2011 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions!

January is quickly approaching and you know what that means?! It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution! Since everyone is already so busy, it can be difficult to prioritize health. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, how about making 2011 the year you put YOUR heart first! This 2011, focus on improving your health with heart disease prevention! There are many ways to help prevent heart disease, such as:

1)      Good oral hygiene:

Poor oral hygiene is a major cause of periodontal disease, which is when the tissues around your teeth become infected. This is usually associated with higher cardiovascular risk.

2)      Yearly physical:

High cholesterol and high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart disease. People’s Center wants to make sure you are in good health and that your medications are up to date.  We have a wonderful team of providers, as well as a diabetes team, to help you manage your health issues.

3)      Mental health:

Depression, stress, anger can also increase your risk for heart disease. Our kind providers are here to help you through difficult times and to empower you to deal with the issues and problems in your life. Free immigration and social services are also available.

4)      Healthy weight:

When weight gain is excessive, your BMI (body mass index) can get too high. A high BMI is a leading cause in increased heart disease. Our registered dietitian can help you decrease your weight and BMI. She can help you learn about easy exercises and health eating. You have the choice to do one-on-one counseling or a group class. She can also provide resources in the community for weight loss help such as a gyms, exercise programs, anonymous programs, and access to healthy foods at a free or very affordable price.

If you are ready like the rest of us, take one of these action steps!

  • Schedule a dental appointment: 612-728-8888
  • Schedule a yearly physical: 612-332-4973
  • Schedule a behavioral health visit: 612-332-4973
  • Schedule a diet and nutrition visit: 612-238-3520

We wish you good health for 2011 and many years to come!

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#PCHStrivia and Diabetes

Every other Friday People’s Center Health Services will be hosting a trivia contest on Twitter. The question will usually have something to do with our clinic, the community, or a health observation. A prize of some sort will also be rewarded to the first person to answer the question correctly.

It is our hope to spread awareness for the topic of each trivia question.

This week the question was:

“Guess what the top primary diagnosis was for visits at our clinic in 2009?”

Prize: $10 Seward Co-op Gift Card

Guesses from Tweeps:

We had a tie between @coien and @Neighbster with the correct answer Diabetes. @coien generously passed to @Neighbster! The winner @Neighbster, Neighborhood House, is dedicated to helping people, families, and organizations develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. They will be using the gift card for their food shelf—we couldn’t have asked for a better winner!

Diabetes was the most diagnosed illness at People’s Center in 2009.

In response to this, People’s Center put together a Diabetes Team whose goal is to address the needs of our diabetic and pre-diabetic patients.

Meet the team:

Dr. Samira Zoberi, Board Certified Family Physician
Chief Medical Officer
Asli Ashkir, Registered Nurse
Kathryn Hang, Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Educator
Nimco Abas, Outreach Director
Shalo Somo, Outreach

This team works hard to provide coordinated care to our diabetic patients. Meaning, they help the patient understand what it means to have diabetes and give them the necessary tools and knowledge they need to feel more empowered. The team is even working on a Diabetes Education Video, which will be available digitally by the end of the year.

Diabetes is a prevalent condition and we hope you will take time to learn more about it and what you can do for prevention.


Are you interested in finding out more about diabetes team? Or scheduling an appointment with one of our diabetes team members? Please call, 612-332-4973

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Theater Production: Proof

The People’s Center Theater is showing a new production called “Proof.” This play, produced by The Phoenix Theater Project, is about an aging father with mental illness and the toll it takes on his two daughters who must care for him. Cheryl Champion, a LICSW for the People’s Center Health Services Behavioral Health Department, has been consulting with the director and actors about mental illness and aging and the effects on individuals in a family. There are plans to have audience discussion after each performance to be led by Cheryl Champion and/or other mental health professionals.

September 10th through the 25th
Ticket Prices:
$16.00 w/credit card (advance sales online)
$15.00 w/cash or check (at the door)

email matt@thephoenixtheaterproject.org for group discounts

For more information visit our website.

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Fruits and Veggies Matter

Healthy living means so much more than going to the doctor for a visit. It means embracing a healthy lifestyle: eating healthy, exercising, taking care of the environment, and your happiness. And perhaps the most important contributor to our health is how we eat. We all know that we should eat more fruits and veggies, but why don’t we?

Common barriers like boredom, hassle, and expense keep us from consuming the amount of fruits and veggies that we really should. September is National Fruits and Veggies Month and let’s get started with knowing exactly how many fruits and vegetables we should be eating. Use this easy calculator to find out the recommended daily servings for your age, sex, and level of physical activity!

Now that you know your recommended daily servings… time to start eating!

Here are some tips to fight fruit and veggie boredom, while also saving money!

  • Buy fruits and veggies in season at your farmers’ market or local grocery store.  (Buying in season produce not only shakes up the variety, but is also more affordable than buying out-of-season.)
  • Grow your own vegetables and fruits. (Seeds are a small investment and you’ll feel so much pride in your harvest that you’ll be sure to eat it all!)
  • Be creative. Use fruits for dessert or veggies for breakfast. Mix it up a bit and surprise yourself. (Here are some recipes to get your creative juices flowing.)
  • Get resourceful with your leftovers! Instead of throwing that last tomato away, make salsa! Use the last bits of your fruits to make a smoothie. Challenge yourself to use all the produce you buy and you might even discover a new snack.

Need a simple, no math or measuring proof way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of veggies and fruits? Eat a Rainbow. Try and eat a fruit or vegetable for each color of the rainbow every day.


Red: Strawberries, Tomatoes
Orange: Sweet Potatoes
Yellow: Corn, Pineapple
Green: Spinach, Broccoli
Blue: Blueberries
Purple: Plums, Eggplant
White: Onions

Make a commitment this September to eat more fruits and vegetables and let us know how you’re doing. People’s Center Health Services is dedicated to helping you improve your health and that means eating healthy too. Contact us today about scheduling an appointment with our registered dietitian, Kathryn Hang. We are proud to be partnered with the Seward Co-op and even offer dietitian visits AT the Co-op–you’ll not only learn how to seek better health, but you’ll actually be given hands-on shopping skills at a local, organic grocery.

Call 612-332-4973 to schedule your Nutrition Visit now. Or visit our website and find out more.

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National Health Center Week! August 8-14th

National Health Center Week is a week long campaign (August 8-14) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.  There are coast-to-coast events at local health centers that include health fairs, press conferences and tours by Members of Congress. This is the first celebration of NHCW since the enactment of the landmark health reform law, which provides a direct investment to strengthen primary care through the expansion of Community Health Centers.

As one of the bright spots in America’s health care system, Community Health Centers are the family doctor to over 20 million people at 8,000 sites nationwide. Their critical role in providing quality primary care has been widely praised by bipartisan Congressional leaders and the last two Presidential Administrations. Health centers have also been in the public spotlight because now more than ever the uninsured and casualties of the economic recession are seeking their services. That is why funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have made it possible for health centers to serve over two million patients, and over one million uninsured patients. And with health reform, the U.S. health care system will save up to $122 billion in total health care costs between 2011 and 2015 with the expansion of health centers, according to an analysis by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Here at People’s Center Health Services, we will be celebrating National Health Center Week by hosting information tables in the clinic lobby with:

  • Back to school information for children
  • Healthy snacks
  • Nutrition assessments
  • Yoga instruction
  • Resource information

This is also a great time to schedule your child’s back to school visit with our Pediatric Certified Nurse Practitioner, Deborah Olson, for well-child check ups and immunizations.

Our tables will be setup Tuesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 12th from 4-6 pm, so come stop by and learn more about the great work of Community Health Centers, like People’s Center Health Services.

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Free Yoga Class at People’s Center!

Here at People’s Center Health Services we are committed to nourishing the health and well-being of people living and working in Cedar Riverside and neighboring communities. That is why we could not be more excited to unveil our new beginner yoga class!

When: Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.
Where: People’s Center, fourth floor, room 411

If you are unfamiliar with yoga, it is a form of exercises that have been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, over 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. Yoga teaches you how to move your body in new ways and incorporates relaxation techniques that are good for your mind. Yoga integrates stretching and use of core body muscles to build strength, improve posture, and increase flexibility. In addition, by choosing yoga and the calm environment it provides for your regular workout, your stress levels will decrease.

Our certified yoga instructor, Alex, is thrilled to join the People’s Center Health Services team and teach a beginners yoga class. She says, “In Yoga Therapy, we will be focusing on improved health through unity of mind, body, and spirit. A combination of physical activity and meditative exercise will provide both psychological and physical benefits, including decreased stress and improved strength and flexibility.” Alex became interested in yoga after taking a class herself for nine months and noticed the positive changes it made in her life. She explains, “Yoga has changed my life. Physically, it has strengthened my muscles, improved my posture, and increased my balance and flexibility. Beyond the physical benefits, it has changed the way I handle stress, the way I interact with people, and my attitude towards life in general.”

Yoga Therapy will be held at People’s Center (in room 411) on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. Come after work to de-stress and get your body in shape!

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National Immunization Awareness Month

Welcome to the end of summer and the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! People’s Center Health Services wants to use this time to increase awareness about immunizations, from infants to the elderly.

Why are immunizations important?
Immunization is among the most incredible public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States, and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, rubella, and other many diseases that were once a societal bane.

Despite the miracle of modern vaccines, people in the United States still contract these diseases and die from them. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, you can safely protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from life-threatening infections.

Who should be immunized?
Getting immunized is a lifelong community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background, or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Protect yourself from disease by following these immunization schedules—for children and adolescents and for adults.

When are immunizations given?
Because children are especially vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. (Check out this parents’ guide to childhood immunization to learn more.) Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life. Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered while traveling abroad are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world. (Source: CDC)

And what about Jenny McCarthy?
Actress and comedian, Jenny McCarthy, controversially claimed that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine gave her young son autism. While she is choosing to not give her son any more vaccinations, she does not encourage parents to do the same—and neither do the dozens of studies that prove that vaccinations are perfectly safe. Read more about Jenny and the autism debate in this TIME article.

Get vaccinated at People’s Center Health Services!
People’s Center Health Services brings convenience, quality, and low costs to health care and that applies to immunization and vaccinations as well. We pride ourselves on quick access, even same day or walk-in appointments available. So, no need to fret about the back to school rush at the doctor’s office here. Your appointment, or your child’s appointment, will be quick, easy, and stress-free!

Your child’s appointment will be with Deborah Olson, our Certified Nurse Practitioner-Pediatrics. Deborah came to the People’s Center Health Services in July, 2006.  After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, Deborah went on to receive her Masters Degree at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  Her work experience includes time in both the obstetrics and pediatric departments at HCMC as a staff nurse.  She came to the People’s Center because of her interest in primary care with a diverse population of clients.

Her primary duties are to provide preventative and acute care for children from newborn to 21 years of age, and she “loves watching my patients grow and thrive while I’m able to build connections with the families.”

So, take advantage of our caring staff and affordable services and call today to make your child’s appointment with Deborah Olson: 612-333-4973.

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Free Car Wash-Brian Coyle Center

Come get your car washed and help a great cause!

This Friday, the Brian Coyle Community Center Action Crew youth group is having a car wash from 2-5 pm as a fundraiser.

Suggested $5.00 donation to help Brian Coyle Action Crew Youth go to Valleyfair!

Action Crew does a variety of community work in the Cedar-Riverside community to improve the area.  Action Crew consists of youth middle school volunteers.


Date: Friday, 7/23/2010 at Brian Coyle Center Parking Lot
Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Brian Coyle Center
420 15th Ave S. Minneapolis


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West Bank Farmers Market

Eat locally. Eat Healthy. Farmers Markets.

Come check out the West Bank Farmers Market! With two different farmers markets every Tuesday, you’ll have no excuse to not pick up some fresh produce.

Brian Coyle Community Center: 4th St. and 15th Ave 11am-1pm

Augsburg College: Front of Foss Center, 7th St. and 22nd Ave. 2-5pm

WIC and FMNP Coupons accepted!

For more information about eating healthy and shopping for healthy foods, contact Kathryn Hang, Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Educator for People’s Center Health Services (612.238.3520).

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Cedar Riverside Youth Awareness Week

People’s Center Health Services is thrilled to be one of the sponsors for the upcoming Cedar Riverside Youth Awareness Week hosted by the Cedar Riverside Youth Council! The Youth Awareness Week will take place July 12 – 17, 2010 at the Brian Coyle Center and Currie Park.

Come down and check out the fun activities! People’s Center Health Services will even be presenting and tabling on some of the days:

7/12 Monday: Healthy/Physical Education Awareness (5-8pm). People’s Center’s Kathryn Hang will be presenting on Nutrition and Healthy Living. Kathryn is a Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Educator and she also hosts a weekly FREE “Shape Up” class to help adults and youth develop a healthy life program.
7/13 Tuesday: Community Information Fair (2-5pm). People’s Center will be setting up a table to share information about our services and to hand out some really awesome free buttons, make sure you pick one up!
7/14 Wednesday: Drugs and Chemical Dependence Awareness (5-8pm). People’s Center will also be setting up a table to share information about some of our behavioral health services (don’t worry, we’ll still have the cool buttons on Wednesday too).
7/15 Thursday: Summer Activities (5-8pm). Basketball and Soccer tournaments.
7/16 Friday: Youth Violence Awareness (5-8pm).
7/17 Saturday: Leadership Awards Ceremony (5-8pm).

It is fantastic to see this kind of leadership and organization from the Cedar Riverside Youth Council. Come show your support for this amazing group of young adults, who really understand what it means to Ask not what your community can do for you; Ask what you can do for your community.” For further information please contact the President of CRYC, Mohamed Jama at president.cryc@gmail.com or 612-338-5282.

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