How to dress for cold weather in Minnesota

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 31, 2018 12:43:07 PM

AdobeStock_72274394.jpegAre you planning to spend time outside during frigid winter temperatures? Remember, weather can quickly change from mild temps to extreme temps. Minnesotans are used to it, but that doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. It’s crucial to pay attention to how you dress for cold weather, for hypothermia prevention and to avoid frostbite. It doesn’t have to be -25o for these problems to affect you.

Hypothermia is serious

The term “hypothermia” means your body is too cold – lower than 95oF (35oC). You can lose the ability to think and move. This can happen so gradually you don’t realize what’s happening to you, or that things have worsened to the point that you need emergency treatment. That’s why hypothermia prevention is critical. You’re at risk in cold weather if you:

  • Don’t wear adequate protective clothing.
  • Wear wet clothing, especially when it’s windy.
  • Fall into a body of water.
  • Are exercising heavily.
  • Are not eating enough or staying hydrated.

Certain people are more vulnerable to hypothermia, those who are:

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Topics: Wellness

Men's health matters: Know your numbers

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 14, 2017 12:55:19 PM

As a registered nurse and Director of Ridgeview’s Surgical Services department, B.J. Buckland has seen and cared for the full spectrum of patients in his 40-plus years working in health care. An avid outdoorsman, runner and motorcycle enthusiast, Buckland took just two personal sick days in his career. “I was in good physical shape, took care of myself physically and mentally, and could do all the activities I enjoyed. I never expected to be ‘that guy,’ that patient who – very quickly – became extremely sick.”

Buckland, who admits he “ignored some symptoms” last fall and should have been more proactive about regular annual visits and screenings, spent a couple weeks recovering and rehabilitating from a hospital stay.

Married and the father of three, Buckland advises his adult children and others to understand your health history and take advantage of the “power of information we have today to help us, especially men. Schedule annual physical exams, have lab work done and pay attention to your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and more. Get those screenings done, make nutrition or lifestyle changes if you need to and pay attention to your body, every day.”

For someone who never thought he’d have to think about his health, Buckland now carries a copy of “my numbers and lab results with me every day. I’ve made changes to my diet, exercise and other activities to get those numbers to where I want them and need them to be.

Buckland strongly emphasizes the importance of goal-setting when it comes to one’s health. He encourages other men to identify what “healthy” means to you, today and as you move through your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. “Then take those proactive steps to get there and achieve that optimal health you want, for yourself and your family.”

 “Take it from me, guys. You’re not invincible,” Buckland says. “It’s easier to stay healthier than fix a problem or reverse something that could have been prevented.”

Regular health screening for men can help you stay ahead of any problems that may be developing without you realizing. You may have heard the phrase "know your numbers" before but what does it really mean to you and your primary care provider? The numbers primary care providers discuss with patients include blood pressure, height and weight, triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose. These numbers, known as biometrics, can provide the information you and your health care provider need to make the right decisions for a healthier life.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Learn how to manage your holiday stress with these tips

Posted by Kimberly Schneider, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics on Dec 12, 2017 3:32:16 PM

While a certain amount of stress this time of the year is unavoidable, other stress associated with the holidays can be minimized, if not avoided altogether.

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Topics: Wellness

Don't wait. Create your Advance Care Plan today.

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Dec 5, 2017 1:22:08 PM

Unexpected things can happen to those we love. Everyone's worst nightmare is getting a call that their loved one has had some type of medical crisis (trauma, stroke, aneurism), and decisions need to be made immediately regarding their care. Would you know what to do?

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Topics: Primary Care, 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

Why is it important to receive a flu shot?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Oct 10, 2017 12:58:25 PM

Every year, millions of Americans become ill with influenza, or the flu. About 36,000 of them die from the flu or flu-related complications, which can include pneumonia or brain infectionPneumonia is a serious respiratory infection and a serious consequence of influenza in particular. This is one of many reasons the flu shot is so important. 

Children under the age of 2, people with asthma or other breathing problems and older individuals are especially susceptible to the complications of influenza — so it is even more important to have them vaccinated.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

What do you need to know about hearing loss?

Posted by Carrie D. Meyer, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA on Sep 19, 2017 12:20:18 PM

As the U.S. population, specifically the baby boomers, age, more scientific and medical research has focused on health and lifestyle issues that can be modified to improve and promote healthy aging.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness, Specialty Care

What do you need to know about prostate cancer?

Posted by Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on Sep 12, 2017 1:59:37 PM

Among men in the United States, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Fortunately, it is usually a slowly progressive condition and there are very good treatments available to treat prostate cancer. Because of this, only about 3 percent of men die from prostate cancer (33,000 deaths in 2014, U.S.) according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer tends to be less frequent but more aggressive if a man develops this at a younger age, for example in his 40’s.  However, as a man gets older, prostate cancer becomes much more likely to occur, but it is usually less aggressive and is less likely to shorten a man’s lifespan. 

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Topics: Primary Care, oncology, Wellness

Are you limiting screen time for your child?

Posted by Pediatric Rehab Staff, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Aug 29, 2017 1:00:03 PM

With significant advancements in technology and gadgets over the past five years has come a dramatic increase in use of devices for not only adults, but children. On average, children are engaging with display screens (TVs and electronic devices) approximately 7.5 hours each day. This increase in "screen time" has been shown to impact children in most, if not all, areas of development. Changes have been observed in studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the way a child plays and socializes, their attention and learning, as well as significant delays in critical stages of development. Development in the five following areas are impacted by this increase in screen time by children. 

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Topics: Wellness

Try these tips to help your children succeed in school

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 15, 2017 2:36:24 PM

With a new school year starting soon, it's important to help prepare your children for success. That means more than just ensuring they get a good night's sleep and a healthy lunch, although those are very important too. A successful school year leads to less stress for the entire family and better health overall.

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Topics: Wellness

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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