My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned?

I met my first savant when I developed a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute in 1962.  In the 50+ years since that time I have had the privilege of meeting so many persons with this extraordinary talent superimposed on some underlying limitations demonstrating the remarkable juxtaposition of incredible ability and disability within the […]

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Nutrition & Hydration for Child Athletes

While swimming lessons, practice runs and a new pair of shoes are great ways to help young athletes prepare for a race, perhaps one of the best ways we can help our children get ready for any big athletic event is through nutrition and hydration. As adults, we hear the words “exercise nutrition” and immediately […]

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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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Memories – Not For Sale

It’s been seven-and-one-half years since my husband died; my daughter is grown and out on her own. So I have had a great deal of time to do some thinking. I have been thinking about selling my family home and move into something smaller; or should I stay here and hire people to help me […]

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Summer grilling tips

By Eileen Jandre, RD, CD with Agnesian HealthCare Summer just wouldn’t be complete without cookouts, grill outs and barbeques! The smoky aroma of a grill is iconic with summer nights. Many of us automatically think of the classic brats, burgers and hot dogs as typically grilled food, all of which are usually high in fat […]

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Protein: Find a Balance

Most people who exercise have a pretty good idea that protein is a key ingredient in getting stronger and recovering from a workout.  Research shows that 20 to 30 grams of protein consumed within 30 minutes of a workout is optimal for muscle recovery and growth. New research from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) […]

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