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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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Changing your attitude to loose that spare tire

Are you carrying around a few extra pounds and not sure how to get rid of it? Have you tried every fad diet, bizarre food combination or late night TV gadget that promises weight loss? Well, you must face this fact – no matter what late night TV fitness guru preaches – gimmicks do not [...]

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Getting Your Children to Love Racing

The Ripon Medical Center Kids’ Aquathon staff’s goal is get children excited about physical activity, not only on race day, but hopefully as a lifelong habit. As parents of racers, there is a lot we can do to help young, new racers develop a passion for racing. Here are a few tips to get your [...]

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

Written by: Diane Park MSN, RN, CNL - Primary Stroke Center Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Approximately 800,000 people in the United States have strokes each year. That’s a lot of people whose lives are affected by stroke. Apart from being a major cause of death and cause of disability, stroke is also an expensive disease and consumes a [...]

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Healthy alternatives to the Easter basket

We all love those big chocolate rabbits that we bite the ears off and eventually get the whole thing eaten by supper on Easter! Well, that is what I did as a child and thought nothing of it. Now I am like, “I can’t believe I ate all that chocolate; I wonder how much fat [...]

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Exercise and work: how to fit it all in your busy day

Another morning comes and you miss your alarm to get up to exercise. You get up, get dressed and head to work for another day. While you tell yourself that you’ll exercise AFTER work, you’re running late and still have to make dinner and get the children ready for bed. You make a deal that [...]

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Heart Healthy Meal for Heart Health Month

Written by: Liz Gorecki, RD, CSO, CD Agnesian HealthCare Dietitian According to TIME.com, consumers spend an average $100 more at restaurants on their special Valentine’s Day meal than they normally would. This price usually comes with at least half a day’s worth of calories and more than a day’s worth of saturated fat and sodium. [...]

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February: sleep deprivation and heart disease

February, as I am sure you know by now,  is American Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there is more and more evidence strengthening the connection between sleep deprivation and heart issues. Not getting enough sleep can happen for [...]

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