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Essentia Health offers 'Healthy Hour' education classes to the public

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic is offering free education classes the first Thursday of every month.

Classes will take place from 1-2 p.m. in Meeting Room A on the second floor of the Brainerd Clinic, 2024 South 6th St. in Brainerd. A light snack of fresh fruit, coffee and water will be included.

Classes include:

• Feb. 6 — Heart Health. Participants are asked to wear red to honor National Go Red for Women Heart Day, which is celebrated on Feb. 7; Step up and exercise with Ashley Palmer, athletic trainer; Anne Schmidt, cardiology nurse practitioner from Brainerd Lakes Heart and Vascular Center, will review heart failure and arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat); goal setting for the month.

• March 6 — Colorectal cancer screening and stroke; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Melonee Ruhl, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, explains current recommendations for colorectal cancer screenings and why it is important; Dr. Byrns, internal medicine physician, reviews the signs and symptoms of stroke; goal setting.

• April 3 — Warming Up Outside: Protecting Ourselves from Tick-borne Illnesses; Step up and exercise with Palmer; MaryLee Kreger, nurse practitioner, discusses tick-borne illnesses; goal setting.

• May 1 — My Aching Joints; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Dr. Vasey, rheumatologist, clarifies osteoarthritis versus rheumatoid arthritis (and the other achy-itis’) and what treatment options are there; Christina Liane, Joint Wellness Camp Care coordinator, provides information on joint replacement; goal setting.

• June 5 — Enjoying the Sounds of Summer; Step up and exercise with Palmer; Whitnea Engelbrecht, doctorate of audiology, will instruct us on hearing loss; goal setting.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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