Dear Dietitian: Food attitudes

Dear Readers, Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the dietitians were enjoying a party and dining on cheesy foods and rich desserts. A coworker passed by and commented, “Maybe you all should take your name tags off, so no one knows that…

Weed of the Month: Vining Milkweeds and Rough Potato

By Christina Basch, MN Department of Agriculture There are more than 2,900 described species in the milkweed family. Minnesota is home to 14 native milkweeds, all of which are herbaceous perennials. In the summer of 2020, a vining milkweed was discovered along the Lake Wobegon Trail by a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist. Though species of…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Locke Lake in Wright County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Locke Lake, near Clearwater in Wright County. DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a lake property owner whose children found numerous zebra mussels attached to native mussels. The DNR confirmed more adult zebra mussels in the lake, indicating a reproducing…

Spotted wing drosophila

By Emily Popp, U of M Extension Intern With raspberries ripening, gardeners become excited to eat their favorite jam, dessert, or raspberries by the handful. Of course, with such an amazing tasting fruit we aren’t the only ones who enjoy raspberries. Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila Suzuki) also enjoy feeding on such fruit. Spotted wing…

Talking Migraine with the U of M

June was Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Nearly one in four U.S. households has someone living with migraine. It is the number-two cause of disability in the world, according to a study in the Journal of Headache and Pain, yet some people still don’t recognize how debilitating migraine can be. Abby Metzler, M.D., an assistant…

Protecting your private well during drought

By Anne Nelson, Extension educator, water resources Approximately 75 percent of Minnesotans use groundwater as a drinking water source, and almost all water used for agricultural irrigation comes from groundwater. During times of drought, it is even more important to be conscious of water use and maintenance of your well and equipment. Groundwater levels in…

Talking about mental health and the pandemic with U of M

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges and barriers in the United States. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Hispanic adults, children, and adolescents have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Also, people may have nervous feelings as pandemic restrictions have been lifted. Elizabeth M. Martinez, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota…

Talking men’s health with U of M

A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of men avoided going to their doctor, and 37% withheld information from their doctors about their health. For Men’s Health Month in June, Cuong Pham from the Community-University Health Care Center answers questions about why it is important for men to have annual appointments and how to navigate…

Talking how to prevent and treat common summer skin issues with the U of M

As Fourth of July celebrations kick off this week, most people will spend more time outdoors, enjoying cookouts or taking a swim. Unfortunately, this exposure to more sunlight, irritating chemicals, biting insects or poisonous plants leads to annoying, yet treatable, skin issues. Lori Fiessinger M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota…

Talking PTSD Month with the U of M

June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. It is estimated that one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime, according to the American Psychiatric Association, and it disproportionately affects United States Latinos, African Americans, and American Indians. Sophia Albott, MD, MA, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at…