Healthy Living

November 17, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Dinner Has How Many Calories?

My how those holiday treats add up. The typical Thanksgiving Day meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and a glass of wine. If you ate one serving of each of these things your calorie intake fo [...]

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October 11, 2021

Teal Pumpkin Project & Why You Should Participate

The Teal Pumpkin Project started in 2012, a food allergy support group director ifrom Tennessee had the idea to paint a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, and hand out non-food items. What she didn't realize was that her teal pu [...]

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July 26, 2021

Strength Training and Weight Lifting

In the last of our series of wellness and exercise blogs, I am going to cover some of our strengthening equipment. In the very first blog, I covered our Kinesis One machine, which is a multi-purpose machine that allows you to do lots of differe [...]

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July 21, 2021

Back to School Snacks

Summer is winding down and school is quickly approaching and along with school comes school and after-school snacks! Our Registered Dietitian, Jennifer Lincecum put together a list of low-prep, healthy and homemade school snacks. Although it ta [...]

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Dinner Ready in 20: Chicken and Veggie Power Bowls

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 on hand, with just five additional ingredients, you can have a healthy balanced dinner on [...]

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July 15, 2021

Beat the Heat!

As we continue to enjoy the warm months, now is a good time to talk about how heat affects us, especially since many people and athletes enjoy spending time outdoors. Heat illness takes many forms, from mild to severe. Heat rash and heat cramp [...]

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Red, White and Water: 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

When the temperature rises, hydration becomes even more important. Remember to drink plenty of water even when you’re not thirsty. Headaches and dizziness can be symptoms of dehydration, which can be a sign of more serious issues such as heat e [...]

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10,000 Steps: The Reason Behind the Number

Have you ever wondered where that elusive 10,000-step number came from or how many steps are right for you? Fitness trackers are more popular than ever and step tracking is gaining popularity.  In the physical therapy department I have many pat [...]

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July 13, 2021

Your Best Burgers: Take Time and Make Them at Home

My ideal burger is easy, and here it is, by the numbers: 93% lean ground beef A slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese Served on a whole wheat bun Topped with grilled onions, lettuce and tomato Sauced with a bit of barbecue sauce and a [...]

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July 6, 2021

Does a Serving of Watermelon a Day Keep the Cardiologist Away?

Watermelon is a delicious summer treat. Plus it’s a nutritious superfood that deserves a little recognition! Watermelon contains the highest level of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is a carotenoid (a pigment created by a pl [...]

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June 29, 2021

Finish Strong – Revisiting Your New Year’s Resolutions

Research shows that as many as 50% of adults in the Unites States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% keep them for more than a few months. So what happens? Why do we make them?  Why do we break them? We make them because it’s huma [...]

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Kidney Stones Are on the Rise: Are You at Risk?

Just the thought of kidney stones can make a person wince in pain — especially if you’ve experienced one of these tiny nightmares yourself. "Approximately eight in 1,000 people will experience a kidney stone every year, which is a 50% increase [...]

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What You Need in Your Summer Safety Kit

Midwesterners know the value of a winter survival kit in the car. But a summertime sack filled with the right stuff can really make your season be all that it should be. Hilary Rockwell, MD, Avera Medical Group Emergency Medicine physician, of [...]

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Understanding Men’s Top Health Risks

Women live, on average, about five years longer than men, for several reasons. Men tend to take bigger risks, have more dangerous jobs or more risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. They also tend to be heavier, more suici [...]

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June 25, 2021

Aches and Pains at Midlife

Getting out of bed before daylight or out of a car after a 12-hour trip is tough for practically everybody. Now couple that with a stiff back or sore knees, and the movement becomes even more challenging. Aging doesn’t just mean we add more ca [...]

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June 16, 2021

How Blood Pressure and Diabetes Can Affect Kidney Function

When adults see their doctors for tests and learn they may have chronic kidney disease, it is often a time of fear, with visions of dialysis or transplant surgeries jumping to life in the imagination. Chronic kidney disease is scary. The kidne [...]

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Recipe: Fruity Lime Electrolyte Drink

Keeping the active teenager or adult hydrated during the hot summer months can be challenging. Especially if they don’t tolerate sports drinks, don’t like them or just want to try something different. This easy Fruity Lime Electrolyte Drink is [...]

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June 15, 2021

Tips to Optimize Your Metabolism

Managing your weight can be a lifelong battle. You may wonder if it has something to do with your metabolism. This is the process in which your body converts your food and drink into energy. Your size, sex and age can affect your metabolism in [...]

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“What Did You Say?” Protect Your Hearing Because Hearing Loss Is Irreversible

You’re great at staying on top of your health with yearly appointments to your primary care provider, dentist and optometrist. But how’s your hearing health? “Hearing health is easy to take for granted, and people usually seek help when it’s t [...]

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June 7, 2021

How to Choose and Properly Use Sunscreen

One of the most common things I do as a dermatologist is diagnose and treat skin cancer. Therefore, one of the most common things I spend a lot of time talking about is sunscreen. Patients always want guidance on how to pick the right product, [...]

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June 4, 2021

Men’s Health Month

It’s June! The year is nearly half over, and the warm weather has arrived.  June also is “Men’s Health Month”, which is the topic for this blog. For men everywhere, it is important to pay attention to your health every month, every week, every [...]

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May 28, 2021

Heart Disease: Take Steps to Lower Your Risk

The leading cause of death for men is heart disease. Individuals with a family history of heart disease have an increased risk, and need to be especially aware of prevention. Even if you don’t have a family history of heart disease, it’s import [...]

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June is Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month! We’re using this month to help encourage the men in our lives to take care of themselves as well as raise awareness for common diseases among men. Check out the following facts about men’s health as well as a few way [...]

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May 19, 2021

Six Healthy Coping Strategies (and Some Unhealthy Ones to Avoid)

Stress can be short term, like a hard assignment at work, or long term, such as a seriously ill loved one or the process of divorce. “Our body’s natural response when life becomes stressful — and it’s out of our control — is to try to regain a [...]

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May 6, 2021

Allergies Acting Up?

Sniffling, sneezing and feeling just plain awful this spring? It could be your allergies acting up. Some allergens are present year-round, but most pollen is in greater concentration and reaches peak levels during the spring. Springtime brings [...]

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This Spring Enjoy Gardening – A Healthy Hobby

When Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine physician Sally Williams, DO, is not busy in her clinic, you often will find her in her garden, making sure the chard and spinach are thriving and that the weeds aren’t choking the cucumbers. It’s l [...]

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May 3, 2021

Cardiovascular Equipment (Continued)

In my third installment of blogging about the gym, I wanted to do a continuation of my second blog which is cardiovascular equipment. As I mentioned in the last blog, we have a variety of cardiovascular equipment ranging from treadmills to elli [...]

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April 29, 2021

Obesity: The Forgotten Pandemic

As we live in the current covid-19 pandemic, our minds shift to how we can maintain health and safety for ourselves and for our neighbor. Taking extra precautions such as social distancing and masking has been a regular part of our life for ove [...]

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April 21, 2021

Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Health

May is National Mental Health Month so we wanted to share a few ways you can take care of your mental health. People often thing of eating healthy and working out when they think about a healthy life style, but your mental health is just as imp [...]

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For Kids, Find Ways to Make Math Fun

Math is part of our everyday lives, and April is Math Awareness Month. As much as you or I might cringe at the idea of having to help our child with math at home, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Look around and you’ll see that your home is [...]

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April 19, 2021

Injury Prevention and Management

As spring sports are now underway, we have nearly reached the mid-point of spring sports such as track and soccer, among others. It is about the mid-point of a sport that injuries can start to linger and inhibit daily practices and games. While [...]

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April 16, 2021

Celebrating Earth Day: 6 Tips for Picking up Trash Safely

If you’re looking for a fun way to both celebrate Earth Day safely and help your community, how about picking up trash in your favorite park or trail? Planning ahead and bringing the proper equipment can help you stay safe while also helping th [...]

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April 14, 2021

Fueling for Performance

We know that the macronutrients — carbohydrates, fats and proteins—are vital nutrients required to fuel our everyday lives. However, athletes and those participating in rigorous exercise or intense training schedules have nutrition needs that c [...]

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April 6, 2021

Can Anxiety and Stress Cause Stomach Pain?

When the heat of life turns up and you’re feeling the pressure, does your stomach start to twist into knots? Especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people of all ages have been stretched to their limits. Jessica Morrell, CNP, of Aver [...]

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How Prebiotic and Probiotic Foods Affect Your Gut Health

You keep hearing about probiotics, and now, prebiotics, but what exactly are these foods? What do they do? “The key to a healthy gut is nourishing the microbiome bacteria,” said Dawn Flickema, MD, Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine. “Wh [...]

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April 1, 2021

The Incredible Edible Egg

The Incredible Edible Egg Of all the holiday related decorations my children are most infatuated with the Easter egg. We have been known to color several dozen. Although I am a firm believer that eggs are part of a healthy diet, I can only st [...]

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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 23, 2021

Wellness Center Equipment Spotlight 1

Going to the gym for the first time or for the first time in a while can be intimidating. There is so much equipment and often times little to no instruction on how to use it. We want to help decrease that intimidation by featuring a few differ [...]

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March 16, 2021

Walking: An Underrated Exercise

As the weather warms up, many people start looking for reasons to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Going for a walk is a great way to get moving and enjoy the outdoors. Walking is also a great way to add some physical fitness to your life! [...]

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March 15, 2021

Six Nutrition Tips for Colon Health

While regular screenings are the most important step to colon cancer prevention, nutrition plays a vital role. This National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we explore the impact of diet on gastrointestinal wellness. “The best foods we can [...]

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March 8, 2021

Occupational Health at Hegg Health Center

As an employer, the health of your employees plays a big role in your business. Whether your employees need a pre-employment physical, wellness screen, flu shot, or injuring treatment, our Occupational Department is here for you. Our Hegg Occu [...]

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March 5, 2021

Talk About It, and Then Take Action: Schedule Your Colonoscopy

Talk About It, and Then Take Action: Schedule Your Colonoscopy As we welcome March, let’s all play a part in stopping colon cancer. Behind lung cancer, it’s still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in our country. Here at Hegg Health C [...]

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March 1, 2021

Know the Signs of Colon Cancer at Any Age

Today’s world offers a way to detect cancer before symptoms even start: regular screenings. Colon cancer screenings typically start at age 50 and are covered by most insurance providers. However, the number of diagnoses continues to rise, and [...]

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February 19, 2021

Concussion Rehabilitation

Smack! You weren’t watching where you were walking and you bumped your head on that cupboard that hangs at just the wrong height! At first you think you’ll be fine, but then you feel a headache coming on. Maybe you get light headed or feel dizz [...]

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February 16, 2021

A Healthy Smile for All Ages

Smile! February is set aside to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good dental habits at an early age helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Wondering when to start or schedule [...]

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Getting Started with Exercise

Getting Started with Exercise Physical activity is a key component of a healthy life. When you move more, you feel better!  Follow these tips to get started: If you’re just starting out, begin with 10 minutes daily, and build toward 30-60 mi [...]

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February 12, 2021

Know What Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean

It’s called the silent killer for a reason. High blood pressure can go unnoticed for years, all the while that burden on the heart, blood vessels and organs builds up and causes damage. “There is no clear symptom like a headache. The condition [...]

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January 20, 2021

Diets vs Lifestyle Changes

How to identify a fad diet and have a goal of healthy sustainable weight loss As New Year goals come and go, now is the time to really work on making lifestyle changes that work.  I often tell my patients that the difference from a lifestyle c [...]

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Keeping Kids Safe in the Winter Outdoors

Exercise, fresh air, vitamin D: these are all important reasons to make sure we are getting outdoors even in winter. Getting kids outside and active in winter can be an immune booster and help kids get their recommended 60 minutes of physical p [...]

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January 14, 2021

More Steps for a Healthy Heart

It’s heart month and throughout February, we want to share different ways to improve your heart health. One way to not only increase your heart health, but also improve overall health is standing and walking more during the day. As humans, we w [...]

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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 6, 2021

10 Budget and Health Friendly Foods

Job changes because of COVID-19 or whatever the reason: you don’t have to sacrifice health to save money at the grocery store. Load up on these 10 extremely healthy-but-affordable foods -- they make some great recipes -- and you'll be in good [...]

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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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