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Dr. Dana Johnson: Plenty of Ways to Stay Active This Winter

  Originally published on January 22, 2014 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My children are starting to get cabin fever. Do you have suggestions on how … Continue reading

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Five Foods to Consume, Limit for a Healthier You

By: Gena Van Kirk, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator Have you ever gone on a diet in hopes of losing weight, only to go off the diet a short time later? Did you wonder, “Why didn’t this work for me?” Most diets only … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Ways to Help Keep Baby Healthy

Originally published on January 8, 2014 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Dana Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: I just had a baby and am concerned about her getting sick. What can … Continue reading

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Are You Familiar With the Changes in Pap Smear Screening?

By: Marta Staple, APNP Have you noticed that your doctor or health care provider has stopped saying the word “annual” before the words “pap smear?” Big changes in pap smear screening have occurred in the last 2 years, and the … Continue reading

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Five Common Allergy Myths

By: Dr. Katherine A. Gonzaga, Allergy/Immunology Allergies can affect people at any age. Unfortunately, there are a lot of common myths and misconceptions about allergies due to a great deal of false information in the media and on the Internet. … Continue reading

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Healthy Weight and a Healthy Pregnancy

By: April Eddy, RN, CNS, CDE (APNP), Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Services Healthy weight can reduce the risk for multiple issues for a women’s health in general, but did you know how your weight can affect the chances … Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Quit Smoking

By: Dr. Luke Fortney, Medical Director, Meriter Wellness Programs There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful. Secondhand smoke increases … Continue reading

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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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