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Why healthy weight is so important

Rebecca Hanzen contributed to this article We CANNOT understate how important it is for your overall health and well-being to stay at a healthy weight. Obesity contributes to numerous health problems: heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. Weight loss helps lower your risk for the following serious issues, which can threaten your life or your quality of life: Hypertension Type 2 diabetes Stroke Gallbladder disease Osteoarthritis Sleep apnea and other breathing problems Mental health problems such as low self-esteem and/or depression Yet weight loss is not easy. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · Avera Health

10 “I Can Do That” Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us! This day is the “unofficial” start of the  holiday season and is most noted for its traditional and favorite foods. Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day, as well as generous portions of our favorite side dishes. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

Save Your Money, Save Your Life: Quit Smoking

No one would argue that it’s hard to quit smoking. But there’s also a lot in life that’s worth quit­ting for – like doing what you love for as long as you can, and seeing your grandkids grow up. “Using tobacco demands your finances, your health and your relationships,” said Preston Renshaw, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Avera Health Plans. Read More »
Health Insurance, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Why it’s Healthy to Talk about Life’s End

In the midst of all the conversations surrounding daily life, it’s healthy for families to talk about end of life. That’s what Cathy Kellogg, RN, Avera@Home Hospice Manager believes, because she sees many families struggle with end-of-life decisions – simply because they never started a conversation. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

The Lure of Sugar: Help Kids Maintain a Healthy Balance

Any parent who has browsed the supermarket with a child in tow knows that sugar is everywhere —cereal, yogurt, fruit snacks, cookies, prepared lunches, juice. It’s an endless litany of, “Mooom, can I get … ?” The opportunities are endless, but the effects of a child who eats too much sugar can not only lead to a serious case of the wiggles. Read More »
Nutrition · Avera Health

Removing Barriers to Better Cancer Care

Famous South Dakotan Tom Brokaw’s experience with cancer at his remote Montana retreat raised perplexing questions about cancer care delivery in a rural setting. While an incredible depth of treatment resources is readily available at urban locations, what do people do when this care is hours away across the sprawling Northern Plains? Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health