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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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Meeting the mental health challenge

Sometimes referred to as “CPR for emotional well being,” QPR suicide-prevention training is a way to deliver lifesaving assistance to individuals facing mental health emergencies.

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The frugal philanthropist

It is possible to be both financially conservative and generous to those in need. Josh Rizzo, Director of Philanthropy at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, explains how to find a health balance between the two. 

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Ease your child's growing pains: a routine that can help the whole family rest easier

The first time you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of your child complaining of leg soreness, it can be disconcerting. Most likely, though, your child is experiencing growing pains...

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Addressing the needs of our youth

The Community Health Needs Assessment focuses on adult community members, but what about children and teenagers? 

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A coalition for a healthier community: local organizations have partnered to give Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties a wellness exam

Under the Affordable Care Act,  nonprofit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years, as well as indicate plans for addressing the needs these assessments identify. 

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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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