Healthy Tips & Resources

3 Things You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of every 9 men will develop prostate cancer sometime during his life. In fact, 70 percent of men over age 70 are likely to have some prostate cancer present in their gland.

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Brains & Brawn: Concussion in Children’s Sports

Back to school means back to sports. It’s great to see your child having fun on the field, but safety can be a big concern, especially since contact sports carry a risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

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3 Ways to Improve Your Athletic Performance

Whether you’re a rookie to regular exercise or a seasoned pro, there’s always something you can do to push yourself further and streamline your workouts.

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5 Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your new baby, and it offers many health benefits for both you and your child. However, it can be a difficult process that requires a lot of practice to get just right.

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Mosquit-Oh No: What to Know About Bug Bites

Spending the days participating in outdoor activities is what summertime is all about, but with warm weather comes mosquitoes and the inevitable bug bites.

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Is It Time to Consider Joint Replacement?

Do even the most routine movements bother your joints? Whether you’re rising from a chair, walking long distances, or climbing the stairs, joint pain can be a hindrance to your everyday life.

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Be a Good Sport: What to Know About Sports Physicals

Sports are great ways for kids to get exercise, learn to work with others, and participate in positive competition. To make sure kids are healthy enough to partake in school sports, most states require they have a sports physical.

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4 Surprising Bodily Responses to Running

Aside from strengthening your heart, lungs, and legs, running can also impact other bodily systems in not-so-pleasant ways. From bowel movements to runny noses, here are four surprising physical responses to running.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Dry Drowning

Though medical professionals typically do not use the term, the public uses “dry drowning” to describe a range of near-drowning scenarios that can happen after a child leaves the water.

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5 Essential Screenings for Men's Health

Though a man may feel and look healthy, his potential for some life-altering conditions increases as he ages. Luckily, your doctor can help you prevent and detect many health issues early with screenings at your annual wellness visit.

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MatureWell: Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s

As we age and take care of our maturing loved ones, recognizing the signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s becomes more important. Though often grouped together, cognitive conditions and disorders usually require different treatment plans.

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3 Important Nutrients for Your Pregnancy Meal Plan

During pregnancy, your baby depends on you for nutrients. Dr. Weslei Rice, primary care physician and obstetrician at CHI St. Joseph Health, says, “The food you eat will play an integral role in your baby’s growth and development while in the womb.”

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Minimally Invasive, Robotic-Assisted Surgery Improves OB/GYN Patient Outcomes

With robotic-assisted surgeries, CHI St. Joseph Health patients are gaining the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with smaller incisions and reduced recovery time.

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3 Common Causes of Knee Pain & How You Can Get Relief

If you’re experiencing knee pain, identifying your symptoms will help you understand what’s causing your discomfort. Check out these three common causes of knee pain and find out how you can get relief.

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Plan for It: Stroke Symptoms & Next Steps

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. While the risk of stroke increases as you age, strokes can happen to anyone at any time.

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3 Misconceptions About Bariatric Surgery

Struggling to lose weight and considering bariatric surgery? Obesity is a complex health issue to address, and it’s important for you to consider your options.

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Plan for It: The 8 Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

How do you know when the celebrating goes too far? Alcohol poisoning can often be difficult to detect in the blur of the night and can lead to death if left untreated.

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Cancer Prevention: Reducing Your Risk Through What You Eat

“While there is no sure-fire way to prevent cancer, many scientific studies show specific lifestyle factors that can reduce a person’s risk of developing it,” says Patricia Sammarelli, MD

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MatureWell: Creating a Senior Fitness Plan

As a senior, keeping up with a fitness plan can feel daunting, but creating a plan that works for you is easier than you think and more important than you can imagine.

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Every 40 seconds, someone dies of heart disease in the U.S. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Ask yourself how you can improve your health and reduce your risk.

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Fitness Fuel: The Best Pre and Post-Workout Snacks

What you eat before and after a workout affects your body and how you feel. Eating a poor diet may leave you feeling sluggish, uncomfortable, or tired during exercise.

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How to Choose Your Running Shoes

Visit a CHI St. Joseph Health primary care or orthopedic physician for a shoe recommendation based on a thorough analysis of your foot type and running style.

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7 Training Tips for Runners

While part of the appeal of running is the community you join, it can also be tough to tune out the noise to focus on what you need most from your training. We’ve assembled a list of our top tips to help you meet your running goals and train smart.

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Tips for Preventing Cervical Cancer

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates doctors will diagnose more than 12,000 women in the United States with cervical cancer. The good news is there are steps you can take not only to catch and treat cervical cancer early

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Control the Go: Treating Urinary Incontinence

If your bladder control isn’t what it used to be, you may be experiencing urinary incontinence (UI). Though the loss of bladder control is more common in women and older adults, it can happen to anyone.

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Your Role in Flu Prevention

Each year, between 9 and 35 million people will come down with the flu. As a quickly mutating virus, this illness can quickly spread through communities and result in severe complications.

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Does Weather Affect Joint Pain?

The temperature drops, a storm’s on its way, and your hip begins to hurt. Is this a coincidence, or does the weather have an impact on joint pain?

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Plan For It: Holiday Safety Checklist

It’s a time for family, food, and lots of good cheer—but it’s also the time of year that sees the highest number of ER visits.

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Caring For a Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

If your parent or loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease, you may find yourself taking on the duties of a caregiver.

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Our Guide to Eating With Diabetes

If you live with diabetes, you know how important diet and exercise can be for your physical health.

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Lung Cancer Prevention and Detection

Not all lung cancers are preventable. However, there are several steps you can take to lower your risk of developing lung cancer.

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Breast Lumps: Cancerous or Benign?

Finding a lump while performing a breast self-examination can be alarming, but not all breast lumps are cancerous.

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How to Exercise with Joint Pain

It seems like a catch-22: regular exercise can reduce the inflammation associated with joint pain, but joint pain makes exercising the last thing you want to do.

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MatureWell: 5 Beneficial Fitness Activities for Seniors

As you age, participating in fitness activities can positively impact your physical and emotional health.

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3 Major Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Using small surgical instruments and a series of tiny incisions, robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique with a multitude of benefits.

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Let's Talk About UTIs

Did you know that an estimated 1 out of every 2 women will have a urinary tract infection, or UTI? Even though the condition is much more common in women, it’s important for men to realize almost anyone can get one.

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MatureWell: Managing Chronic Pain

Adapting to a life with chronic pain is a journey. Chronic pain has been shown to affect more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Learn how to gain comfort and peace while dealing with chronic pain.

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Back-to-College Health Checklist

Going from summer fun to the classroom is a big transition. Shake off your nerves and check off these items to stay healthy and safe this semester.

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Next Steps for Sports Injuries

School sports injuries can happen in the blink of an eye. Each injury is unique and should be treated as such. See the steps you should take after your child experiences a sports injury.

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Conventional wisdom tells us a good night’s sleep is key to feeling refreshed, alert, and ready to take on the day. Experts say sleep is essential to our health and longevity.

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Why Are Women at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Men?

It is estimated that one in five women will have a Stroke at some point in her life, and 55,000 more women than men suffer from Stroke each year.

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The Importance of Your BMI

Your Body Mass Index takes your weight and height and converts it to a score to tell you if you are at a healthy weight, underweight, overweight or obese.

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What To Do If Your Child Has ADHD

Your child is struggling in school. According to his teacher, he is hyperactive, has trouble paying attention and can’t control his behavior. What’s going on?

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Skin Cancer Affects One in Five Americans

Did you know that one in five Americans will have skin cancer during the course of a lifetime? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells, due to mutations or genetic defects that can cause the skin cells to form malignant tumors.

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Introducing Dr. Darryl Peterson, Board-Certified Hand Surgeon

We often take our hands for granted, but we depend on them for so many tasks. When simple tasks like gripping objects or simply moving our hands or wrists cause us pain our quality of life suffers.

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What is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke, also known as Hyperthermia, is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough, and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating

When you’ve set a goal to have healthier eating habits, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few of our tips to get the most out of your healthy eating goals.

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The Scoop on Swimmer’s Ear

We often don’t think twice before jumping into a pool or taking a trip to a water park for some summer fun, but sometimes a day at the pool can lead to a painful condition called swimmer’s ear.

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The Importance of Annual Physicals

The most important reasons to have an annual physical is to catch health problems before they worsen and prevent future illness. Perhaps it is time for you to receive a vaccination, or maybe you are due for a mammogram or prostate exam.

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What's the State of Your Prostate?

The prostate is a gland in men the size of a walnut that increases in size after age 40. It is located between the bladder and rectum and surrounds the urethra and functions to help produce semen.

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3 Serious Infant Conditions You Can Prevent

Becoming a parent comes with many new challenges and responsibilities, the most important being the wellbeing of your child. Prevention of deadly conditions, such as SIDS, whooping cough and group B strep, is of utmost importance.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Too much of anything is bad for the body. The key to reducing harm when consuming alcohol is drinking in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

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3 Ways You Can Prevent The Flu

At the same time you take steps to protect yourself from the flu, you are also helping prevent others from getting sick. We encourage you to do your part to keep the people in your community healthy. Take note of these tips to stay well this flu season.

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Losing Weight The Healthy Way

It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it quickly, but the best way to keep the weight off is to lose it gradually in a healthy way. Losing weight takes more than desire; it takes commitment and a purposeful plan.

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5 Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

While smoking can be addictive and a habit that is hard to break, quitting is possible. Once you quit smoking, your body starts to heal. Within one year of quitting, your risk of heart disease is cut in half. 

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Tips for Getting Your Child Ready to Go Back to School

Summer vacation will be over before you know it, and the time it takes to get ready to go back to school will take over steadfast. Statistically, parents who play an active role in their children’s education make a huge difference in their success.

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MatureWell: Senior Nutrition

As we age, we become even more susceptible to malnutrition. We also may experience age-related conditions that call for changes in our diets. Improve your overall health and decrease your risk for chronic conditions by focusing on your food.

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Is It More Difficult For Women To Lose Weight?

It’s a common theory that men are able to lose weight more easily than women can. Discover the different factors that play a role in weight loss among men and women and how you can take your health into your own hands.

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How to Stay Safe & Healthy This Summer

As temperatures soar, summer is the prime time for swimming and soaking in the sun. However, you don’t need to let the elements take a toll on your health and safety. Stay well in the water and summer heat by following these top safety tips.

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5 Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure

Learning you have high blood pressure can be overwhelming. There are so many ways to lower it, and you might be unsure what advice to follow. Make an appointment with a CHI St. Joseph Health physician to form a plan for your health.

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7 Weight Loss Tips to Get Bathing Suit Ready

If you are heading to the beach or pool this summer, you may be thinking about losing some extra weight to feel more confident in that bathing suit. By losing extra pounds, your energy, mobility, self-confidence, and mood can also improve.

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Allergies and Asthma

Allergies and asthma are common problems in the United States. As the sixth most common cause of chronic illness, allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to particular allergens, like dust or pollen.

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5 Vaccination Myths Debunked

While receiving vaccinations is commonplace for many people, rumors about their negative side effects are equally common. However, most of these rumors are merely myths. Let’s set the record straight and debunk five common vaccination myths.

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Sports & Concussion Prevention

Football season is right around the corner, and while sports are a great way to get active, they do pose a physical danger. Specifically, participating in a sport can increase the likelihood of sustaining a concussion. 

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Holiday Feast Safety Tips

Food poisoning outbreaks increase during the holiday season, most cases attributed to meat. Take note of the proper food safety precautions so your guests can stay comfortably stuffed.

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MatureWell: 10 Important Health Screenings

Our physicians at CHI St. Joseph Health understand that our health needs change as we age. Our risks for certain conditions increase over time, making health screenings more important as we mature. Make sure you are aware of these 10 health exams.

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MatureWell: 5 Benefits of Water-Based Exercise

Water-based exercise is a great way to get active, especially for older adults. Aging is often accompanied by additional health problems that can make exercising more difficult, but exercising in a pool can improve the overall experience.

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Diet-Friendly Menu Ideas for the Big Game

Hosting a party for the big game may seem stressful when trying to maintain a healthy diet; however, serving foods that taste good and make you feel good is possible. Follow these party menu tips to help simplify healthy eating.

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MatureWell: Medication Management Tips

Adults 65 and older account for over 177,000 emergency room visits due to medication-related problems every year and are twice as likely as the younger population to experience these complications.

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What You Need to Know To Stay Healthy in College

Preparing for college may seem overwhelming. Sometimes your health is pushed to the back burner when you’re busy shopping for your dorm room and registering for your first semester. However, staying healthy doesn’t have to be stressful.

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

From childhood to adulthood and every stage in between, good nutrition is important. Eating a balanced diet can help you maintain your health, strength, and even reduce the risk of certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

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