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mnJULJmULlUleuLmgl!|llLlllRLIIIlJ.iilBU I,|lJ RJlllllldli.  a mmnu m mulJnuk nnnnenmuuu mm &apos;] n a - - Page 18 Mr. Potato Head Sharing your garden goodness Imagine this: you have carefully worked in your garden for weeks. The sun shines, the rain falls, and everything grows. Finally, your hard work is rewarded. You have an abundant crop and it is more than you can possibly use. It might be zucchini, it might be green beans, it might be tomatoes, or it might be almost anything. You have worked hard to grow it and you don't want to see it wasted. What do you do? You give it away! Your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors all get to enjoy the bounty of your garden. Garden- ers love to share. It is a strong gar- dening tradition and I suspect that most of us have given or received. It is a great thing. Unfortunately, while our gar- dens have been growing, qaany of our neighbors are going through tough times. Many are unable to find work or are working less and money is in short supply. More people turn to the area food shelves to help feed their fam- ily. Food shelf demand is up dra- matically, and donations to food shelves are having a hard time keeping up. Wouldn't it be great if we could share our garden good- ness with the food shelves in our area? Our gardens would be help- ing to provide some much needed nutrition to local families who need the help. The good news is that we can, and should, be shar- ing with food shelves. To be helpful to our local food shelf we need to understand how they work. Food shelves are mostly staffed and managed by volun- teers and supported by churches. They have a schedule of when they Community Thursday, July 16, 2009 are open to distribute food. The days and times that they operate vary. They also have limited stor- age space and may have no refrig- erated space to keep garden pro- duce. Usually they love to get fresh garden produce. It is avery good nutritional supplement to the boxed and canned food that is generally available. But, because of the nature of how they operate, we will need to deliver our garden pro- duce when they will be able to use it. A phone call to the food shelf to work out the details is a good idea. There are often food drives orga- nized by church, school or com- munity groups which support the local food shelves. Why not orga- nize a garden produce drive to support the food shelf?. It would be a great summer project at a time when the food is really needed. Mr, Potato Head is trying to do his part, too. He is organizing the Stearns County Master Garden- ers who are joining forces with the "Plant a Row for the Hungry" pro- gram. This is a nation-wide effort which encourages gardeners to donate their surplus produce to local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America's hungry. Remember. our gardens are really solar powered food mak- ing systems. Use what your garden produces wisely, and share what you can't use yourself. We'll ill be better off! Keep things growing! If you have gardening questions or suggestions for Mr. Potato Head please e-mail him at <tricounty.potatohead @gmail.com>. Mr. Potato Head is Stearns County Master Gardener and Kimball resident RickEllis. Legal notices also are posted on-line at www.TriCountyNews.MN The Spinal Column By Chad Spaulding, D.C. Chiropractic: is it safe for children? The benefits of chiroprac- tic care for children has become increasingly evident as the number of children receiving chiropractic care continues to rise. Chiroprac- tic research has overwhelmingly shown the benefit of chiropractic care for children. However, there continue to be reports which ques- tion the safety of chiropractic care. In response to these safety con- cerns, the research department of the ICPA (International Chiroprac- tic Pediatric.Association) has pub- lished a first paper concerning the safety of adjusting children. In the current issue of the lournal of Ver- tebral Subluxation Research, ICPA has published a report entitled, "Risk Assessment of Neurological and/or Vertebrobasilar complica- tion in the Pediatric Chiropractic Patient." Based on information gathered in this study, the ICPA's research department has concluded that reports of serious complications (regardless of age) following chi- ropractic adjustments and/or manipulation are extremely rare. In the prevalent scientific/clini- cal literature spanning the last 32+ years, there are only two reported cases of neurovascular complica- tions related to pediatric patients receiving chiropractic care. A con- servative estimate of the number of pediatric visits to chiropractors in the U.S. over the same time span amount to more than 1/2 billion Reminder that ATVs can be fatal The recent death of a 19-year- old woman is a reminder to both adult and youth all-terrain vehi- cle (ATV) operators to apply "safety first" when operating their machines, according to the Min- nesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Kayla Lien, 19, and Macy McCormick, 18, both of Foley, were riding an ATV in a housing devel- opment near Duelm and east of St. Cloud, July 2, when the ATV left the road and struck a tree. Neither was wearing a helmet. Neither had completed ATV safety training. McCormick, the driver of the ATV, was treated for non-threaten- ing injuries. Lien, the passenger, died. She was the sixth Minneso- tan and second teenager to die in an ATV incident this year. Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Edu- cation Program coordinator, said many fatalities could be avoided if people followed safety guidelines and took advantage of ATV safety training classes. "Operators require special knowledge and training to be able to use an ATV safety/' Hom- mer said. "ATV safety training is : important for everyone, regard- less of age." Anyone who wants to operate an ATV on public lands in Min- nesota and is 16 or older and born after July 1, 198Z must success- fully complete the independent study ATV Safety Training CD. Those who are age 12-15 must complete the ATV Safety Training CD and attend an ATV Safety Class before riding on public lands. Request a Youth/Adult ATV Train- ing CD by calling (651) 296-6157 or toll-free (888) 646-6367. The DNR provides guidelines for reducing the risks involved with ATVs: • Do not drive ATVs with a pas- senger or ride on one as a passen- ger. • Do not drive ATVs on paved roads. They are unstable on paved roads because the big, low- pres- sure tires can cause the machine visits. Therefore, the risk of a neu- rovascular complication occur- ring as the result of chiropractic care is approximately one out of every 250 million visits. When considering the use of any health care procedure, the expected benefit must be weighed against the inherent risks. Based oJ this axiom, chiropractic care relative to neurovascular compli- cations appears to present little risk to the pediatric patient and is a safe health care procedure when performed correctly. If you have any further ques- tions regarding the sited article, you can read its entirety at Pisto- lese R.A., Risk assessment of neu- rological and/or vertebrobasi- lar complications in the pediat- ric chiropractic patient. ] Vertebral Sublux Res 1998;2(2):73-81. Please feel free to contact Dr. Spaulding at <cspauldingchiro @gmail.com> with other questions regarding the safety of chiropractic adjustments for patients of any age. to flip. • ATVs are not toys and can be hazardous to operate. Supervise your youngster's, operation of the ATV at all times. *ATVoperators younger than 18 years old must wear an approved safety helmet, except when oper- ating on private property. To pre- vent head injuries everyone,should weara-helmet. • An ATV handles differently. from other vehicles. Even routine maneuvers such as turning and driving on hills and over obstacles, can lead to serious injury if you fail to take proper precautions. With preparation and practie,opera - tors can safely develop and expand their riding skills. • Youth need to "fit" the machine. A 60- to 120-pound youth and a 600-pound ATV are a mismatch. For more information, go to the 2008-2009 Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation booklet at <www.dnr. state.mn.us/regulations/ohv/index. html>. 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