Health

Profile by Sanford Announces Plan to Expand Nationwide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sanford is taking its personal health coaching service coast to coast. Officials announced on Tuesday that Profile by Sanford will expand to 275 locations in 35 states, from California to Florida. Profile currently has 45 stores…

Effort to bring medical marijuana to public vote fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of allowing medical marijuana in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote. A petition to put medical marijuana legalization on the November general election ballot was rejected because it…

Dayton seeks nearly $1M to keep suicide hotline afloat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on lawmakers to set aside $969,000 to keep the state's only suicide prevention hotline from closing. The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced it would be forced to shut…

State won't collect $30 million in MinnesotaCare premiums

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say they will give up on efforts to collect a backlog of $30 million in MinnesotaCare premiums that weren't paid because of problems with a computer system. The Minnesota Department of Human Services…

2 South Dakota Senior Volunteer Programs Lose Sponsor

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Two senior volunteer programs in eastern South Dakota remain in limbo after Volunteers of America announced that it will stop administering them in May. The Aberdeen American News reports that Volunteers of America will no longer…

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees' children. The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation…

"The Big Squeeze" Encourages Blood Pressure Screening

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls health officials are encouraging people to learn more about their risk for serious health problems. The 8th annual "Big Squeeze Blood Pressure Awareness" effort kicked off today in Sioux Falls at Sanford Imagenetics. The…

New law will expand Iowa's mental health services

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new law is expanding access to mental health services across Iowa. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday at a ceremony in the state Capitol rotunda that creates six access centers to provide short-term…

Minnesota company recalls 48 tons of canned chicken products

MADELIA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota food company is recalling 48 tons of canned chicken products that may be contaminated with hard plastic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday that Tony Downs Food Co.…

Flu Resurgence Causing Concerns About Influenza B

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The flue season is past its peak for the year, but there is a resurgence of one type of influenza. Influenza B is on the rise nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Cases have…

Iowa selects 5 cities for medical marijuana dispensaries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state agency has offered licenses to three companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would allow medical marijuana sales in five Iowa communities. Dispensaries…

Cycling Booming In Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Bookings has become a destination spot for every kind of cyclist. Around this time in 2017 the Brookings City Council passed a 'Biking Master Plan' in order to make the city more biking friendly. While already an…

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration…

Festive & Fit During St. Patricks Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - During the holidays we like to eat festive foods, but many times forget what and how much of it we're eating. 'Fit Chic' and co-owner of…

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