Yearly Archives: 2014

10 Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives

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Six Ways to Manage Stress Around the Holidays

By: Dr. Gretchen Diem, Health Psychology Although holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, they can also feel overwhelming and stressful. There is often a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, family get-togethers, to name just … Continue reading

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How Can You Become Tobacco-Free?

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Family Medicine When someone mentions the Great American Smokeout on November 20, do you feel inspired, annoyed, anxious, guilty or something else? If truth be told, many people who smoke have mixed emotions about smoking and … Continue reading

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10 Common Medical Conditions in Veterans

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

By: Michelle Miller, Manager of Greenbush Garden Bistro Fall and winter are all about comfort foods for most of us, so I have included some healthy alternatives to our everyday idea of what comfort food is. Now, these recipes will … Continue reading

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Meriter-UnityPoint Health Wins 2014 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Meriter-UnityPoint Health is proud to announce that is has again been honored with three national eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. Meriter received the 2014 Silver eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Doctor Directory, the 2014 Silver eHealthcare … Continue reading

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Eating to Improve Overall Health and Diabetes Control

By: Gena Van Kirk, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator When it comes to healthy eating, nourishing the body is the main concern. Our bodies require a certain quantity of nutrients to work at their best. This is largely about getting a well-balanced … Continue reading

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Help Feed the Hungry This Thanksgiving

For many years, the Goodman Community Center has provided groceries to families across Dane County so that they can also make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year, they hope to feed over 2,500 families. You can easily make a big … Continue reading

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Attend Family Night Out – Dance Party

With the cold of winter upon us, enjoy a FREE night filled with ways to stay active indoors. Just because we are spending more time inside doesn’t mean you can’t find fun activities to keep you healthy. Join us for: … Continue reading

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Manage the Holidays Mindfully

  Are you feeling daunted by the thought of the upcoming holidays? If so, you’re not alone. This season, choose to give yourself the gift of respite while developing skills that can take you from frantic and overwhelmed to mindful … Continue reading

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Meriter-UnityPoint Health Offers Additional Colon Cancer Screenings

At Meriter-UnityPoint Health, your health is our priority. We know that colon cancer is one of the most preventable, yet least prevented, cancers in the U.S. today. Unfortunately, only 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are getting … Continue reading

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Patty Larabell, RDN Halloween is a fun time for kids and families, but it often includes too many sugary treats. There are easy ways to turn a Halloween snack into a fun and healthy treat. Frankenstein Cups Fill a clear … Continue reading

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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Hospital Pharmacists

By: Hanna Knurr, Pharmacy Practice Resident Did you ever wonder how your nurse knows that he or she is giving you the right medications at the right times and at the right dose? Hospital pharmacists handle all things medication related! … Continue reading

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16 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

By: Dr. Kristin Millin, Pediatrics at Meriter West Washington Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. At my house, we are currently in negotiations with my 9-year-old about whether a Zombie costume is appropriate to wear this year when we … Continue reading

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Sign up for our Running Clinic

If you are experiencing pain or injury that is limiting your running or just have questions about your running form sign up now for an appointment at the Meriter–UnityPoint Health Sports Medicine Running clinic.  You will meet one on one … Continue reading

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Halloween Candy Trade-In Party!

We want your candy … but it’s for a good cause! Save the date to bring in your extra candy to our 3rd Annual Halloween Candy Trade-In Party on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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Why You Should Schedule a Screening Mammogram

By: Dr. Susan Toth, General Surgery You have a spot on your mammogram. You have breast cancer. No two sentences can strike more fear in a woman than those above. Sometimes that fear prevents a woman from actually getting a … Continue reading

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Learn the Truth About Ebola

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What to Know About Breast Reconstructive Options

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic Surgery 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 … Continue reading

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Laura Brown Nominated for PA of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Laura Brown, MS, PA-C, WCC, has been nominated for the 2014 Wisconsin PA of the Year Award. The PA of the Year award annually honors an outstanding physician assistant who demonstrates excellence in service … Continue reading

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Tackling the Blues

By: Elizabeth Bothfeld, APNP at Meriter West Washington At some point in our lives, most of us will be personally affected by our own or a loved one’s mental illness. In fact, 1 in 4 adults will experience mental illness … Continue reading

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How to Remain Injury Free from Falls

By: Roseanne Braslow, Patient Safety Officer, Performance Improvement Did you know that Wisconsin is a national leader in fall-prevention research and that the state’s Aging and Public Health networks are leaders in providing evidence-based, fall-prevention programs to older citizens? A … Continue reading

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Register for Finding Fitness After 40

Regular exercise is one of the key components to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately developing a consistent routine can be difficult and often time injuries provide an additional barrier to starting or sustaining a successful exercise program. Meriter … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine

By: Dr. Marie Roethlisberger, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Did you know that flu activity can begin as early as October and occur as late as May? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the timing of the flu is … Continue reading

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Stepping On Program: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

Meriter – UnityPoint Health’s Stepping On Program empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risk of falls. This community-based workshop is offered once a week for 7 weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In this … Continue reading

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