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Create your plate: Healthy serving sizes for the holidays

The holiday season is the most wonderful — and least healthy — time of the year for many people. Luckily, creating your plate with health in mind does not need to be complicated. Here are six easy tips to make eating during the holidays fun and simple.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter November 21, 2017

Screen time and body weight — is there a connection?

Studies show that excess TV viewing in childhood predicts risk for obesity well into adulthood. For example, kids who have TV sets in their rooms are more likely to gain excess weight when compared to those who don’t have TVs.

November 21, 2017

Giving thanks for special care

Jess Pederson didn’t think she would ever be able to have a baby. Her journey to motherhood was a long one, marked with struggle and heartache along the way.

November 20, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the only available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

Postpartum depression: Not something you just get over

After her second child was born, Alethea Clark thought she just had the baby blues and it would pass. But as time went on, the situation became more serious.

November 15, 2017

Too Embarrassed to Ask: I just had a baby — what's wrong with my moods?

Having a baby is one of the most important, joyful, exciting and tumultuous times in a woman's life. Just as a joyfully anticipated pregnancy can still have its ups and downs, so too can the birth of a new baby.

Caitlin Dunham MD By Caitlin Dunham November 14, 2017

After back surgery, marathoner helps friend cross the finish line

Anyone who’s ever run competitively knows how rewarding it is to cross the finish line. Jacob Nash knows that thrilling feeling well. However, unlike other competitors, the 41-year-old marathoner crossed his last finish line within six months of having back surgery.

November 10, 2017

Currents of grief: Finding balance through the holiday season

When a significant person in your life has died, it may feel as though your center of gravity has been upended. Reactions may be even more prominent given the changing seasons and approaching holidays.

November 9, 2017

Teamwork and telemedicine used to save newborn's life

A month before her due date, Mary Beth Delong was rushed to the hospital to deliver her baby. When baby Reuben was born not breathing, the OB-GYN team in Eau Claire connected with Mayo Clinic experts via telemedicine to resuscitate him.

November 8, 2017

How nutrients impact physical performance

Many physiological and nutritional demands occur within the body during exercise. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands increase with exercise, additional energy must be supplied or the exercise will end.

November 7, 2017

Family ties: Four generations, one provider

Twenty-one years ago, Cheri Olson, M.D., helped welcome twins Kinsey and Sydney Freitag into the world. Soon, she’ll help deliver Kinsey’s first child, ushering in a fourth generation of the family.

November 6, 2017

Tips for living well with Type 2 diabetes

It can come as a shock to be diagnosed with a long-term illness. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, but it’s important to know how to manage those feelings and learn how to cope with the daily stress of living with Type 2 diabetes.

November 3, 2017