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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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How do you define alcohol consumption?

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC, Agnesian HealthCare, Agnesian Work & Wellness EAP Supervisor Binge drinking by young people in some wealthy, developed countries has increased over the past two decades, even as overall alcohol consumption has fallen, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study. Average annual alcohol consumption in the OECD’s […]

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Why should we care about heart health?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This includes heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Most of the risk factors for heart disease are modifiable by preventive measures, and adjunctive drug therapies. These include: Diet Physical inactivity Obesity Smoking Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) Dyslipidemia (elevated lipids) Diabetes […]

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A new year’s resolution that lasts the whole year

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Weight loss, quit smoking, and reducing debt are only some of the most common news year’s resolutions. Setting these goals or resolutions is often easier said than done.  Use these eight tips to accomplish your goals this year! Be realistic. It is great to dream big, however if […]

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Eight keys to maintaining health during the holiday season

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC Key #1: Expectations Let go of unrealistic expectations as you cannot plan a “perfect” holiday or recreate the past. Key #2: Feelings Acknowledge and express your feelings honestly by giving yourself permission to feel grief, sadness, and loneliness. Key #3: Socialization Whether you tend to isolate or are […]

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Could you be at risk for Type II Diabetes?

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Agnesian Work & Wellness – Wellness Coordinator Diabetes contributes to over 230,000 deaths in the United States per year, and yet many people are not aware they have the disease or may have risk factors associated with it. Risk factors increase a person’s risk for developing pre-diabetes and eventually type 2 […]

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Timely Reminders: Summer Safety

Whether your children are home for the summer, on the road with you or away at camp, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Riding Safe When your child is ready to roll, make sure they: • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter and skateboard, or when roller blading. […]

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Physical activity: how to get started

Physical activity is a vital part to living a healthy life and improving your overall well-being. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. Some examples of these activities can be walking, climbing stairs, yard work, swimming, dancing, etc. When starting your physical activity program, there are some […]

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Take advantage of farmers’ markets this summer

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh produce that is available through community farmers’ markets. People who eat fresh fruits and vegetables as part of their diets have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. The USDA’s My Place recommends making half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Agnesian HealthCare is partnering with Produce […]

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Road Construction

Winter, Fall and Construction Season Is your summer plagued by the stress of construction season? Not only is construction stressful in itself, but we are more aware of the amount of time and money spent at a stand still with gas prices quickly rising. Here are some tips to help you make it through a […]

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