5 Habits for Heart Health (Infographic)

Every time around this year you hear that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is Heart Month after all! 5 Healthy Habits If you’ve been paying attention you know that diet an exercise play a key role in preventing heart disease. Read More »
Heart Health · Avera Health

10 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 · Avera Health

Stress: The ‘other’ culprit in heart disease

High blood cholesterol is often the culprit we blame when it comes to our heart attack risk. Yet there’s another key player that has little to do with what we do or don’t eat – stress. “Stress is a state of emotional tension. Read More »
Heart Health · Avera Health

Prevention Starts in the Kitchen

February is Heart Month. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of heart-healthy recipes, from a fresh avocado dip to berry balsamic chicken, made with raspberry preserves. QUINOA PILAF 1 7/8 tablespoons olive oil 5 ¾ ounces fresh, diced carrots 2 7/8 ounces red or Bermuda onions, diced 1 7/8 ounces fresh, diced celery 1 ½ cup raw quinoa 1 ½ cup water 1 1/8 teaspoon low-sodium chicken base paste ½  each bay leaf 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice 1 ½ teaspoon lemon zest Sauté vegetables in olive oil until tender. Read More »
Heart Health · Avera Health

Let’s Eat! Helping Kids Develop Good Eating Habits; Part 2: Preschoolers and Older Kids

Four-year-old Megan won’t eat any green food, calling it “yucky.” Six-year-old Cole refuses to drink his milk and gags if his parents try to make him. Eight-year-old Ella refuses to eat at mealtime, so her parents give her a peanut butter sandwich every night. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan
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Prediabetes: Your Chance to Stop Type 2 in its Tracks

When meeting with our health plans members, I am hearing more questions about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. And recently, what exactly is pre diabetes? Diabetes is a growing epidemic nationwide — it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and affects about 29 million people, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health