Health Topics

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

November

Prenatal & Parenting
Albert Lea, MN In Person

This class is designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or those who have decided to breastfeed. It covers the benefits of breastfeeding and information needed to achieve breastfeeding goals. Support people welcome. Babies are encouraged to attend. Hosted in partnership with Freeborn County.

Registration is required for all classes; class sizes are limited.

Select your preferred date to take the class using the "Register" link. You will not receive an automatic confirmation email upon registration. You will receive a confirmation email with class details within a week of registering.

Class cancellation

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 to ask about class status:

  • Albert Lea Public Health: 507-377-5100

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.

Community Education
Virtual

In this virtual webinar, you will hear David Yang, M.D., urology expert with Mayo Clinic Health System, discuss the latest information and treatment options available for common sexual and reproductive health issues for men including erectile dysfunction and curved or painful erections.

Learn everything you want to know – but may be hesitant to ask – by submitting your questions anonymously during the webinar. To maintain patient privacy, the Zoom chat feature will be disabled, and participants are hidden throughout the duration of the webinar. At the beginning of the event, attendees will receive login information for Slido, an online software for interactive Q&A.

Registration is required by clicking on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person

This ongoing weekly class includes a gentle movement practice, relaxation techniques and breathing practices to reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, restore balance, and improve your attitude and overall quality of life. The class is personalized to meet participant needs. For these yoga poses, participants will sit in a chair and stand using a chair for balance. This class may help people with chronic health conditions, such as pain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.

Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person Virtual

This ongoing weekly class allows people to adapt the practices to make them comfortable for their bodies. The approach is therapeutic and emphasizes breath-focused movement to support the spine and focusing the mind. The class is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities, including beginners.

Each session will include a check-in, movement and breathing practices, and a guided relaxation practice.

Participants will learn tools to release tension, increase flexibility and core strength, improve posture and balance, and relax the mind and body. Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person and virtual on Zoom.

December

Support Groups
Virtual

This drop-in virtual grief support session is for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one to find added support during the holiday season.

After registering, you'll receive a Zoom link.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI In Person

This in-person support group is a great way to meet local moms, ask questions about lactation and newborn care, and check your baby’s weight. Education topic or speaker will vary each week. Drop in to group as it works for your schedule. Call Lactation at 608-392-9789 with any questions or concerns.

 

Fitness & Weight Management
Virtual

This virtual 10-week exercise class is for people with chronic pain conditions. Participants will learn a basic exercise routine and get education about living with chronic pain. The class is hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System Rehabilitation Services staff. Register once and join any session.

Do not participate in this class if you have any of these conditions:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Uncontrolled heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New neurologic symptoms that you have not discussed with your physician (e.g. dizziness, blurry vision, change in taste or smell)

If you have any of the above conditions, but your symptoms are controlled well with medication or inhalers and your provider has cleared you to exercise, it is safe for you to participate.

Prenatal & Parenting
Mankato, MN In Person

This class is offered monthly for moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person. It's taught by lactation counselors who will help expectant parents learn the basics of breastfeeding. Topics include establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship; frequency and feeding cues; holds, positions and latch-on techniques; choosing a breast pump; pumping and storing breast milk; and maintaining milk supply. Participants should bring the "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" book they received from their clinic.

Registration is required and class size is limited.



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.


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
La Crosse, WI In Person

This two-hour class is recommended for families who are considering or have decided to breastfeed. Partners are encouraged to attend. It includes information about benefits of breastfeeding, initiation of breastfeeding, latch and positioning, expressing and storing breast milk, breastfeeding lifestyle, and troubleshooting and resources. View additional class availability on the calendar. A morning Beginning to Breastfeed class also is available.

For questions or to develop an individualized breastfeeding plan, contact a lactation consultant at 608-392-9789.

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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Menomonie, WI In Person

Register for this two-hour class (bimonthly dates available on Wednesdays) designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or those who have decided to breastfeed. It covers the benefits of breastfeeding and information needed to achieve breastfeeding goals. Support people welcome. Babies are encouraged to attend.

Please register early, as class sizes are limited. See additional Wednesday evening class availability on the calendar, or consider our Monday afternoon Breastfeeding Class.

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 715-233-7237 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.

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
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 and you will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

In The News

Candlelight service to remember infants lost

Attend the Candlelight Memorial Service on Monday, Dec. 5, to honor infants lost and those who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, newborn or early infant death.

November 23, 2022
Care tips for upper respiratory infections in children

Seasonal cases of influenza, strep throat and RSV have increased over the past few weeks, especially among children. Learn what to do if you suspect your child is sick. 

November 17, 2022
Upper respiratory infection self-care tips

Learn who is at increased risk, and get resources to manage symptoms at home.

November 17, 2022
Hospitals receive 'A' grade for patient safety

Multiple hospitals received the highest patient safety marks from The Leapfrog Group.

November 16, 2022
Free men’s health webinar

Join us for a free men’s health webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 12:15-1 p.m.

November 11, 2022
Third annual Youth Sports Symposium in La Crosse

The symposium is designed to help athletes, parents and coaches better understand issues facing youth sports related to health, safety and performance.

October 31, 2022
Leapfrog Group recognizes Fairmont for maternity care

Fairmont has been named one of the "Best Hospitals for Maternity Care” by the Leapfrog Group in partnership with Money magazine.

October 20, 2022
La Crosse named a 'Best Hospital for Maternity Care'

To be eligible, hospitals had to carry an "A" or "B" letter grade on the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assessment and meet criteria in six areas specific to maternity care.

October 20, 2022
Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster available

Appointments are available in Albert Lea, Austin, Cannon Falls, Faribault, Kasson, Lake City, Lake Mills, New Richland, Owatonna, Plainview, Red Wing, Rochester, Wells and Zumbrota. 

October 11, 2022
La Crosse receives high ranking for quality patient care

In a quality and accountability study by Vizient Inc., La Crosse was ranked 7 out of 148 complex medical centers in the U.S.

October 7, 2022
Fairmont receives high rankings by Vizient

In a quality and accountability study, Fairmont was ranked 22 out of 268 community hospitals.

September 28, 2022
Interim regional chair of administration named in Southwest Wisconsin

Tanner Holst will begin the interim role on Sept. 28. He also holds the vice chair of administration role.

September 28, 2022

From The Blog

Grief and loss throughout the holiday season

The holidays can be a time of joy and also a time of grief for lost loved ones. Understanding how grief affects you can help provide a sense of empowerment to navigate the holiday season.

November 28, 2022

What parents should know about RSV

Upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence this time of year. As seasonal cases of influenza and RSV increase, find out how to manage symptoms at home and when to seek care.

Dennis Costakos MD By Dennis Costakos November 24, 2022

The space between grief and growth

Growth isn't easy, requiring pain along with joy. Discover why working through grief brings the opportunity to experience healing, peace and growth.

Jennifer Larson LaRue By Jennifer Larson LaRue November 23, 2022

Embrace a healthy mindset for eating — no matter the occasion

Holidays can be challenging when food is involved, but adopting a healthy eating mindset is important throughout the entire year. Read tips to improve your approach to balanced, mindful nutrition.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty November 22, 2022

I've been diagnosed with prediabetes. What does that mean?

Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes, but still indicate a need for change. In this Q&A, learn about risk factors, when to get tested and what your next steps should be.

Tara Wilde RDN By Tara Wilde November 21, 2022

What triggers trigger finger?

When tendons become irritated, your finger or thumb can get stuck in a bent or straight position. Find out who typically is affected by trigger finger and how to treat this common condition.

Sara Snyder NP By Sara Snyder November 18, 2022

When to seek medical help for RSV or flu symptoms in children

With an early increase in RSV and influenza cases, a Mayo Clinic expert shares three things parents can watch for when determining if they should seek care for a sick child.

November 18, 2022

Trying to get pregnant? Select a lubricant most helpful for sperm

Lubrication can be an easy way to increase comfort during intercourse. However, many couples trying to conceive don't realize that lubricants can adversely affect sperm.

Alicia Ogle, N.P. By Alicia Ogle November 17, 2022

Say cheeseburger: Patient smiling thanks to special treat

After Taylor Suhr had a stroke, he needed to relearn how to do many things, including eating. Speech pathology helped him regain those abilities and rewarded him with the cheeseburger he'd been craving.

November 16, 2022

Fight off the flu with immune-boosting nutrients

Is it a myth or fact that chicken noodle soup can help you feel better when you are ill? Does vitamin C prevent illness? Check out myths and facts about immune-boosting nutrients.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen November 16, 2022

Hepatitis B vaccine: What to know to protect yourself

Chronic hepatitis B infection can go undiagnosed until serious liver disease symptoms arise. Learn why vaccination is the best way to prevent infection, and get additional tips to avoid getting the virus. 

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie November 15, 2022
Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy November 15, 2022

Neighborly compassion in Sarah's time of need

Sarah Wittrock found care, kindness and professionalism in her local Emergency Department following a domestic assault. She urges others in similar situations to seek the help they need.

November 14, 2022