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Cravings or hunger?

Are you having a hard time kicking your cravings to the curb? Does your desire for a fatty, salty or empty calorie food sabotage your workouts and activity level? Well, you’re not alone! Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gives some great advice using what she calls, […]

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Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part II

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus. The following nutrients should be included in a woman’s pre-conception diet and […]

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Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part I

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus. Pre-pregnancy weight Your pre-pregnancy weight has a direct influence on your baby’s […]

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Introduction to Menopause

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. Often called the change of life, this stage signals the end of a woman’s ability to have children. Many health care providers actually use the term menopause to refer to the period of time when […]

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What is urinary incontinence?

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI can range from […]

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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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The importance of early prenatal medical care

Written by: Steven Sheppard, DO, OB/GYN at Ripon Medical Center As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she should establish a schedule of prenatal care with her healthcare provider for her entire pregnancy. For normal pregnancies without significant complications, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows: Every month from the 1st week through […]

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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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Child safety checklist

Written by: Yamil Darwich, MD You can help your child avoid injury by being prepared and educating yourself and your family. It is important to take charge of your child’s health and follow a program designed to help you and your family stay healthy and safe. At Home Set your water heater to 120 degrees […]

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Stay hydrated and beat the heat

By: Amy Bohl, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Whether you’re a serious athlete or a recreational one, summer’s high temperatures can put you at risk for dehydration. Hydration is necessary for good health, and it’s important to make sure you consume the right amount of fluids before, during and after activity. Because the […]

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