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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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Good Night Sleep

Is Sleep a Waste of Time?

Why is sleep something that people think is a waste of time? According to the research, Millennials are significantly more likely to feel that spending 20 out of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time (30%), compared to Generation X (23%) and Baby Boomer (21%) respondents. That number rises when examining male responses; males [...]

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Is it worth it to smoke?

Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing the warning signs of stroke, [...]

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Popularity of Personal Technology With Young Children Highlights Importance of Prioritizing Verbal Communication

Guidance for Parents during Better Hearing & Speech Month With new evidence showing a majority of young children in the United States use personal technology such as smartphones and tablets, it is important that parents ensure technology is not overtaking time for talking, reading, and other verbal communication—which are the primary ways that children learn. [...]

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Six Reasons To Get Enough Sleep

Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering [...]

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Does sleep have any connection to alcohol?

April is alcohol awareness month, so as a clinical sleep educator, I did some research to see if there were any connections between sleep and alcohol. I found a few. Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are at higher risk of developing issues with alcohol compared with their peers who don’t drink. Research has found [...]

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Diabetes support: Why is physical activity important for people with diabetes?

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Physical activity, at least 30 minutes a day, is important for everyone! However, for people with diabetes, consistent physical exercise does a lot of good things! Physical activity: Helps insulin work better. Insulin is what takes the sugar out of your blood and [...]

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Early detection is key in colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. Dr. Richard [...]

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What do I need to know about my measles laboratory test?

Measles has been in the news recently, and your provider or employer may order a laboratory test to check your immunity to the virus. How does this lab test indicate whether you are protected or not? First, it helps to understand the IgM and IgG antibodies, which are produced by the body in response to [...]

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Diabetes support: Increasing plant foods for diabetes management

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Increasing plant foods in our diet is important: for weight management (very few calories in fruits and vegetables!) for maintaining optimal blood sugars (especially with non-carb vegetables) for prevention of some chronic diseases for increasing fiber to feel more full, improve cholesterol and reduce [...]

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