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How to choose a sunscreen?

Sunscreens protect the skin. They play an important role in blocking the absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation by the skin. UV radiation damages the skin and can lead to sunburns and skin cancer. However, no sunscreen blocks UV radiation 100 percent. Sunscreens extend the length of time you can be outdoors before your skin begins to redden, but they don’t […]

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Focus on gratitude with a mindful attitude

I recently took a class on mindfulness and how it relates to stress reduction. Don’t let the word mindfulness freak you out. Think of the Bible verse that says…Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that […]

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Healing Thoughts: July 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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Mindfulness through relaxation and stretching

If I asked you if you are aware of your body when you are resting, relaxing or stretching, you’d probably think I was a bit nuts. Why should I be doing something when I am trying to relax and not do anything?  The issue is when many of us “relax,” we are actually filling our […]

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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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How do you define alcohol consumption?

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC, Agnesian HealthCare, Agnesian Work & Wellness EAP Supervisor Binge drinking by young people in some wealthy, developed countries has increased over the past two decades, even as overall alcohol consumption has fallen, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study. Average annual alcohol consumption in the OECD’s […]

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Pregnancy tip #2: choose healthy snacks

During pregnancy, approximately an extra 300 calories is needed each day in your second and third trimester. A great way to obtain these calories is from eating healthy snacks throughout the day. There are so many healthy snack options to pick from including yogurt, nuts, granola bar, a bag of cereal, fruit, veggies with hummus, […]

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A new year’s resolution that lasts the whole year

Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Weight loss, quit smoking, and reducing debt are only some of the most common news year’s resolutions. Setting these goals or resolutions is often easier said than done.  Use these eight tips to accomplish your goals this year! Be realistic. It is great to dream big, however if […]

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Eight keys to maintaining health during the holiday season

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC Key #1: Expectations Let go of unrealistic expectations as you cannot plan a “perfect” holiday or recreate the past. Key #2: Feelings Acknowledge and express your feelings honestly by giving yourself permission to feel grief, sadness, and loneliness. Key #3: Socialization Whether you tend to isolate or are […]

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FAQ: Where can I get a flu shot?

We have been receiving many questions about where patients can get a flu vaccine.  See the schedule below for locations/dates/times.

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