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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

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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

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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

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Going Beyond “Just Tomatoes” with 5 Fresh Salsa Recipes!

Guest post By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. The heart of summer brings delicious fruits and vegetables from our gardens, farmers markets and the overflowing produce departments at local grocery stores. Salsa is a popular way to capitalize on these riches and here are… Read More Going Beyond “Just Tomatoes” with 5 Fresh Salsa Recipes!

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Essentia Health Receives State Breastfeeding-Friendly Recognition

Guest Post written by Essentia Health; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Brainerd, Minnesota — Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd and Baxter Clinics have been named Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for their contributions to the health of working mothers and their babies. Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center was also recognized with this… Read More Essentia Health Receives State Breastfeeding-Friendly Recognition