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Some body basics

Have you ever wondered about how the food you eat gets turned into your new body cells, tissues and organs? And then, how what you eat will be the building blocks for a great body build or how what you lack will set your body up for weakness, poor function and possibly disease or injury? [...]

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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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Surgeon general declares skin cancer a major public health concern

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. About five million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and it is one of the most common types of cancer in young adults and adolescents. In Wisconsin, the number of men and women being diagnosed with melanoma cancer has been increasing. How [...]

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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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Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain spotted fever. West Nile virus. Flying fiends and crawling critters can spread such diseases with a bite. Few cases put kids’ lives at risk, say experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Still, some insects can threaten children’s health, and you’d be wise to take precautions. Many products seek to [...]

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This Saturday, June 28 is National Backyard Campout Day

When my son was young, my husband and I would pitch a tent on the deck or in the backyard to enjoy the “modified” camping life. I was never a camper, but the thought of the campfire, smores and the stars was always enough for me to get excited. Problem, I would usually end up [...]

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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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Make safety a priority when biking

As a parent, safety of your child or children is ever present on your mind. So, when you start thinking of healthy, yet safe, summer activities for your children, biking usually comes to mind. Biking can be fun for the whole family, if proper safety measures are taken into consideration. One of the most important [...]

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What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

Written by: Jessica Boelk, RN with Agnesian HealthCare Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that consists of abdominal pain, cramping, fluctuation of bowel patterns (diarrhea and/or constipation), increased gas, bloating and food intolerances. IBS is different from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, as it is not an autoimmune [...]

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