A health makeover for an entire town?

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 10, 2008 - 11:11 PM
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jmgg700Jun. 11, 0812:06 AM

I think its a good step anyways. I feel we need to get people to start to prevent. If people could get a check up on regular time frame and they learn to eat healthy and exersice and move around then they can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. We are getting way to heavy in this country and the rise in heart attacks and strokes and you have young people becomming diabetics. something has to be done so that we can turn the ship around. yes people will get sick but if you prevent things the chances will drop. and people will live much much longer.

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bmontgomeryJun. 11, 08 8:50 AM

This is Minnesota. We need to take pop out of the schools not soda.

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tsbgfkJun. 11, 0810:21 AM

Allina's bold initiative, if it succeeds, particularly The Backyard Project, has implications for other Allina patients and third party insurers. The targets of the Backyard Project are users of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital emergency room, in many cases coming in for non-emergency services for which they are often unable to pay. The cost of that uncompensated care is reflected in the fees the rest of us and our insurance companies pay. A healthier low-income population means less use of emergency rooms, the most expensive care available for many of the non-emergency illnesses presented. That's a drain on hospital resources and our pocketbooks. Some say that a hospital working to make a healthier population is cutting its own throat, but it's really not. It's the right thing to do and smart business. Let's hope Allina succeeds.

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GrimdarJun. 11, 08 9:49 PM

I think one of New Ulm's problems is that there's no place indoors to exercise. They have the fitness center as a part of the hospital, which is decent, but doesn't offer childcare. I think it would be a really good thing if Allina would subsidize ppl's use of fitness facilities. Maybe they already do, I don't know. Maybe they'll build a new fitness center as a part of this project. I doubt it though. This project might be all talk. And yes, I agree with the previous commenter. Take the pop out of our schools please.

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