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First aid for parents: Equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to keep your children as safe as possible

“Education is the key to making sure you can provide the best care for your child in an emergency situation,” says Regi Geissler, RN, WWD Trauma Coordinator at HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals. Unfortunately, a recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan found that “four in ten parents of young children have received no first aid training...

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Babysitting 101

FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals have offered babysitting classes to prepare preteens for the responsibility of watching young children. The class includes lectures, hands-on activities, interactive...

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Community Superheros

"The need for donors is incredible,” says Michelle Willcutt, RN, CCU, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, where she is an active member of the Organ Donation Committee. “Around 3,000 people are on the Wisconsin organ donor waiting list. Through outreach efforts, we hope to fill this gap.” 

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6 tips for a baby-safe nursery

Throughout your pregnancy, you've done your best to keep baby healthy by eating nutritious foods, taking your prenatal vitamins and attending prenatal appointments. Before welcoming home your little one, you have one important task left: stocking your baby's nursery. 

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When you're worried about worrying: With proper treatment, anxiety doesn't have to be something you're afraid of

It's normal to experience anxiety, especially at pivotal moments such as the purchase of a house, a job change, or a move to a new city. If you find yourself worrying all of the time, however—particularly about things you know aren’t that big of a deal—it could be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a potentially debilitating condit...

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Bright ideas for winter wellness: leave seasonal illness out in the cold

More time spent in close quarters with family and co-workers can increase the spread of germs and your likelihood of getting sick, but the following healthy habits can help you steer clear of whatever is going around.

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A new strain on treatment of infections

We've relied on antibiotics to fight off harmful bacteria for 70 years. So what happens when they stop working? Since the release of penicillin in the 1940s, antibiotics have been very successful in treating illnesses caused by bacterial infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. After decades of use, however, the bacteria have evolved—and compromised the effectiveness of these medications. 

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Tell us what you really think: when it comes to improving local health care, your voice matters

“Gathering information about health care directly from community members is valuable,” says Michele Paquette, Communications and Marketing Specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. 

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A dietary game plan for young athletes

Between school, sports and social activities, your kids are always on the move. And while it’s encouraging to see them so busy and engaged, it’s also normal to worry about whether they’re getting enough fuel to stay energized. 

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  • Make good health your pet project: Safe hygiene can prevent catching a bug from your furriest family member

    Make good health your pet project: Safe hygiene can prevent catching a bug from your furriest family member

    Pets are a great source of comfort in any season, but they may receive a little more attention during the winter months. This companionship is known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as the alleviation of symptoms related to loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, pets can also transfer various bacteria and parasites that cause diseases called zoonoses.

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    Pets are a great source of comfort in any season, but they may receive a little more attention during the winter months. This companionship is known to provide a variety of health benefits, such as the alleviation of symptoms related to loneliness and depression. Unfortunately, pets can also transfer various bacteria and parasites that cause diseases called zoonoses.

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  • Focusing on the present for an addition-free future: a mindfulness practice can help break the cycle of substance abuse

    Focusing on the present for an addition-free future: a mindfulness practice can help break the cycle of substance abuse

    Mindfulness is a well-established method for reducing stress, and now its potential to help individuals dealing with addiction is also coming to light. A 2014 University of Washington study, for instance, found that mindfulness meditation was more effective at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse than conventional methods, such as 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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    Mindfulness is a well-established method for reducing stress, and now its potential to help individuals dealing with addiction is also coming to light. A 2014 University of Washington study, for instance, found that mindfulness meditation was more effective at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse than conventional methods, such as 12-step programs and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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  • Partners in the path to weight loss: find the information, structure and support you'll need to reach your goals

    Partners in the path to weight loss: find the information, structure and support you'll need to reach your goals

    For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise, or medical therapy, bariatric surgery—which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases—might be the tool they need to live a healthier life. 

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    For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise, or medical therapy, bariatric surgery—which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases—might be the tool they need to live a healthier life. 

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  • Spare some time: the secret to achieving fulfillment may be as simple as devoting a few hours to someone else

    Spare some time: the secret to achieving fulfillment may be as simple as devoting a few hours to someone else

    When you volunteer, you not only help your fellow community members—you also learn new skills, meet new people, and enjoy the mood-boosting gratification that comes from making a difference. In fact, volunteering on a regular basis can reduce your chances of developing depression and even improve your overall mind-body health.

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    When you volunteer, you not only help your fellow community members—you also learn new skills, meet new people, and enjoy the mood-boosting gratification that comes from making a difference. In fact, volunteering on a regular basis can reduce your chances of developing depression and even improve your overall mind-body health.

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  • A hub for good health: Local senior centers connect older adults with the resources they need to remain active and engaged

    A hub for good health: Local senior centers connect older adults with the resources they need to remain active and engaged

    The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 million older adults visit a senior center every day, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed the wide variety of programs offered at the centers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Currently, they offer opportunities to: Exercise Socialize Develop skills such as painting, woodcarving, and writing Enjoy card games, billiards, and other recreational activities Receive screenings and instruction about health an...More >>
    The National Council on Aging estimates that nearly 1 million older adults visit a senior center every day, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has enjoyed the wide variety of programs offered at the centers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Currently, they offer opportunities to: Exercise Socialize Develop skills such as painting, woodcarving, and writing Enjoy card games, billiards, and other recreational activities Receive screenings and instruction about health an...More >>
  • Inspiring Health: New campaign. This is why we serve

    Inspiring Health: New campaign. This is why we serve

    The ties that bind us to one another and to this place we share are stronger because we believe in certain things. Every life is a gift. Every person is a unity of body, mind, and spirit. Every one of us can offer compassion and give special attention to those of us who are in the greatest need. At HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals, we’re drawn to a different way of thinking. For us, healing, mission, caring, and compassion are intertwined. This is why we serve...More >>
    The ties that bind us to one another and to this place we share are stronger because we believe in certain things. Every life is a gift. Every person is a unity of body, mind, and spirit. Every one of us can offer compassion and give special attention to those of us who are in the greatest need. At HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals, we’re drawn to a different way of thinking. For us, healing, mission, caring, and compassion are intertwined. This is why we serve...More >>
  • A healthy night out - Paint the Town Red

    A healthy night out - Paint the Town Red

    Chippewa Falls Main Street will host its annual Paint the Town Red event on February 22 with help from local merchants and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The night will feature giveaways, food, and refreshments from local businesses, and representatives from St. Joseph’s will operate multiple booths at which you can take advantage of free screenings and consultations from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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    Chippewa Falls Main Street will host its annual Paint the Town Red event on February 22 with help from local merchants and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The night will feature giveaways, food, and refreshments from local businesses, and representatives from St. Joseph’s will operate multiple booths at which you can take advantage of free screenings and consultations from 4 to 7 p.m. 

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  • Does your heart need more potassium?

    Does your heart need more potassium?

    An encouraging new study found a connection between potassium and healthier blood vessels. Through tests conducted on mice, researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham recently discovered that an increased potassium intake could reduce the risk of pathogenic vascular calcification and aortic stiffness, conditions that can lead to heart disease and stroke. Further, a recent report from Harvard Medical School indicated that consuming recommended amounts of potassium lower...More >>
    An encouraging new study found a connection between potassium and healthier blood vessels. Through tests conducted on mice, researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham recently discovered that an increased potassium intake could reduce the risk of pathogenic vascular calcification and aortic stiffness, conditions that can lead to heart disease and stroke. Further, a recent report from Harvard Medical School indicated that consuming recommended amounts of potassium lower...More >>
  • Don't spoil the fun - food safety advice that will keep the party going

    Don't spoil the fun - food safety advice that will keep the party going

    AH, THE REFRESHMENTS TABLE. It can be found at almost every Christmas, New Year’s, and Super Bowl celebration, offering a variety of hors d’oeuvres, dips, drinks, and desserts. Unfortunately, it can also contain harmful bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses every year—many cases of which are the result of improper food preparation and storage. In an effort to keep your guests sa...

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    AH, THE REFRESHMENTS TABLE. It can be found at almost every Christmas, New Year’s, and Super Bowl celebration, offering a variety of hors d’oeuvres, dips, drinks, and desserts. Unfortunately, it can also contain harmful bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 million Americans get sick from food-borne illnesses every year—many cases of which are the result of improper food preparation and storage. In an effort to keep your guests sa...

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