Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Look Closely: Reading Labels to Locate Hidden Sugar

Guest post from Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors Most Americans consume 20 teaspoons of sugar every day. In comparison, our paleolithic ancestors consumed an estimated 20 teaspoons in a year. But we’re not digging into the sugar bowl. Instead, most of the sugar we eat… Read More Look Closely: Reading Labels to Locate Hidden Sugar

Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Get the Protective Power of Phytonutrients

Guest post from Jean Larson, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Most of us have heard of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals as core components of our diet. A lesser-known category includes phytonutrients or phytochemicals. While not considered “essential nutrients,” I consider them extremely powerful compounds… Read More Get the Protective Power of Phytonutrients

Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

Guest post from Up North Parent Sponsor, Essentia Health’s Teresa Farrell, RD, LD With the Keto diet being very popular right now, you may be thinking about trying it yourself. Is it the right diet for you? Before deciding, what exactly is a keto diet? The diet is characterized by a dramatic reduction in carbohydrates… Read More Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Guest Post by Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more… Read More Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

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

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

Essentia Health, Fall

Autumn Apple Chicken Stir Fry + Health Benefits of Apples

Guest post By Teresa Farrell, RD, LD Essentia Health, St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Apples and Autumn With Fall in the air, our minds start drifting towards bonfires and hot apple cider. Apples are a favorite for many people. In fact, Americans consume 44 pounds of apples per person, each year.… Read More Autumn Apple Chicken Stir Fry + Health Benefits of Apples