3 Ways to Improve Your Health This Year

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The new year is the perfect time to reflect upon your life and think about the positive changes you’d like to make. One area of your life you’ll want to focus on is your health. “The healthier you are, the better chance you have of staving off certain viruses and diseases,” says Kari Fabian, MD, internal medicine at Stellis Health. “Small changes in your daily habits and routines can lead to a healthier lifestyle.” Plus, a healthier lifestyle means you’ll be around longer to enjoy your kids, grandchildren, and loved ones.

If your schedule is already full, you may find it a challenge to dedicate some time to your health. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to improve your health.

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Stellis Health CEO Douglas Hanson named one of Minnesota Physician’s 100 most influential health care leaders

Douglas Hanson, CEO of Stellis Health, has been named one of 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in 2020 by Minnesota Physician. Deemed by their peers to be highly influential…

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4 Tips for Staying Healthy as you Watch the Mercury Drop

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Minnesota and cold weather just naturally go together in the minds of most Americans — and not without reason. No matter how long you’ve lived in this part of the country or how accustomed to the cold you may feel, plunging temperatures can pose some serious health risks for you and your loved ones.

Fortunately, you can take steps to safeguard your family against cold weather’s potential effects on body and mind. Take the following four tips to heart as you watch the mercury drop. (more…)

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Which Mask Is Right for You and How Should You Care for It?

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Not sure which type of face mask to wear? How to care for it? Read on to see the top face mask questions answered.

Which Face Mask Is the Best Choice?

With a constantly growing number of cloth and disposable face masks available, it’s understandable that you may feel some level of confusion. Should you choose a mask with a filter pocket? Do you need a cloth mask, or is a disposable option acceptable? Can you find a mask that’s comfortable and provides protection during your workouts? What about the coveted N95 respirator mask?

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FAQs About Senior Weight Management

Senior Weight Management — Buffalo, MN — Stellis HealthCertain physical changes are tell-tale signs of advanced age, from silver hair to lines and wrinkles. Many people also find that as they get older, they also get wider. Excess weight gain can occur young and old alike, but it commonly accompanies the aging process.

“Excess weight raises your risks for conditions like arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease,” says Kari Fabian, MD, internal medicine physician at Stellis Health. “We can all benefit by understanding weight management challenges and solutions as we age.”

Check out the answers to frequently asked questions on the subject.

How Does Advancing Age Affect the Body?

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Does Your Child Need a Flu Shot? Top Questions Answered

Doctor Giving Child a Flu Shot — Buffalo, MN — Stellis HealthWhat parents need to know before scheduling their child’s flu shot appointment—here’s the most common influenza vaccine questions and answers.

When Should Your Child Get a Flu Shot?

With flu season upon us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to reduce your risk for getting the flu. Most people should get vaccinated by the end of October, according to the CDC. Your child may need two doses of the vaccine (four weeks apart), if this is their first flu immunization. The CDC recommends starting the vaccination series earlier. (more…)

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Leg Cramp or Something More? When to Seek Urgent Care

Leg Cramp — Buffalo, MN — Stellis HealthA lot of people try to balance the question of their health with the following question: is this serious enough to contact the doctor? Sometimes, you’re not sure if you need to worry about certain symptoms, especially if all you really need is a bit of rest or hydration.

Leg cramps can be extremely painful, but most of the time, they do not need more medical care than you can give yourself at home. However, sometimes leg pain can indicate the need for intervention.

Causes of Sudden Leg Pain

Most of the time, the feeling of intense pain in your legs is from muscle cramps or spasms. People often refer to these cramps as charley horses. The muscle contracts and often may not release for several seconds. During the contraction, the pain may escalate or intensify. Charley horses have a number of causes, but the most common reasons for the cramps include: (more…)

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