Category Archives: Healthy Living

“I Am the Woman of My Dreams”

Kayla Harwick’s Journey of Self-Love
By Terri Allred

“I embrace the idea of loving myself fully. I am a woman devoted to praising my strengths and successes. I assert the notion that I am inherently worthy and deserving.” ~ Author unknown.  

Kayla Harwick sits across the table from me at a local restaurant and describes her ordeal with an eating disorder that nearly took her life. She is calm, yet passionate, and tells me that she is sharing her experience so people know that there can be life after an eating disorder. In fact, she feels better about herself now than she ever has in her life. The journey, as difficult as it was, forged her into the person she is now. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Healthy Living on May 1, 2019 by By Terri Allred.

Rachelle Schultz

Leads Winona Health with an Innovative Spirit
By Erin Pagel

About 50 miles east of Rochester, the city of Winona is nestled among sculpted bluffs and the fabled Mississippi river. It’s a city with traditional charm and character along with a growing sense of urbanity. Winona boasts an active art scene and abundant natural beauty, ready to be explored. This year, Winona celebrates 125 years of community-focused health care services at its homegrown hospital, Winona Health.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Healthy Living on May 1, 2019 by By Erin Pagel.

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging: The importance of sleep

Sleep is one of the three pillars of good health, along with diet and exercise. In a culture that works 24/7, sleeping can seem like a low priority. Yet, around the world, there are researchers, physicians, mental health workers and even dentists who regularly see the effects of poor sleep. The sleep medicine community is hoping we will all place sleep at the top of our priority lists.

Rochester is home to World Sleep Society, an international nonprofit that aims to better sleep health worldwide by connecting sleep researchers and practitioners from around the world to push research forward. World Sleep Society routinely joins people from more than 70 countries to compare and communicate the current research in the fast-paced field of sleep medicine.

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on February 20, 2019 by Gina DeWink.

Sleep Expert: Dr. Melissa C. Lipford

Dr. Melissa C. Lipford is a neurologist and sleep medicine consultant at Mayo Clinic. She is also on the World Sleep Day Committee. Dr. Lipford has been on staff at Mayo Clinic since 2012, spending most of her time in the Center for Sleep Medicine. 

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on February 20, 2019 by Gina DeWink.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: Less risky than Vaginoplasty

At long last, women are speaking their truth and telling society that the only person who can tell them how to look and feel is themselves. To that end, women are being more assertive—asking for and getting what they want—and having plastic surgery procedures done that make a big difference in their lives: vaginal rejuvenation.  

I sat down with Dr. Christopher Balgobin of Arijai Aesthetics and Wellness Center, who offers his expertise in Rochester at Posh Facial Esthetics & Med Spa, to talk about vaginal rejuvenation, which he says is “a hot topic right now.”

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on January 2, 2019 by Caitlin Summers.

Olmsted Medical Center: Weight loss and bariatric surgery

As anyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight knows, it feels as if you have a new lease on life. You feel better, your clothes fit better, and people look at you differently. It’s as if you turned back the clock and life seems easier.  

Perhaps you have significant weight to lose, you’ve tried to lose weight unsuccessfully in the past or perhaps you have developed a medical condition that requires you to lose weight. 

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on January 2, 2019 by Cindy Mennenga.

Talking About Death and Dying: November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

DEATH WILL COME FOR US ALL ONE DAY. It’s a fact, yet we fear talking about death with our loved ones, as if merely mentioning it will conjure up the Grim Reaper. What if we could reframe death and embrace it as a natural part of life and living? 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. There are many events and activities in the Rochester area designed to spark a conversation within the community about death and dying.

Kylie Osterhus works at Mayo Clinic in the Office of Decedent Affairs and is touched by death every day. In an effort to get the conversation started and move death from a taboo topic into the mainstream, Osterhus and several other women working in various aspects of the death and dying field have organized numerous community events designed to normalize death.

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on November 1, 2018 by Scott Brue.

Talking About Death and Dying: November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

DEATH WILL COME FOR US ALL ONE DAY. It’s a fact, yet we fear talking about death with our loved ones, as if merely mentioning it will conjure up the Grim Reaper. What if we could reframe death and embrace it as a natural part of life and living? 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. There are many events and activities in the Rochester area designed to spark a conversation within the community about death and dying.

Kylie Osterhus works at Mayo Clinic in the Office of Decedent Affairs and is touched by death every day. In an effort to get the conversation started and move death from a taboo topic into the mainstream, Osterhus and several other women working in various aspects of the death and dying field have organized numerous community events designed to normalize death.

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on November 1, 2018 by Cindy Mennenga Photography by Fagan Studios.

Anxiety: Recognizing and reducing symptoms in children

“ANXIETY” IS AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR CONCERN IN CONVERSATION IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. Only one word in English serves for both the normal sense of anxiety and the psychiatric sense. In spite of growing attempts, the true definition, causes, types, expressions and treatments of anxiety disorders remains blurred.  

EARLY RECOGNITION AND REGULATING STRESS  

The explosion in recent findings regarding anxiety causes and treatment delays, points to a clear need for earlier recognition. The results of a recent study published by the National Institutes of Health reports that the average amount of time between onset of mental illness and seeking treatment is 10 years. Why is there such a delay? Delay in seeking treatment is complex. Depending on many structures of our society, simply identifying anxiety in younger populations, has the potential to make a great difference.  

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on November 1, 2018 by Tiffany Hansen.

Hemp Changed My Life: Health benefits of hemp oil

WHEN I PLACED MY FIRST ORDER FOR HEMP OIL, I WAS UNAWARE THAT I WAS OPENING THE DOOR TO A PRODUCT THAT WOULD CHANGE MY LIFE. THIS PLANT-BASED REMEDY HAS COUNTLESS BENEFITS AND CAN SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. 

Since I began my journey toward wellness eight years ago, I have tried nearly every natural remedy for sleep issues. In yoga, we call this “chitta vritti,” which translates from Sanskrit as mind chatter or “monkey brain.” By far, hemp oil has made the most significant difference in my sleep, with zero negative impact.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND CANNABIS

There is a lot of confusion about the cannabis plant. People use the words cannabis, hemp and marijuana interchangeably, while they actually mean different things. 

Cannabis is a plant family that includes many species. Industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis grown for its tall, sturdy stalks, low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels, and high levels of CBD (cannabidiol). 

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This entry was posted in Healthy Living on September 7, 2018 by Michelle Kalina.