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Gratitude Practice To Refresh Your Soul

During the business of the holiday season coming…please take time, each day to write down 3 things you are grateful and or thankful for each day.  Focus on what you are doing right, good choices and positive things to fuel you for the next month.  This is a good practice to improve your mood and [...]

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“Rustproofing” People: Wellness in Perspective

While a very welcome concept, I don’t have a particular fondness for the term “wellness.” While “sickness” seems right as a noun, “wellness” feels a bit awkward as a noun. Maybe it’s just me. The term I prefer is “rustproofing” ourselves. In 1972, I wrote an article with that title in Postgraduate Medicine listing the [...]

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Motivation for today

Live each day of your life! Get Active… Be Active… Stay Active… Run,jog,walk,trot,scamper, move,hike,swim,jump,jump rope,hop,skip,kick,volleyball, basketball,soccer,baseball, Tennis,horse back riding,roller blading,climbing,running steps… Whatever it is…do it!

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Fitness vs Thinness

What heart rate should I exercise at?

What is cardiovascular exercise? Cardiovascular exercise (cardio) is when you are taking in increased amounts of oxygen and working your heart and lungs (the cardiovascular system) to a level sufficient to make positive changes to the system. Examples of positive changes include an increased VO2 maximum, decreased resting heart rate, and the obvious better intake [...]

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It’s all about movement (if your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle)

Written by: Joel Mason, P.T. with Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health People often get hung up on debating what is the ideal form of exercise and how often it should be done. Running versus walking versus swimming versus weight training versus biking, etc., and it can go in any direction depending on what your [...]

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Tips to running your first 5K without training for greater than 30 minutes a day

Written by: Joel Mason, P.T. with Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health Ever get interested in completing a 5K Race but afraid to try? There is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is much more common than you might think, but the task is also more achievable than many realize. The most common concern I encountered [...]

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Smoking Myths

Dr. Filip Troicki a board certified radiation oncologist at the Agnesian Cancer Center recently talked with kids at the Fond du Lac Boys & Girls Club about the dangers of tobacco.  The goal of the discussion was to determine if kids really understood about the dangers and addictions of tobacco products.  The intent of the [...]

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Think twice before serving alcoholic beverages this summer

In 2014, the World Health Organization issued a report concluding that no amount of alcohol is safe. Alcohol was labeled a carcinogen (cancer causing agent) in 1988. It has long been known to increase cancer risk of the mouth and throat especially when combined with smoking. Over the past 10 years, researchers are now learning [...]

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Body weight exercises for a quick home resistance workout

The beauty of these exercises is that you can do them at home with body weight, gravity, a step and a set of free weights. To improve muscle tone and strength, exercises should be done to fatigue to overload the muscle with excellent technique and form. Don’t worry so much about the number of reps, [...]

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Emergency Sign

CPR for everyone

Written by: Dr. Nathan Larsen, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Dept. EMS Medical Director at Agnesian Healthcare Every day, there are stories about somebody keeling over from a sudden heart attack, a child choking on a small object or somebody passing out in a heated environment. What would you do if this happened right in front of you? How would [...]

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