Should you have your eyes examined
You’ve noticed that you have to hold the menu further away from your face as you read. You have a headache every evening. You find it harder to drive at night. You can’t seem to see clearly no matter how hard you concentrate on focusing. You’ve been buying “cheater glasses” for reading, but they don’t …
Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program Gives Patient New Lease on Life
Dan Goodman got a new lease on life thanks to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's Bariatric Center of Excellence.
Make your Memorial Day healthy
The sun is finally shining and the warm weather promises to put us all in a better mood. Just in time for Memorial Day and the celebrations that typically accompany this holiday. Many families will be celebrating Memorial Day with picnics, outdoor grilling and other gatherings with food. This Memorial Day, it is possible to …
What moms really want for Mother’s Day
Listen up spouses, pay attention kids. You might be surprised to learn that boxes of chocolate, expensive perfumes or beautiful jewelry are not what many moms really want for Mother’s Day.
When Medications & Sunshine Don’t Mix
One of the most common side effects of medications is an increased risk of photosensitivity, or sensitivity to sunlight. This is caused when Ultraviolet (UV) light rays activate certain photosensitizing elements within the medication. These elements then emit energy that can damage adjacent skin tissue.
8 Ways to Avoid Common Self-Care Mistakes
Treating common illnesses at home isn't complicated. Even so, doing it safely requires knowledge. Here's how to keep yourself safe as you recover.
Support & Treatment Helps Patient Overcome Colorectal Cancer
Sue Godersky was 46 years old and had finally gotten her health on track, but all the diet and exercise in the world hadn’t prepared her for cancer.
It's not diabetes yet: What you need to know to prevent diabetes
7 million Americans are unaware they have diabetes. Are you one of them? Learn what you need to know to recognize risk factors and how to avoid them.
Winning the Veggie Wars With Kids
For every parent who's ever pleaded with their child to eat their greens, a nutrition expert says there are ways to get kids to eat and even enjoy veggies.
Helping Kids Avoid Sports Injuries
If your child is interested in sports, help them avoid injury by keeping these important things in mind.
Good or Bad?
Detox diets, also referred to as cleanses, claim that toxins from food need to be eliminated routinely from our digestive systems. Are they for you?
Passing a Kidney Stone
Talk to anyone who has experienced the passing of a kidney stone, and they will tell you it isn't a pleasant experience.
Changing Family Mealtime Traditions
How did family traditions affect your relationship with food? Adding healthier dishes at family gatherings should not disrupt these traditions.
March is National Nutrition Month
Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics raises awareness for the importance of making smart food choices and developing thoughtful eating.
Me & My Doctor: Finding Your Perfect Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Finding a physician who you like and trust, and building a partnership with him or her over time, is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Smart Smiles School-based Oral Health
Wisconsin's largest school-based oral health program, SmartSmiles, located in Milwaukee, WI.
They say she died of a broken heart
Bill and Sharleen were married for 57 years. Then shortly after their June anniversary, Bill had a fatal heart attack. After the funeral, Sharleen went home to start her life without Bill. Three days later, the EMTs found her. The paper said she died of a broken heart. The tear-jerking plot often found at the …
February is Heart Awareness Month
February is American Heart Awareness Month. It’s dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.
Feeling run down? It could be anemia
Anemia starts out as a subtle feeling of constant tiredness. About 20% of women and 3% of men need to consume more iron-rich foods to combat anemia.
Just Get Started on Managing Your Weight
The biggest hurdle for weight management patients is just getting started. Here are some tips to help you pick an activity you enjoy and stay active.
Happy no-resolution New Year: plan for success
About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 10 percent actually succeed in achieving their goal.
Silencing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
‘Tis the season to guard against a lurking threat that is out of sight and, often times, out of mind: Carbon monoxide (CO).
Cold Weather Non-Alcoholic Drinks
As you gather with friends and family over the holidays, celebrate the season with these delicious non-alcoholic drink recipes.
50 Things You Can Do to Make Someone Feel Better
When someone needs help, it's hard to know where to begin or just what to do. Check out our top 50 ideas for making someone feel better.
Shoulder Pain: Causes, Treatment and You
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This will be an informal discussion on shoulder pain and the varying causes of it. We will talk about conditions such as rotator cuff injury, arthritis, and tendonitis. The talk will focus on the different treatment options we have to help patients alleviate pain and discomfort.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
For more information, click here .
What to do after you've been diagnosed with breast cancer
I connect with women just minutes after they are diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an emotional time and they ask "What do I do now?” Here's what I say.
Combating cancer-related fatigue
Fatigue is the most common side effect found in individuals going through cancer treatments. Here are 7 tips to reduce cancer-related fatigue.
How to read and understand labels
I'm often asked, "What should I look for when reading food labels?" Here's the truth about food labels and how to understand them.
Eating Well To Power Your Brain
The brain is a powerful operating system, tasked with filtering incoming information, making split second decisions, retrieving information from our memory banks and controlling both our conscious actions and autonomic body functions when we’re awake and asleep. Representing just two percent of the body’s mass, the brain is power hungry, requiring more than 20 percent …
Health hazards of sitting at work
Today’s worker spends more time than ever in a seated positon. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that U.S. adults spend between eight and nine hours each day in seated and sedentary positions, mostly at work. We all know that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to obesity, but the health risks of spending too much time …
Activity trackers...what's next
Since Linda started using her Fitbit, she can often be seen pacing the floor while talking on the telephone or watching TV. She is happy with her activity tracker and feels that it is helping her meet her health and fitness goals. If you haven’t heard of Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin or any of the other …
Ten things men should know about menopause
Calling all men. If you live with a woman who is going through menopause, it’s a change for your life, too. Here are a few things to remember to strengthen your relationship as you both take this journey. (We have these straight from a menopausal woman’s mouth. She’s been there, done that, and has the …
We've got your numbers
You know your telephone number. You probably know your social security number. Some of you may know credit card or driver’s license numbers. But do you know the most important numbers of all: your blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and BMI? Blood pressure. Your blood pressure measures how hard your heart is working. The top …
23 ways to keep fireworks from blowing up your celebration
America's Fourth of July brings the sounds of firecrackers, screamers and fireworks. It’s a wonderful celebration, but it's also a time for caution.
Let's face it. Men need skin care, too.
It’s no secret. Men are more thick-skinned than women. No, really. It’s true. A man’s skin is 20 to 30 percent thicker than a woman’s skin. But, that does not make men less susceptible to skin cancer and other dermatological issues. A simple skin-care routine can help men look younger than their age and help …
When you're in Wisconsin you have access to HealtheVisits
Whether you are in Wisconsin because you live here, you have business here or you’re on vacation, you can use HealtheVists for the diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions. If you are physically located in Wisconsin, this online diagnostic tool can save you time and money. HealtheVisits is convenient. Simply create an account, logon, …
Have you heard? Hearing aids can make life better.
You haven’t been able to hear well for quite a while. You have been frustrated because you see people’s mouths moving, but you don’t understand what they are saying. You find yourself straining to hear and, more importantly understand, especially if there is other noise in the room. Your family has told you to check …
Are you a secret allergy sufferer?
Springtime is long-awaited and beautiful, but not always for those who suffer from allergies. Grasses, weeds and trees can mean sneezing, a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. According to pollen.com, Wisconsin is home to more than 130 varieties of trees, weeds and grasses that produce pollen. Nearly 35 percent of those varieties will cause …
The not-so-sweet truth about blood sugar
We all need blood sugar. Commonly called blood glucose, it’s the source of energy for our bodies’ cells, muscles, and other organs including our brains. We need it to survive. When we eat, our bodies digest the food to break it down into glucose. The glucose enters our bloodstream and is delivered to each of …
Ministry Health Care Free Community Wellness Event
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Ministry Health Care and St. Michael’s Foundation, along with UWSP, Portage County Health and Human Services, the Stevens Point Area YMCA, and Active Portage County are sponsoring a free community wellness event. Featuring live healthy food demonstrations and a special exercise class provided by the YMCA
Sean Foy will deliver the community keynote, “What Is Your Why? The Power of Purpose” Having a sense of purpose or direction in life may be one of the most significant factors to changing and changing for good. What’s Your Why-The Power of Purpose”© is a one of a kind personal development and well-being program designed to empower your employees, family…
2015 Marathon County LIFE Report
An overview of the Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Report for 2015-2017.
National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) formerly known as National Climatic Data...
Groundhog Day history and folklore, Punxsutawney Phil versus the U.S. national temperature, and other groundhogs around the United States.
Chronic back pain: Tips for keeping your back healthy during winter
Too much snow shoveling or a wrong move on an unsalted sidewalk can mean days or even weeks of pain. Read our blog for a few tips and reminders on how to avoid exacerbated muscle fatigue and back injury throughout the season of snow.
Check for ticks
All through spring and summer, we would hear the same repeating words when we came in at the end of the night, "Check for ticks!" What followed was the routine inspection: we checked each other’s backs and ran our fingers meticulously through our hair, always on the lookout.