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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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How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Do you wake up each morning on your own without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, alert and ready for the day ahead? Or do you drag yourself out of bed, grumbling to yourself until you get your first cup of coffee? Most Americans, unfortunately, fall into the latter category. And the situation is getting worse. [...]

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How Do You Get Your Omega 3s?

If you don’t know about omega 3 fatty acids, you haven’t been paying attention. Fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are among the most popular items on the market today, resulting in $25 billion worth of sales in 2011. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends omega 3 fatty acid consumption through foods, if possible. [...]

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MS–New Treatment Options

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is such a puzzling disease that our ancestors looked to the heavens for explanations. In the 13th century, a young Icelandic woman, apparently suffering from MS, suddenly lost her vision and her ability to walk. When she prayed to the saints, her sight and mobility returned…at least for a time. Scientists are [...]

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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Playing with his parents in the backyard, Leo displayed an impressive ability to kick the soccer ball. Even though he was only a few months past his second birthday, they thought he was ready for an organized soccer program for children ages three and over. When he got to the class, Leo was as good [...]

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Protecting yourself, and others, against the flu

Individuals are encouraged to follow these preventive measures to protect themselves and those around them from getting and/or spreading influenza: Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your upper sleeve. If you use [...]

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Influenza: To Test or Not to Test

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. Coming down with this illness means a call or trip to a healthcare provider is sometimes necessary. Your provider will [...]

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Clocks turn back and now we are all sleepy

Why is it that every year in Wisconsin when the clocks “fall behind,” we all get sleepy? There are known reasons of why this occurs to us and our family members. We live in the northern climates where during the fall and winter months the sun goes down earlier than the summer months. What happens [...]

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Night shift weight gain

A common question that gets asked is: I recently switched to working night shift and I am gaining weight…why? On average a third shift worker will gain an extra 10 pounds solely from working nights. The main reason for the weight gain is loss of sleep. Many people switching to a night shift position are [...]

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Sleep and weight loss: are they related?

Why is it that when we are tired or are sleeping poorly, it is so hard to lose weight? This can be a viscous cycle that many people struggle getting out of. What happens when we are tired at work or at home, we typically reach for caffeine, chocolate or foods high in carbohydrates?  We [...]

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