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Age Range Expansion at Youth Service Bureau Now Serving Youth and Young Adults Ages 5 – 25

At YSB we want to make sure our high-quality services and early-intervention philosophy are available to young adults. YSB is pleased to announce that our Counseling/Therapy Programs are now officially serving youth and young adults up to the age of 25. Why is this important? Research indicates that adolescence doesn’t end until around the mid-twenties. We all know that adolescence is a period of major transition. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater’s Next Historic Stairs Fitness Hike is Saturday, May 28

Washington County’s next guided fitness hike of Stillwater’s historic stairs is Saturday, May 28 beginning at the Historic Courthouse. The monthly Historic Stairs Fitness Hikes happen on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 9-10 a.m.

The 60 minute hike includes a warm-up with fitness challenges and stair-climbing along a route that offers unique views and history highlights. Parking is available at the Historic Courthouse. The group meets inside the first floor hallway. The hikes are for ages 13 or older. Continue Reading →

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Explorer Ann Bancroft Visits Marine Elementary School

Marine Elementary School students were visited by a very special guest last week for participating in PowerUp’s WinterWarm-Up Challenge. World-famous author, teacher and adventurer Ann Bancroft visited Marine Elementary School to celebrate their Winter Warm-Up Challenge. For five weeks — from Jan. 8 to Feb. 11 — Marine Elementary School kids stayed active by learning outdoor activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. Continue Reading →

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Elementary Schools throughout Stillwater are launching the PowerUp School Challenge

On January 12, 2016 PowerUp officially launched the PowerUp School Challenge throughout the St. Croix Valley. The PowerUp School Challenge is back and better than ever, inspiring students, teachers and families to Try for 5 fruits and veggies every day! Over the next few months, schools throughout the St. Croix Valley will spend three weeks exploring and trying new and different fruits and veggies. Continue Reading →

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EmpowerSurviviors-Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Peer Support Group

EmpowerSurvivors is a peer led support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Our goal is to empower the adult survivor, create safe spaces for healing, help reduce isolation, rebuild trust and gain emotional support. This is not a replacement for professional therapy, but rather a “safe space” for adult survivors on their healing journeys. You are important and so are your stories. EmpowerSurvivors meets Wednesdays in Stillwater at 6 p.m. If you would like to learn more about EmpowerSurvivors feel free to contact Elizabeth at 651-300-9180 or visit our website at Continue Reading →

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EmpowerSurvivors Peer Led Support Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse


EmpowerSurvivors is a peer led support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Our goal is to empower the adult survivor, create safe spaces for healing, help reduce isolation, rebuild trust, and gain emotional support. This is not a replacement for professional therapy, but rather a “safe space” for adult survivors on their healing journeys. You are important and so are your stories. EmpowerSurvivors meetings are held every Wednesday in the upper conference room at The Stillwater Public Library in Stillwater,MN. Continue Reading →

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PowerUp has partnered with The St. Croix River Association and the National Park Service to present the new Parks Passport

PowerUp has partnered with The St. Croix River Association and the National Park Service to present the new Parks Passport

[Stillwater, Minn.] PowerUp has joined forces with The St. Croix River Association and the National Park Service (NPS) to help kids eat better, move more and enjoy the beautiful Parks in the St. Croix River Valley! The partnership began in May during PowerUp 4 kids Week when Ranger Jeff from the St. Continue Reading →

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Concussions in Youth Sports – What you should know

Calling All Parents & Athletes,

You’re invited to join us for a free presentation on concussions in youth sports! Don’t wait until someone you know gets a concussion to learn the signs, symptoms and treatment options. Join us on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Hospital (927 Churchill St. W. Stillwater, MN) and learn what to do when a concussion first occurs and how to prevent further injury. Our sports medicine provider Dr. Paul Schaefer will be giving a short 1-hour presentation on;

-Signs & symptoms of a concussion (What to look for in your athlete)

-Concussion management (Can your athlete watch Tv with a concussion? Continue Reading →

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Outdoor Yoga Continues at Lake Elmo Park Reserve: Fall Season of Indoor Yoga Starts Sept. 21

Tune into the sights and sounds of nature and release stress through guided yoga sequences designed to improve balance, flexibility, breath awareness and muscle tone 6-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 20 at the North Picnic Shelter at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The program is open to all levels. Dress for outdoor yoga, bring a mat and arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. In case of rain or inclement weather, class will be in the Nordic Center. Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital is Designated as a Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health

Nearly one in three Minnesota stroke victims first receives care at a small, rural hospital. In addition, more than one-third of Minnesotans live more than 60 minutes away from a Primary Stroke Center. These facts highlight the importance of local hospitals becoming designated as stroke-ready facilities. “When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said MDH Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “That is why it is so crucial that all Minnesota hospitals are ready to deliver high-quality stroke care close to home.”

Lakeview Hospital is now designated as a Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater area high school athletes are improving their performance with a new focus on nutrition

More than 800 athletes are learning how to fuel their bodies to maximize their performance with the help of PowerUp, in partnership with Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater Medical Group, Ponies Touchdown Club and Stillwater Area High School. Lakeview Hospital dietitian Susan Crowell, MS, RD, CDE brings her expertise in sports nutrition to coaches and teams at Stillwater High School to help educate and motivate athletes to eat better and PowerUp. Susan utilizes the PowerUp Playbook as a resource guide for students. The Playbook is a practical nutrition guide based on sports nutrition research to help athletes achieve top performance by fueling their bodies with the right foods and hydration. “Developing the PowerUp Sports Nutrition Playbook was important to educate students, parents and coaches on the proper nutrition and hydration for athletes on and off the field,” said Susan Crowell. Continue Reading →

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Beating the Blues – New Online Program at Stillwater Medical Group

Stillwater Medical Group and Lakeview Hospital have teamed up with HealthPartners to provide a new online health program to help you learn how to Beat the Blues. What’s Beating the Blues? Beating the Blues is an online program that lets you go at your own pace to learn ways to better manage your mood, stress and anxiety. Feel more in control of your life with online support. You’ll learn helpful ways to manage your mood, stress and anxiety all in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Continue Reading →

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Reading Program Expands to Stillwater Medical Group Mahtomedi Clinic

HealthPartners is expanding a national program in its primary care clinics to help young children develop the skills to learn to read by age five. The Reach Out and Read program is currently in or is being implemented in 2015 at nearly 50 clinics at HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group including the Mahtomedi Clinic. The program was developed based on research that shows that children who learn to read at grade level by third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to have better health as adults. “Doctors, nurses and other caregivers can greatly influence patient choices and this program is an opportunity for caregivers to help parents build language skills and brain development in their children which can last a lifetime,” said Steve Scallon, MD, pediatrician and Regional Medical Director for Stillwater Medical Group. According to Reach Out and Read, parents who participate in the program are four times more likely to read aloud to their children compared to parents who do not.  On vocabulary tests, pre-school children in Reach Out and Read programs score three to six months ahead of children who did not participate. Continue Reading →

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Free Yoga in The Park on May 31st

Pure Yoga of Stillwater is holding the East Metro’s largest outdoor yoga event on Sunday, May 31st, 7:00 – 8:30pm in Liberty Square Park, 145 New England Place, Stillwater, 55082. * Led by Suzy Schaak, owner of Pure Yoga

* Live Music from Lars-Erick Carlson

* ATHLETA Goodie Bags to the first 100

* Smoothie samples from SqueezeIt! For More Information:

DONATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED AND WILL BENEFIT VALLEY OUTREACH. Bring in a receipt for your online donation or make a donation at the event and Pure Yoga will reward you with 30% OFF A 10 PACK OF YOGA (Limit 2/Customer). Donate now : Continue Reading →

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FREE Kid’s Bike Safety Rodeo this weekend!

Come play for the afternoon at this family-friendly open gym and Bike Safety Rodeo. This is not your typical rodeo. Kids and parents can all cycle their way through this safety course hosted by the Bicycle Alliance of MN. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about bike safety and practice on a cool course. Bring your own bikes and helmets or use ones provided by the Bicycle Alliance. Continue Reading →

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Chomp will Visit New Horizon Academy in Stillwater as Part of Power Up 4 Kids Week

On Wednesday, May 13th at 3:00 p.m., Chomp, the mascot for the Power Up initiative in Stillwater, will visit New Horizon Academy in honor of Power Up 4 Kids week. “New Horizon Academy has a very strong focus on health and nutrition and we are looking forward to celebrating Power Up 4 Kids week with the rest of the Stillwater community,” said Sarah Brahy, Director of New Horizon Academy Stillwater. During Chomp’s visit, the children will create a “veggie me” snack, participate in fitness activities and sing songs with Chomp. We invite you to join us at New Horizon Academy for an afternoon of fitness and fun! New Horizon Academy Stillwater

5903 Neal Avenue North

Stillwater, MN 55082

651-209-0093 Continue Reading →

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Announcing the 10th Annual Senior Health & Faith Day

The St. Croix Valley Parish Nurse Program welcomes you to the 10th Annual Senior Health & Faith Day, themed Heart and Home in Harmony: Living Well, Feeling Swell… right where you are. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1616 W. Olive Street, Stillwater, MN) you are invited to join us for a morning filled with learning, laughing and good conversation. Lunch will be served – Doors open at 8 a.m.

The program features the following:

Live Well at Home…Finding Your Way – Emily Justman, MSW Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Setting Up Your Community – Jenny West, Family Means Community Educator

Home Alone: Staying Safe? – Susan Gibbons, MSW, Lakeview Homecare & Hospice

Aging Gracefully: Strength Training and Fall Prevention – Lisa Martinez, PT, DPT, Lakeview Homecare & Hospice

Nutrition and Aging – Tips on Cooking for one or two – Mary Jo Cress, RD, Lakeview Hospital

The Art of Aging Well and Feeling Swell – Kathy Brown Simpson, RN Certified Speaking Professional, Author, and Coach

Reserve your space early: seating is limited. Continue Reading →

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Free varicose vein consultations at Stillwater Medical Group

If you are ready to take charge of your varicose veins, attend a free vein screening and let our physicians help you determine if you are a candidate for vein treatment. Vein screenings are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the below dates. There is no fee, but registration is required at 651-439-1234 in order to reserve a time slot. April 7 – Stillwater Medical Group (Stillwater Clinic)

June 4 – Stillwater Medical Group (Mahtomedi Clinic)

June 30 – Hudson Specialty Center

August 6 – Stillwater Medical Group (Somerset Clinic)

August 13 – Stillwater Medical Group (Stillwater Clinic)

Find additional events or learn more about our varicose vein clinic at Continue Reading →

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Take Charge of Your Diabetes – A Diabetes & Nutrition Open House

Join us on Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Hospital (927 Churchill St. W., Stillwater, MN) for a Diabetes Open House. This event is brought to you in partnership with Amery Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Stillwater Medical Group, Lakeview Hospital and Westfields Hospital & Clinic. This informational event is for patients with diabetes (family and friends are also welcome). The evening will provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to take charge of their diabetes. Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospice & Brine’s Market Partner to Provide Hospice Patients and Families with Meals

Lakeview Hospice and Brine’s Market-Deli in Stillwater are partnering to provide hospice patients and their families a full, nutritious meal during what is a most difficult time. Lakeview Hospice is providing the meal service to help decrease the stress of having to plan and prepare a meal when families would rather spend time with their loved ones. “We hope this gesture helps bring our hospice families and patients a bit of comfort and convenience,” said Bre DeCorsey, Community Relations Representative for Lakeview Hospice. “We are thankful to have such a wonderful partner, such as Brine’s, to help us provide this for our community.” One family that was a recipient of a meal wrote, “The certificate from Brine’s was much appreciated. Continue Reading →

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The Clinic at Walmart in Oak Park Heights Features Video Visits

The Clinic at Walmart (5815 Norell Ave. N. Oak Park Heights, MN) operated by Stillwater Medical Group now features video visits and new clinic hours. A video visit is a private online visit with a physician or advanced practice clinician. During a video visit, a medical assistant will be on-site to assist patients. Patients must be 18 months of age or older. Continue Reading →

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Coffee donation perks up Lakeview Homecare & Hospice families

On December 23, Lakeview Homecare & Hospice received two crates of Amy’s Blend coffee. The coffee was donated by Caribou Coffee in Stillwater, as well as community members who bought and donated packages of the blend in memory or support of those facing cancer. “Our clinicians are taking these to patients and families on their visits,” said Bre DeCorsey, Community Relations for Lakeview Homecare & Hospice. “These donations are sure to bring a smile to those who are facing a hard time.”

Caribou Coffee in Stillwater participates in the Amy’s Blend Program, a company-wide program in its 19th consecutive year. The program was started in memory of a Caribou employee who lost her battle with cancer in 1995. Continue Reading →

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HealthPartners Offers Tips to Help Prevent the Flu

Information from HealthPartners:

With this year’s flu season hitting harder and earlier than ever, Stillwater Medical Group and Lakeview Hospital have some tips to help you protect yourself and others from the virus. “The easiest but most important thing for people to remember during flu season is that if you have flu-like symptoms you should stay home,” says Andrew Dorwart, MD, St. Croix Valley Medical Director, President of Stillwater Medical Group, Chief Medical Officer Lakeview Health. “By leaving your home to go to work, school or even your doctor’s office, you run the risk of spreading the illness to others.”

According to Dr. Dorwart a person suffering from the flu is highly contagious from the day before symptoms appear up until seven days after symptoms begin. This is why it is increasingly important to get vaccinated. Continue Reading →

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Flu Season Arrives Early, And is Ramping Up

The flu season has arrived early in Stillwater, and according to local health officials, it’s ramping up. The week ending Dec. 6 saw 65 influenza cases requiring hospitalization in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That’s compared with 15 cases during the same timeframe last year. “We are starting to see an increase in flu cases, both in the emergency department at Lakeview and in the clinics,” Dr. Mark Newman of Lakeview Hospital’s Emergency Department said. Continue Reading →

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PowerUp Director receives HealthPartners President’s Award

Congratulations to Marna Canterbury, Lakeview Hospital’s Director of Health and Wellness, for receiving the 2014 HealthPartners President Award. “Marna has been the force behind the implementation and development of PowerUp,” said Erin Bloomquist of Lakeview Hospital. PowerUp is a community-wide youth health initiative to make better eating and active living easy, fun and popular, so that our youth can reach their full potential. PowerUp is a long-term commitment to create change over 10 years in partnership with the entire community! PowerUp is supported by a designated fund of the Lakeview Foundation in partnership with HealthPartners. Continue Reading →

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Learn How to Eat Healthy for the Holidays

Is it possible to maintain healthy eating habits during a family feast or holiday party? Yes! The temptation to overindulge may be high, but with a little planning, you can stay on track and still partake in holiday and family traditions. Stop in for a FREE class with dietitian Susan Crowell & learn tips for healthy food choices and ways to be mindful of your options, while still enjoying parties and potlucks! RSVP & more details below! Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital Prepared for Ebola: Training, Education are Keys to Emergency Preparedness

From Stillwater Medical Group:

In response to the ongoing coverage of the Ebola virus over the past several weeks, officials at Stillwater Medical Group and Lakeview Hospital are taking proactive steps to prepare staff members in the event they should encounter an Ebola patient. “At Stillwater Medical Group, Lakeview Hospital and all of HealthPartners, we take Ebola very seriously and are committed to the safety of our employees and patients,” said Andrew Dorwart, MD. “We will continue to monitor new guidelines and recommendations as they are released from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Our policies and procedures will be updated as new information is released.”

While there has not been a reported case of Ebola in Minnesota or Wisconsin, the hospital and clinics have posted signage at all entry points requesting that patients notify staff of their recent travel history, and are screening patients in order to identify symptoms of Ebola. In the event that a patient has traveled to an infected area and is demonstrating these symptoms, the hospital and clinics have created a standard protocol to place the patient in a designated isolation room away from general staff and other patients, while preparing to transport the individual to a designated Ebola care hospital in the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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