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14 things to do with your family yet this summer

Go picking: Find a farm with raspberries, tomatoes, flowers, anything, and get picking. Play outside in the rain: Smell the rain, splash in puddles, make mud pies. No rain? Set up the sprinkler up outside instead. Go camping: Try backyard camping, or set up sleeping bags on the floor in your house and have a family [...]

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Benefits of prenatal yoga

Written by: Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you may be considering prenatal yoga. Good for you! But did you know that prenatal yoga may also help you prepare for labor and promote your baby’s health? Before you start prenatal yoga, understand the range [...]

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Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Testing

It is estimated that gestational diabetes can affect up to 18 percent of women with no known history of diabetes. Most cases will develop in the latter part of the pregnancy so physicians may recommend testing during 24 and 28 weeks; however, in higher risk cases this could be done sooner. The glucose tolerance test [...]

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Best way to swaddle your baby

Should I swaddling my baby in a loose blanket? The answer is there is a much better option known as a wearable blanket or a sleep sack. The change from swaddling infants with a baby blanket to a SleepSack has occurred in most hospital maternity wards including Agnesian as part of a campaign to promote [...]

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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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Melanoma skin cancer cases on the rise in Wisconsin

It was recently reported by the Wisconsin Cancer Council that skin cancer cases are on the rise. Tanning beds alone can increase your risk of melanoma by 75% (for those that use them before the age of 35). Before you step into a tanning bed please consider that nothing increases your risk of skin cancer development, [...]

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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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