Tag Archives: health matters

Medigap, Medicare plans begin open enrollment

by Jim Pennell Senior citizens in the Upper Peninsula who have Medicare B coverage and supplement insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield can expect to see an increase in their premiums beginning January 1. The insurer announced in July that premiums for its popular Legacy Medigap Plan C program would be increased for the first time […]

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Emergency preparedness takes center stage in September

by Jill Fries What does it mean to be prepared? Is it possible to be prepared for any and all inclement weather, medical or man-made emergencies? Probably not. However, the more prepared you and your family are, the better equipped you will be for the proverbial “curve ball” thrown your way. National Preparedness Month is […]

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Marquette County Health Department provides breastfeeding support for Marquette County moms

The Marquette County Health Department provides public health services to all people of Marquette County and its 67,700 residents. At the health department, our mission is “enriching lives in our community by preventing disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, and protecting the environment.” Part of our mission is to ensure that people achieve the highest quality of […]

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Vaping: a public health headache

One of the fastest-growing issues in the field of substance abuse prevention is the legitimacy and safety of electronic cigarettes, also known as vape pens and e-cigarettes, among other terms. Due in part to the fact that the U.S. government has only recently taken the steps needed to have regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and their […]

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Planning healthcare

People plan weddings, births, parties, vacations—why not health care? Too often, said Kate LaBeau of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, it’s because they don’t know how or don’t feel they have the power to do so. That is why LaBeau is spearheading a U.P.-wide initiative focused on honoring individual health care choices. This free program is […]

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Healthy swimming in pools and spas

by Karen LaMore I grew up in the late 1950s in a tiny resort town on the south shore of Lake Michigan. As a youngster, even in the worst weather, you could usually find me swimming in that vast expanse of fresh water. Back then we only had two pools in town. Both of them […]

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How trees make us healthy

by Jessica Juntunen The Upper Peninsula offers the perfect wild spaces and natural tracts of land for outdoor excursions and opportunities for getting out and about. Plenty of people in the U.P. enjoy getting outdoors; it’s a reason many visitors come every year to vacation here. The Upper Peninsula has no shortage of natural wildlife preserves, […]

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Farmers markets keep food local, healthy

by  Laura Gauthier, WIC coordinator, Marquette County Health Department Spring has sprung. It’s time to think about fresh produce again. The local farmers markets are again coming back to life. Buying from a community farmers market is a great way to have fresh produce right at your fingertips. Nothing is better than having the fresh taste of […]

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Tips from a health educator on having ‘the talk’

by Jill Fries, health educator, Marquette County Health Department Years ago, I used to speak to high school health classes, youth groups in churches and parent groups regarding sexually transmitted infections. I would explain what they are, how they are transmitted (and how they are not), and how you can protect yourself. One thing became […]

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Walking creates community all its own

by  Larry Chabot We’re in the Westwood Mall, a longtime favorite of Marquette walkers. Before the stores open, you plan on some healthy walking, half-expecting to be bored. You parked near the building because few spots are taken that early. Inside, you see a retailer with a stack of pastry boxes pinned under her chin; […]

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‘Savor the flavor’ while you eat

Why, where, when and how you eat are equally important as what you eat. It’s important to take in the sights, sounds and interactions that go along with eating when it comes to developing an overall healthy eating plan. The sense of smell is strongly connected to our memory bank, making some meals more memorable […]

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Navigating the holiday season without alcohol

 by Sarah Derwin “Raise your glasses for the toast!” We have all heard these words many times at weddings, gatherings and over the holidays. For many adults, raising “the glass” means that we hold up some type of alcoholic beverage to extend our blessings, wishes or general good cheer. While a toast itself isn’t necessarily […]

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Buying a new home: out of sight, out of mind

by Jennifer Farnworth, Sanitarian, MCHD Most homebuyers want to know as much as possible about the condition of the house they are buying. They would not want to buy a house with a bad heating system or a leaky roof without getting a price adjustment to compensate for the repair expenses. However, even the most careful […]

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Breast cancer awareness celebrated in October

by Julie Scott, RN, BSN, MCHD Clinic Manager October happens to be one of my favorite months. The smell of fall is in the air and the trees are changing to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange; football season is in full swing; and who doesn’t love Halloween? I also love that the entire […]

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Breastfeed important component of health

by Vicki Wood, WIC Peer Counselor, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) The Marquette County Health Department provides public health services to all people of Marquette County, Michigan, which has a population of 67,700. Its mission is “enriching lives in our community by preventing disease, promoting healthy lifestyles, and protecting the environment.” Part of its mission is to […]

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