Prevent Illness, Get Vaccinated!

Time has escaped me. It seems like yesterday that I was in college, struggling for grades, anticipating a career in medicine, worrying about the war in Vietnam and starting a family. I never gave a thought to my health, most likely because I enjoyed wonderful health and no one ever, ever discussed health issues or immunizations for that matter. Read More »
Preventative Care, Primary Care · Avera Health

Does Your Child Need a Multi-Vitamin?

Many parents struggle with getting their kids to eat healthy, and many feel like they aren’t succeeding. I often get asked, “Does my child need a multi-vitamin?” The answer is usually “no.” Healthy Food is the Best Option The best way to get essential vitamins and minerals is not from a pill (or liquid or gummy) but from food. Read More »
Pediatrics · McKennan
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Understanding Behavioral Health and How to Access Help

Lobby of Avera Behavioral Health Center Behavioral health is for everyone – that’s right, everyone. From the CEO who seems to have it all to the stranger alone at a restaurant, no one has a problem-free life. Naturally, we all try to handle our problems on our own, but eventually we will all have a time of need and the question of “should I get help” becomes “now I need help.” Behavioral health programs are available to help in tough situations, such as: A loyal, grown child of an aging senior needs extra support while trudging through difficult transitions An involved, yet exhausted, parent of a child receives reports that his child has no ability to focus A teenager is lost in the world wondering where and how she fits in A master’s degree graduate becomes overwhelmed by a darkness she just cannot shake How can these people reach out? Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

Staying On Track With Your Goals in 2014

That’s it … 2014 is YOUR year! No more empty New Year’s resolutions that only last a week or two. No more setting yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals that just won’t work in your daily routine and with your responsibilities. Read More »
Just for Fun · Avera Health

A Positive Spin on New Year’s Resolutions

Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, taking too many trips through the drive-thru and counting French fries as a serving of vegetables? As we get to the end of the year, it seems that we look back on the year and think about making resolutions about what we’re NOT going to do. Read More »
Just for Fun, Nutrition · Marshall

Merry Christmas and Happy “Insured” New Year!

It is Christmas Eve, Santa is off on his trip around the world and the elves are getting ready for his return. I enjoy this quiet time to relax and every year, I reflect and identify one Christmas wish.  This year I’m wishing for everyone to have quality health insurance. Read More »
News · Avera Health