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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.

Five Tips for a Healthy Start to the School Year

Summer is a wonderful time of year. And, summer in Central Minnesota is unrivaled. As fun as summer can be, it is also a time when routines and schedules tend to go out the window as children enjoy a welcome break from school. As you prepare your children to go back to school, it can be helpful to have tips to help guide you in getting your children ready for the fall. If you want your kids to have a healthy return to school, consider following these helpful tips for a strong start to your student's educational calendar year. 

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.

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5 Reasons to Go on Vacation

Summertime in Central Minnesota – that’s our state at its best! It’s the perfect time for, well, everything. Crossing things off your bucket list, being outdoors more, slowing down, and enjoying the small things. It’s also the perfect time to go on vacation. In the U.S. there are 577 million vacation days that go unused each year. We’ve come up with a list of five reasons to go on vacation this summer because it’s good for you. Doctors’ orders!

Alzheimer's: If You Have a Brain, You’re At Risk

Did you know that over 88,000 Minnesotans and nearly 5.1 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s? That means every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this brain disease affects memory, thinking and reasoning skills and is a progressive disease.  A progressive disease continually develops over the span of one’s life, and gets worse over time.

24% of all Americans believe they are only at risk for Alzheimer’s if it runs in their family; they are mistaken.  If you have a brain – whether you’re female, male, or if it is in your family history – you are at risk, it’s that simple. In fact, less than 1% of people living with the disease have inherited it. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and can evolve at different rates for different people, it is important to begin to recognize the symptoms as soon as possible.


Attacking Anxiety and Depression Through the Gut

Would you believe it if I told you anxiety and depression is related to gut health? Many patients are surprised by this statement. Recent scientific inquiry has shown that brain health is connected to the gut; a bacteria imbalance in your gut is connected to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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