This community tree-lighting event will be held on Tuesday, December 8th 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Northern Lights Courtyard. Consider helping to make the season bright by sponsoring a light as a tribute to a special person in your life, a memorial to those you miss, or a thank-you for service and kindness. Donations can be made for a single light for $10 or a string of lights for $100. Proceeds for this event will help Northfield Hospice provide care and comfort to those with life-limiting illness. For more information, please contact Sara at Northfield Hospice (646-1457).
Food allergies affect one in 13 children – roughly two kids in every classroom across the U.S. And food allergies among children have increased more than 50% since 1997, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergic reactions to food can be mild or severe, and potentially deadly.
Two experts on food allergies will provide a free educational session for parents at Just Food Co-op in Northfield. FamilyHealth Medical Clinics will host the session, “Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know.”
Nancy Ott, MD a pediatric allergist from FamilyHealth Clinic – Lakeville, and Nona Narvaez, executive director of the Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AAFA), will give parents an overview of food allergies and symptoms, and offer helpful tips on how to handle emergencies.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome as space allows.
Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Just Food Co-op Community Room
516 Water Street South
Register at www.justfood.coop or call (507) 646-1534
Dr. Ott is a pediatric allergist who sees patients at the FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville. She has over two decades of experience treating patients, teaching, and conducting research. Her own childhood experience with asthma has influenced her practice; when Dr. Ott was 13, she spent nine months in the hospital for asthma treatment. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, she is board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.
Narvaez is co-founder of AAFA and has served as its executive director since it began in 2001. Under her direction, AAFA has grown into the largest state food allergy organization in the U.S. Narvaez has worked for the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Congress as a policy research analyst.
FamilyHealth Medical Clinics and Just Food Co-op collaborate on wellness and nutrition education for the community.
Individuals with diabetes soon will have a new resource to help manage their care: Each other.
The Northfield Community Diabetes Support Group will hold its first meeting on Oct. 20, with monthly meetings scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings will be held at Northfield Hospital. Participation is free. Registration is not required.
Northfield Community Diabetes Support Group
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Northfield Hospital, Meeting Room A
2000 North Avenue
This is an opportunity for individuals with diabetes to share their experience and concerns with others and receive educational, social and emotional support.
• develop a better understanding of diabetes
• gain diabetes self-care skills
• learn healthy lifestyle habits
This is an independent group led by Julie Stulz, RN, who is diabetic herself and has professional experience in diabetes education. For more information on the support group, contact Stulz directly at (651) 245-1705 or email@example.com.
Dr. Hernberg began seeing patients of all ages at FamilyHealth’s Northfield clinic on August 20. She comes to FamilyHealth from Aberdeen, SD, where she practiced at Sanford Health.
A native of Finland, Dr. Hernberg earned her medical degree from University of Helsinki. She did her Family Medicine residency and graduate work at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Hernberg is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish and German.
Dr. Hernberg said she is fascinated by the science of medicine; her father was a physician, too. Dr. Hernberg’s goal is to provide individualized care to all her patients, and to make the best decisions possible to maintain health and reduce suffering.
Dr. Hernberg’s expertise complements that of Family Medicine providers at FamilyHealth, including Adam Ailabouni, MD; Internal Medicine specialists Katie Helgen, MD, and Randolph Reister, MD; plus pediatricians Ben Flannery, MD, and Todd Amunrud, D.O.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Hernberg join our practice here in Northfield. She brings many years of experience to our group, and expands the schedule we’re able to offer patients in our Northfield clinic,” said Dr. Flannery, Medical Director for FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.
For an appointment, call FamilyHealth in Northfield at (507) 646-1494.