Category: Healthy Living

Flu Season Striking Hard
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Flu Season Striking Hard

The rate of influenza is hitting our community hard this week, but no one wants it. To help you and your family avoid getting sick (or spreading the illness), make sure everyone is following these tips. Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer. Cough/sneeze into your...

This Year I Want To…
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This Year I Want To…

By LaNita Mortenson, PT, Therapy Services Jump on the trampoline and run with my kids without peeing my pants! Men and women struggle with bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence. While nearly 30% of people report suffering from urinary incontinence, there are many more suffering in silence. Do not be ashamed; this is very common. While common,...

Heartburn? Acid Reflux? Dr. Colsen Can Help
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Heartburn? Acid Reflux? Dr. Colsen Can Help

By Elizabeth Colsen, M.D., General Surgery Living with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be difficult for many people. When tempted to over-indulge, remember to maintain a reasonable amount of self-restraint, eat slowly and not too close to bedtime, and steer clear of your trigger foods. Limit alcohol consumption to one or two drinks because alcohol...

New Ordinance: Must be 21 or Older to Purchase Tobacco (and All Nicotine Products) in Pope County
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New Ordinance: Must be 21 or Older to Purchase Tobacco (and All Nicotine Products) in Pope County

By Celeste Rapp, originally published in the Pope County Tribune Pope County is following Otter Tail County’s lead and is raising the legal purchase age of tobacco [all nicotine products] to 21. Over 20 Minnewaska Area High School students and staff as well as Pope County community members attended the public hearing that was held on...

Everyday Reality: How Diabetes Impacts Your Health
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Everyday Reality: How Diabetes Impacts Your Health

Diabetes has two main types, Type 1 and Type 2, and they both may cause significant complications without the right care. While being diagnosed with diabetes may seem frightening at first, managing your diabetes properly may help reverse or prevent complications. With appropriate lifestyle changes and expert care from diabetes specialists, you may feel better...

Flu Season Ahead – Avoid Putting Your Life On Hold
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Flu Season Ahead – Avoid Putting Your Life On Hold

By Thomas Haus, M.D., Family Medicine Getting the flu means putting your life on hold, and missing school or work affects everyone in your family. The best way to protect against influenza is to get an annual flu vaccine. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death....

Eat Half Your Plate – In Fruits and Vegetables
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Eat Half Your Plate – In Fruits and Vegetables

By Margie Nelson, CNP, Family Medicine and Walk-In Clinic September’s garden harvest – it’s easier this time of year to eat more of those fresh, delicious vegetables. September is also Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Why celebrate something like this? Because 90% of us do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and...

That Tricky Blue Light!
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That Tricky Blue Light!

By Joe Schneiderhan, O.D., Optometrist, Glenwood Family Eye Center “Wait 30 minutes before you swim!” Do you remember your mom telling you this after a big meal? Here’s a new piece of advice that is relatively new – “Wait 1-2 hours before you go to bed.” Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Rather, it...

Don’t Miss a Spot!
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Don’t Miss a Spot!

By Laura Huggins, M.D., Family Medicine with Obstetrics Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Do you know what your “normal” is when it comes to your skin? Many of us have freckles, brown spots, and moles, and think nothing of it when a new one appears – especially after spending a lot...

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