Health Topics

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

June

Support Groups

This six-session weekly group therapy program on Wednesdays is for parents of children ages 4–15 who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The group is facilitated by Behavioral Health professionals and utilizes behavior therapy and behavioral parent training to help those with children who have ADHD be a more effective parent.

Behavior therapy is an effective treatment for children with ADHD that can improve his or her behavior, self-control and self-esteem.

Behavioral parent training (BPT) is the recommended first-line of treatment for children diagnosed with ADHD. BPT teaches parents how to parent their children through positive parenting techniques. When used by parents, these techniques teach children to better control their own behavior, lead to improved functioning at school, home and in relationships.

Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. A one-on-one introduction also will be scheduled to discuss the group format and set goals. 

Upon registration, you will be contacted to ensure the class is the right fit for your family. After confirming that you qualify for this class, staff will share the class location and/or Zoom link with you.

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.

Fitness & Weight Management
Menomonie, WI

Athletes from middle school, high school and college can receive performance training at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie. The six-week program is designed to help several aspects of athletic performance, including:

  • Agility
  • Confidence
  • Jumping
  • Linear and multidirectional speed
  • Strength

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, multi-sport 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

Athletes from middle school, high school and college can receive performance training at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The six-week program is designed to help several aspects of athletic performance, including:

  • Agility
  • Confidence
  • Jumping
  • Linear and multidirectional speed
  • Strength

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, multi-sport 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.

 

Youth & Family Programs
Eau Claire, WI

Why not choose to make the most of it by living life fully — present and in the moment — when you don't need to be online. Don’t miss out on the fun and beauty that is happening all around you. Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a free virtual challenge, which runs two months, to reduce your screen time so you can play, explore and connect more.

Complete 30 or more activities from a list of over 100 ideas. Complete them when it works best for your schedule, and check completed activities off the provided checklist for a fun way to track your progress. Ensure you follow COVID-19 safety recommendations when completing activities. Participate on your own or with family, friends or a group of students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for many. Thankfully, digital tools have allowed people to work remotely, participate in school from home and maintain personal connections virtually. It's easy to understand why people are on their devices perhaps more now than ever.

Registration is required. Registrants can expect a few emails that will include the free printable/interactive digital checklist, bonus activities, motivational content and an event evaluation survey.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN

This class ongoing weekly class is allows individuals to adapt the practices to make them comfortable for their bodies. The approach is therapeutic and emphasizes breath-focused movement to support the spine. The class is appropriate for individuals 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 get 6 sessions to be used within 9 weeks.

Classes are currently taught virtually on Zoom by Michele Hoffman, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine & Health department. Call 651-385-3338 or email Hoffman.Michele@mayo.edu to register.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN

Ongoing weekly class includes a gentle movement practice, relaxation techniques and breathing practices to help 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. Yoga poses will be sitting in a chair and standing using a chair for balance. This class may be helpful for people with chronic health conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, MS, COPD and arthritis.

Participants get 6 sessions to be used within 9 weeks.

Classes are currently taught virtually on Zoom by Michele Hoffman, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine & Health department. Call 651-385-3338 or email Hoffman.Michele@mayo.edu to register.

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.

Prenatal & Parenting

This virtual class (online via Zoom, offered monthly) is for mothers who have given birth and plan to continuing breastfeeding after returning to work or school. The group will explore choices available for feeding, and parents will learn strategies to successfully continue to breastfeed and/or provide breastmilk for their baby. Women wishing to attend this class should first attend the Breastfeeding Class during pregnancy. Breastfeeding moms, family members and child care providers are welcome. Register for your preferred date to take the class using the "Register" link, and we'll email you a link to access the class. See additional class availability on the calendar.

Contact WellnessClinic@mayo.edu with questions related to prenatal education classes and registration. 


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
Mankato, MN

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
Barron, WI

Register for this one-time, four-hour class on Saturday (bimonthly dates available) designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their new baby. Class includes a facility tour and information on third trimester expectations, labor, delivery and postpartum, as well as newborn basics. Recommended for moms who are 30 weeks or more gestation.

Please register early, as class sizes are limited. See additional Saturday morning class availability on the calendar, or consider our Thursday evening Prenatal Workshop and Caring for Baby 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 715-537-2360 to ask about class status.

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
Red Wing, MN

This class is for women after 32 weeks’ gestation. Lactation experts will teach about expressing colostrum—antibody rich, immune boosting milk—before baby arrives. Topics will include learning about the benefits to you and baby, the process for collecting, techniques and resources for hand expression, and storing it until your baby arrives.

Call 651-267-5376 for more information or to register.

If there is inclement weather, cancellations will be announced on KCUE, the local radio station. You can also call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.

In The News

Attend presentation about chronic leg pain

On June 30, a cardiologist will share signs, symptoms, causes and risk factors of peripheral artery and vascular disease; options for care; and nonsurgical procedures that can reduce or resolve pain.

June 15, 2021
Radiology facility to be built at Madison East in Mankato

The new space will include upgraded equipment and is expected to open January 2022.

June 14, 2021
Summer good time to talk to kids about alcohol

Children have more free time during the summer. Learn about the benefits of having crucial conversations with children about alcohol use.

June 9, 2021
Grants awarded to nonprofits in Northwest Wisconsin

Recipients for new or existing programs in Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties were named to receive a total of $202,000 in grant money.

June 7, 2021
Mayo Clinic Health System to launch mobile health clinic in Southern Minnesota

The mobile health clinic is an extension of Mayo Clinic Health System's virtual care options.

June 3, 2021
Scholarships awarded to high school graduates in Northwest Wisconsin

Seniors will use the award to pursue education in a health care-related field.

June 1, 2021
La Crosse to light campus for Memorial Day

La Crosse will light its Cancer and Surgery Center on West Avenue red, white and blue on May 31 to recognize Memorial Day.

May 26, 2021
Mayo Clinic Health System to close 6 part-time clinics

The health system continues to focus on finding the most viable solutions to serve rural communities over the long term.

May 25, 2021
Eau Claire receives two organ donation awards

Excellence in Tissue Donation and Award of Hope gold level were awarded by the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation.

May 24, 2021
La Crosse hospital honored for organ, tissue donation

The Excellence in Tissue Donation Award is given to Versiti partner hospitals who achieve at least a 60% consent rate.

May 24, 2021
La Crosse to light campus green for Mental Health Awareness Month

La Crosse will light its Cancer and Surgery Center on West Avenue green on May 25 to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.

May 24, 2021
Arcadia offering video visits with specialists

For a facility-to-facility video visit, patients report to their local clinic where a nurse helps them connect with the specialist via video.

May 20, 2021

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