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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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911 basics: responding to a heart attack

Written by: Nathan Larsen, MD  Medical Director & Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Knowing what the warning signs of a heart attack are and how to respond could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the [...]

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How do women know if they are having a heart attack?

It is true that women may experience heart attack symptoms that are different than what men may experience. We all hear about chest pain or tightness that may or may not radiate to the left arm and jaw, but there are other warning signs. Women are more likely to describe chest pain with or without [...]

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Fall in Love with Heart-Healthy Food

Although February is all about love, when it comes to food, many of us find ourselves in a love-hate relationship. Don’t get us wrong, we love food!  But things quickly change when we try to commit to healthier eating… or (gasp) a diet! We feel robbed of our favorite comfort foods, and that green leafy [...]

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Women and Heart Disease

Women need to be aware of such statistics as: Every year, coronary heart disease claims the lives of more women than breast cancer and lung cancer combined. More women die within one year of having a heart attack as compared to men. Almost 65 percent of women, who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, had [...]

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