Goodhue County Health & Human Services
St. Patrick's Day is one of America's most widely celebrated holidays, for the Irish and non-Irish alike. It's a great excuse to gather with friends and family and make merry over bangers n' mash and a pint of green beer. Sadly, the night often ends with drunken drivers on the road, which pose a threat to other drivers, vehicle passengers and pedestrians. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunken-driving crashes during the holiday period 6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18. Not only is this behavior deadly, it's illegal.
Learning from past mistakes can help motorists as Minnesota prepares to welcome Super Bowl fans from across the state, country and the world. During the holiday DWI campaign that included extra enforcement from Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2017, officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,656 drivers for driving impaired compared with 2,407 DWI arrests during the same period in 2016. More than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota participated in the campaign conducted by the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
Goodhue County Health and Human Services' Deputy Director Mary Heckman was honored with the 2017 Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services. Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger presented the award during the Community Health Conference in Breezy Point, Minn.
This Fourth of July, as friends and family travel to picnics and barbecues across the country, Goodhue County law enforcement will be out in full force, stopping drunk drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that even one drink can be one too many.
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as one in five U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family.
Minnesota's obesity rate among children ages 2 to 4 from low-income families participating in the Women, Infants and Children program decreased from 12.7 percent in 2010 to 12.3 percent in 2014, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
We plan for our children’s’ college, weddings. We plan for our vacations, retirement. But do we plan for our long-term care needs? Unfortunately many of us do not plan for the needs we will have as we age, or if we become disabled prior to retirement. We know it’s good to plan ahead, so here are some reasons to plan for your long-term care needs, how to have that discussion with our loved ones and resources to help guide you through this important need.