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Creating a Culture of Healthy Habits

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is defined as a way of thinking, behaving or working that exists in a place or organization. We all encounter different cultures throughout our day, but many of us don’t stop to think consciously about how the cultures impact our thinking or behavior. Read More »

Employees, Exercise, Heart Health · Avera Health · Comments { 0 }

Keeping Up With Technology: Fitness Tracking Devices

These days it seems like no matter what you do in your occupation and personal life, you are faced with changes in technology that are intended to make your time more efficient and/or effective. Technology (for the better or worse) is here to stay. Read More »

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How to Prevent Heart Disease in Children

February is heart health month. Fortunately we, as pediatricians, don’t see a lot of heart-related problems in children, so our job is not necessarily to diagnose and treat the manifestations of heart disease as our colleagues who treat adults do, but to rather start the process of preventing heart disease in the first place. Read More »

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Ten Foods That Help Fight Heart Disease

Have we all been trying to create and keep our positive New Year’s Resolutions? Well let’s take that positive energy and apply it to our diet. Sometimes we focus so much on what we shouldn’t eat that we start to think that we need to avoid anything that tastes good. Read More »

Heart Health, Nutrition · Marshall · Comments { 0 }

Sugar Substitutes: A Sweet Alternative?

If you read my last article on sugar, you know that added sugar is everywhere! You may also be aware that excessive sugar intake is not only wreaking havoc on our waistlines, but our overall health as well. In an effort to cut calories and make healthier food choices, many consumers turn to “diet” products like fat-free yogurt, diet soda, sugar-free ice cream, etc. Read More »

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Heart Healthy Fats?

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a long weekend in southern Texas with my daughter.  We were planning a meal for a few guests so we took a trip to the farmer’s market in Waco on Saturday morning. What a treat it is to have fresh produce and to see what other parts of the country have available that we don’t have here in the upper Midwest. Read More »

Heart Health, Nutrition · Marshall · Comments { 0 }