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Wendy Foley has her blood pressure taken during a biometric screening for participants in Rice Memorial Hospital’s newly launched Healthy Community Partnership wellness screening. Organizers hope to sign up 300 people during the first year of the three-year initiative. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Hospital-based initiative in Willmar, Minn., brings wellness to the masses


WILLMAR -- Wendy Foley had some health goals, and she hoped that signing up for Rice Memorial Hospital's Healthy Community Partnership would help her reach them.

"I think we all need to take an active role in our own health," she said while waiting in line at the Lakeland Health Center recently for a blood pressure, weight and cholesterol screening. "The days are behind us that the doctor is in charge of our health."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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