Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Classes & Events

Family Swim

Youth Programs

Menomonie, WI
6-8 p.m.
Albert Lea, MN
6:30 p.m.

Strong Women/Strong Men/Strong Bones

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
10-11 a.m.

Advanced Strong Women/Strong Men/Strong Bones

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
​11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breast-feeding and Newborn Care

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
7-9 p.m.

Strong Women/Strong Men/Strong Bones

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
5-6 p.m.

Strong Women/Strong Men/Strong Bones

Fitness & Weight Management

Eau Claire, WI
5-6 p.m.
Cannon Falls, MN
10:30 to noon
Mankato, MN
2 p.m. (third Monday of the month meets at 5 p.m.)

Aqua Zumba

Fitness & Weight Management

Menomonie, WI
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Glenwood City, WI
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In The News

New provider welcomed in Owatonna

Kevin Switalski, D.N.P., has joined the Family Medicine Department.

July 17, 2017
$20 sports physicals at walk-in clinic in Mankato

Walk-in sports physical clinic Tuesday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Madison East Center in Mankato.

July 14, 2017
Check-ups for school-age children

Summer physicals are a good opportunity to check growth and development, review immunizations, and more.

July 11, 2017
Physician joins team of pediatric providers in Lake City

Seth Gregory, M.D., sees children from birth to age 18.


July 10, 2017
Epic implemented at Wisconsin sites

Mayo Clinic has started the process of moving to a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system with the implementation of Epic at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Wisconsin.

July 10, 2017
St. James maintains level 4 trauma designation

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently designated St. James as a level 4 trauma hospital. 

July 6, 2017
First class begins in new residency program in Eau Claire

Five residents are the first to begin work in the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire.

July 6, 2017
Hospital medicine physician joins Owatonna practice

Jibril Elabe, M.D. will care for a broad spectrum of patients in the hospital setting.

July 3, 2017
Foot and ankle specialist expands services to Lake City

Jennifer Granquist, D.P.M. will see patients of all ages twice a month beginning in July.

June 29, 2017
Northwest Wisconsin, UW-Eau Claire sign research agreement

The agreement will enable researchers at the two institutions to work together on projects to help prepare the next generation of scientists, innovators, and health care providers and leaders.

June 28, 2017
New family medicine provider joins St. Peter

Ashley Jaspers, nurse practitioner, sees patients of all ages. 

June 22, 2017
Cannon Falls physician returns from overseas military tour

Jeffery Wheeler, M.D., returns to his family medicine practice on July 10.

June 19, 2017

From The Blog

Giving pain the cold shoulder

After caring for her terminally ill husband while dealing with constant pain in her right shoulder, Patricia Hanson knew it was time to take care of herself and made an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon.

July 21, 2017

Check ‘em out: Summer veggie challenge for your whole family

It’s easy to get into a rut with the foods we eat. Challenge your family to discover new vegetables.

July 20, 2017

4 steps for back pain relief

Back pain is a common ailment for many adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of 10 adults experience pain in their back at some point in their lives.

Srdjan Milosavljevic PAC By Srdjan Milosavljevic July 19, 2017

No matter your age or skill level, it's never too late to start weight training

Years ago, weight lifting was thought to be reserved solely for the likes of body builders and athletes. However, in recent years, there has been significant research on the medical benefits of strength training for people of all ages and abilities.

July 18, 2017

A 'miracle cure' for plantar fasciitis

Austin, Minnesota, resident Gayle Faber, 69, suffered through plantar fasciitis for several years. But five years ago, Faber came across what some would call a miracle cure.

July 14, 2017

Traveling abroad? Visit an international travel clinic first

The world is becoming smaller each passing year, as more people are traveling internationally than ever before. However, as we expand our reach in the world, we also increase our risk for encountering disease and illness. Even more serious is the infection risk associated with certain diseases that can be spread to others.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy July 11, 2017

A new me: Making good habits stick (finally)

Like many people, Melody Reuter had an on-again, off-again relationship with healthy habits. That changed after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

July 5, 2017

A new me: Teacher becomes student

It’s sometimes said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. That was the case for Aaron Grimm, a teacher who had noticed some changes in one of his colleagues.

July 4, 2017

Student athletes: Have you gotten your sports physical?

It may be hard to believe, but fall sports are just around the corner. Parents and kids are gearing up for the upcoming athletics season by training, finding the right equipment and signing up for activities. As a reminder, your preparation checklist should also include a pre-participation sports physical.

Robert Freed DO By Robert Freed July 3, 2017

Prevent boredom and injury during physical activity

Have you ever started a new fitness journey only to be plagued by boredom or new aches and pains? Boredom can lead to poor compliance, poor form and, in the long run, injury. Read on for tips for avoiding boredom and injury with physical activity.

Kaitlin Freienmuth PT By Kaitlin Freienmuth July 3, 2017

Pay attention to those aha! health moments

When it comes to making changes in our behavior, there are many opportunities to have aha! moments. As we become more aware of our thoughts and how they affect our decision making and choices, we then can experience some of these moments, which can be life altering.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz June 30, 2017

Do you have addictive personality traits?

Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know is a little too excessive with their interests or activities? Sometimes, a passion can turn into a problem with shopping, drinking, gambling or something else.

June 29, 2017