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Screen Time and its Short- and Long-Term Effects

There is no doubt that easy access to vast amounts of information is a wonderful thing. The sheer convenience of being able to watch favorite movies, television shows, play games, do homework, and stay in contact with friends and family is the biggest bonus of technology. All of this ease of access does bring with it some concerns that need to be kept in mind. This is particularly true if you are a parent with children who put in what is now considered an average amount of screen time each day.

Nutritional Supplement Quality: Do's and Don'ts

Many individuals today are turning to nutritional supplements as opposed to prescription medications. While everyone has their own reason why they believe nutritional supplements are the best alternative, there are a number of things that you need to know when purchasing these products. After all, you want to make sure you are purchasing a quality product, not something made with inferior ingredients. As such, where you purchase your supplements is integral to the overall integrity of the product.

Your UV IQ: How Smart About the Sun Are You?

When the sun finally returns and warm temperatures lure Americans outside, many forget the flip side of exposure to the sun. Harmful UV rays can do more than give you a painful sunburn after a day on the lake or lounging at the beach. July is UV safety month in the United States, and this post will offer you a test of your UV IQ. How much do you really know about UV rays, and are you giving enough consideration to sun safety by protecting your body from the harmful side of those warm summer rays?

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6 Reasons Why You Have a Stomach Ache

You woke up and your stomach feels like it’s in knots, you feel crampy, bloated, and have diarrhea – what’s going on? Was it the pizza and beer from last night or have you been feeling like this more often than usual? Besides a case of food poisoning or heartburn, you might have a condition that is causing stomach aches and pain repeatedly. Your body is telling you something is wrong, now it’s time to listen. Here are the top six reasons why you have a stomach ache.

Zika Virus: Are You Really at Risk?

Those pesky mosquitos are going to make an appearance soon in Minnesota. It’s that time of year to stock up on insect repellent and citronella candles. What’s all the talk about the Zika virus? Is it really something you need to be concerned and precautious about? I enjoy any reason to be outdoors, especially if it involves staying active. But, I could do without the mosquitoes and their annoyance just as much as anyone. Thanks, mother nature! In this post, I’ll share some facts and tips, so you’ll know all you need to know about the Zika virus and how it affects you and your family.

What’s the Craze About Macro Bowls?


You’ve probably seen these bowls on your newsfeed, plated so perfectly and gaining popularity. You may even be a bit envious of them. What is this delicious, colorful food that everyone is talking about?

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Can I Have Your Number? What Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean

Height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, and repeat. You know, the usual round up of stats your healthcare provider takes at each appointment. Do you know why your blood pressure is a standard measurement of your picture of health? Did you know salt affects blood pressure in a negative manner? If you answered no to either of these questions, rest assured - I’ll get you up to speed and impart why it’s necessary to be an advocate concerning your blood pressure numbers.
 

4 Methods to Stop Taking Opioid Medication

 

When we hear about addiction, it’s not always given the serious attention it deserves. Oftentimes, addiction is used as another way to describe self-indulgence: shopping trips, food cravings, and reality TV shows they’ve all been called addictive time and time again. Because of the casual way addiction is portrayed in popular culture, understanding and overcoming an actual addiction can be a difficult task.

If a Fitness Tracker is on Your Christmas List, Read This First

As with most new things which are introduced to the general marketplace, fitness trackers or fitness bands seem to be quite hot at the moment. Perhaps you even have one on your Christmas list, or have been meaning to do a little research before purchasing one. As a physical therapist in Central Minnesota, the topic comes up with my patients – maybe I can shed a little light on the fitness tracker craze for you

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Health Tips for College Students

College is often that gray-area of time when students aren’t quite in the nest, but they’re not really out of the nest, either. And as parents, the worry and concern for our children never goes away, regardless of age or distance. As a mother and health provider, I’m always asking myself, “Is my child making the best choices, or living as healthy as possible?” Especially when it comes to college; I’m not there to really know how they’re doing. My advice to parents with similar concerns is, the next time you send a care package or call to check in, consider these tips for your student’s best health.