WILLMAR — Jumpstart January with Health Habits will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Willmar Community Center. There will be speakers from Carris Health, Club Bethesda and Kandiyohi-Renville County Public Health and information from Willmar Parks and Recreation. Learn about nutrition, exercise and how to achieve your new year goals.
WILLMAR — Heartbeat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one through suicide, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the conference room at the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Associaiton of Suicidology and was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide and to help survivors absorb the impact of self-inflicted death, to offer the comfort of empathetic understanding and acceptance, and to support each other toward healthy resolution of the grief. For more information or to talk to someone, call Kay at 320-262-6162, Diane at 320-894-0182, Don and Sandy at 320-235-4401 or Ray and Kim at 320-235-0030 or 320-295-6000.
WILLMAR — “Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. The topic is decluttering and Kari Stadem will share practical tips that have worked for her and others. For more information, call Carrie at 320-231-2598.
NAMI Western Minnesota
WILLMAR — The NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar. Use the east door, downstairs in rooms 2 and 4. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness. The group helps families develop better coping skills and strength through sharing. It is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, call 320-235-3084.
WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the lower level of the Lakeland Health Center in Willmar. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. More information is available at www.compassionatefriendswcmn.org.
Mental health first aid
WILLMAR — A free mental health first aid for rural communities class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Willmar Community Center. The course teaches individuals how to notice and respond to signs of mental health and addiction changes with a specific focus on the cultural and environmental factors related to life in rural areas. Space is limited, register by Jan. 31 at rural-mhfa.eventbrite.com or leave a message at 612-351-2080.
WILLMAR — A Trust-Based Relational Intervention training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Meagan Galbari, a licensed professional clinical counselor, will present two identical training sessions on Feb. 13 and Feb. 20. It will touch on TBRI principles (empowering, connecting and correcting). The training will cover such topics as the impact of a child’s history on their long-term development, how to interpret behavior and respond compassionately, and the “why?” of challenging behaviors, plus offer concrete strategies to improve the relationship and ultimately the behaviors. TBRI training is a must for adoptive and foster parents, as well as professionals, ministry leaders, school personnel, etc. who interact with children who come from trauma.
The training is sponsored by Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services and PACT for Families. To register, contact Lynnette at 320-231-7030, ext. 2961, or email email@example.com. For questions about the training, email Tina Mages at Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to PACT members, non-members are $30. Parents, grandparents, foster parents and adoptive parents are free. If payment is a barrier, please contact PACT or Tina at Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services.
WILLMAR — Trained staff and volunteers with Senior LinkAge Line are available to help answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drugs, forms and more. Counseling is free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Upcoming dates are 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at the consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., in Willmar. No appointment is needed. All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment — your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.
The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.
Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:
Jan. 14, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., Appleton Area Health Services
Jan. 21, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church
Jan. 21, Glenwood: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion
Jan. 27, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion
Jan. 27, Hancock: 1 to 7 p.m., The Axis
Jan. 28, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church
Jan. 28, Granite Falls: 1 to 7 p.m., Kilowatt Center
Jan. 28, Morris: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church