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SIOUX FALLS — Avera has ranked first out of the top 20 organizations that earned a 2019 Customer Approved Award from Lincoln, Nebraska-based healthcare-intelligence firm NRC Health. The award recognizes senior-care organizations across the country for creating an outstanding care experience …

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DENVER — Sensitivity or intolerance to foods such as shellfish and milk are common and can cause significant cause for concern, but there is a difference between those symptoms and a true food allergy. Nearly 20 percent of adults report suffering from food allergies, but recent studies show …

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You might have seen this statement from me before, or heard it on my radio show, “YOU CAN’T OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET.” Meaning if you eat bad, have bad nutrition habits and expect that hour on the treadmill that burns 500 calories to make a dent in the 3,000 calorie soda and candy bar diet you m…

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SIOUX FALLS — During May, American Stroke Month, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and stroke, shares seven habits to help prevent stroke.

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We all know that exercise, we can even call it “moving,” is good for us. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just came out in their newest report and said that, “Seven of the ten most common chronic diseases are favorably influenced by regular physical activity.” Or in coach lan…

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Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (NENCAP) can immunize your child with all recommended vaccines. We utilize recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Recommended vaccines for Kindergarten age are…

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PIERRE — State Division of Insurance Director Larry Deiter invites the public to comment on the proposed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark design for plan year 2021. The public comment period will run through May 15, 2019.

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When we get an injury we know to see a doctor or a physical therapist to help deal with the problem and the pain. What about when we don’t have a major injury or severe pain? What about when we start to see, or feel signs, that maybe something isn’t quite right? It’s not at the point to call…

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Colorectal cancer (often referred to as colon cancer) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people ages 50 and older.

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Many thousands of people throughout the world who have created problems due to excessive gambling have found the strength to quit by joining Gamblers Anonymous. If gambling is destroying you or someone you care about, you are welcome to attend.

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I’ve been blessed to be able to be around athletics my whole life. As a player, coach and as a spectator. A few weeks ago I was honored to be able to travel with Coach Chris Haynes, head basketball coach at Yankton High School, his staff and the Yankton Boys Basketball team to the State AA B…

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OMAHA, Neb. — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its 17th annual National Take Back Day, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at designated sites across the nation where individuals can dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications in a safe and secure location. Si…

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SIOUX FALLS — The nursing home crisis in South Dakota is a hot topic in Pierre this year due to recent nursing home closures, low Medicaid provider rates, workforce shortage, aging facilities and a challenging regulatory environment. The problem will not go away any time soon with the popula…

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LINCOLN, Neb. — As Nebraskans recover from a catastrophic storm system that devastated large swaths of the state, it’s natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from…

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BROOKINGS — Take control of your health by participating in educational sessions specifically designed for adults with chronic pain and their caregivers. A Better Choices, Better Health® SD (BCBH) Chronic Pain workshop will take place on Tuesdays, April 2 through May 7, 2019 at the James Val…

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The Avera Sacred Heart Foundation is offering the Lori Ann Schrempp Memorial Nursing Student Scholarship to nursing students who are continuing their education to become a Registered Nurse.

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We’ve all heard the saying expressed in the heat of competition, “that athlete, that team, that person really rose to the occasion and won the game!” To me, there was no magic! My take is, the athlete didn’t rise to the occasion, they elevated to the level of their training. While they eleva…

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Almost every day, Delta Dental staff sees a child who is in pain because of untreated dental disease. These are children who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to access adequate dental care.

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SIOUX FALLS — A newly published book, “A New Norm,” is an inspirational story intended to touch the lives of children, adolescents and even adults who suffer from depression and related mental health conditions.

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The other day I was talking with a group of folks that were interested in working out and coming to try out a Coach Rozy Bootcamp (www.coachrozy.com for info). One of the guys in the group asked, “When do I ‘Get Fit?’”

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A support group for survivors of cancer and other serious illnesses will hold its inaugural meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Avera Cancer Institute.

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Almost every day, Delta Dental staff sees a child who is in pain because of untreated dental disease. These are children who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to access adequate dental care.

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Sometimes called seasonal depression or the winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs at the same time each year, typically in winter. It can affect mood, sleep, appetite, energy levels, and self-worth, making it difficult to function in relationships, soc…

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I understand this article might not “connect” with everyone, but I hope you can take away from it that there are a number of training methods, systems and ways to help folks achieve their fitness and performance goals. If you’ve been stuck with the same training routine and are looking for a…

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We have great inspiration for the New Year. Along with high expectations to hit our 2019 goals, things can get overwhelming moving into the New Year. Healthline did a survey that found that, 62 percent of people said their stress level increases during the holiday season and into the New Year.

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VERMILLION — Sanford Health has pledged $300,000 per year to fund scholarships to students enrolled in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. That amount will be matched by the USD Foundation.  

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SIOUX FALLS — Augustana University’s Center for Western Studies (CWS) has issued a call for paper and panel proposals on the topic of “Health Care and Health Policy in the Northern Plains” as part of the 51st annual Dakota Conference, which will be held April 26-27, 2019. Presentations by th…

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BROOKINGS — Take control of your health by participating in educational sessions specifically designed for adults with chronic pain and their caregivers. A Better Choices, Better Health® SD (BCBH) Chronic Pain workshop will take place on Tuesdays, April 2 through May 7, 2019 at the James Val…

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Can I tell you what drives me crazy about being in the fitness, performance and strength & conditioning business; us as professionals seem to talk out of both sides of our mouth. Eat eggs! Don’t eat eggs. You need milk! Milk may cause health problems. You need to eat a carb & protein…

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Servant Hearts Clinic (free health care clinic) will be open each Monday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 232 Capital St. in Yankton.

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SIOUX FALLS — Avera earned national recognition as a technology leader as it has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 Most Wired organizations in health care. In addition to the Top 10 ranking, this is the 19th time Avera has received the Most Wired honor.