• By Joel Streed

Obesity and Eating Disorders in Kids: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

February 20, 2015

Obesity is big problem for many kids.  So you'd think you'd think a dramatic weight loss might be something to cheer.  But in this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, we find that's not always the case.

To listen, click the link below.

Obesity and Eating Disorders

I don't feel like humans have anymore right to be here than the crows do. You can't consume the environment and expect to not share it. The majority of the views here are quite anthropocentric, I feel people need to realize they're not the only things in existence here.

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This is kind of off topic, but has anyone else not received their new insurance cards? I never received mine, same with others here in AZ… And also why are some people's (spouses) ID's not "correctly matching" with what should be in the system?

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@jessiwilkes

This is kind of off topic, but has anyone else not received their new insurance cards? I never received mine, same with others here in AZ… And also why are some people's (spouses) ID's not "correctly matching" with what should be in the system?

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I never received new insurance cards in Rochester, and neither have a few others I've talked to. I wonder if we don't get new ones if we didn't elect to change plans? It seems like the first year this has happened, though.

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@kathleengraham1

I don't feel like humans have anymore right to be here than the crows do. You can't consume the environment and expect to not share it. The majority of the views here are quite anthropocentric, I feel people need to realize they're not the only things in existence here.

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By this logic, we should let all pests and invasive species run rampant through our cities and homes. Maybe viruses too — perhaps we should stop vaccinating ourselves or treating diseases because they too have a right to proliferate. Crows are menaces to downtown. Beyond impacting Mayo staff, they are a nuisance for patients and visitors.

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@randyrst

Full disclosure, I am a Mayo employee but also in a unique position as a representative for the City of Rochester. I thought I would add some comments to help explain the crow situation. The city has been working on this issue for several years now based on guidance from experts from DNR and Fish & Wildlife departments. Controlling or eliminating the crows is challenging for several reasons. 1 – Crows tend to come into the city during the evening simply because it is warmer and well lighted. This is purely a natural response as the birds seek shelter and protection from predators. Also, they are able to obtain food if garbage containers and other sources are available. 2 – Crows are considered a protected species meaning measures like hunting are very controlled. I know that there are some hunters that take advantage of the two hunting seasons but obviously it can be challenging to make a dent in the numbers. 3 – The city, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, has been working to control the issue with other, non-lethal, measures inside the city limits. Keep in mind that crows are considered a very intelligent creature. It has been documented that the crows will recognize the flashing lights of the 'crow patrol' vehicles, fly away, and then return after the vehicles pass. This is why we tend to use a variety of measures to harass the crows to keep them confused. These include laser lights, sound (fireworks), and recorded sounds like predator calls or distress calls. 4 – We were informed by the biological experts that this will take a period of several years to break the cycle. Mature birds will return along with their young so it will take multiple seasons to train the birds. 5 – Lastly, we are trying to manage the situation at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The staff you see in the evening are those that are on duty anyway to perform tasks like snowplowing. The additional task of managing the crows provides a way to keep staff more efficient. While the birds clearly create a problem, we are trying to work with the knowledge and tools we have available to manage the situation. The city has been very appreciative of Mayo's help in managing the issue. As stated in the original answer, other comments and ideas may be directed to the city Park and Recreation department.

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Thanks for your informative reply, Randy. Appreciate the time you took to help explain the situation. Keep up the good work!

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@jessiwilkes

This is kind of off topic, but has anyone else not received their new insurance cards? I never received mine, same with others here in AZ… And also why are some people's (spouses) ID's not "correctly matching" with what should be in the system?

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I also asked about the insurance cards. I was informed that if you did not make any changes to your plan, you could continue to use your cards from last year.

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I think the way parking permits are issued in the Eau Claire Ramp right now is fair. Using your date of hire is a very good idea.

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Why is everyone so concerned with what people are wearing? It seems like it's getting pretty nit-picky….

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I have brought this up a couple of times and have never heard back. I think it is awesome that all Mayo clinic has the opportunity to go to the Dan Abraham work out center however there are a lot of people that either commute via bus, car or work at homes that are in surrounding towns that would like to be able to go to their local work out centers and have it paid for or at least part of it paid for by insurance. Has anything been looked into for the people that don't get to Rochester.

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@shandellsettersten

I agree with the comment regarding the parking ramp passes in Eau Claire. Many long term employees feel frustrated by the lack of access to the ramp. I think the process of issuing passes needs to be revamped. Many employees who have parking passes may have change their status to part time, or changed jobs or shifts and work at another location, yet they hold passes and rarely use them. Please explain the other items considered, other than date of hire, when giving new passes, or collecting old ones. Thank you.

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What suggestions do you have for improving the system? As a Roch employee, I was just granted east lot after 10 years. If you're not familiar, that's still almost a mile walk from downtown. Downtown (where most patient care takes place that isn't at St Marys) is at 14-15 year wait as someone else already said. Parking by seniority is not uncommon and seems to be the most equal way to grant passes.

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@randyrst

Full disclosure, I am a Mayo employee but also in a unique position as a representative for the City of Rochester. I thought I would add some comments to help explain the crow situation. The city has been working on this issue for several years now based on guidance from experts from DNR and Fish & Wildlife departments. Controlling or eliminating the crows is challenging for several reasons. 1 – Crows tend to come into the city during the evening simply because it is warmer and well lighted. This is purely a natural response as the birds seek shelter and protection from predators. Also, they are able to obtain food if garbage containers and other sources are available. 2 – Crows are considered a protected species meaning measures like hunting are very controlled. I know that there are some hunters that take advantage of the two hunting seasons but obviously it can be challenging to make a dent in the numbers. 3 – The city, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, has been working to control the issue with other, non-lethal, measures inside the city limits. Keep in mind that crows are considered a very intelligent creature. It has been documented that the crows will recognize the flashing lights of the 'crow patrol' vehicles, fly away, and then return after the vehicles pass. This is why we tend to use a variety of measures to harass the crows to keep them confused. These include laser lights, sound (fireworks), and recorded sounds like predator calls or distress calls. 4 – We were informed by the biological experts that this will take a period of several years to break the cycle. Mature birds will return along with their young so it will take multiple seasons to train the birds. 5 – Lastly, we are trying to manage the situation at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The staff you see in the evening are those that are on duty anyway to perform tasks like snowplowing. The additional task of managing the crows provides a way to keep staff more efficient. While the birds clearly create a problem, we are trying to work with the knowledge and tools we have available to manage the situation. The city has been very appreciative of Mayo's help in managing the issue. As stated in the original answer, other comments and ideas may be directed to the city Park and Recreation department.

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We need lethal measures on this crows, period. All the current measures do is drive the crows out into the surrounding neighborhoods. I now have dozens and dozens of these dreaded crows in my trees. Lets not destroy the quality of life in our neighborhoods too.

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@derekharlow

If the crows are a "City of Rochester" issue why is Mayo spending time and money on cleaning sidewalks? Why are they netting trees? If this is purely a City of Rochester issue why is Mayo going out of their way to work on the problem yet they tell employees to "Direct questions to the City of Rochester"?

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Exactly. My car is in a Mayo parking lot when it is pelted with excrement. I'm pretty sure that Mayo planted the trees in which the winged demons roost. It just sounds like Mayo is passing the buck on this one, or at least whomever answered the above question.

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@randyrst

Full disclosure, I am a Mayo employee but also in a unique position as a representative for the City of Rochester. I thought I would add some comments to help explain the crow situation. The city has been working on this issue for several years now based on guidance from experts from DNR and Fish & Wildlife departments. Controlling or eliminating the crows is challenging for several reasons. 1 – Crows tend to come into the city during the evening simply because it is warmer and well lighted. This is purely a natural response as the birds seek shelter and protection from predators. Also, they are able to obtain food if garbage containers and other sources are available. 2 – Crows are considered a protected species meaning measures like hunting are very controlled. I know that there are some hunters that take advantage of the two hunting seasons but obviously it can be challenging to make a dent in the numbers. 3 – The city, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, has been working to control the issue with other, non-lethal, measures inside the city limits. Keep in mind that crows are considered a very intelligent creature. It has been documented that the crows will recognize the flashing lights of the 'crow patrol' vehicles, fly away, and then return after the vehicles pass. This is why we tend to use a variety of measures to harass the crows to keep them confused. These include laser lights, sound (fireworks), and recorded sounds like predator calls or distress calls. 4 – We were informed by the biological experts that this will take a period of several years to break the cycle. Mature birds will return along with their young so it will take multiple seasons to train the birds. 5 – Lastly, we are trying to manage the situation at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The staff you see in the evening are those that are on duty anyway to perform tasks like snowplowing. The additional task of managing the crows provides a way to keep staff more efficient. While the birds clearly create a problem, we are trying to work with the knowledge and tools we have available to manage the situation. The city has been very appreciative of Mayo's help in managing the issue. As stated in the original answer, other comments and ideas may be directed to the city Park and Recreation department.

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Why not just cut down the trees surrounding the Hilton parking lot?

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@kathleengraham1

I don't feel like humans have anymore right to be here than the crows do. You can't consume the environment and expect to not share it. The majority of the views here are quite anthropocentric, I feel people need to realize they're not the only things in existence here.

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@Kathleen Graham – Do you park behind Hilton and deal with this on a daily/nightly basis? I'm assuming no, and that you would feel entirely differently if you did.

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@randyrst

Full disclosure, I am a Mayo employee but also in a unique position as a representative for the City of Rochester. I thought I would add some comments to help explain the crow situation. The city has been working on this issue for several years now based on guidance from experts from DNR and Fish & Wildlife departments. Controlling or eliminating the crows is challenging for several reasons. 1 – Crows tend to come into the city during the evening simply because it is warmer and well lighted. This is purely a natural response as the birds seek shelter and protection from predators. Also, they are able to obtain food if garbage containers and other sources are available. 2 – Crows are considered a protected species meaning measures like hunting are very controlled. I know that there are some hunters that take advantage of the two hunting seasons but obviously it can be challenging to make a dent in the numbers. 3 – The city, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, has been working to control the issue with other, non-lethal, measures inside the city limits. Keep in mind that crows are considered a very intelligent creature. It has been documented that the crows will recognize the flashing lights of the 'crow patrol' vehicles, fly away, and then return after the vehicles pass. This is why we tend to use a variety of measures to harass the crows to keep them confused. These include laser lights, sound (fireworks), and recorded sounds like predator calls or distress calls. 4 – We were informed by the biological experts that this will take a period of several years to break the cycle. Mature birds will return along with their young so it will take multiple seasons to train the birds. 5 – Lastly, we are trying to manage the situation at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The staff you see in the evening are those that are on duty anyway to perform tasks like snowplowing. The additional task of managing the crows provides a way to keep staff more efficient. While the birds clearly create a problem, we are trying to work with the knowledge and tools we have available to manage the situation. The city has been very appreciative of Mayo's help in managing the issue. As stated in the original answer, other comments and ideas may be directed to the city Park and Recreation department.

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Yes! Totally with you on this one. I live in the NE part of town and the crows roost in every one of the trees and raid/break my bird feeders that I have for the smaller song birds to come, create a terrible racket, and make a mess. They also multiply worse than rabbits. I don't think we need to exterminate every crow in town, but we do need some sort of permanent population control.

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