Health Topics

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

September

Support Groups
Fairmont, MN

Join us for compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Eau Claire, WI

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.

Community Education
Cannon Falls, MN
Women's Health and Fitness Day is Sept. 29. To celebrate, join Megan Beck, a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System, to learn about common symptoms associated with the menopausal transition and ways to manage them.
Special Event
Mankato, MN

This eight-week grief group meets every Thursday via Zoom, for people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

When you register, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to access the meeting using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.

Click on the link a few minutes before the start of the event. Sometimes technical issues can occur when joining a virtual meeting. If you cannot connect using Zoom, you can call the phone number in your confirmation email to listen to the event. Calling rates apply.

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.

October

Community Education

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to Mayo Clinic Health System's community forum on Sept. 10, we will welcome back Greg Poland, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Center for a Q&A session.

Dr. Poland is a leading voice on the scientific evidence supporting the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. He has been closely involved in vaccine decision-making at the federal level, and he is a much sought-after speaker on the many complicated issues in play during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will answer your questions about boosters, variants, vaccines for kids, and COVID-19 myths and truths.

Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a Zoom link. You should check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.


Community Education

Many aspects of health contribute to your wellness, and building healthy habits can be hard. You're invited to join this monthlong challenge running Oct. 1–31 to get the jump-start you need. All month, you will be encouraged to complete daily activities, and track your sleep, exercise and water intake.

Fall Into Wellness has two tracks: community and corporate. You are welcome to join the community track as an individual, family or friend group. If your business or organization would like to get employees moving in a healthier direction, the corporate track may fit your needs.

Prenatal & Parenting
Menomonie, WI

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 715-233-7237 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.

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN

This class, held on Mondays, is for moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person. Participants will learn the many benefits of breastfeeding and the essentials of newborn care. Topics include benefits of skin-to-skin contact, feeding cues and positions, long-term breastfeeding goals, dealing with complications and baby care.

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 507-238-8100 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI

This 2½-hour class (monthly dates available) 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.

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 free of charge for non-English speaking patients for any course. Call 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

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 Tuesday 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.

In The News

Flu vaccination offered in Southwest Minnesota

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 18.

September 27, 2021
Wellness Program Partnership with Mankato Area Public Schools

Mankato is partnering with Mankato Area Public Schools around wellness programming during the week of Oct. 4-8 to reinforce healthy habits.

September 27, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Southeast Minnesota

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 18.

September 23, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Northwest Wisconsin

Vaccinations are available beginning Oct. 4.

September 23, 2021
Dr. Poland to host COVID-19 Q&A

The session will be held virtually on Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m.

September 21, 2021
Flu vaccination offered in Southwest Wisconsin

Vaccinations are available beginning Sept. 28.

September 20, 2021
Grant program available to school districts in Northwest Wisconsin

The School and Student Support Grant program seeks to improve the health of youth and families in Barron, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire and Trempealeau counties.

September 13, 2021
Camp Oz Cares to send care packages to grieving children, teens this fall

Packages to a child or teen who has experienced the loss of a loved one will focus on holidays and special days.

September 9, 2021
Join the 'Fall Into Wellness" challenge

During October, participants will learn about various aspects of incorporating health and wellness into daily routines.

September 8, 2021
Lighting of La Crosse building highlights suicide prevention

La Crosse will light the Cancer and Surgery Center in yellow the evening of Friday, Sept. 10, in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 7, 2021
Red Wing to relocate COVID-19 testing to South Service Drive

Beginning Sept. 1, patients no longer will go to the main campus for COVID-19 testing. Appointments are required.

September 1, 2021
Work to begin in advance of demolition of Professional and Community Center in Red Wing

Mayo Clinic Health System, along with the City of Red Wing and the demolition contractor, will work together to ensure the demolition is performed safely and with minimal disturbance to local resident...

August 30, 2021

From The Blog

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Jeremy Forster, M.D. By Jeremy Forster September 23, 2021
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A mother's heart: Teamwork saves new mom, son

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Connection between HPV infection and mouth, throat cancer

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Gregory Jones MD By Gregory Jones September 21, 2021
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Flu shots and COVID-19

All the safety measures that prevent COVID-19 also prevent flu. With masking and social distancing requirements relaxed, it's time to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your family from influenza.

September 20, 2021
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11 tips for coping with a cancer diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect can lower your stress level. Use these 11 suggestions to learn more about your diagnosis, and improve resilience and coping skills.

September 16, 2021
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Helping people, changing lives: 3 health benefits of volunteering

Volunteers make a difference in the lives of others, but did you know that volunteering can benefit your health? Learn about 3 physical, mental and social benefits of donating your time and talents.

Angela Thoreson LSW By Angela Thoreson September 16, 2021
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What’s the deal with probiotics?

You may have heard about "healthy" bacteria called probiotics. Do they really help with gut health and digestive issues? Find out what to do before you start taking probiotics.

Lisa Hayes MD By Lisa Hayes September 15, 2021
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Consider T.I.M.E. when dealing with sepsis

More than 40% of adults are unfamiliar with the dangers of sepsis, which occurs as a result of infection. Use this tool to recognize the signs and symptoms, and get immediate care.

Joseph Poterucha DO By Joseph Poterucha September 14, 2021
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COVID-19 variants, what to know about mutations

A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu, is being monitored by scientists. Read how variants are classified and what you need to know today.

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