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March 26, 2024

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex brain disorder causing both movement and non-movement symptoms. But it’s important to know: PD affects each person differently. Who Gets PD? While we’re not s [...]

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October 31, 2023

Annual Stockholder Meeting Slated for November 30th

Hegg Health Center Annual Meeting: The format will continue as it has in previous years, combining the annual meeting with the November 30 Board of Director’s meeting at 6pm. Dale Kooima and Kathy McGill have completed their terms of service. [...]

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November 24, 2021

Hegg Health Center Annual Stockholder Meeting Scheduled for December 2

Hegg Health Center Annual Stockholder Meeting Hegg Health Center Annual Meeting: the format this year will combine the annual meeting with the December 2 Board of Director’s meeting at 6 PM. Howard Van Ginkel and Jason Kooima have completed the [...]

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August 11, 2021

Plan, Prevent and Prepare: Staying Safe on the Farm and Ranch

Plan, Prevent and Prepare: Staying Safe on the Farm and Ranch As we stride through this steamy summer and into August, we’re reminded of the unique threats that ag producers face in their day-to-day work. Going over the dos and don’ts is never [...]

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July 28, 2021

Weight Loss: Why Have I Hit a Plateau?

Why did I suddenly stop losing weight? Things were going well but now the number on the scale is stuck. The good news is that this is a normal part of weight loss. Possible Causes for a Weight-Loss Plateau You lose water weight in the beginn [...]

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July 27, 2021

What’s the Best Over-the-Counter Medicine for Fever and Pain Relief?

The wide range of drugstore medications to treat fevers and headaches can be puzzling. They can seem to be “all the same thing.” They’re not. There are basically two “branches” in this tree of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and understand [...]

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July 22, 2021

Fall Chores Can Keep You Active

Summer’s gone, but the beauty of autumn is that all the winter preparation work we do can help us burn calories and get active. Why not accomplish two positives with every step, swing of the rake and bag of leaves hauled to the curb? We talked [...]

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How Parents Can Help Stop or Prevent Bullying

Just as kids are formally gathering in classrooms, they’re gathering in school yards, hallways, sports stadiums and online. Parents hope they’re making good friends, but in some cases, just the opposite is happening – through bullying. More an [...]

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Lyme Disease from Tick Bites Can Wreck Summer Fun

The Midwest has many great places to explore, but it’s important to be aware of local risks. One of the big ones we can overlook is ticks. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and we all need to take precautions to prevent them. There are many [...]

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July 21, 2021

Dinner Ready in 20: Pesto Pasta Salad

Grill, crockpot or bake a few extra pounds of chicken ahead of time, or buy a rotisserie chicken on the way home. As long as you have some cooked chicken and this recipe and just five additional ingredients, you can have a healthy supper on the [...]

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Flip-Flops and Footwear

Summer may be well underway, but hopefully we have some beautiful days left to enjoy the outdoors before the seasons change. During the summer it’s nice to be able to slip on a pair of casual flip-flops to head out the door. However, we may wan [...]

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July 13, 2021

Tips and Tricks for Top-Shelf Summer Burgers

There’s no better summer comfort food than a juicy grilled hamburger. These tips and tricks can help you optimize flavor and nutrition as you grill yours this summer. Meat Choices Really Matter Most grill masters opt for 4 ounces of 80% ground [...]

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July 12, 2021

How to Handle Back-to-School Jitters

It’s hard to believe, but the start of the new school year is already upon us. For some children, this means returning to a group of friends they haven’t seen much of all summer. For others, starting school may be a brand new thing! For young c [...]

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July 9, 2021

Take the Burden Out of Back-To-School Bedtimes

While it may seem that summer vacation just began, “back to school” is fast approaching. The transition from the flexibility of summer schedules to the specific routines of the school year can be difficult for children and parents alike. For s [...]

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June 29, 2021

Home Alone After School

We’re in the heat of summer, but many parents are already making plans for back to school, especially after-school care for your school-age children. When school is back in session, it may come as a relief to know exactly where your child is d [...]

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June 28, 2021

Get on Your Bikes and Ride – Safely

Bicycle safety is important, because riding a bike is a lot of fun. Plus it’s a great workout that puts less strain on your joints than running. But just like you have to obey the rules while driving a car, there are rules to follow when riding [...]

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June 17, 2021

What You Need to Know to Avoid Medicare Scammers

Be on the alert for Medicare phone scammers. These scammers may say they’re calling on behalf of Medicare, an insurance company or even a health care provider like Avera. They may offer a free visit or piece of medical equipment. They may say [...]

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June 10, 2021

Healthy Summer-Time Grilling:

Grilling has always been one of the best things about summer.  It is also one of the healthier ways to cook foods.  Grilling requires no added fats and results in moist and tasty meats and even other foods like vegetables. Seasonings and porti [...]

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June 8, 2021

Making Sense of Many Milk Choices

Milk and its growing number of alternatives is a popular nutrition topic. Unfortunately, like many other popular nutrition topics, there’s no good generalized recommendation. Each type of milk has advantages and disadvantages. When you’re cons [...]

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June 7, 2021

Children, Chores and Responsibility: What Jobs for Which Ages?

Running a house is the full-time job parents have on top of their full-time jobs of being moms, dads and also their employment. To tackle it all, it helps to remember that teaching children at a very young age how family members work together, [...]

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June 2, 2021

Children, Chores and Responsibility: Tips for Parents

This is the first of two stories on children learning responsibilities through completing chores around the house. Wanted: Help around the house. Days and hours vary; no experience necessary! Limited time and increased duties make you feel li [...]

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May 25, 2021

Burn Calories – 100 at a Time

Have you ever really thought about the power of 100 calories? Sometimes we approach exercise as this “impossible” sort of commitment or something that we have to do for two hours every day to reap the benefits. This is not necessarily the case [...]

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May 21, 2021

Be Firm with Your Flip-Flops: A Careful Balance Between Foot Health and Fashion

Among the many pleasures of spring and summer is that chance to slide your toes into the unrestricted feel of your favorite sandals, especially after a long winter in clunky boots. This spring, as you return to the airy atmosphere of slip-on f [...]

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May 17, 2021

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad

The grill cover is off for the season! When I found some of the most amazing blueberries at the grocery store last week, I realized it’s officially time to dust off my summer salad recipes. This one’s a winner. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple S [...]

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May 5, 2021

Hegg End of Life Care

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, you want them to be comfortable and as stress free as possible. Hegg End of Life Care can make this possible. At Hegg Health Center, we can now provide around-the-clock medical care in a home-l [...]

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April 27, 2021

Small Changes at Bed Time have a Big Impact on Sleep

We all know that sleep is a necessary and vital component of good health and productivity. Some people require more sleep and others less. But regardless of how much sleep is optimal for you, once you hit the pillow how can you be sure you are [...]

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April 26, 2021

Happy (and Healthy!) Trails to You

From exploring state park hiking paths to cycling city bike trails, opportunities abound for outdoor activities. “The numerous benefits of outdoor exercise go beyond the body to touch the mind and spirit. It also refreshes your mind and mood,” [...]

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April 21, 2021

Expert Tips to Get Back to Exercise After Injury

Everyone wants to quickly bounce back after an injury and get back to activities you love. Yet successful recovery requires some planning and expert advice. Here are some tips from experts. Take Advantage of All the Expertise You Can Most peop [...]

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April 2, 2021

Wellness Center Equipment Spotlight 2

In the 2nd edition of my series of blogs about Hegg Wellness equipment, I’d like to cover the cardiovascular equipment that we have! To truly define cardiovascular machines, it’s basically any piece of equipment that is “equipped” or designed t [...]

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April 1, 2021

Advance Directives

What are Advance Directives? An advance directive is a document that informs your health care provider and family members of the kind of medical treatments you would want (or not want). These documents would only take effect in the case that y [...]

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March 30, 2021

Medical Lab Professionals Week

April 18-24 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! Medical Laboratory Professionals play a big role in helping our hospital run smoothly. While you might not meet them face to face, our Medical Lab staff play a huge role in healthcare. They [...]

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Muscle and Bone Density and Aging

There are a few things you should never tell your physical therapist. The first is that you didn’t do your home exercises. The second is that you bought yourself a lift chair. Of course I’m joking, but in all reality, we live in a world where w [...]

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March 24, 2021

April is Occupational Therapy Month!

April is Occupational Therapy Month! In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we had our Occupational Therapist, Danielle Rowland, OTD, OTR/L, answer a few questions about her career. We are so grateful for Danielle and all she does for Hegg Hea [...]

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March 15, 2021

Hegg Health Center Creates Over $18 Million Impact on Local Economy

In all, Iowa’s Health Care Sector provides More Than 344,000 Jobs across State. Hegg Health Center generates 403 jobs that add $18,333,657 to Rock Valley, Iowa’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addit [...]

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March 5, 2021

How to Have the Colonoscopy Talk with Family Members

While it might be difficult – or awkward – having a conversation with your loved ones about importance of colonoscopy is important. Anyone age 50 or older should have this test, which not only can detect colon cancer, but remove the polyps tha [...]

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March is National Social Work Month!

Social services play a vital role in health care. March is Social Work month and the goal of a social worker is to help meet basic needs and enhance social functioning and overall wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, and communities. At [...]

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March 1, 2021

Hegg Health Center Announces New Family Medicine Provider

Dr. Kimberly Butts to Hegg Health Center in May 2021 [caption id="attachment_4790" align="alignright" width="285"] Dr. Kimberly Butts[/caption] Hegg Health Center is pleased to announce that Kimberly A. Butts, MD has signed to join its Family [...]

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February 23, 2021

Why is Food Tracking Helpful?

Over the years I have learned that when individual track their food intake they become so much more aware of what is going into their body. The primary reason why people lose weight when they food track is because so often we eat and really hav [...]

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February 3, 2021

Week 6 Mini Challenge: Volunteering

This week’s challenge is volunteering! What does volunteering have to do with overall health and wellness? Well, maybe volunteering isn’t the most strenuous activity. It also maybe isn’t a type of activity that you do to get a workout in. Howev [...]

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Week 2 Mini Challenge: Reading

This week’s challenge is to read! Some of you may be wondering, what does reading have to do with overall health and wellness? After all, when you’re reading, it’s likely you’re sitting down, not exerting any energy, and relaxing. While it is t [...]

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Week 5 Mini Challenge: Mindfulness

This week’s challenge is finding 15 minutes to have peace/rest each day. There is a multitude of ways to do this! For example, finding a quiet room in your house and sitting there for 15 minutes to just think to yourself and relax! Or, maybe yo [...]

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Week 3 Mini Challenge: Sleep

This week’s challenge is sleep! You might ask, why are we doing a weekly challenge on sleep? Isn’t sleep the opposite of exercise and working hard? Well, in some ways yes. However, good health doesn’t just come down to eating and exercise – the [...]

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Health is at the Heart of Everything

We’ve spent the last year perhaps more focused on our health than ever before. American Heart Month is another time for us to understand our risks, reduce them and get practical when it comes to our health. We can stop heart disease using actio [...]

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January 29, 2021

Week One Mini Challege: Step Challenge

Shape the Valley Week One Mini Challenge: Steps This week’s challenge is on steps! Our recommended steps each day is 10,000 (or more!). Yes, I know, 10,000 steps seems like a lot, but the average person gets 5,000 steps just by normal activit [...]

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January 25, 2021

Hegg Health Center Announces new Hospice Space within Hospital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2021 Contact: Ashley Van Maanen at 712-476-8099 or ashley.vanmaanen@hegghc.org Hegg Health Center Announces new Hospice Space within Hospital  ROCK VALLEY – Hegg Health Center is excited to share that it ha [...]

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January 21, 2021

Factors of Weight Loss

As the year turns to 2021, many people have shifted their focus to their New Year’s Resolutions and what they’d like to accomplish. For some, a New Year’s Resolution could involve a vacation, better spending, less screen time, or paying off stu [...]

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January 11, 2021

Be Nice to Your Heart – It’s the Only One You Have

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds according to the CDC. While heart attacks are common, there are things you can do to lower your risk. Here are a few ways on how you can make your heart happy. Lose weight. Ob [...]

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January 8, 2021

Emergency Room vs. After-Hours Care

You are making supper for your family and accidentally cut your hand. The pain is manageable, but you are worried about the deepness of the cut. So, what do you do? Do you make your way to the emergency room? Or do you head to Hegg After Hours [...]

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January 7, 2021

The Scale Needle Might Not Move Yet, BUT…

The Scale Needle Might Not Move Yet, BUT… Keep going! If you’ve recently started a new fitness journey but haven’t seen the scale drop yet, keep going! There are so many factors to weight loss and often times it can take a few weeks before the [...]

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January 6, 2021

Burn Calories with These Winter Activities

Blizzards and no-travel advisories can keep us cooped up – but they shouldn’t stop winter workouts outside. Yes, it’s cold and snowy – and there’s ice – yet the rewards can outweigh those obstacles. “We’re Midwesterners and we can’t stay insid [...]

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January 5, 2021

Enjoying the Outdoors, Even in the Winter

Just because it’s colder outside in the winter doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some fresh air outdoors! With the colder weather also comes some fun activities that are only possible during the winter! Many of these activities not only allow [...]

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