What's the deal with gluten and should you avoid it?

Posted by Jennifer Pederson, RD, LD, CDE, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM

There has been a lot of talk and media attention about gluten in recent years. To understand what the deal with gluten is, we first need to define it. Gluten is a protein that helps bread maintain its shape. It is found in foods that contain wheat, rye and barley like breads, cereals, pasta and processed junk foods.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet

One simple recipe and a little cooking savvy create healthy sides for your holiday table

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Nov 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

With the holidays just around the corner, this seems like an appropriate time to share a few seasonal recipes from the Ridgeview kitchen. Of all the fantastic dishes patients, staff and visitors enjoy on the Waconia campus, I’m going to share how to turn plain vegetables into something special. Yes, it’s possible—and a great way to offer a few healthy choices with your holiday meal.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet, Wellness

At risk for diabetes? Take this test

Posted by Jennifer Jerde, Lead RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 14, 2017 1:51:23 PM

There is an easy test available online to determine if you are at risk for diabetes. Visit the diabetes risk test website and take the test now.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Are you fueling your body correctly for exercise performance?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties and Nichole Anderson, ATC, MS, MOAS, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Nov 7, 2017 12:33:27 PM

Food is fuel for your body! Your “fuel” choices influence how well your body will handle the stress of your workout, activity or competition. Timing of refueling also has an impact on your body’s ability to maximize the effect of your food choices. In other words, not only does it matter what you eat but when you eat and how much you eat.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Rehabilitation

What is your thyroid and when should you be concerned about it?

Posted by Sara Maurer, NP-C, Endocrinology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Oct 4, 2017 2:32:33 PM

The hormones produced by your thyroid gland influence almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, endocrine gland that sits low on the front of the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. These hormones influence and regulate metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. Thyroid disorders are caused by either too many or too few thyroid hormones.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

10 tips to a healthy heart

Posted by Susan K. White, RDN, Minneapolis Heart Institute on Aug 1, 2017 1:53:36 PM

As a dietitian with Minneapolis Heart Institute® (a partner of Ridgeview Medical Center), I meet with many patients who feel overwhelmed with advice and tips for improving their heart health. I recognize that often articles, news stories and research can be confusing, so I've simplified these messages into my top 10 tips for protecting your heart.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

What exercises can help manage diabetes?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jul 26, 2017 9:51:37 AM

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or have been dealing with this condition for a period of time, you know that managing it can be very difficult. Your physician has likely advised you that exercise can play a role in the management of your blood sugars.  However, many of you may feel lost and uninformed about what type of exercise is appropriate and effective. 

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

What's normal or abnormal for your joints as you age?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Jun 7, 2017 9:02:25 AM

As a rheumatologist, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with people of all ages. Regardless of their age, one of the most frequent concerns that comes up in our conversations is what exactly is "normal or abnormal" as we all get older.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

When should you be concerned about osteoporosis?

Posted by John Ronning, MD, Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic on May 30, 2017 12:46:30 PM

One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis and for women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Five stroke risk factors to discuss with your doctor

Posted by Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on May 16, 2017 12:24:00 PM

A stroke is a medical condition that happens quickly and without warning, and poses a serious and urgent threat to a person's well-being. Few medical emergencies have the potential to cause such a sudden and devastating change to a person's life as stroke or CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

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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