Goodhue County Health and Human Services has opened up Mother’s Gift Milk Depot, a drop off location for breast milk donations. Donated breast milk can be used for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or for supplementation in hospital settings. Each year 72,000 premature and sick babies are not able to get the milk they need from their mothers. Breast milk can help premature and sick babies gain weight faster, thrive and get antibodies and nutrients that they otherwise wouldn’t be getting.
Mother’s Gift is located at Goodhue County Health and Human Services (426 West Ave, Red Wing). They are accepting donated breast milk now! To donate, you first contact MN Milk Bank for Babies at 763.546.8051 or mnmilkbank.org. The Milk Bank will pay for you to get the necessary screenings and blood draws to see if you are eligible to donate breast milk. When eligibility is met, you will get an official donor number to label your milk. When you have saved at least 100 mL of milk, you can bring it in to the Mother’s Gift milk depot. You will help babies around Minnesota!
Well-being - the New SHIP Strategy
The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership introduces the newest strategy, well-being. There are many possible definitions for well-being. At a minimum, well-being includes the presence of positive emotions, satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning and the absence of negative emotions. Well-being includes mental, physical, social/emotional health and resiliency. SHIP’s vision for well-being is to partner with communities to create equitable, healthy and positive conditions that promote well-being and resiliency for our residents.
There are several strategic directions for the well-being strategy. One is to create activities that are trauma-informed and address historical, past, current and future trauma. Another strategic direction is to create an environment where communities define their well-being and develop solutions for their community. The third strategic direction is to look at well-being at all life stages, taking into account how we live, work, learn and play and how our well-being is affected. Some examples of activities partners can work on with support from Live Well Goodhue County include:
- stress management in the workplace
- mental health first aid training
- systems to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- trauma-informed practices
- the creation of quiet spaces
For more information about this new strategy or if you are interested in applying for a mini-grant, reach out to Live Well Goodhue County SHIP Coordinators Megan Roschen at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Anderson at email@example.com.
Stay Healthy during COVID!
During this time of uncertainty, it is important to take time to focus on your health. Working from home does not necessarily mean that you are stuck at home. Take time during the day to get outside, exercise, and socialize with others. Your favorite walking and bicycling trails are still open, so get some fresh air and take advantage of them. Eating healthy can improve your mood throughout the day, leaving you energized and focused. Area farmers markets are open and some welcome you to order online or walk through to pick up fresh healthy food. Although things are being done with increased safety measures, many of your favorite activities are still going on, so get involved.
Keep in mind the basic guidelines to protect yourself from COVID-19:
o Wear a maskFocus on your mental health:
o Stay 6 feet away from others
o Wash hands often
o Stay home if you are feeling sick
o Practice mindfulness or meditationKeep up with your physical health:
o Spend time with family and friends while following COVID -19 guidelines
o Keep a routine
o Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
o Eat healthy
Pop-Up Food Distributions
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges and headaches for all of us. For those who were laid off or furloughed, it has been extremely difficult. This summer, Channel One Regional Food Bank, Live Well Goodhue County and other volunteers partnered to hold Pop-Up Food Distributions in June, July, August and September. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (also known as the Farmers to Families Food Box) provided prepacked boxes of frozen protein and refrigerated dairy. The June, July, and August distributions also included a box of refrigerated produce.
Each month we distributed food boxes to 225 households. Our next distribution will be on Friday, October 16th from 9:00-11:00 am at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. If you would like to volunteer, please contact David Anderson at 651-385-6148.