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MAPA January 2020 PSA


January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Up to 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition — and up to 60 percent of them don't know it. The thyroid can be either overactive or underactive and both conditions can lead to big health problems.

Symptoms of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can include extreme fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and weight gain. Symptoms of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can include irritability, nervousness, shaking, muscle weakness, sudden weight loss and sleeping problems.

If you are experiencing symptoms of thyroid dysfunction your PA, or other health care provider, can request a variety of lab tests to evaluate the situation.


For more information on overactive hyperthyroidism:


For more information on underactive hyperthyroidism:


MAPA February 2020 PSA


February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Even though tooth decay has been on the decline for the past 30 years, it is still one of the most common chronic diseases for children from age 6 to 19. Protect your children’s teeth by following these tips:

  • Have your children drink tap water that contains fluoride.

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks especially between meals.

  • Make sure your children (over the age of 2) brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

  • For children younger than 6, watch them brush their teeth. Make sure they only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallowing it. Help your child brush until s/he has good brushing skills.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child visit a dentist for an initial check-up by the time they are 1 year of age.


Here are some helpful resources


MAPA March 2020 PSA

March is National Nutrition Awareness Month

MAPA cares about you and your families nutrition and encourages you to speak with your health care provider and review the following resources.
Learning to read nutrition labels is important and certainly wasn’t taught to most of us in school.  Here are two excellent resources:


Many people don’t consider water when they think about nutrition.  Here are some resources that explain the importance of hydration:

MAPA April 2020 PSA

April 24th is World Meningitis Day

Dedicated to raising awareness of meningitis and underscoring the importance of prevention through vaccination. The CDC recommends meningococcal vaccination for all preteens and teens. In certain situations, CDC also recommends other children and adults get a meningococcal vaccine.

MAPA May 2020 PSA

Covid-19 vs Allergies

With the improved weather comes the arrival of environmental allergies. In normal circumstances seasonal influenza would be all but out of the picture. Of course, these are not normal circumstances. Concerns have been raised about how to tell the difference. Here are some comparisons:



 Coronavirus Allergies 
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy noes, eyes or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red or swollen eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Throat clearing
  • Cough from postnasal drip



For more information on allergies the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers this:

For more information on Coronavirus we recommend these sources of information:

The COVID-19 Hotline (interpreters are available) is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 it is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



MAPA June 2020 PSA

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness and the National Eye Institute have declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. According to the Prevent Blindness Vision Problems in the U.S. report, more than 22.3 million Americans have cataracts. MAPA invites you to learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment at these links:



MAPA July 2020 PSA

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month

Sarcoma is an exceedingly rare type of cancer that arises in the connective tissue of the body. The connective tissue includes muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, blood vessel, and deep skin tissue. Connective tissue is present throughout the body, so sarcoma can occur in any location. According to the American Cancer Society, about 11,280 people will be diagnosed with sarcoma this year. MAPA suggests the following resources for more information:



MAPA August 2020 PSA

Extreme Heat: Hot Weather Can Be Deadly

Although Minnesotans live in a cold weather state, the summer heat can significantly impact our health. Heat events - prolonged periods of hot weather - cause more deaths than any other natural disaster.

Hot weather can increase your core body temperature, making it difficult for your body to function normally. This can be demanding on your body and lead to heat-related illnesses and even death.

Heat-related illness encompasses many health problems such as: dehydration, heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, that occur when the body becomes too hot and cannot cool down adequately. Heat also can worsen existing chronic conditions such as: diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory conditions.

MAPA recommends these resources for further information:


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Public Service Announcements

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
August_2020_HEAT_ILLNESS_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (599.45 KB) Administration 8/3/2020
August_2020_HEAT_ILLNESS_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.3 MB) Administration 8/3/2020
August_2020_HEAT_ILLNESS_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.15 MB) Administration 8/3/2020
July_2020_SARCOMA_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.32 MB) Administration 7/2/2020
July_2020_SARCOMA_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.16 MB) Administration 7/2/2020
July_2020_SARCOMA_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (592.31 KB) Administration 7/2/2020
June_2020_CATARACT_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.3 MB) Administration 6/2/2020
June_2020_CATARACT_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.15 MB) Administration 6/2/2020
June_2020_CATARACT_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (585.17 KB) Administration 6/2/2020
May_2020_ALLERGIES_OR_COVID_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.29 MB) Administration 5/1/2020
May_2020_ALLERGIES_OR_COVID_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.14 MB) Administration 5/1/2020
May_2020_ALLERGIES_OR_COVID_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (601.49 KB) Administration 5/1/2020
April_2020_MENINGITIS_PSA_60.mp3 MP3 (2.29 MB) Administration 4/3/2020
April_2020_MENINGITIS_PSA_30.mp3 MP3 (1.16 MB) Administration 4/3/2020
April_2020_MENINGITIS_PSA_15.mp3 MP3 (590.27 KB) Administration 4/3/2020
March_2020_NUTRITION_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.3 MB) Administration 3/3/2020
March_2020_NUTRITION_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.16 MB) Administration 3/3/2020
March_2020_NUTRITION_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (592.31 KB) Administration 3/3/2020
February_2020_PEDIATRIC_ORAL_HEALTH_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.29 MB) Administration 2/3/2020
February_2020_PEDIATRIC_ORAL_HEALTH_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.13 MB) Administration 2/3/2020
February_2020_PEDIATRIC_ORAL_HEALTH_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (579.04 KB) Administration 2/3/2020
January_2020_THYROID_PSA_60.mp3 MP3 (2.29 MB) Administration 1/6/2020
January_2020_THYROID_PSA_30.mp3 MP3 (1.15 MB) Administration 1/6/2020
January_2020_THYROID_PSA_15.mp3 MP3 (591.29 KB) Administration 1/6/2020
December_2019_HAND_WASHING_PSA_60.mp3 MP3 (2.32 MB) Administration 12/3/2019
December_2019_HAND_WASHING_PSA_30.mp3 MP3 (1.14 MB) Administration 12/3/2019
December_2019_HAND_WASHING_PSA_15.mp3 MP3 (577 KB) Administration 12/3/2019
November_2019_DIABETES_PSA_60_SEC.mp3 MP3 (2.29 MB) Administration 11/11/2019
November_2019_DIABETES_PSA_30_SEC.mp3 MP3 (1.15 MB) Administration 11/11/2019
November_2019_DIABETES_PSA_15_SEC.mp3 MP3 (593.33 KB) Administration 11/11/2019
October_2019_PA_PSA_60.mp3 MP3 (2.32 MB) Administration 10/1/2019
October_2019_PA_PSA_30.mp3 MP3 (1.18 MB) Administration 10/1/2019
October_2019_PA_PSA_15.mp3 MP3 (597.41 KB) Administration 10/1/2019
September_2019_OVARIAN_CANCER_PSA_60_.mp3 MP3 (2.3 MB) Administration 9/4/2019
September_2019_OVARIAN_CANCER_PSA_30_.mp3 MP3 (1.15 MB) Administration 9/4/2019
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