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Take the May Self-Care Challenge and Earn the Chance to Win $25 in Chamber dollars!
Use the month of May to start practicing good self-care habits! May is Mental Health Awareness month and self-care is so important for good mental health. Taking time for yourself and caring for your body and mind should be part of your daily routine.

To help you get started, the Brown County Mental Health and Wellness Team has created a self-care challenge. Those who complete the challenge and complete the final survey will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win $25 in Chamber dollars! (8 prizes available)
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events!

Walk/Bike to School Day: Wednesday, May 5
Walking school busses will leave from Turner Hall, Lincoln Park and the New Ulm Medical Center and COVID guidelines will be followed. Watch for details in newsletters sent out to parents and social media posts starting this week.
Poker Walk: Fridays in June
The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce and Ameriprise Financial, with promotional support from the Heart of New Ulm, are pleased to be able to once again team up and promote health and wellness in sponsoring the Poker Walk event. Watch for the weekly route postings on our Facebook page.

Community Scavenger Hunt (one for New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield) June 1-15:
The Brown County Chemical Health Action Team is inviting everyone to add extra steps into their day while learning more about their community! Walk or bike around your town anytime between June 1-15, 2021, and answer a series of questions. You can find the scavenger hunt question sheets posted on the HONU website later in May or pick up a copy at your local library.

Each person (or family if playing as a team) who answers all of the questions will be entered into a drawing for $100 (1st prize) or $50 (2nd prize) in Chamber dollars. Even if you’re not able to answer all of the questions, turn in your sheet for a chance to win $20 in Chamber dollars (multiple chances for this).
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

Did you know that alcohol, the most commonly abused substance, is the third most common cause of death in the US?

More than 95,000 people die from excessive alcohol use in the US each year.
In 2018, Minnesota had one of the highest binge drinking rates in the nation, with 20.3% of adults reporting binge drinking.

Check out this fact sheet compiled by the Brown County Chemical Health Action Team for more statistics and information.

Help with Substance Abuse is Available
If you or someone you love is experiencing substance use-related problems, Brown County Human Services offers chemical health assessments and referrals for people of all ages.

Information is available by calling the intake worker at (507) 359-6565 or toll free at (800) 450-8246. 

New Ulm Medical Center also offers chemical health assessments and treatment programs that can help. For more information call (507) 217-5199.