The importance of early prenatal medical care

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO, OB/GYN at Ripon Medical Center As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should establish a schedule of prenatal care with her healthcare provider for her entire pregnancy. For normal pregnancies without significant complications, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows: Every month from the 1st week through […]

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“Kick Butt” with Breakfast

Written by: Susie Riek, APNP, Agnesian Work & Wellness Our days are busy, we work hard. With high octane fuel in our tanks, we can get the energy we need. Here’s how:  Choose whole grains – Oatmeal and oat based cold cereals are best. Look for “steel cut,” muesli and Kashi brand. No instant oatmeal […]

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Urinary Tract Infections in Adolescents

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria along the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of 2 kidneys that remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urine […]

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Consideration for those who grieve

Written by: Melissa Klebs, Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Counselor I recently read an article on Facebook that got me thinking. The article was entitled “Stopping Traffic for Grief.” I got to thinking about the funeral processions that I have been a part of. Most of these funeral processions have been in smaller towns where people slow down, pull over, […]

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Cravings or hunger?

Are you having a hard time kicking your cravings to the curb? Does your desire for a fatty, salty or empty calorie food sabotage your workouts and activity level? Well, you’re not alone! Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gives some great advice using what she calls, […]

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Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part II

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus. The following nutrients should be included in a woman’s pre-conception diet and […]

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My Fight Song

Written by: Lori Tschetter, CSW, Bereavement Counselor, Agnesian Bereavement Center & Grief Relief I was never what you would consider a runner. In fact, I was the complete opposite. I dreaded that one day each year that we were forced to run the mile in gym class. When I got older, my personal stance became […]

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Healing Thoughts: August 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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