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, Health + Wellness Features

Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber of Lake Area Eyecare in Baxter, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Eyes or eyelids dry, red or irritated? Your makeup or other products you use around your eyes could be the culprit. I had issues with red irritated eyes and have changed my makeup products and cleansers and… Read More Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

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?

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

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features

Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

Guest post by Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Currently, 1 out of 3 individuals have pre-diabetes — but 9 out of 10 times people don’t know it. Pre-diabetes involves blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diabetes. An individual with pre-diabetes can delay or… Read More Essentia Health Offers FREE Lifestyle Change Classes

Brainerd Lakes Area, Gardens and Outdoor spaces, Health + Wellness Features

The Intrinsic Value of Gardening and the Top 12 Reasons to Garden!

Like we mentioned in our Up North 2018 Healing Gardens Tour, gardening is more than food-producing and hobby-inducing. And the growing gurus at Landsburg Landscape Nursery of Brainerd couldn’t agree more and were kind enough to give us their thoughts on The Intrinsic Value of Gardening and the Top 12 Reasons to Garden. Enjoy! Time for some… Read More The Intrinsic Value of Gardening and the Top 12 Reasons to Garden!

Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features

The Most Important Part of Back-to-School… Eye Exams!

Guest post by Dr. Kristel Schamber Lakes Area Eyecare of Baxter, MN; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. As much as we hate to admit it…summer is waning and autumn is on the way. And with this season comes another predictable fact of life; back to school! As the stores fill their shelves with brightly colored pens, notebooks, and… Read More The Most Important Part of Back-to-School… Eye Exams!