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Finding the right family physician

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 29, 2015 1:07:25 PM

How to choose the right family medicine provider 

The doctor-patient relationship is very personal, so choosing the right family medicine provider is essential. Studies have shown that if you maintain an ongoing relationship with your doctor, you are more likely to enjoy better health, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and lower your total cost of care.

In the first article in our series about family physicians and medicine, we’ll offer some tips to find the right fit for you and your loved ones.  

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Topics: Primary Care

What to ask your doctor about menopause

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 27, 2015 12:55:23 PM

Annual physical considerations during menopause 

We’ve all heard about the hot flashes and mood swings, but the symptoms of menopause vary greatly from woman to woman. The only thing that’s certain is that all women will experience menopause–the life-changing transition that can be challenging both physically and emotionally. This article in our blog series about annual physicals will focus on women going through menopause.

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Topics: Primary Care, Women's Health

Annual physical considerations if you're considering pregnancy

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 22, 2015 11:23:00 AM

What to ask your doctor when trying to get pregnant

Annual physicals are important for all of us, but when a woman is trying to get pregnant, the need is even more obvious. The third article in our series about annual physicals will focus on the questions a woman should ask when trying to get pregnant. How often you should see your doctor and what to discuss during your visit varies by age, but for women in their childbearing years, good health begins before conception, so there are special annual physical considerations.

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Topics: Primary Care

Make the most of your annual physical

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 20, 2015 1:54:08 PM

Questions to ask your doctor during an annual physical

Getting an annual physical is one of the simplest ways to ensure you’re staying healthy. Preventing disease or other problems is always ideal, and it’s certainly better to uncover potential issues early. If you’re grappling with a chronic health condition, it’s even more important to see your doctor regularly. This article is the second in our four-part series on annual physicals and will help you identify questions to ask your doctor during an annual physical.

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Topics: Primary Care

Do I really need to get a physical every year?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 15, 2015 10:57:04 AM

Physical exam frequency: How often should I get one?

As we enter adulthood and continue to age, our bodies change. The medical tests and immunizations we need change, and so do the things we should discuss with our doctor. One of the questions you’ve undoubtedly asked is, “Do I really need to get a physical every year?” We’ll answer this fundamental question in the first part of Ridgeview Medical Center's series about annual physicals.

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Guilt-free pizza recipe for the new year

Posted by Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jan 13, 2015 11:06:49 AM

Light BBQ chicken pizza

If you made a weight loss resolution to start the new year, we’re here to help. One of the tricks to changing your diet (and keeping it changed) is finding a variety of satisfying recipes. So this month, we’re sharing a three-part series of tasty, low-calorie, energy-rich recipes from Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center.

Our third suggestion is a light BBQ chicken pizza recipe that uses cauliflower for crust, but brings all the tangy, satisfying flavors you savor, so you can keep a healthy New Year's resolution. Fire up the oven and enjoy this unusual recipe that brings you the great taste of pizza for only 157 calories per slice.

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Eating healthy in the new year

Posted by Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jan 8, 2015 1:26:27 PM

Quick ’n easy, no-bake protein bars

If you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat less, you’re probably very familiar with protein bars. They come in all shapes and flavors—which can be a problem, since so many of them are loaded with sugar. But have no fear. These quick ’n easy no-bake protein bars provide the energy you’re looking for without the extra sugar and they're easy on the wallet.

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Healthy snacks for the new year

Posted by Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jan 6, 2015 11:18:39 AM

Peanut butter power balls recipe

Starting the New Year with a weight loss resolution may feel like a cliché, but it’s also smart. In fact, any excuse to think healthy is smart, so if you’ve decided to dial up the exercise and dial down the calories, we’re here to help. This month, we’re sharing a three-part series of tasty, low-calorie, energy-rich recipes from the Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center.

Our first recipe is for peanut butter power balls. Nikki Massie, the author of Bariatric Foodie, created these dense, protein-packed treats. They are tasty and surprisingly fillinga sweet and satisfying healthy snack when you’re looking for a little extra energy. 

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Diet and exercise in moderation: Does it work for weight loss?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 2, 2015 9:55:38 AM

Studies show moderate diet and exercise sustains weight loss

It’s official: Moderate diet and exercise can, in fact, enable you to sustain weight loss. This is particularly good news for people who struggle with exercise motivation or making a commitment to a fitness or weight loss program. The news comes from the renowned National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (or NIDDK), a division of NIH, funded and conducted a study that analyzed individual results of eating a restricted diet and performing strenuous exercise on a daily basis. Their subjects were 11 contestants from the reality TV program The Biggest Loser. These results can benefit anyone, regardless of whether you’re trying to lose a large amount of weight or simply trying to find the balance between eating and exercising to maintain your weight.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, nutrition/diet, Wellness

Concerns about winter falls

Posted by Carol Thurston, MPE, ATC, ATR, EMT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Dec 30, 2014 10:53:08 AM

Winter fall prevention tips

One of the most common ways to get hurt during a Minnesota winter is falling on the ice. From painful bruises to broken bones or even head injuries, winter falls are a significant concern for people of all ages. But for older-aged adults, slipping and falling can be a year-round health concern. Carol Thurston, program coordinator, athletic trainer and exercise physiologist at Ridgeview Rehab Specialties, takes a comprehensive look at slips and falls and ways to prevent them. 

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Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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