn’t be realistic. The old adage, “everything in moderation” still applies, but we can offer you some small and simple ways you can still splurge a little on your culinary favorites AND get some exercise while you’re at it.

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Educational activities to replace bird exhibitions at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair

Earlier this Spring, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) hit Minnesota affecting more than 100 farms and more than 9 million poultry and birds across the state were killed. Animal health officials decided to close poultry exhibits at a variety of events including the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, leaving fair-goers and 4H members disappointed, but the decision will minimize the risk of spreading the virus further.  

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University of Minnesota brings research opportunities to fairgoers

The University of Minnesota’s new Driven to Discover Building will open its doors at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. This new collaboration will connect researchers with more than 1.7 million State Fair attendees each year.

The building houses more than 30 University research groups, who will engage adults and children in research focusing on a wide array of topics such as bullying, genetics, jury decision-making, and more. Not only is the new building an example of operational excellence, the combination of the building and State Fair, is an excellent representation of the University’s efficient research and outreach efforts.

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The U of M’s new HealthQuest app is a majestic amalgamation of awesome

If you haven’t heard about the University of Minnesota’s new iOS app, HealthQuest, then hold onto your smartphone because this is pretty big news.

With HealthQuest, the University is inviting users on a photo scavenger hunt across the Minnesota State Fair. Each of the items you need to find connect back to our University’s health programs.

HealthQuest gives you the clues, you snap photos of the objects with your iPhone or iPad.

When you’re done, submit the photos you’ve collected and you’ll be entered you to win a weekly prize of an iPad Mini or a daily prize of an iPod shuffle. Seriously. It’s that simple.

Check out the commercial above, then head over to the iTunes App Store to download the app today.

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The Academic Health Center: Health on a stick

It’s that time of the year again.

Starting today, thousands of people will make their annual trek to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to celebrate the changing of seasons by enjoying all things Minnesota.

Fairgoers will spend the next 12 days marveling at the latest in agriculture and food, enjoying rides and music, and – if we have our way – learning how health sciences programs at the U of M impact the world around us.

The Academic Health Center’s Health Zone will anchor the center of the University’s building with a rotating series of exhibitors and presenters each day of the Fair. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to participate in a wide-range of activities, including:

-Learning how to keep their pets healthy

-Exploring breakthroughs in neurosciences

-Advancing health care through participation in clinical trials

-Improving oral health.

Check back on the Health Talk blog for daily updates and more information on what exhibits and presenters will be showcased at the Health Zone


THURSDAY, August 23

Stop by the Academic Health Center’s Health Zone exhibition space today from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to tap into faculty physicians of University of Minnesota’s Medical School. Experts will be at the Health Zone booth today to answer questions for a range of medical conditions, from the common to the most complex.

From 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm faculty from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics will have stations set up for Fairgoers to ask questions about bioethics, visit with current students about Bioethics graduate programs, and learn about the upcoming Mini Bioethics Academy.

For more information about ways to discover the U at the Minnesota State Fair visit:

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