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 »

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Health Insurance: Not just for fossils

“I thought health insurance was just for fossils until I ended up in the ER …”
A friend of mine owns a Toyota Tundra that he shares with his girlfriend. He told me, “I might love that truck as much as I love my girlfriend.” Kidding aside, it’s his work truck and gets him around — it even got him to the emergency room after he had an accident while remodeling their kitchen. Read More »

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First-Aid Kit Essentials

Anyone with children knows that with childhood comes the inevitable scenario of “fell down, went boom.” Fortunately, most of these injuries are minor and are easily cared for at home. Having a well-stocked first aid kit with a few essential items will help dry the tears and get your youngster feeling better again in no time! Read More »

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Consequences of No Health Insurance

“Do I really have to … ?”
I must have said that at least 100 times growing up. Do I really have to go to bed? Do I really have to wash the dishes? Do I really have to wear braces? Read More »

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Health Care Insurance Marketplace – How’s It Going?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released monthly enrollment numbers for the Health Insurance Marketplace and there are some interesting tidbits about South Dakota’s experience. Put those tidbits together with anecdotal stories I’ve heard directly from it, and it is a good tale to tell. Read More »

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After-Hours Care vs. Emergency Room – What’s the Difference?

You pick up your child from daycare only to find out she is sick. Something about the way she looks makes you think she shouldn’t wait to see her regular doctor tomorrow. Where should you go—to an after-hours care location or to the emergency room? Read More »

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