Thumbs up to a local doctor’s efforts to connect good nutrition with better health and getting his hands dirty in the process.

Family medicine resident Dr.Ryan Brower has kept up a garden at Mayo Clinic Health System’s Eastridge clinic, using the eight-plot garden as an education piece.After talking to patients abouthow healthy eating fits into overall wellness, he canwalk them outside to get started with fresh fruits and veggies.

He also is involved in the new Food Rx program, which will have physicians screen patients for foodinsecurity. The doctors can then prescribe freshfoods to patients who have chronic preventable diseases with the knowledge that healthy eating is valuable in treatment.

Brower worked with Blue Earth County’s Statewide Health Improvement Plan and the university’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education teams on the concept. The pilot will start with 25 patients or families who’ll pick up boxes of food and recipe tips at Cub Foods over six weeks.

Brower’s fine work has resulted in the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians naming him the 2019 family medicine resident of the year.

He’ll start his post-residency career back home in southern Wisconsin once he finishes in Mankato this month, so the area will miss him. But hopefully his nutrition-centered projects will grow, just like the garden he helped plant.

Slowing robocalls

Thumbs up to the Federal Communications Commission for voting this week to allow mobile phone companies more power to block unwanted robocalls.

The overdue measure comes as the FCC says robocalls are the No. 1 complaint it receives.

The FCC says robocalls cost consumers $3 billion a year simply in lost time, not to mention the fraudulent losses that can occur from scammers using robocalls. The agency estimates there were 2.5 billion robocalls just last month alone.

The new rules won’t eliminate robocalls — those profiting from them will search for new technology to get around it. But it’s a needed big step into slowing the onslaught.

Graduate and advance

Thumbs up to all the graduates of the area’s high schools and colleges in the past few weeks.

Whether it’s a high school diploma or a doctorate, in all cases it’s an achievement and a milestone —the end of one segment of an indi-vidual’s life and the gateway to the next.

Some grads will move on to still more schooling. Others will enter the workforce. Either way, we are confident that they do so prepared for that next stage.

Editorial Board

Community band

I want to thank Robb Murray for his excellent article about the Mankato Area Community Band.

The band would like to acknowledge the uniqueopportunity we have in Minnesota for supportingthe arts. The Mankato Area Community Band isvery thankful to have received an Arts and CulturalHeritage grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund came intobeing as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, which was passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. The efforts of this fund are now being seen all over the state, and the Mankato Area Community Band free concerts are part of the return on the investment that Minnesotans are making in the arts.

In addition to major support from PLRAC, this project is partially funded by the city of Mankato Community Grant Program.

Martha Lindberg

Mankato

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