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Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

January

Fitness & Weight Management
Menomonie, WI

This six-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie, Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau Claire, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

Fitness & Weight Management
Eau Claire, WI

This six-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau ClaireMondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI In-person

This one-hour class is intended for parents and grandparents. It includes information about the steps related to performing infant CPR and relief of choking. This is an American Heart Association noncertification class. View additional class availability on the calendar.

This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Interpreter services are provided for free for patients who do not speak English and are attending an in-person course in La Crosse. Call Mayo Clinic Health System at 608-392-9090 to arrange for an interpreter.

All registered participants will receive a confirmation letter. Patient Online Services users will receive a confirmation letter via the portal.

Class cancellation
If you must cancel your registration, call 608-392-9090 at least three business days prior to your class so those on the waitlist can have your spot. Classes that do not meet the minimum size requirements may be canceled. Classes that reach maximum capacity will be closed. If there are severe weather warnings in the La Crosse and surrounding counties, classes will be canceled. Call 608-392-9723 to confirm class cancellation due to severe weather.

Support Groups
Mankato, MN

A grief support group for women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant other.

This grief support group is led by widows and offers an opportunity to learn about grief, share experiences and find healing and hope from your loss. No registration is necessary.

For more information call the Hospice office at 507-594-2989.

In-person meetings cancelled until further notice. 

This cancellation is in line with precautions advised by the Centers for Disease Control to limit possible transmission of COVID-19, and to keep our campuses safe for our patients and staff.

Community Education

The art of kindness means harboring a spirit of helpfulness, as well as being generous and considerate, and doing so without expecting anything in return. Kindness is a quality of being. The act of being kind often is simple, free, positive and healthy. It has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion; decrease anxiety and stress; and improve mood and relationships.

Join Mayo Clinic Health System to practice the art of kindness. During this monthlong program, you will complete as many activities as you'd like from the list of nearly 100 ideas. Choose the activities that work best for you, and complete them when it works best for your schedule.

Your kindness journey begins upon registration.

Prenatal & Parenting
Barron, WI In-person

Register for this four-hour class (monthly dates available) for first-time parents or those who need a refresher. Class includes a facility tour, and information on labor, delivery, cesarean birth, pain management and newborn care. Bring two pillows and a blanket to class.

Please register early, as class sizes are limited. See additional class availability on the calendar.

If class is canceled, we will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. We reserve the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. You also may call the Family Birth Center at 715-537-2360 to ask about class status.

Note: The schedule for this offering is flexible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Northwest Wisconsin Region. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN

This group is for new mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Registration is not required, this is a drop-in offering. 

Class Cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI Virtual

This weekly drop-in group meets every Wednesday via Zoom. The group is for moms to work through the natural ups and downs of breastfeeding with other moms and a lactation consultant. Bring your baby and personal pump or parts to use the hospital-grade pump, if needed. The group is facilitated by certified lactation consultants.

Email eunursingmoms@mayo.edu to request a Zoom link invite.

If you are in need of breastfeeding assistance, please set up a one-on-one appointment through your Patient Online Services account, or call us at 715-838-5437.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients in the Northwest Wisconsin Region. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Support Groups
Virtual

This virtual monthly gathering on Zoom is for informal conversation, camaraderie and support for men after the death of a spouse or significant other.

You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

Also available is a women's Common Bonds Grief Support group.

Fitness & Weight Management
Mankato, MN Virtual

In this virtual class (online), you will learn how our comprehensive program of surgery, dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise and support can lead to a healthier life.

  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?
Registration is required, call 507-594-5951 or click on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
Fitness & Weight Management
Fairmont, MN Virtual

In this virtual class (online, offered twice per month), you will learn how our comprehensive program of surgery, dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise and support can lead to a healthier life.

  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?
Registration is required, call 507-594-5951 or click on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.
Fitness & Weight Management
La Crosse, WI

An occupational and physical therapist-led group specializing in education and exercise for those experiencing chronic pain.

For more information call 608-392-9768.

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The booster dose will further protect teenagers and others against COVID-19 infection.

December 10, 2021
Season of Gratitude program awards announced

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La Crosse rated a best hospital for maternity care

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