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From The Blog

Taking control of nosebleeds

At least once in a lifetime, almost everyone will experience a nosebleed. They are fairly common for adults and children, especially during dry winter months. Why do nosebleeds occur?

Thomas Lowry, M.D. By Thomas Lowry February 16, 2018

Support increases weight loss success

Losing weight is hard. Doing it alone, though, is even harder. When you choose to diet and exercise on your own, you are the only one to hold yourself accountable, which makes it easier to ease up on your health journey.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz February 15, 2018

Food intolerance or food allergy?

Food intolerances are very common. In fact, many people often confuse food intolerance with food allergies. However, they are different. Learn how to distinguish between the two.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie February 13, 2018

Why you should screen early and vaccinate against cervical cancer

Did you know that cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death in women? Find out what changed and how you can help protect yourself or your family against it.

February 12, 2018

Q&A: It's never too early to develop heart-healthy habits

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for adults in the United States. However, there are several steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. Lauren Havens, nurse practitioner with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, shares her thoughts about thinking heart healthy, especially at a young age.

Lauren Havens DNP By Lauren Havens February 7, 2018

Stool DNA test for colon cancer FAQ

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Early detection is key. Read FAQ about a new screening test you can do in the privacy of your own home.

Glenn Kauppila, D.O. By Glenn Kauppila January 31, 2018

Embrace a healthy mindset for eating — no matter the occasion

Holidays can be particularly difficult, but adopting a healthy eating mindset is important throughout the entire year. Read on for tips on how to improve your approach to balanced, mindful nutrition.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty January 30, 2018

Winter weather: Are falls and slips avoidable?

Although often long and cold, winter in the Midwest can be beautiful. However, even when you are enjoying the snow-covered beauty, it is important to remember winter ice and snow increase the risk of falling for all ages.

Brittni Lair PA By Brittni Lair January 26, 2018

What's your family's "digital diet" plan for 2018?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson January 23, 2018

Preparing for your first pelvic exam

Setting up your appointment for your first pelvic exam can be nerve-wracking. Even though it’s the most accurate way to screen for cervical cancer and HPV, the uncertainty of what it all entails still may leave you with questions.

January 23, 2018

Make a super bowl (of chili) for your football party

Football’s championship game is about more than what’s happening on the field. There are the commercials, the half-time show and the food. Score major points by bringing this hearty, healthy chili to your football party.

January 22, 2018

Cold weather exercises to try

Midwesterners know how to make the most of winter. We skate, ski, sled and snowshoe our way through the coldest months of the year. But if those standard “S” sports are starting to feel a little stale, there are plenty of other options.

January 18, 2018