Health and Wellness Information
Diabetes...Are You at Risk?
This spring, the Minnesota Department of Health is urging people to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks simple questions about your weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The test also gives tips on preventing diabetes and what to ask your doctor about your risk for the disease. Take the test here.
To find our more information about prediabetes and diabetes, click here.
What You Need to Know About the Flu
What is it?
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, lead to death.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
What steps can I take to prevent getting and spreading the flu?
• Get your flu vaccine.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care. (Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.)
• If your children are ill, keep them at home.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
How is it spread?
Most experts believe flu viruses are spread by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get the flu by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
To make an appointment to get your flu shot, please call us at 507-794-3691.
For more information and resources about the flu, click here.
What You Need to Know About Measles
SEMC Infection Preventionist Explains the Measles
Centers for Disease Control Resources
Minnesota Department of Health Resources
News, Events and Information
5K Run/Walk for Health
The tenth annual SEMC 5K Run/Walk for Health will take place at 9 a.m. on May 9 at Allison Park in Sleepy Eye. Check-in will take place from 8-8:45 a.m. at the east entrance of Allison Park.
The SEMC 5K Run/Walk for Health, sponsored by SEMC and the Sleepy Eye Healthcare Foundation, promotes a fun, healthy activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. The top three male and female finishers will receive a medal, and all participants will receive a t-shirt and healthy snack breakfast. Proceeds from the event will benefit the wellness programs of the three elementary schools in Sleepy Eye.
To register, download and fill out the registration form (found below). Cost to participate is $10. Registration forms and money should be turned in at the clinic front desk by April 24. SEMC cannot guarantee a t-shirt to participants who register after this date.
2015 5K Run/Walk for Health Registration Form
Morgan Community Health Day Set for April 18
The Morgan Community Health Day will be held 6:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the United Methodist Church in Morgan. Prostate cancer screening for men over 50, blood analysis screening and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone screening will be offered with a fee. Free blood pressure checks will also be available. It is recommended that individuals fast for at least ten hours but continue drinking water and taking usual medication(s).
Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call Sleepy Eye Medical Center, 507-794-3691, or the Morgan Clinic, 507-249-3115. This annual event is sponsored by Sleepy Eye Medical Center.
Updated Visiting Guidelines
Due to a decrease in the cases of influenza and influenza-like illnesses, Sleepy Eye Medical has updated visiting guidelines:
• Do not visit if you are ill or have recently been ill.
• Please check in at the nursing station before entering a patient room.
• Children under age 5 are asked not to visit patients. (Note: guidelines vary for
OB patients - please consult with nursing staff.)
• Compassionate exceptions may be considered. Please consult with nursing staff.
Thank you for your support in prevening the spread of influenza.