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Hutchinson diabetes education program recognized

SPONSORED POST – The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was awarded to the Hutchinson Health Diabetes Education Program Feb. 1.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

The ADA Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, and 2012. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” manager Brenda Birkholz commented. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 national diabetes statistic report, 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes (9.4% of the population). While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease.

Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Each day, more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes.  About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US, contributing to 252,806 deaths in 2015.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on recognized education programs or other ADA programs, call the ADA office at 1.900. DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

For information on Hutchinson Health’s program, call Brenda Birkholz at (320) 234-5000.

 

Locals file for open township positions

WRIGHT COUNTY, MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The filing period has ended for the seven local townships that have elections Tuesday, March 13.

Read which positions are up for election in each township in the Jan. 26 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online edition.

Dassel-Cokato School Board removes part-time kindergarten option

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato School Board took a big step at its meeting Jan. 22 electing to permanently eliminate the district’s part-time kindergarten option.

Read about it in the Jan. 26 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online edition.

Dassel City Council hears Spring Lake fishing pier updates; again takes no action

DASSEL, MN – Meeker County Commissioner Mike Housman attended the Dassel City Council meeting Tuesday evening to provide an update about the proposed handicapped accessible fishing pier for Spring Lake Park.

Dassel resident David Backes came up with the idea for the pier years ago, and has been the project’s primary driving force. Backes was present at the meeting, as was Meeker County Parks Superintendent Braden Piram.

Housman told the council that Backes’ constant support for the pier project, and the associated GoFundMe page, has brought in $12,375.

Read the rest of the story in the Jan. 19 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print and online edition.

Nominations open for Minnesota Job Honor Awards

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is accepting nominations for its second annual event scheduled for May 9 in the Twin Cities, hosted by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

The awards celebrate Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. Previous honorees have overcome physical and mental disabilities, criminal convictions and immigrant/refugee status in their struggle for employment.

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 16 and can be submitted at www.jobhonor.org. Last year’s honoree videos can also be viewed at the website.

Beat the cold with winter fun

Baylor Regional Park, McLeod For Tomorrow Winterfest, and Robert Ney Memorial Park will have dog sled events this winter.

Baylor Regional Park, McLeod For Tomorrow Winterfest, and Robert Ney Memorial Park will have dog sled events this winter.

WRIGHT, MEEKER, MCLEOD, CARVER COUNTY – Yes, it’s cold outside; but that doesn’t mean one has to stay stuck indoors. Local parks are offering several opportunities to get out, have fun in the snow, and warm up afterwards with a cup of hot cocoa or cider.

Read the story in Winter Destinations, a special publication that can be found in the Jan. 12 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to read the online version.

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