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Essentia Health and YMCA offer complimentary diabetes prevention programs

By Maureen Talarico Essentia Health is joining forces with the YMCA to help stop diabetes before it starts. Beginning in January, two sets of weekly classes will begin in Duluth. The first begins Jan. 17 at the Woodland Community Center and the second begins Jan. 18 at Community Action Duluth. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month commitment that focuses on education and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is designed for people who…

Be mindful in the new year with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Essentia Health

By Maureen Talarico Do you need tools to help manage stress and achieve a higher state of well-being? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course consisting of weekly sessions and one all-day retreat. It is based on the highly successful, scientifically proven stress reduction program established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Weekly sessions include: . Instruction in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful living . Gentle stretching and mindful yoga . Exercises to enhance awareness…

Want all your pregnancy-related information in one place? There’s an Essentia Health app for that

By Maureen Talarico Finding out you’re about to bring another life into this world can be an incredibly joyous and nerve-wracking experience. Between dozens of doctors’ appointments and your ever-changing body, trying to remember everything relating to your pregnancy can be hard. That’s why Essentia Health created the Essentia Oh Baby app available at no charge in the Google Play and iTunes store. Essentia Oh Baby is the one app any expecting mother needs. It…

Family Health Notebook: Oh Baby! Essentia Health welcomes New Year’s Baby

The Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the New Year. Little Charles Everett Dreier made his entrance into the world at 2:13 a.m. His proud parents are Susanna Schafter and Nathan Dreier of Superior. This is the couple’s fifth child, but their first boy. Charles weighs 6 pounds 15 ounces and is 20.75 inches long. . . . The Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center brought 1,357 babies…

Pick the right protein powder with help from Essentia Health

With the start of a new year and perhaps a new diet, many are wondering what they can do to shed those holiday pounds. Some people turn to protein supplements to speed up their weight loss efforts. However, you may wonder whether the supplement is worth the cost or if you should eat whole foods, naturally high in protein instead. We asked an Essentia Health dietitian for her opinion about protein supplements for getting to…

Avoid a cold this winter with help from Essentia Health

By Maureen Talarico You may not be able to avoid the cold weather headed our way, but with a few simple measures, you may be able to stave off the dreaded cold virus. “Cold weather itself does not cause colds or the flu. Viruses do,” said Dr. Kevin Stephan, who is the head of medical specialties and infectious disease at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. “However, cold weather can do a couple of things to…