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Quit Smoking with Mindfulness Training for Smokers

By: Kelly Bodoh, Smoking Cessation Coordinator I’ve been running the stairs of my apartment building in preparation for “Hustle Up the Hancock,” an event comprised of running up 94 stories. I feel ready, and the sensation of being this alive … Continue reading

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How to Keep Stress In Check During the Holiday Season

By: Dr. Lindsey Duca, Health Psychology Between snow storms, traveling with the family, holiday gatherings and out of town visitors, the holiday season has earned its reputation for bringing a healthy dose of stress along with sugar plums and mistletoe … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Beat a Cold This Winter

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine As winter approaches, people gather in close proximity in colleges, schools, daycares, clinics and workplaces. Humidity drops and indoor heating leads to dry air. Many experts believe that these and other factors can contribute … Continue reading

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Part Two: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a Healthy Outlook

By: Michelle Swader, Dietitian Here are a few additional ways to help your child stay at a healthy weight and prevent the onset of diabetes at a young age. Read Part One: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children for … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipes Featured in the Community Cooking Class

Oven “Fried” Chicken 4 portions 4 Piece  Chicken breast, bone less, skinless, 5-8 oz (can use bone in, if skin removed) 2 Cups  Panko bread crumbs, or regular standard bread crumbs 2 Eggs, beaten 1 Tablespoon  Garlic powder (or adjust … Continue reading

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Part One: How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Children

By:  Michelle Swader, Dietitian We are seeing type 2 diabetes appear at an earlier age than in previous generations. In the past, the disease was most typically diagnosed in people over 40, but it is now being found in children and … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Healthy Skin This Winter

 By: Dr. Michael S. Pomroy, Dermatologist Although Healthy Skin Month is coming to a close, winter is just getting started!  Dry skin can occur at any time throughout the year, but it is most prevalent in the winter when the … Continue reading

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National Bladder Health Week: How much do you know about your pelvic floor?

Urinary incontinence affects 25 million people in the US, and one out of three US adults has experienced loss of bladder control. November 11th – 15th is National Bladder Health Week. Take this quiz to find out how much you … Continue reading

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Tips to Prevent Diabetes

A week does not go by where a patient does not ask me about whether or not they have diabetes. It can either stem from symptoms they are having that could be attributable to diabetes and/or a family history of … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Halloween

It’s that time of year again when BIG bags of candy start appearing on the store shelves.  And with the rising rates of childhood obesity, it’s important to provide healthy alternatives to the traditional Halloween treats.  Here are 7 helpful hints … Continue reading

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A Review of Breast Health and Breast Cancer Reduction Strategies

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cancer death in women. Breast cancer screening and early detection is the best strategy for breast cancer detection. Reducing risk factors and … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Talking to Children About Death

Originally published on October 23, 2013 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My 6-year-old son’s grandmother has a terminal illness. How do we explain this to him … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Fireplace safety

Originally published October 16, 2013 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Readers: If you have been reading this column for a while, you may recognize this topic from previous … Continue reading

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Reconstructive Options for Patients with Breast Cancer

  As a plastic surgeon, I have the privilege of treating women who suffer from breast cancer, a potentially life-threatening disease that is becoming all too common. After the general surgeon completes the cancer removal operation, I am given the … Continue reading

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Community Resources Can Ease Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding your baby can be one of the most wonderful, lovely, challenging things a woman ever does. Simply put, breastfeeding is naturally feeding your infant. If nature had its way, a mother would continue to feed her infant, naturally, for … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Vaccinations Best Way to Prevent Flu

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 2, 2013 Dear Dr. Johnson: Do you recommend the flu shot for otherwise healthy school-age children? Dear Reader: With the fall season here, we are entering cold and flu season, whether we … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Hand Washing a Key to Health

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 18, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: My child seems to get sick every year after a couple weeks of school. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Dear Reader: With the … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe: Zucchini Muffins

Recommended by Krista Kohls, RD, CD, Meriter Registered Dietitian Makes: 24 delicious muffins Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: About 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup wheat germ 1 tsp baking … Continue reading

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Pre-existing Diabetes and Pregnancy

Women with pre-existing diabetes (diabetes prior to pregnancy) can have healthy pregnancies and babies. They are no longer discouraged from having children; however, there are important things you need to know to help you have a healthy pregnancy. First of … Continue reading

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Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

Recipes recommended by Dietitian Krista Kohls and featured on WISC-TV. No-Bake Energy Bites  Makes about 20-25 balls Ingredients 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats) 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter or soynut … Continue reading

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Yoga is in Full Bloom

The wholesome benefits of this ancient health practice are found in scientific journals, fitness periodicals and wellness magazines. But the stated advantages are true. With few exceptions, yoga is healthy for every one of every shape, size and fitness level. … Continue reading

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Meriter Encourages Rooming-In

After you deliver your baby at Meriter we recommend “rooming-in.”  This means you keep your baby with you in your private room the whole time you are in the hospital. This is a healthy choice for families because it lets … Continue reading

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Are allergies bothering your family?

No matter the time of year, we can’t hide from allergens, both indoors and out.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American has ranked Madison the 12th worst city in the nation for those who suffer from allergies.  It’s that … Continue reading

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Diabetes Screening During Early Pregnancy

Many of the clinics in our area have now taken an active part in screening for diabetes early in  pregnancy, usually with other pregnancy lab tests in the first trimester.  Why? There is a diabetes epidemic.  Many more people are … Continue reading

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Using Seatbelts During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may wonder if they should wear a seat belt while they’re pregnant. The answer is YES!  Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. It is well documented that … Continue reading

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