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Pediatric pulmonologist services at FamilyHealth

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

Food Truck Tuesday Continues to be a Success!

The success of Food Truck Tuesday continues to be overwhelming.  Each Tuesday, over 150 people have been coming to the First United Church of Christ parking lot to try something different for lunch.  So far, we have hosted Maria's Taco Hut, Gastrotruck, The Moral Omnivore, and the kids' favorite, Natedogs.  We have confirmed some new trucks to come throughout the rest of the summer, including The Sizzling Wagon, A La Plancha and R.A. MacSammy's, which will be another hit with the kids.  If you're not in a rush to get back to work, seating is available on the lawn or you can bring your own blanket, the kids get to run around, and there is even fresh produce available in the youth garden to pick and take home for free.  

Carleton Convocation Explores the Links Between Human Rights and the Environment

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Internationally recognized ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, May 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Toward Meaningful Toxic Chemical Reform and a Rational Energy Policy,” Steingraber’s presentation explores the links between human rights and the environment.  This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at

Steingraber has devoted her life’s work to understanding the ways in which chemical contaminants in air, water and food endanger public health. As a cancer survivor with a doctorate in biology, Steingraber offers both a personal and scientific look at what she regards as a human rights issue, and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and ourselves.

Food Truck Tuesday an Overwhelming Success

Food Truck TuesdayDuring the month of May, First United Church of Christ is hosting a variety of food trucks every Tuesday from 11:00a–1:00p at 300 Union St. in Northfield. The first "Food Truck Tuesday" on May 4, featuring Gastrotruck, was a huge success.

Thanks to beautiful weather and the power of social media and word-of-mouth, the turnout exceeded expectations. Gastrotruck, a gourmet food truck from Northeast Minneapolis, sold out its entire menu. The owners estimate they fed between 150 and 200 people. Bestsellers included the chicken wild rice burger and the pork belly hash. 

In response to the great reaction on May 4, First UCC is hoping to have two food trucks each week for the rest of May. The lineup is as follows:


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Come to the library on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 pm and learn all about fats.  What fats should be in my diet?  What fats should be avoided?  Should more or less fat be eaten?    Dr. Noel Aldrich will review which fats promote health and the how to add them to your proactive health strategy.  He will present tasty, healthful recipes that use quality fats.

This program is the final talk in a series of five talks on nutrition, given by local nutritionist Noel Aldrich.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nutrition Program at the Northfield Public Library – 3 Peak Protein Power Keys

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Come to the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 pm and learn all about protein.  Your body requires protein every day, but there are three keys to making sure the protein you eat is doing the work you need it to do.  Dr. Noel Aldrich will review these three keys to reaching peak power from protein.  High quality proteins will be identified, and healthy, tasty recipes will be available as a resource. 

This program is the fourth in a series of five talks on nutrition, given by local nutritionist Noel Aldrich.  The final talk will be on Thursday, May 8 and will focus on fats.

All talks are free and open to the public.


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 Come to the third free seminar, part of a Nutrition Program at the Northfield Public Library.  Learn about carbs on Thursday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m.  Learn how to identify what foods contain a healthful sugar balance with other nutrients.  We will review whole food nutrient values vs. processed food nutrientvalues.  The speaker will present tasty, healthful recipes that the family can enjoy.

This series is presented byNoel Aldrich.

Spring Forward! Sponsor your business or organization for HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala! Great Advertising for a Great Cause!

Spring Forward! Sponsor HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala

Spring Forward’ HealthFinders Annual Spring Gala with an after gala party of music by The Counterfactuals on Friday, April 25th  at the Grand Event Center in Northfield.

This year’s gala theme represents our mission of continuing to provide innovative, proactive health and wellness to those in our community with limited healthcare alternatives.

Our gala committee is working hard to create a unique event that celebrates our donors, collaborators, volunteers and supporters of HealthFinders. The evening includes silent and live auctions, an elegant sit down dinner for 200, and this year there will be an ‘After Gala’ party with music by the local band The Counterfactuals!

JOIN  US in becoming a sponsor of our gala, celebrating our successes and ‘Springing Forward’ to the future.  There are many benefits!! At either the Collaborator or Partner level, your business or logo:

Northfield is Added to Fare for All Express Food Network


Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing program that has been in Minnesota for almost 25 years. The program is open to anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Because Fare For All is a bulk buying program, the more people who participate, the better. Northfield will be part of the Express food program and customers do not need to pre-order or pre-pay. The site is cash and carry (cash, EBT, credit card, debit card accepted, no checks).

Fare For All provides packages of fresh fruits and vegetables ($10), as well as quality frozen meat items ($11 or $25). This program will be available once per month from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden Street N.  Dates in 2014 are:  March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, October 30, December 4.

For more information: or 763.450.3880

Meet acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto

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Carleton College will present an evening with acclaimed author and organic farmer David ‘Mas’ Masumoto, the C. Angus Wurtele Distinguished Visitor in Environmental Studies, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Meeting Room 236. Masumoto is an organic farmer in California, whose farming techniques have been employed by farmers across the nation. He is also an award-winning author and columnist for the Fresno Bee and the Sacramento Bee. In 2013 was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Following Masumoto’s presentation, entitled “How A Peach Changed Everything,” he will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Nutrition Program: “A Child’s Healthful Start; Nutrition strategies for your children and their future”to be held on Thursday, February 13,

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will present the second in a series of five nutrition program that are free and open to the public, on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m at the Northfield Public Library

Nutrition is the cornerstone for a child’s foundation I life.  Aldrich will review the basic nutrition principles that will strengthen your children and give them a strong start in life.  Resources will be recommended for continued personal learning.

Noel Aldrich is a Licensed Nutritionist with a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Need More information about the YMCA? Hear what local health advocates have to say.

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Northfield hasn't had a YMCA since the late 1800s.  We're working to help community members better understand what a YMCA is and can be for our community. In a series of articles called “There’s a Y in Everyone”, this focus is on healthy living. Interviews with local professionals in the area of health and wellness for this article include: Gretchen Ehresmann, MD, Family Practice at Allina Health Clinic; John Noack, DDS, Professional Drive Dental, Northfield; Andrea Hoff, Physical Therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northfield; and Patrick Neily, General Manager of Just Food Co-op, Northfield.  

There’s a ‘Y’ in healthy living” ran in the Northfield News on Saturday, January 11; go here to read the brief column. The full article is below. 

EMT course begins February 18


Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering Part Two of the Emergency Medical Technician Initial Training course this winter and spring.  Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians practical and written exams.

The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Saturday afternoons throughout the late winter and spring at EMS base headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive, Northfield.

MNsure Assistance Available for All at the Community Action Center


The Community Action Center (CAC) is now offering free appointments to anyone in Northfield who needs help securing MNsure health insurance. Beginning April 1, all Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage in order to avoid financial penalties. The CAC has three staff members and two additional volunteers who are trained MNsure Navigators available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. Navigators will be available on Thursday afternoons by appointment from now until mid-March. Additional appointment times are available on a case-by-case basis.

Sr Center Offers Program on Depression

Help for depression

Have you worried that a close friend may be suffering from depression?  Would you like to be able to help, but aren’t sure how?  Or perhaps you experience ups and downs, and would like to know more about how to deal with those low, gray days, and become more resilient and less prone to depression.  This program will cover the signs of depression, and the ways you can help yourself or others you care about feel better.  

The Senior Center is offering a program on depression, for three consecutive Thursday mornings, starting on January 30 at 9:30.

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