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Public News Service - MN: Health Issues

Grocery stores and supermarkets are disappearing from some neighborhoods in Minnesota. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – About 340,000 Minnesotans don't have access to healthy food on a regular basis because of either distance or income barriers, and about a quarter of a million live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store or supermarket. A recent poll commissioned by the Center for Pre

Under the Farm to School program children learn early about good nutrition. (iatp.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of public health groups, farmers' organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota. The legislation (HF 2049 and SF 1657) would reimburse schools for their farm to school progra

Minnesota would be the sixth state in the U.S. with permanent paid parental leave if state lawmakers decide to approve it. (mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are being urged to hear two bills that resulted from an agreement between state employees and Gov. Mark Dayton, to allow six weeks of paid leave for both parents after the birth or adoption of a child. Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAP

A coalition in Minnesota is urging federal lawmakers to consider patients when they make changes to the Affordable Care Act. (cancer.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's leading patient-advocacy groups have a message for Congress: keep people covered. They say any changes to the Affordable Care Act must maintain critical patient protections, and make sure health insurance is adequate and affordable. If the ACA is repealed or rep

Walking or biking to school each day can help children fight obesity, but fewer than 13 percent of Minnesota kids do. (walkmn.org)

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Minnesota winters can be brutal, and it's sometimes hard to get people motivated to get outside, but it's important to make sure folks keep moving, even when it's cold out. That's the idea behind "Winter Walk and Bike to School Day." In 1969, about half the state's childre

Women in Minnesota and across the country are encouraged to know the signs of heart disease. (American Heart Assn.)

DULUTH, Minn. – At the age of 54, Kristin Ryan of Duluth learned firsthand what health officials have been saying for years – heart disease isn't a man's disease. Ryan, a nurse practitioner, suffered cardiac arrest at the end of a 5K race she was running with her family in Florida on T

House Speaker Paul Ryan may be escalating his plan to privatize Medicare. (paulryanhouse.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There's been talk by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for several years about phasing out Medicare and replacing it with private insurance, but now those words may turn into action. Ryan has said he'll try to push it through as efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act mo

A new report says to prevent accidents, street designers need to keep pedestrians in mind. (fhwa.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On average, 13 people are killed every day from being hit by a vehicle, and older adults and people of color are most often the victims. A new report, "Dangerous By Design," takes a look at pedestrian deaths by city and state. It found between 2005 and 2014, more than 4,600 p

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