Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Kids

How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Guest post from Essentia Health of Baxter/Brainerd, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. How do you know if a child has a concussion? Brooke Ylinen had a problem: a 13-year-old hockey player who needed to get back on the ice after suffering a concussion. Her son, Kamden, had been symptom-free for a week but… Read More How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Education, Essentia Health, Mindful Living

Use the Holidays to talk more than just fruitcake | Advance Care Planning

By Adam Rees, Crow Wing Energized co-chair and Essentia Health As parents of adult children age into their twilight years, bouts of severe illnesses become more frequent. Thoughts about Mom and or Dad’s end of life are often not discussed, and as they decline, angst amongst family members increases. For many of us the holidays offer a… Read More Use the Holidays to talk more than just fruitcake | Advance Care Planning

Books, Holidays

The Interesting Backstory of Elf on the Shelf Holiday Tradition

By now you may have noticed the epic amount of Elf on the Shelf activity on social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Elf on the Shelf has been part of millions of family’s holiday traditions for over a decade. Though not an Elf on the Shelf owner myself, I (Becky) do appreciate my friend’s… Read More The Interesting Backstory of Elf on the Shelf Holiday Tradition

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

There are some amazing changes happening within our local hospital and medical center. Changes that perfectly align with Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics’ mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives. As a way to continue to strive to make a positive impact on our community by spreading their core values of… Read More 11 Ways Essentia Health’s Upgrades are Better Serving this Community

Essentia Health, Fall, Health + Wellness Features, Recipes + Food

Wonderful Winter Squash Recipes and Benefits!

Guest post by Teresa Farrell, RD, LD Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. With fall in full swing and winter not far away, now is a great time to add sweet rich flavored winter squash recipes to your meals and snacks. There are many different varieties of winter squash, some… Read More Wonderful Winter Squash Recipes and Benefits!

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

**shared with permission from Essentia Health Brainerd/Baxter Press Release** Mammography is one of the most important arsenals in the fight against breast cancer. A breast imaging tool, mammograms are used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women. It is considered the most effective breast cancer screening method because it can identify problems long before… Read More Essentia Health offers free SAGE breast cancer screening – November 14

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Polarized Glasses for “Polar” Season? Youbetcha!

**guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber at Lakes Area Eyecare** Why exactly are polarized lenses so awesome? We’re glad you asked! There are actually many benefits associated with polarized sunglasses. Bad Light Out Probably the greatest benefit to having polarized sunglasses is their non-glare capabilities. The lenses have a special film that neutralizes glare from… Read More Polarized Glasses for “Polar” Season? Youbetcha!

Goal Setting, Mental Health, Organization, Productivity

Bullet Journaling is a Sanity Saver! Here’s Why… #Bujo

I (Becky) thought I was going to die of happiness when the adult coloring book craze became all-the-rage a few years back. But relaxation is only part of the reason why I liked adult coloring. The other is the fact that it let me be creative. That’s also why I am totally infatuated with Bullet… Read More Bullet Journaling is a Sanity Saver! Here’s Why… #Bujo

Books, Fall

Sweaters, Cocoa and Fiction | #UpNoPa Book Picks for Autumn

The leaves are turning and Fall is here. That means we’re curling up with our favorite books, and settling in for a cozy season. Here’s what we’ve been reading (and loving) lately! Laura’s Book Picks for Autumn- I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately, thanks to the Cloud Library app available through my local public library.… Read More Sweaters, Cocoa and Fiction | #UpNoPa Book Picks for Autumn