Category: Healthy Living

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...

Facts About Lyme Disease
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Facts About Lyme Disease

By Erin Dahlke, M.D., Family Medicine with Obstetrics We talk a lot about prevention because it is one of the most important steps in staying healthy. In regard to Lyme disease, you can help prevent the disease by avoiding ticks altogether. It is not always easy when we have adventurous pets and children, and we...

7 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality
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7 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

By John A. Dvorak, Respiratory Therapist Breathing is essential for life, and healthy lungs help keep us healthier overall. When lungs aren’t healthy, it negatively impacts the rest of your body in many areas. Lung disease can affect your cardiovascular system and even lead to a heart attack or stroke. Keeping your lungs healthy and...

Flu Epidemic Hits Hard
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Flu Epidemic Hits Hard

“I have never seen the CDC flu map entirely brown (widespread) across the United States at the same time before. This is a flu epidemic,” said Jeanette Pasche, RN-BC, Infection Preventionist at Glacial Ridge Health System and board certified in infection control. “Usually, the flu starts in the southeast, and by the time it has spread to...