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Health Matters 01/24/18

  • Gordon-Fimreite

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: The following Mental Health First Aid opportunities are being held in:


The Dunn County Health Improvement Project is offering Mental Health First Aid training from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Community Room at Arbor Place, 4076 Kothlow Ave. 

The training is free and is open to anyone that is interested. There is limited seating. To register, go to​y97l6wm6.

For more information, contact Sheli Jo Metzger at or 715-235-4537, ext. 224.

Eau Claire

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit is hosting a free all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium at Sacred Heart, 900 W. Clairemont Ave.

The class is open to anyone who would like to learn the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. This particular session is geared to adults who interact with youth.

Lunch will be provided. To register, call 715-717-7479 or email

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SNOWSHOE & WINTER HIKE EVENTS: Bundle up your family and join Mayo Clinic Health System for a free winter hike. Snowshoe and winter hike events will be held in multiple communities in the coming weeks.

“Snowshoeing is a great chance to get outside, enjoy nature and get some exercise,” says Tina Tharp, a specialist in community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System. “It’s a great cardio workout and helps build strength, agility, balance and endurance. Being outside in the fresh air with nature all around you brings mental health benefits, as well.”

A limited number of snowshoes will be available, or you can bring your own.

Search Classes & Events at or call 866-375-7464 to register.

• 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, Osseo Rod and Gun Club, N49495 U.S. Highway 53 S. Register by Feb. 1.

• 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, Lakeside Park, Wolske Bay Road, Menomonie. Register by Feb. 9. Co-supported by the Menomonie Public Library.

• 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Obey Interpretive Center, Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, 13394 Highway M, New Auburn.

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SCRUB DONATIONS: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital and Workforce Resource in Chippewa Falls, are collaborating to help people further their career goals.

The public is being asked to donate new or lightly used medical scrubs for people in need. The scrubs will be given to people in the community who are applying for jobs in the medical field but need help dressing for the role.

Donations will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Monday, Feb. 5, in the lobby at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2661 Highway I, Chippewa Falls.

People in need of scrubs can contact Workforce Resource at 715-720-2840 after Feb. 5.

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NEW BOOK: In his debut book, “15 Steps to Healthy Living,” Whitehall native Gordon Fimreite combines his vast knowledge on health and wellness with insights from his late grandmother to introduce strategies that can be easily adopted into our daily lives to help us manage our overall health.

For Fimreite, a chiropractor based in Chicago, he recognizes his grandmother’s daily habits confirm what research says is the key to longevity and good health. His grandmother, Olinda Fimreite, lived until she was 105. In the U.S., the average life expectancy is 78.8 years.

“For my grandmother, she was consistent in life,” Fimreite said. “She ate healthy, choosing foods naturally grown and avoiding processed items; she kept her mind and body active. If everyone applied those simple rules, longevity could run in everyone’s family.”

While many self-help books offer “fad tips” or “quick fixes” to living a long, fulfilling life, Fimreite said the reality is there is no quick fix nor is there a one-size-fits all solution for being healthy.

“For anyone looking to take control of their health, it’s important to not get overwhelmed,” he said. “Good habits start slowly. To form new habits, it takes 21 days. The goal is making small changes that eventually become a lifestyle. My book explains how to do this.”

“15 Steps to Healthy Living” aims to motivate readers to lose weight naturally, organize their health plan and just be overall better versions of themselves. The book is currently available for $12.99 at and Readers also can download the Kindle version of the book for $9.99 on

From staff reports

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