Blog https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en The Truth About Pre-Workout Drinks https://www.agnesian.com/blog/truth-about-pre-workout-drinks <img src="/sites/default/files/Powdered-Energy-Drink.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Pre-workout drink" typeof="Image" /> <p>The newest craze in the fitness/performance world is the addition of a pre-workout drink. This supplement is meant to serve as a “boost” to get you through your routine with greater outcomes.</p> <p>This may sound like a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t I want to make the most of my workout especially if these drinks all claim increased performance? What could go wrong? To find out, let’s look at what these latest supplements contain that are said to improve your performance.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Chris Schattschneider https://www.agnesian.com/blog/truth-about-pre-workout-drinks The little black doctor’s bag https://www.agnesian.com/blog/little-black-doctors-bag <img src="/sites/default/files/Doctors-Bag.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Dr. Treffert&#039;s doctor bag" typeof="Image" /> <p>When I began my practice eons ago doctors, including me, each had our little black doctor’s bag. When making rounds we would bring it into the room with the tools for physical examination. There was a stethoscope to listen to the heart; an ophthalmoscope to examine the eyes; a tuning fork for testing hearing; a reflex hammer; a blood pressure cuff and some vials of spices to test smell. </p> <p>There were also a few medications for certain emergencies and maybe even some bandages.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/little-black-doctors-bag If cancer runs in your family, when do you need genetic services? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/if-cancer-runs-your-family-when-do-you-need-genetic-services <img src="/sites/default/files/Famly-Medical-History.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Family Medical History" typeof="Image" /> <p>There are many features that can be present in a family that would indicate a referral is needed for genetic services. The following is a general (partial) checklist of characteristics that may indicate an increased risk of familial cancer or a heritable cancer syndrome. The symptoms of genetic diseases may resemble other conditions or medical concerns. Always consult your healthcare provider for a diagnosis and a complete list of characteristics.</p> <p><strong>Family history</strong></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Lisa Michels https://www.agnesian.com/blog/if-cancer-runs-your-family-when-do-you-need-genetic-services Ripon Medical Center community drug drop location now open https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-community-drug-drop-location-now-open <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC-Drug-Drop.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Ripon Medical Center Medication Disposal" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare has added a third secured drug drop location at Ripon Medical Center enhancing similar services at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital. The drug drop locations help to ensure the proper disposal of expired or no longer needed medications.</p> <p>To date, the two hospital collection sites have received more than 841 pounds of medications – nearly half a ton.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-community-drug-drop-location-now-open Tips for getting a good night's sleep https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-getting-good-nights-sleep <img src="/sites/default/files/Good-Night-Sleep.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Get a good night&#039;s sleep" typeof="Image" /> <p>Here are some basic tips for getting a good night's sleep:</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-getting-good-nights-sleep Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to jewelry sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Jewelry-Sale.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jewelry Sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a jewelry sale by PTK Sales on March 9 and 10 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, proceeds will benefit patient programs and services at St. Agnes Hospital.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-sale February a month of heartache and hope https://www.agnesian.com/blog/february-month-heartache-and-hope-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/Heart-in-Hands.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Heart in Hands" typeof="Image" /> <p>February is a month that hearts and love are all around us.  We traditionally think of Valentine’s Day being filled with love and romance when the day is really about the love in our hearts that we have for those around us.  This day may be difficult for some to find love and happiness because their hearts are filled with grief and sadness.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Bereavement Services - blog author https://www.agnesian.com/blog/february-month-heartache-and-hope-0 Therapy dogs, volunteers bring respite to hospice patients, next training date set https://www.agnesian.com/blog/therapy-dogs-volunteers-bring-respite-hospice-patients-next-training-date-set <img src="/sites/default/files/Therapy-Dogs.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Therapy dogs, volunteers bring respite to hospice patients" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope is proud to offer this service to the patients and families it serves, including care offered by Melodie Pulvermacher, of Princeton, and her therapy dog, Tia. And, the need is there for more volunteers like Melodie.</p> <p>“The best part of being a pet therapy volunteer for hospice is seeing people’s face when Tia arrives,” Melodie explains. “The smiles and laughter Tia brings to the patients and families is priceless. I know the time spent allows them to take their mind off any worries and brings them comfort during their final days.”</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/therapy-dogs-volunteers-bring-respite-hospice-patients-next-training-date-set Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary to host book fair February 23 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-host-book-fair-february-23 <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary will host a Collective Goods (Books are Fun) sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 23,  in the Green Lake Room, located in Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street.</p> <p>The Collective Goods book fair features quality books and gifts at 50 to 75 percent off retail price, and includes bestsellers, children’s, reference, hobby, nature and wildlife, sports and gift items.</p> <p>The book fair is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit Ripon Medical Center patient programs and services.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-host-book-fair-february-23 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Love Light campaign sets record year https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-love-light-campaign-sets-record-year <img src="/sites/default/files/Hospice-Home-of-Hope-Expans.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Hospice Home of Hope Expansion Project January 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>Tremendous support was shown for the Hospice Home of Hope expansion during the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation 2016 Love Light fund-raiser as donors helped to raise more than $20,000.</p> <p>The expansion project, now underway, will add eight more private patient rooms at the Hospice Home of Hope, which will effectively address current waiting lists.</p> <p>Punit Kumar, MD, Hospice &amp; Palliative Care medical director, and Nidhi Kumar, MD, Consultants Laboratory medical director, served as this year’s Love Light co-chairpersons.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-love-light-campaign-sets-record-year RMC Auxiliary hosts second annual flower sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-second-annual-flower-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC%20Auxiliary%20Flower%20Sale%20News.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="RMC Auxiliary Flower Sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring its second annual flower sale to help raise money to support Ripon Medical Center programs and student scholarships.</p> <p>Order forms feature a variety of hanging baskets from Bloch’s Farm (Green Lake) and are available at the Ripon Medical Center information desk and gift shop, or by visiting agnesian.com/volunteers. </p> <p>Completed forms, along with a check for payment, can be dropped off at - or mailed to - the Ripon Medical Center gift shop (845 Parkside Street, Ripon). </p> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-second-annual-flower-sale Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary offers scholarships to area students https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-offers-scholarships-area-students <p>Area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary and the Arlene Fenner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. </p> <p>Three $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship are being offered to eligible students who attend one of the following schools: Green Lake High School, Markesan High School, Princeton High School or Ripon High School.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-offers-scholarships-area-students Tell me about care navigators https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tell-me-about-care-navigators <p>When individuals and families are facing a complicated, chronic or long-term health condition, it can at times be confusing to effectively move through a healthcare experience – knowing what resources to tap into, which providers offer appropriate services, and how to manage medications and health conditions.</p> <p>At Agnesian HealthCare, our care navigators are available to offer education, support and resources to help patients overcome any barriers that may prevent them from getting the services they need.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Danelle Smit https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tell-me-about-care-navigators Treffert Academy to enhance child care options starting fall 2017 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-enhance-child-care-options-starting-fall-2017 <img src="/sites/default/files/Dr-Treffert-with-patient.jpg" width="1600" height="900" alt="Dr. Treffert playing with patient" typeof="Image" /> <p>The <a href="/services/treffert-academy">Treffert Academy</a> - 371 E. 1<sup>st</sup> Street, Fond du Lac - is expanding its current services for three and four year olds starting fall 2017.</p> <p>In collaboration with the Fond du Lac School District, the <a href="/services/treffert-academy">Treffert Academy</a> will offer a 4K program during both morning and afternoon sessions four days per week (with the exception of Fridays).</p> <p>Interested parents can call to schedule a tour, and then during fall enrollment with the school district can select the Treffert Academy.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-enhance-child-care-options-starting-fall-2017 Concussion Myth versus Fact https://www.agnesian.com/blog/concussion-myth-versus-fact <p><strong>Myth: </strong>A bruise to the brain.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>A metabolic imbalance or dysfunction of the brain.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>Person has to lose consciousness.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>Ninety percent of concussions don’t lose consciousness.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>Have to have a headache.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>Multi-symptom injury that varies person to person.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>You have to get hit hard.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Chris Schattschneider https://www.agnesian.com/blog/concussion-myth-versus-fact Healthy Recipe: Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-maple-mustard-glazed-salmon <img src="/sites/default/files/Glazed%20Slamon.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon" typeof="Image" /> <p>Serves 4</p> <ul><li>4 salmon fillets (4-6oz)</li> <li>Black pepper</li> <li>¼ cup pure maple syrup</li> <li>2 Tbs. stone ground mustard</li> <li>2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar</li> </ul><p>Season salmon with pepper. In small bowl combine maple syrup, mustard and vinegar, mix well. Preheat skillet or broiler pan. Place salmon in pan and brush with glaze; cook about four minutes per side for medium. When turning the salmon, brush with additional glaze.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-maple-mustard-glazed-salmon ‘To cure sometimes; to help often; to comfort always.’ https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cure-sometimes-help-often-comfort-always <img src="/sites/default/files/Care%20Navigation.JPG" width="507" height="338" alt="Provider Patient Relationship" typeof="Image" /> <p>Above the oldest mental hospital in the world, in France, is the inscription: “To cure sometimes; to help often; to comfort always.”</p> <p>There are some “cures” of various diseases in each of the medical specialties and how welcome those are. And we keep searching for cures as we should. But most of the time, whatever the specialty or organ system, we simply “help.” How welcome, what a relief, and sometimes how dramatic that can be.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cure-sometimes-help-often-comfort-always Villa Rosa to host long-term care workshop January 30 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/villa-rosa-host-long-term-care-workshop-january-30 <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>Join Julie Hilbert, benefits specialist with the Fond du Lac County Senior Services department, as she addresses questions that individuals and families may have as they consider long-term care options. She will offer a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30 at the Villa Rosa Theatre, N8120 County WW, Mt. Calvary.</p> <p>Hilbert will address questions, such as:</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/villa-rosa-host-long-term-care-workshop-january-30 ‘An Evening of Chocolate & Wine’ raffle tickets on sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/evening-chocolate-wine-raffle-tickets-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Chocolate%20-%20Wine%202017.jpg" width="752" height="437" alt="An Evening of Chocolate &amp; Wine 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and the Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Special Events Committee will again host the annual Evening of Chocolate &amp; Wine fund-raising event scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at the Waupun City Hall, 201 E. Main Street.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/evening-chocolate-wine-raffle-tickets-sale Dr. Bert Callahan, orthopedic surgeon, now practicing at Ripon Medical Center https://www.agnesian.com/blog/dr-bert-callahan-orthopedic-surgeon-now-practicing-ripon-medical-center <img src="/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20web%20480_0.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Bert Callahan, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon" typeof="Image" /> <p>Bert Callahan, MD, an orthopedic &amp; sports medicine physician, is now serving patients at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street in Ripon.</p> <p>He joins Jeffrey Meincke, MD, orthopedic surgeon. They are both located on the first floor clinic at the hospital, with direct adjacencies to surgery and rehabilitation services.</p> <p>Dr. Callahan has been a fixture in the Beaver Dam, Columbus and Waupun communities for more than 20 years. As an orthopedic surgeon, he treats the most common bone and joint conditions and injuries in the region.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/dr-bert-callahan-orthopedic-surgeon-now-practicing-ripon-medical-center Ripon Medical Center Consultants Laboratory receives accreditation https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-consultants-laboratory-receives-accreditation <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>Consultants Laboratory of Wisconsin, LLC, at Ripon Medical Center has achieved a two-year accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection in Ripon.</p> <p>Consultants Laboratory - including sites in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun - is one of the more 7,600 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-consultants-laboratory-receives-accreditation Do you need a New Year's reboot? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/do-you-need-new-years-reboot <img src="/sites/default/files/New-Year-resolutions.jpg" width="508" height="337" alt="New Years Reboot" typeof="Image" /> <p>If you need a quick reboot to your life and this is the year you want to get healthy and change your lifestyle, I have five steps to start that change.   Remember it takes 21 days to build a habit, then the concentrated effort will reduce, but you still need to be mindful of your choices. Every start gives you a boost, and in day three to four, you will feel your motivation wane…push through today seven! You will then feel accomplished and God will give you that boost again. This will be the cycle of change – be aware of days three to four and stand strong each weekly cycle!</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/do-you-need-new-years-reboot Six ways to lose weight this year...and keep it off! https://www.agnesian.com/blog/six-ways-lose-weight-yearand-keep-it <img src="/sites/default/files/dumbbell%20and%20weights.jpg" width="2550" height="1696" alt="Weights and tape measure" typeof="Image" /> <ol><li>Portions. We live in a world of portion distortion. Start reading labels and measure out your food! If you don’t know how much food you are really eating, you will never lose weight. A plate at a restaurant typically is three or more servings. Dinner plates have doubled in size since the 1960s. In the 1960s, dinner plates were about eight-and-one-half to nine inches in diameter and held about 800 calories; by 2009, a plate size had grown to 12-inches with the capacity to hold about 1,900 calories.</li></ol> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/six-ways-lose-weight-yearand-keep-it AHC Volunteers at St. Agnes Hospital offer scholarships https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-volunteers-st-agnes-hospital-offer-scholarships <p>Area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at St. Agnes Hospital.</p> <p>Volunteers are offering four $1,000 scholarships to eligible students who reside in the Agnesian HealthCare service area and plan to attend a college or university in preparation for a healthcare career. An additional $500 scholarship is being offered to eligible students meeting the above criteria and pursuing their education at a technical college.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-volunteers-st-agnes-hospital-offer-scholarships Caring for You at Christmas fund-raiser successful https://www.agnesian.com/blog/caring-you-christmas-fund-raiser-successful <img src="/sites/default/files/Caring%20for%20You%20at%20ChristmasLR.jpg" width="240" height="160" alt="Caring for You at Christmas" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation raised $25,000 and will be able to help an additional 65 people in 2017 through the Carol Hyland Caring for You Fund thanks to another successful Caring for You at Christmas Holiday Luncheon.</p> <p>Nearly 200 people attended the sixth annual luncheon at Whispering Springs Golf Club in early December. The event featured 26 specially-designed tables that participants enjoyed over good food and conversation.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/caring-you-christmas-fund-raiser-successful Protect Your Skin When Outdoors This Winter https://www.agnesian.com/blog/protect-your-skin-when-outdoors-winter <img src="/sites/default/files/winter-workout.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Protect Your Skin When Outdoors This Winter" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Ashley Beyer, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> <p>Figuring out what to wear when you are going to be outdoors in the winter can be difficult sometimes. While it is cold outside, you may be doing an activity that will cause you to be warm, such as running, skiing, an outdoor workout or shoveling.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/protect-your-skin-when-outdoors-winter Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule candy, nut sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale <p>Fond du Lac area residents are invited to attend a candy and nut sale by “The Nutman Company,” sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers on Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 30 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on January 31.</p> <p>The Nutman Company features 150 fine quality nuts, chocolates, snack mixes and candies at reasonable prices! This is a great opportunity to pick up a special gift or satisfy your sweet tooth!</p> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale Behavioral Health Services welcomes new psychiatrist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/behavioral-health-services-welcomes-new-psychiatrist <img src="/sites/default/files/Giesige-Jennifer%20WEBSITE_0.jpg" width="261" height="282" alt="Jennifer Giesige" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes psychiatrist Jennifer Giesige, DO, to St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health Services. She is now accepting new patients. </p> <p>Dr. Giesige sees patients ages 18 and older. As a general adult psychiatrist, she has a unique perspective in being able to diagnose, manage, and care for people with mental illnesses and emotional issues. In addition, she is able to offer expert psychological and medical help in the balance required for the individual patient.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/behavioral-health-services-welcomes-new-psychiatrist 10 ways to manage stress…and lose weight! https://www.agnesian.com/blog/10-ways-manage-stressand-lose-weight <img src="/sites/default/files/Mindfulness%20Relaxation%20Stretching_0.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Mindfulness and stress management" typeof="Image" /> <p>Stress does a lot of crummy stuff to our bodies.  It all starts in our minds and how we perceive a situation; how we deal with it and how resilient we are to change when it comes along.  Stress dumps chemicals into our body.  We often associate food with comfort which leads to a cycle of guilt and shame and continued poor eating habits. We feel we deserve to sit around and have a pity party or we refuse to move because we are just tired of "it."  When you found out what “it” is let me know…"it is much like a Yeti…legend but never really seen and documented other than in urban legend.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/10-ways-manage-stressand-lose-weight Agnesian Integrative Health welcomes massage therapist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-integrative-health-welcomes-massage-therapist <img src="/sites/default/files/Mirsberger_Allieson%20HS%20480x480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Allieson Mirsberger, Massage Therapist" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Allieson Mirsberger, LMT, massage therapist, to its Integrative Health services located at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting patients.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-integrative-health-welcomes-massage-therapist 2017: A New Year of Gratitude https://www.agnesian.com/blog/2017-new-year-gratitude <img src="/sites/default/files/Gratitude%20Changes%20Everything.jpg" width="724" height="482" alt="Gratitude changes everything" typeof="Image" /> <p>The start of 2017 brings a new perspective on being grateful. Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to work on being GRATEFUL for the people and things in my life that truly matter the most to me. I want to get back to the time when things were simple. I want to slow down and enjoy my family, friends. I want to enjoy my life again - I want to take walks in the early morning, sit on the porch at night and watch the sunset. I want to make a difference in the world around me.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Bereavement Services - blog author https://www.agnesian.com/blog/2017-new-year-gratitude New Year’s Resolutions https://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-years-resolutions-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/New-Year-Celebration.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="New Year Celebration" typeof="Image" /> <p>It’s that time of year when again when fitness centers fill up with New Year’s “resolutioners.” There is a mad rush to the treadmill or weight machine, then two months later the gym numbers return to normal.</p> <p>How do you avoid the same pitfalls that these individuals always seem to run in to? First, set some real goals. It’s not a goal until it’s measureable and it’s written down. On a scale of one to 10, what is your confidence level in completing the goal? If it’s not a nine or 10, then it’s too ambitious.</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Chris Schattschneider https://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-years-resolutions-0 Agnesian HealthCare names new chief nursing officer at St. Agnes Hospital https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-names-new-chief-nursing-officer-st-agnes-hospital <img src="/sites/default/files/Vergos%2C%20Katherine%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Katherine Vergos, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Agnes Hospital" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare has named Katherine Vergos, current Ripon Medical Center chief operating officer, as its new vice president and chief nursing officer at St. Agnes Hospital. She is assuming responsibilities currently held by Jill Stenson, who is leaving after 17 years to pursue a position at a larger healthcare system in warmer climate.</p> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-names-new-chief-nursing-officer-st-agnes-hospital Hyperlexia in children: what is it and what to look for? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-children-what-it-and-what-look <img src="/sites/default/files/Child-reading-a-book_0.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Child reading a book" typeof="Image" /> <p>Hearing a child read a book aloud to his or her preschool classmates is a bit of a jarring experience, or seeing an 18-month-old child reading aloud the names of all the over-the-counter drugs as he or she passes by them seated nicely in the shopping cart as mom wheels down the aisle can capture one’s attention. Imagine having a two-year-old boy or girl repeat the movie dialogue perfectly from memory, credits and all. All of these are quite sensational.</p> <p>These things happen with children who read early, also known as hyperlexia. Did you know there are three kinds of hyperlexia?</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-children-what-it-and-what-look Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule uniform sales, including new location https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-uniform-sales-including-new-location <img src="/sites/default/files/Scrubs%20Uniforms.jpg" width="2049" height="1463" alt="Scrubs Uniforms" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers have scheduled two uniform sales to benefit patient programs and services.</p> <p>The first is scheduled at a new location - the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac - from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. The sale will be held in the Mary Agnes Room (second floor, second driveway).</p> <p>The second is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 26 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-uniform-sales-including-new-location Tips for fall prevention https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-fall-prevention <img src="/sites/default/files/Winter-weather.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Winter weather and fall prevention" typeof="Image" /> <p>While Wisconsin winters can be beautiful with snow covered trees and ice covered lakes, but along with the beauty of Wisconsin comes the dreaded ice and slippery streets, sidewalks and steps. According to Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and United Heartland, 33 percent of Wisconsin worker’s compensation injuries are winter-related slips and falls. Winter-related incidents can result in a laceration, broken bone, muscle injury, head injury, concussion and other trauma which can be the cause of lost work time, medical cost increase and increase of insurance claims.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-fall-prevention Are you sure you are sitting in your chair correctly? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/are-you-sure-you-are-sitting-your-chair-correctly <img src="/sites/default/files/Correct-posture-in-chair.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Correct posture" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Ashley Beyer, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> <p>Freeze! How are you sitting at your desk right now? You probably find yourself quickly scooting back in your chair or sitting up a little straighter. Whether you spend a lot or a little time at your desk, your posture can affect how you feel throughout the day and can even make you more prone to certain injuries.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/are-you-sure-you-are-sitting-your-chair-correctly When to stay home https://www.agnesian.com/blog/when-stay-home <p><a href="/doctors?name=brenda%20grass">By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics<strong> </strong></a></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/when-stay-home No White Christmas: protect the soul, reduce stress and get rid of the white sugar https://www.agnesian.com/blog/no-white-christmas-protect-soul-reduce-stress-and-get-rid-white-sugar <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Holiday-Star.jpg" width="300" height="199" alt="Holiday Star" typeof="Image" /> <p>The hypothalamus is a central player in how the brain reacts to stress and food. It is the “brain” of the endocrine system and regulates what it dumps into our bodies hormonally/chemically. If we prolong our stress, we release high levels of cortisol. When the high level remains in our bodies for an extended period of time, it contributes to prolonged high blood sugar and the accumulation of fat. It can lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and weight gain.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/no-white-christmas-protect-soul-reduce-stress-and-get-rid-white-sugar What can I do to help myself fall asleep at night? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-can-i-do-help-myself-fall-asleep-night <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Sleepless-Night.jpg" width="507" height="338" alt="Sleepless Night" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong></strong>Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, <a href="/service/sleep-center" target="_blank">Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders</a></p><p><strong>What is sleep hygiene? </strong></p><p>Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness.</p><p><strong>What are some examples of good sleep hygiene? </strong></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-can-i-do-help-myself-fall-asleep-night When’s the right time to medicate? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/whens-right-time-medicate <p><a href="http://healthlibrary.agnesian.com/40,AntibioticsQuiz"><img src="http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/AGN-16288-Antibiotic-Resistance_Facebook4-300x300.jpg" alt="AGN-16288 Antibiotic Resistance_Facebook4" /></a>By <a href="/doctors?name=brenda%20grass">Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics</a></p><p>Many common infections have become resistant to antibiotics. As a parent, ask questions to make sure your sick child is getting the best care possible, which might not include an antibiotic.</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/whens-right-time-medicate Crispy Turkey Tostadas https://www.agnesian.com/blog/crispy-turkey-tostadas <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Crispy-Chicken-Tostadas.jpg" width="308" height="308" alt="" typeof="Image" /> <p>Shredded leftover turkey tops homemade tostadas in this Tex-Mex favorite. Making your own tostada shells from fresh corn tortillas is easier than you might think—crisp them up in the oven while you prepare the toppings. Choose either regular petite diced tomatoes or those with added jalapeños, depending on your inclination for spicy food. Serve with black beans, rice and extra salsa or hot sauce on the side.</p><p><strong>4 servings, 2 tostadas each </strong>| <strong>Active Time:</strong> 35 minutes | <strong>Total Time:</strong> 35 minutes</p><p><strong>Ingredients</strong> </p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Janeah Schwarz https://www.agnesian.com/blog/crispy-turkey-tostadas What to expect at a sleep study? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-expect-sleep-study <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Center-for-Sleep-2.jpg" width="609" height="316" alt="Center for Sleep 2" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, <a href="/service/sleep-center" target="_blank">Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders</a></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-expect-sleep-study Are there other options for taking multiple medications? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/are-there-other-options-taking-multiple-medications <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Agnesian-Pharmacy-Pill-Dispensing.jpg" width="810" height="540" alt="Agnesian Pharmacy Pill Dispensing" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Katie Voskuil, RT(R), CPhT, Compounding Technician, <a href="http://www.agnesianpharmacy.com" target="_blank">Agnesian Pharmacy</a></p> <p>Often times older adults, children with special needs and patients struggling with pain and chronic infections find it difficult to take their medications. Compounding of medications may be the answer.</p> <p><strong>What is medication compounding in layman’s terms?</strong></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/are-there-other-options-taking-multiple-medications Navigating Healthy Food Choices This Holiday Season https://www.agnesian.com/blog/navigating-healthy-food-choices-holiday-season-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/healthy-holiday-eating.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="healthy holiday eating" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Sami Woolson, MS, ATC/LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/navigating-healthy-food-choices-holiday-season-0 Navigating Healthy Food Choices This Holiday Season https://www.agnesian.com/blog/navigating-healthy-food-choices-holiday-season <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/eating.jpg" width="508" height="337" alt="eating" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Sami Woolson, MS, ATC/LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/navigating-healthy-food-choices-holiday-season Should I use antibiotics for my cold symptoms? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/should-i-use-antibiotics-my-cold-symptoms <p><a href="http://healthlibrary.agnesian.com/40,AntibioticsQuiz"><img src="http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/AGN-16288-Antibiotic-Resistance_Facebook1-300x300.jpg" alt="AGN-16288 Antibiotic Resistance_Facebook1" /></a>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=brenda%20grass">agnesian.com/find-a-provider</a>.</p><p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/should-i-use-antibiotics-my-cold-symptoms An innovative approach to help loved ones remember to take their medications https://www.agnesian.com/blog/innovative-approach-help-loved-ones-remember-take-their-medications <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Bubble-packs-Agnesian-Pharmacy.jpg" width="2256" height="1496" alt="Bubble packs Agnesian Pharmacy" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Morgan Bernard, PharmD, RPh, Long-Term Care Supervisor, <a href="http://www.agnesianpharmacy.com" target="_blank">Agnesian Pharmacy &amp; Prescription Centers</a></p> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/innovative-approach-help-loved-ones-remember-take-their-medications Steps to drop a few pounds https://www.agnesian.com/blog/steps-drop-few-pounds <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Runners-in-fall-small.jpg" width="694" height="464" alt="Young couple jogging together in park - rear view" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><blockquote><p> Young couple jogging together in park - rear view<br /></p><p>Success will never be a big step in the future. Success is a small step taken just now. -Jonathan Martensson</p></blockquote> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/steps-drop-few-pounds How do I know if I have a sleep disorder? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-sleep-disorder <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/sleeping-man.jpg" width="482" height="356" alt="Man sleeping in bed" typeof="Image" /> <p> Man sleeping in bed<br /></p><p>Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, <a href="/service/sleep-center" target="_blank">Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders</a></p><p>A sleep disorder is broadly defined as a physical or psychological issue that impairs your ability to sleep or causes increased sleepiness during the day. Everyone can experience sleep concerns from time to time. However, you might have a sleep disorder if: </p> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-sleep-disorder Parenting after Divorce https://www.agnesian.com/blog/parenting-after-divorce <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/78630776.jpg" width="507" height="337" alt="" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Approximately half of all marriages end in <a class="zem_slink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divorce" target="_blank">divorce</a> and some of these involve children. While the end of a <a class="zem_slink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committed_relationship" target="_blank">committed relationship</a> is extremely hard on the adults involved, the children are also at times devastated by their parents splitting.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/parenting-after-divorce Only the turkey should be STUFFED this holiday season https://www.agnesian.com/blog/only-turkey-should-be-stuffed-holiday-season <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Thanksgiving-Meal-Advice.jpg" width="748" height="732" alt="Thanksgiving Meal Advice" typeof="Image" /> <p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/only-turkey-should-be-stuffed-holiday-season The three most important things to know about dry needling https://www.agnesian.com/blog/three-most-important-things-know-about-dry-needling <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/back-pain.jpg" width="359" height="478" alt="Low back pain" typeof="Image" /> <p> Low back pain<br /></p><p>Written by: Daniel B. Garcia PT, DPT, <a href="/service/bone-joint-health/physical-rehab-(outpatient)" target="_blank">Agnesian Sport &amp; Spine Center</a></p><p>Dry needling has been used in therapy for nearly 15 years; however, it has grown in popularity recently due to its exposure with Olympic athletes using it regularly to maintain performance. People turn to dry needling because it is effective at alleviating many forms of neuromuscular pain.</p><p>There are three things you should know about dry needling: </p> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/three-most-important-things-know-about-dry-needling Oval Souls on a Round Planet https://www.agnesian.com/blog/oval-souls-round-planet <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Oval-Souls-Round-Planet.jpg" width="2012" height="1490" alt="Abstract science, circle global network connection in hand on stars at night background, Elements of image are furnished by NASA" typeof="Image" /> <p>Planet in hand</p> <p>What’s the shape of your soul, psychological soul that is?</p> <p>When seeing new patients I would always check their vital signs: pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and shape of their psychological soul.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/oval-souls-round-planet Be mindful this Halloween of children with sensory or social challenges https://www.agnesian.com/blog/be-mindful-halloween-children-sensory-or-social-challenges <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Halloween-Pumpkin-Fall-Leaves.jpg" width="508" height="337" alt="Halloween pumpkin in autumn forest" typeof="Image" /> <p> Halloween pumpkin in autumn forest<br /></p><p>Written by: Emma Coffman, MS OTR/L, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Treffert Center &amp; Clinic</p><p>Consider these tips for celebrating Halloween with children that have sensory or social challenges:</p><p><strong>For community members</strong> </p> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/be-mindful-halloween-children-sensory-or-social-challenges The greatest wealth is HEALTH https://www.agnesian.com/blog/greatest-wealth-health <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Veggie-basket-carried-by-woman.jpg" width="2151" height="1625" alt="" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>The greatest asset you bring to a rich, secure and satisfying life is a healthy and fit YOU! If you’re not “there,” today is the day to take that first step…</p><p>Take baby steps…or set SMART goals…each accomplished goal builds confidence and is a baby step to the next goal in life. Goals and dreams should never end…they just keep moving us forward.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/greatest-wealth-health Agnesian HealthCare to welcome Dr. Bert Callahan, orthopedic surgeon https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcome-dr-bert-callahan-orthopedic-surgeon <img src="/sites/default/files/article-1.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Article 1" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare is welcoming Bert Callahan, MD, an orthopedic &amp; sports medicine physician, to serve at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street in Ripon, with Jeffrey Meincke, MD, orthopedic surgeon. He will begin seeing patients in January 2017.</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcome-dr-bert-callahan-orthopedic-surgeon Steps to true change… https://www.agnesian.com/blog/steps-true-change <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Seed-to-Plant.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Young plant growing in the morning light and green bokeh background , new life growth ecology concept" typeof="Image" /> <p> Young plant growing in the morning light and green bokeh background , new life growth ecology concept<br /><a href="/sites/default/files/wp-docs/goals-SMART.pdf" target="_blank">View PDF</a></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/steps-true-change Why do I feel so tired each fall? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/why-do-i-feel-so-tired-each-fall <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/5241620.jpg" width="2225" height="2200" alt="5241620" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Kathy Fett, Director, Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness</p><p>Believe it or not, daylight savings time will soon be upon us. With daylight savings time, comes darkness and sometimes Seasonsal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression with symptoms starting in fall and continuing through the winter months.</p><p>Some symptoms of SAD that you might notice: </p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/why-do-i-feel-so-tired-each-fall Tips for raking leaves https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-raking-leaves <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Raking-Leaves-in-Fall.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn" typeof="Image" /> <p>Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn</p> <p>Written by: Trisha West, DPT, LAT, <a href="/service/bone-joint-health/physical-rehab-(outpatient)" target="_blank">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p> <p>Whether you’re getting ready to head out onto the football field or raking all those leaves this fall, it’s important to remember three key things before starting to prevent injuries and be able to enjoy the fall.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-raking-leaves Intermediate plank challenge https://www.agnesian.com/blog/intermediate-plank-challenge <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Forearm-Plank-e1473191152433.jpg" width="400" height="534" alt="Forearm Plank" typeof="Image" /> <p>Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reasons. In my last article I gave you reasons and an easy plank challenge to get you started. Here are some progressed moves to try… or just to add something new to your existing program. <strong>These are not beginner moves so please don’t try these if you think they look hard</strong>…start at your level and work up! <strong>Don’t be a weekend warrior!</strong> Schedule time with a professional fitness trainer to learn a safe and effective way to work at your fitness level.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/intermediate-plank-challenge Mistakes to avoid on the journey to well-being https://www.agnesian.com/blog/mistakes-avoid-journey-well-being <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/AHC-2016-Well-Being-Wheel.jpg" width="1875" height="1875" alt="AHC 2016 Well-Being Wheel" typeof="Image" /> <p>Sometimes when we decide to change our lives, we have grandiose dreams and unrealistic expectations of ourselves. I often hear this when someone wants to set up an exercise program. They may say, “I used to be a size (x) and I want that again.” We delve deeper into that, and they were a size (x) in high school while playing sports or in college at the height of their athletic career.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/mistakes-avoid-journey-well-being Is napping good for me? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/napping-good-me <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Good-Night-Sleep.jpg" width="507" height="338" alt="Good Night Sleep" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, <a href="/service/sleep-center" target="_blank">Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders</a></p><p>More than 85 percent of mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children and elderly persons nap, for example, and napping is a very important aspect of many cultures.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/napping-good-me Working out and gaining weight? HELP! https://www.agnesian.com/blog/working-out-and-gaining-weight-help <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/scale.jpg" width="1680" height="2550" alt="scale" typeof="Image" /> <p>I get this cry every week…someone starts working out three days a week for about 30 minutes, starts eating larger portions than before, and is then frustrated with me for gaining weight. Hold the phone here…let’s go back.</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/working-out-and-gaining-weight-help Five benefits of doing planks https://www.agnesian.com/blog/five-benefits-doing-planks <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/ThinkstockPhotos-475955092.jpg" width="2121" height="1414" alt="Woman planks on the floor at the gym" typeof="Image" /> <p> Woman planks on the floor at the gym<br /></p><p>Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: it works – in large part because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. What are some of the benefits you can expect from <strong>adding</strong> this exercise to your regular routine?</p><p><strong>A Toned Belly</strong></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/five-benefits-doing-planks Bust that plateau https://www.agnesian.com/blog/bust-plateau <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Plateau.jpg" width="661" height="529" alt="Capitol Reef National Park Utah" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong>Have you been trying to lose weight but seem stuck on a plateau?  </strong></p><p>This happens to everyone who tries to lose weight at some point.  You feel stuck, and despite doing everything right or just as you have been, the weight isn’t coming off - this can last for days or even weeks.</p><p><strong>What causes a weight loss plateau?</strong></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/bust-plateau Prepping for post race https://www.agnesian.com/blog/prepping-post-race <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Triathlete.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Triathlete" typeof="Image" /> <p>I have people ask me to train them for an event, whether it’s a marathon or 5K, a 20-mile bike ride or mudder event. They’re all fun activities that are great goals to strive for, and great ways to be active and have fun in the process! They are all equally exciting and present their own challenges. It’s awesome as a professional fitness trainer to see the pictures of my friends and Zone members post the event – proudly wearing their medals or that big smile that says, “I did it!” No matter what…I feel I was there with them…</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/prepping-post-race Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ sleep? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-such-thing-too-much-sleep <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/86506289.jpg" width="506" height="338" alt="Woman sleeping" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, <a href="/service/sleep-center" target="_blank">Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders</a></p><p>When it comes to sleep, can you have too much of a good thing? It’s true that a good night’s sleep is essential for health. Oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical concerns, including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-such-thing-too-much-sleep Care of the Weekend Warrior https://www.agnesian.com/blog/care-weekend-warrior <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Cancer-Center-Dirty-Girl-Mud-Run.jpg" width="640" height="574" alt="Cancer Center - Dirty Girl Mud Run" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20royce">Bryan Royce, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Agnesian Bone &amp; Joint Health</a></p><p>In my work as an orthopedic surgeon, I work collaboratively with individuals that are considered to be weekend warriors. But what does that really mean? Weekend warriors engage in irregular patterns of physical activity (one to two days each week), do so more than 2.5 hours each week and participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Danelle Smit https://www.agnesian.com/blog/care-weekend-warrior Be on FIRE every day! https://www.agnesian.com/blog/be-fire-every-day <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/woman-walking-outdoors.jpg" width="1704" height="2550" alt="woman walking outdoors" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong></strong>Do you ever feel behind your day before it even starts - too busy, too exhausted, too stressed?  Or that your life is a toxic mix of the above making you impatient, irritable or unfocused?</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/be-fire-every-day Staying home safely in your elder years https://www.agnesian.com/blog/staying-home-safely-your-elder-years <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Agnesian-Health-Shoppe-Stair-Lift.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Agnesian Health Shoppe Stair Lift" typeof="Image" /> <p>I have had the honor of working in long-term care for a great many years. Most of the time, residents who moved into an assisted-living were people who chose to move. They had been fearful of living alone, they were declining in health, or they simply chose to live in a community where many amenities were provided for them that had become difficult at home. But, there were some whose decision to move into an assisted living or nursing home was not their choice.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Deb Winterhack https://www.agnesian.com/blog/staying-home-safely-your-elder-years Shoulder instability in the competitive or leisure athlete https://www.agnesian.com/blog/shoulder-instability-competitive-or-leisure-athlete <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/shoulder.jpg" width="725" height="483" alt="shoulder" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Billie Jo Braatz, PT, DPT, LAT, <a href="/service/bone-joint-health/physical-rehab-(outpatient)" target="_blank">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p> <p>Has your daughter ever said it feels like her shoulder "slips out" when hitting a volleyball, or has your son told you his shoulder "popped out" when making a tackle during a football game? If so, they may be experiencing what is commonly known as shoulder instability.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/shoulder-instability-competitive-or-leisure-athlete Accidental Genius: A little Rain Man within us all? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/accidental-genius-little-rain-man-within-us-all <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/brain-ct.jpg" width="422" height="407" alt="MRI Brain Scan" typeof="Image" /> <p> MRI Brain Scan<br /></p><p>Jason Padgett was an ordinary person managing a futon and furniture store in Washington State. In September 2002, he was the victim of a brutal mugging in which he sustained a severe concussion. While an MRI showed no gross changes, when he awoke he was experiencing some new, vivid, synesthetic imagery. He began to draw those intricate images simply to be able to demonstrate to others what he was experiencing.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/accidental-genius-little-rain-man-within-us-all What is ayurveda and why do I want to know? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-ayurveda-and-why-do-i-want-know <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/ayurveda.jpg" width="724" height="483" alt="Ayurvedic face massage with oil on the wooden table in traditional style made by asian women." typeof="Image" /> <p> Ayurvedic face massage with oil on the wooden table in traditional style.<br /></p><p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20miller">Anne Miller, MD, Psychiatry, Agnesian HealthCare Outpatient Behavioral Health Services</a></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Behavioral Health Services - Blog Author https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-ayurveda-and-why-do-i-want-know Ready to order diabetic shoes? Here’s how. https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ready-order-diabetic-shoes-heres-how <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Diabetic-and-Therapeutic-Shoes-at-the-Health-Shoppe.jpg" width="2600" height="1733" alt="Diabetic and Therapeutic Shoes at the Health Shoppe" typeof="Image" /> <p> Katie Gregory assisting client with diabetic/therapeutic shoe selection.<br /></p><p><em>Written by: Katie Gregory, DME sales specialist of Diabetes/Therapeutic Shoes at <a href="http://www.agnesianhealthshoppe.com" target="_blank">Agnesian Health Shoppe</a></em></p><p>When I am working with individuals who are looking for the best pair of shoes for their specific medical needs, there are certain questions I am generally asked. Here are the answers to the two more commonly-asked questions.</p><p><strong>What percentage does Medicare cover?</strong></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ready-order-diabetic-shoes-heres-how Choices, choices and more choices https://www.agnesian.com/blog/choices-choices-and-more-choices <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Question-Mark.jpg" width="508" height="337" alt="Question Mark" typeof="Image" /> <p>Various Internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. While this is a crazy big number of choices, you see how fast they can add up to a very large number if you break down all the types of choices. Each day we make 226.7 decisions on just food alone, according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007). That’s just food!</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/choices-choices-and-more-choices FAQ: Where can I get a flu shot? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/faq-where-can-i-get-flu-shot <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Stop-Flu.jpg" width="378" height="454" alt="stop flu" typeof="Image" /> <p> Stop the flu, get a vaccine.<br /><a href="/sites/default/files/wp-docs/AGN-1261-Flu-Clinic-Flyer_Black.pdf" target="_blank">View PDF</a></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Danelle Smit https://www.agnesian.com/blog/faq-where-can-i-get-flu-shot How often should I clean my CPAP supplies, and how? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-often-should-i-clean-my-cpap-supplies-and-how <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/CPAP-supplies.jpg" width="724" height="483" alt="CPAP mask attaching to the air hose , use with CPAP machine to help patients with sleep apnea problem, showing the inside side of the mask, displaying on wooden table" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Written by: Tanya Westra, registered respiratory therapist, <a href="http://www.agnesianhealthshoppe.com" target="_blank">Agnesian Health Shoppe</a></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-often-should-i-clean-my-cpap-supplies-and-how YOU can make a difference! https://www.agnesian.com/blog/you-can-make-difference <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/2016_wspd_banner_english.png" width="701" height="141" alt="2016_wspd_banner_english" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20langhoff">Treffert Clinic</a></p><p>More people in the world die by suicide than by war and murder combined. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. YOU can make a difference. By taking five minutes to become informed and involved, you will be part of a worldwide movement to save lives…</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Behavioral Health Services - Blog Author https://www.agnesian.com/blog/you-can-make-difference Living Well with MS: managing disturbances in memory https://www.agnesian.com/blog/living-well-ms-managing-disturbances-memory <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/woman-thinking.jpg" width="1870" height="1870" alt="woman thinking" typeof="Image" /> <p>A common symptom for many people living with MS is memory loss. Memory changes have been found in about 60 percent of people living with the disease. Most people affected will experience mild changes in short-term memory. For example, they may find it difficult to remember such things like appointment dates and times, errands planned or instructions from a boss or family member. A much smaller percentage of those suffering memory concerns, roughly 10 percent, experience more severe concerns with memory to the point that activities of daily living are significantly impacted.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Nancy Goranson https://www.agnesian.com/blog/living-well-ms-managing-disturbances-memory How do you lose a size? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-you-lose-size <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/dumbbell-and-weights.jpg" width="2550" height="1696" alt="dumbbell and weights" typeof="Image" /> <p>I get questions every day about what exercise individuals can do to shrink their waistline. They tell me they want to take off a few pounds…and then there’s the rest that feel too overwhelmed by the 80 to 100 pounds they need to lose to even ask.</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-you-lose-size The lowdown on the EpiPen® https://www.agnesian.com/blog/lowdown-epipenr <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Epinephrine-Injection-using-Auto-Injector-Syringe.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Epinephrine is injected in the upper thigh using an auto-injector syringe as an emergency treatment for an acute allergic reaction to food or insect stings. An EpiPen can be used in and emergency to treat anaphylactic shock by injecting epinephrine through clothing." typeof="Image" /> <p> Epinephrine is injected in the upper thigh using an auto-injector syringe as an emergency treatment for an acute allergic reaction to food or insect stings. An EpiPen can be used in and emergency to treat anaphylactic shock by injecting epinephrine through clothing.<br /></p><p>Written by: Leslie Ganske, CPhT, BLS, Retail Pharmacy, Operations Coordinator, Agnesian Healthcare</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/lowdown-epipenr What is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-pmdd <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Sleepless-Night.jpg" width="507" height="338" alt="Sleepless Night" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It may affect women who are able to get pregnant. It’s a severe and chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment.  Lifestyle changes and sometimes medications can help manage symptoms.</p><p>What causes PMDD?</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-pmdd What can I do to treat my joint pains without surgery? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-can-i-do-treat-my-joint-pains-without-surgery <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/meniscus-tear.jpg" width="592" height="592" alt="Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament" typeof="Image" /> <p> Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament<br /></p><p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20royce">Bryan Royce, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Agnesian Bone &amp; Joint Health</a></p><p>There are many treatment options to try before considering surgery for sore joints. Some things to try at home before seeking the advice of a surgeon include: </p> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-can-i-do-treat-my-joint-pains-without-surgery Children who read early or speak late: separating ‘autistic like’ behaviors from ‘autism’ https://www.agnesian.com/blog/children-who-read-early-or-speak-late-separating-autistic-behaviors-autism <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Early-Reader-Autism.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="pretty girl with many books at school" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Children who read early (hyperlexia) or speak late (Einstein Syndrome) have something in common.  Both are often mistaken for autism, and much to relief of many parents, both have a good outcome.</p><p>There are three kinds of hyperlexia:  Hyperlexia 1 consists of bright, neurotypical children who simply read early.  Watching  a child read books out loud to his or her nursery school class is always quite startling.  But eventually most other children learn to read as well so that gap disappears over time.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/children-who-read-early-or-speak-late-separating-autistic-behaviors-autism "Kick Butt" with Breakfast https://www.agnesian.com/blog/kick-butt-breakfast <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Oat-and-fruit-breakfast-cropped.jpg" width="400" height="400" alt="Closeup on grain oats and oatmeal with fruits" typeof="Image" /> <p> Closeup on grain oats and oatmeal with fruits<br /></p><p>Written by: Susie Riek, APNP, Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness</p><p>Our days are busy, we work hard. With high octane fuel in our tanks, we can get the energy we need. Here's how: </p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/kick-butt-breakfast Urinary Tract Infections in Adolescents https://www.agnesian.com/blog/urinary-tract-infections-adolescents <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Puppy-Love-3.jpg" width="338" height="507" alt="Puppy Love 3" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)?</p><p>Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria along the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of 2 kidneys that remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder. When the bladder is emptied, the urine travels through a tube called the urethra and passes outside the body.</p><p>Who is affected by urinary tract infections?</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/urinary-tract-infections-adolescents Consideration for those who grieve https://www.agnesian.com/blog/consideration-those-who-grieve <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Herse-with-flowers.jpg" width="724" height="483" alt="Hearse in the background of colorful funeral flowers." typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Written by: Melissa Klebs, <a href="/patient-visitor-resources/patient-family-support/bereavement-care" target="_blank">Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Counselor</a></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/consideration-those-who-grieve Cravings or hunger? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cravings-or-hunger <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Veggie-basket-carried-by-woman.jpg" width="2151" height="1625" alt="woman with basket of vegetables, smiling, portrait" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Are you having a hard time kicking your cravings to the curb? Does your desire for a fatty, salty or empty calorie food sabotage your workouts and activity level?</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cravings-or-hunger Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part II https://www.agnesian.com/blog/becoming-healthy-becoming-pregnant-part-ii <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/couples.jpg" width="2550" height="1701" alt="couples" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus.</p><p>The following nutrients should be included in a woman's pre-conception diet and continued into pregnancy:</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/becoming-healthy-becoming-pregnant-part-ii My Fight Song https://www.agnesian.com/blog/my-fight-song <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Woman-Running-on-Beach-at-Sunset.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="woman run along the sea coast of sunrise behind" typeof="Image" /> <p> woman run along the sea coast of sunrise behind<br /></p><p>Written by: Lori Tschetter, CSW, Bereavement Counselor, <a href="/bereavement-care" target="_blank">Agnesian Bereavement Center &amp; Grief Relief</a></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/my-fight-song Good, better, best options https://www.agnesian.com/blog/good-better-best-options <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Good-better-best-food-choices.jpg" width="610" height="527" alt="Good better best food choices" typeof="Image" /> <p>I recently had someone ask me for help with their diet and eating.  Then I had a discussion about the food in general with a few ladies at my gym – and how food is a legal drug – seeing more obese people than ever, everywhere.  It’s so acceptable and easy to overeat – people are literally drugging themselves into a food coma on a daily and sometimes every meal basis.  Gorging isn’t just left for Thanksgiving Day …the over-full, eat-until-you-are-stuffed, satisfy-every-craving-with-a-drive-through,  or grab and go super-sized bag of chips at a convenience store mentality is rampant.  It is a</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/good-better-best-options West Nile Virus: what you need to know https://www.agnesian.com/blog/west-nile-virus-what-you-need-know <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/West-Nile-Virus-Mosquito.jpg" width="683" height="512" alt="Mosquito ochlerotatus albifasciatus drinking, close up" typeof="Image" /> <p> Mosquito ochlerotatus albifasciatus drinking, close up<br /></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/west-nile-virus-what-you-need-know Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant: Part I https://www.agnesian.com/blog/becoming-healthy-becoming-pregnant-part-i <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/13744458-1870x1870.jpg" width="1870" height="1870" alt="13744458-1870x1870" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as your weight compared with your height and what you eat can play an important role in your health during pregnancy and the health of your developing fetus.</p><p>Pre-pregnancy weight</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/becoming-healthy-becoming-pregnant-part-i Benefits of using art to heal https://www.agnesian.com/blog/benefits-using-art-heal <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/art.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="art" typeof="Image" /> <p>Being creative can reduce stress. Often relaxation and enjoyment are the main goals when thinking about making art. Art can also be more than a hobby or pretty picture. Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can achieve different things for different people.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/benefits-using-art-heal Proper Tackling Technique https://www.agnesian.com/blog/proper-tackling-technique <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Football-Helmet.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Football Helmet and Ball" typeof="Image" /> <p> Football Helmet and Ball<br /></p><p>By: Corey Wencl, LAT, <a href="/service/physical-rehab-(outpatient)" target="_blank">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p><p>USA Football has developed a program called “Heads Up Football,” which has been designed to advance player safety in the game of football.  In this program, they focus on “heads up tackling” along with other strategies to increase player safety in the game of football. “Heads Up Tackling” focuses on five key steps to increase player safety when making a tackle. </p> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/proper-tackling-technique Introduction to Menopause https://www.agnesian.com/blog/introduction-menopause <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/menopause.jpg" width="512" height="334" alt="menopause" typeof="Image" /> <p></p><p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. Often called the change of life, this stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children. Many health care providers actually use the term menopause to refer to the period of time when a woman's hormone levels begin to change. Menopause is said to be complete when menstrual periods have ceased for one continuous year.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/introduction-menopause Being safe during physical activity https://www.agnesian.com/blog/being-safe-during-physical-activity <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/family-4.jpg" width="2745" height="1789" alt="family riding bikes (4)" typeof="Image" /> <p>When you are moving or being active it is exercise for your body. The word exercise has gotten a bad rap in our sedentary society…so let’s call it movement. I put together a list of ways you can bring safe and fun movement into your life if you cringe at the word exercise…</p><p><strong>There are several ways you can move and do this safely and be more effective activity:</strong> </p> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin https://www.agnesian.com/blog/being-safe-during-physical-activity What is urinary incontinence? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-urinary-incontinence <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/Sheppard-Steve-MD-WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" height="282" alt="Sheppard, Steve MD WEBSITE" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/doctors?name=%20sheppard">Steven Sheppard, DO</a></p><p>Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI can range from a slight loss of urine to severe, frequent wetting.</p><p>Fear of wetting yourself can keep you from enjoying activities with your family and friends. Incontinence during sex can cause great stress.</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Women's Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-urinary-incontinence Back to School, Back to Packing Lunches https://www.agnesian.com/blog/back-school-back-packing-lunches <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/School-bag-lunch.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="Fresh healthy nutritious ham sandwich and apple with schoolbag and note from mum" typeof="Image" /> <p> Fresh healthy nutritious ham sandwich and apple with schoolbag and note from mom<br /></p><p>Written by: Tara Schmitz, Wellness Coordinator, <a href="/service/work-wellness" target="_blank">Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness</a></p> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Work and Wellness https://www.agnesian.com/blog/back-school-back-packing-lunches