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Yoga For Kids

Yoga For Kids

There’s no (age) limit to this stress-reducing, awareness-building practice. When Allison Svobodny of Moorhead became a mom four years ago, she knew she needed to make time for yoga. After nine years of weekly practice, she loved what yoga provided: exercise, emotional awareness, calming effects, and a sense of connection. She also knew it would [...]

Protect Your Peepers: Eye Problems in Aging Adults

Protect Your Peepers: Eye Problems in Aging Adults

We know what we’re supposed to do. Have a yearly physical. Visit the dentist every six months. After a certain age, get an annual or bi-annual mammogram or a prostate exam. For a variety of reasons, though, some of us have a hard time sticking to that schedule. We’re even worse when it comes to [...]

You Want Me To Pay For What? What Your Parent’s Financial State Can Mean for You

In the past few weeks, I mentioned to a handful of people that I was writing an article about laws that say adult children can be held responsible for their parents’ medical bills and long-term care, even if they don’t agree to do so. As a conversation starter at a party, this one drummed up [...]

Ease Your Pain: What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

Ease Your Pain: What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

Fawn Krosch is in pain. It’s 2 in the afternoon, but she is lying in bed with the shades drawn; all the lights are off and her rural Hawley, Minn., farmhouse is exceedingly quiet. She has a migraine. If she tries to move, the pain radiates through her head and down her neck. Her whole [...]

Protein Basics for Good Health

Protein Basics for Good Health

As a health-conscious consumer, it is wise to know the facts about protein in order to make better dietary decisions. While the food industry would like us to think we are not getting enough on a daily basis, protein deficiency is nearly nonexistent in the American diet. A wide variety of foods contain protein. According to the [...]

Lightning: What You Need To Know

Lightning: What You Need To Know

Lightning is the most underrated weather hazard. It is the third greatest storm-related killer in the United States and causes nearly $1 billion in damages each year. Lightning makes every single thunderstorm a potential killer, whether the storm produces one single bolt or 10 thousand bolts. In the United States, there are about 25 million [...]

Running for Family Fitness and Fun

Running for Family Fitness and Fun

Vicki Schneider, Fargo, started running in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer. By the time she was a senior, her friends—all avid runners themselves—talked her into joining the track team. She was hooked. “I did pretty well at the half-mile and two-mile races and have been running distance ever since,” [...]

Mental Illness: Slowly Eroding the Stigma

Mental Illness: Slowly Eroding the Stigma

It started with crying. The tears kept coming and they wouldn’t stop. Then her energy sapped. She didn’t have motivation to do anything, not even leave the house. Finally, she started feeling overwhelmingly anxious and one day she experienced a vicious panic attack. “That’s when I finally went to the doctor.” Her doctor diagnosed her [...]

Alzheimer’s Disease

Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s; by 2050 someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the numbers could reach as high as 16 million. What is it? Alzheimer’s is a common degenerative form of dementia (cognitive decline) that occurs when protein deposits referred to as “plaques” and “tangles” form between and [...]

A Healthy Mind

A Healthy Mind

I  am not a doctor. The six years of college I attended were spent wantonly evading gainful employment, not in studious pursuit of a PhD. I am barely equipped to remove plastic butterflies in a game of Operation, let alone dispense medical advice. Again, I am not a doctor. Fortunately, I don’t have to [...]

Indoor Walking

Indoor Walking

The American poet Henry David Thoreau once mused, “It is a great art to saunter.” As an ardent naturalist, Thoreau walked at least four hours a day through the hickory and oak woodland that gracefully cradles the tranquil shores of Walden’s pond. Of course, everyone knows the health benefits of walking: lower blood pressure, better [...]

The New Weight Loss Rules

The New Weight Loss Rules

Whether you’re trying to shed some post-baby pounds or just get back in shape, losing weight has never been easier. “We know so much more about dieting—and keeping the weight off—than we did five years ago,” says Susan Head, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in weight management in Durham, North Carolina. The latest studies prove [...]

The New American Plate

The New American Plate

By Meredith Holt  How many times have you heard (or said), “No thanks, I’m on a diet”? We talk about a “diet” like it’s something we’ll eventually get off, like a ride at the state fair, when in fact, we’re all on a diet. A diet is technically just food and drink regularly provided or [...]

Diabetes in Children

Diabetes in Children

By Lonna Whiting. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood conditions to affect human beings of all sizes, shapes, and colors is diabetes. More than twenty-five million Americans have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Misconceptions that diabetes is brought on by lazy living or poor eating habits are not only offensive, but dangerous, considering seven [...]

Find Your Best Bud

Find Your Best Bud

By Lukas Brandon Photography by Skyloft Photography When was the last time you hung out with your guy friends? If like many of us, you find the daily grind of work, children, and domestic relationships does not leave much room for socializing, it is important to make time to nurture friendships with other guys. Life [...]

What? There’s Good Bacteria?

What? There’s Good Bacteria?

By Janelle Brandon Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed, “All disease begins in the gut.” More than 2,500 years later, there still may be truth to his declaration. An unhealthy gut (more commonly known as everything that comprises the stomach and intestines) may contribute to diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and Chronic [...]

“Through My Mother’s Eyes:” Living With Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome

By Janelle Brandon When I was three years old, my mother began to lose her sight. She was a Tupperware dealer at the time and, at first, she thought she just needed to update the prescription in her glasses. At such a young age, I didn’t realize that Indian in the Cupboard would be the [...]

KEEP AN EYE ON THOSE EYES

KEEP AN EYE ON THOSE EYES

By Janelle Brandon Laura Sokolofsky was worried. Her son Jack, a first-grader, was struggling to read and started to reverse letters in his own name, which he had been writing correctly since he was three. His teacher also noticed that Jack’s eyes drifted and looked fatigued when he was trying to read. “Jack had a tough [...]

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella (pahn-zah-NEHL-lah) Salad is an Italian bread salad, and always includes crusty, day-old bread and fresh garden vegetables. According to “Cooking American,” Panzanella Salad was likely an invention of necessity. Because Italian cooks are known to not waste a single clove of garlic or a sprig of parsley, Panzanella Salad is a great way to [...]

Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep

Tips to Help Your Kids Sleep

By Sanford Health It’s 2 a.m. and you’ve enjoyed three whole hours of uninterrupted sleep. Then you hear her fuss. You love her more than anything, but when will your six-month-old sleep through the night? Can you do anything to encourage it? **** Your three-year-old is tucked in for the night––or not. Minutes later he [...]