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Suicide Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available at (800) 273-TALK. Virtually all calls to this helpline are answered in Wisconsin at a crisis center closest to you. Otherwise contact the person’s physician, a local mental health professional, a clergyperson or another trusted professional. Become informed. Following are important resources that will help you understand [...]

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Concerned about suicide with a student or youth?

Together as a community, we can make a difference in the lives of our youth. ACT Ask and Acknowledge. If a youth is acting differently, ask what is wrong and acknowledge feelings, rather than minimizing them. “I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds really hard.” Don’t be afraid to directly ask “Are you thinking about [...]

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What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer

Written by: Dr. Michael Vander Kooy, Radiation Oncologist September is recognized as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Cancer statistics tell us that about one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about one in 36 men will die from the disease. [...]

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Suicide screenings important for teens

Programs like the Fond du Lac Area YScreen are important. One out of every five teens in America has emotional health concerns. The 2011 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14 percent of the teens surveyed seriously considered suicide in the past year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in Wisconsin [...]

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Keys to breastfeeding success: Part Three

Written by: Jojean DeMaa, Lactation Consultant Agnesian HealthCare is proud of our high breastfeeding initiation rate.  85% of women who deliver their babies at Agnesian HealthCare start breastfeeding as compared to the national average of 76.9% in 2009. The trend to exclusively breastfeed, especially with the need to return to work is a struggle many moms are confronted [...]

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National Suicide Prevention Week September 8 to 14, 2013

Suicide is a tragic event – one that is hard to understand, one that seems senseless and one that affects friends and family members deeply, especially in the case of youth suicide. Early identification of possible emotional health concerns and connection to supportive services are important tools in preventing youth suicide. Research shows that many [...]

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Childhood obesity impacts families

Childhood obesity is a major concern impacting many families today. Most children today are not engaging in the recommended one hour of physical activity each day, and the majority of food companies target children with poor quality food filled with added sugar, unhealthy fats, and chemicals. In addition to lack of exercise and an excess [...]

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