Concussions call for a time out

Concussions have made headlines this season. As a physician specializing in sports medicine, I treat many high school and college athletes, youth athletes and weekend warriors, recovering from concussions.

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Top 5 Checklist for Breast Health 

Breast cancer is among the most common cancers in women. However, early detection makes a difference. When found early, breast cancer is easiest to treat. So put these 5 things on your healthy woman checklist!

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Holly’s Kitchen: Air Fryer Chicken Tacos

As a mom of three, I have learned to appreciate meals that can be ready in under 15 minutes and prepared with just one hand! This taco recipe is versatile, delicious and nutritious. Here’s why my family loves it: Chicken. Air fryer chicken thighs are extra juicy, plus I love the ease and promptness of the…

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Erin’s Kitchen: Cajun Shrimp & Veggies

Cajun Shrimp & Veggies Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables is so incredibly easy but packed with tons of flavor and nutrition! Sheet pan meals are my go-to for quick and tasty meals without all the fuss. This one’s a favorite at our house. Bonus: It’s versatile so you can change it up with any of the…

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Are You Grounded?

The secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be. Author Unknown I love this quote because it reminds us to be present in the moment, without judgement of the experience. When we are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, mindfulness helps us pause and connect…

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Top 5 Ways to Be Sun Safe

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention More than 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure! Limiting sun exposure is one of the best ways to help prevent skin cancer. Remember, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is how the body protects itself from the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays.  Throw…

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Chicken and Veggie Pad Thai Is a Go-To Meal

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This is one of my favorite weekday go-to meals. This balanced recipe is easy to make, full of flavor and jam-packed with nutrients. It is also great reheated for leftovers. This Chicken and Vegetable Pad Thai is a simple, yet healthier version of a classic take-out favorite. It can also easily be made vegan by…

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Exercise helps us live life to the fullest

As a physical therapist, my older adult patients consistently tell me that they can’t do a specific activity or exercise because they are “too old.” Our society tends to equate old age with being slow, fragile, and weak. This mindset needs to change in order for older adults to live the fulfilling life they want….

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Exercise Helps Us Live Life to the Fullest 

As a physical therapist, my older adult patients consistently tell me that they can’t do a specific activity or exercise because they are “too old.” Our society tends to equate old age with being slow, fragile, and weak. This mindset needs to change in order for older adults to live the fulfilling life they want….

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Mankato Clinic Thrives Magazine – Spring 2022

Click here to read Thrives Magazine  Mankato Clinic has partnered with Luxe Quarterlies to bring you Thrives Magazine, a local health and wellness magazine. Each issue includes health and wellness columns, healthy lifestyles, Thrivers, and good things happening in our community. In this issue, you’ll meet the Root family, get cooking in Erin’s Kitchen and find hope…

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Book Nook: ‘Dragons Love Tacos’

Stephanie Blume and her son Andy read “Dragons Love Tacos” together. Stephanie’s Storytimes: Stephanie has a playlist of storytime videos. Each viceo includes an activity to go along with the book. For “Dragons Love Tacos,” Stephanie shows families how to make simple sock puppets.  What happens when you plan a taco party for dragons? Find out when…

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Mankato Clinic Achieves Highest Health Care Quality Scores in State 

March 31, 2022 (MANKATO) — Mankato Clinic is the top-performing medical group among 10 high-performing medical groups in the Minnesota Health Care Quality Report: Results for Care Delivered in 2020. Medical group performance is based on care measures that include preventive care and care for chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and depression. For care delivered in…

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Top 5 Ways to Eat Mindfully

What is mindful eating? Mindful eating is the practice of bringing awareness and a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating, without judgment. The practice of mindful eating involves: Eating slowly and without distractionListening to physical hunger and fullness cuesDifferentiating between physical hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating (social…

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Acne Is More than Just Looks for Teens

Acne can be tough on teens and impact their confidence. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, research shows that acne can cause adolescents and teenagers to suffer from anxiety, low self-esteem, poor self-image, decreased quality of life and a feeling of being all alone.  Some teens may stop doing things they love or participating…

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Do Your Heart Good

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You can take steps to improving your heart health by knowing your risk factors, leading a healthy lifestyle and managing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 

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Give Your Heart Some Love

February 10, 2022 Dr. Kendra Finn, Mankato Clinic Family Medicine, Daniels Health Center, Saint Peter In February, our minds turn to love, valentines and matters of the heart! That’s why February is American Heart Month. Take time to understand your risk for heart disease and steps you can take toward heart health. While heart disease…

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Acne Is More Than Just Looks for Teens

February 28, 2022 By : Faith Ludwigs, APRN, CNP Acne can be tough on teens and impact their confidence. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, research shows that acne can cause adolescents and teenagers to suffer from anxiety, low self-esteem, poor self-image, decreased quality of life and a feeling of being all alone.  Some…

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Are You Sun Smart

June 3, 2020 While it may feel good to soak up the sunshine, we have to be smart and protect our skin. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Seek shade, especially from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.Dress to protect yourself from…

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Injury

May 8, 2020 By : Jake Nienow, PT, DPT Ramp up your activity slowly. Spring weather may be calling you to the golf course, bike trails, yard and garden. If you haven’t been as active, don’t expect to pick up where you left off. If you’re a golfer, don’t swing at 100% and play 9 holes…

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Your Safety is Our Top Priority

April 13, 2020 he Mankato Clinic is here to care for you and your loved ones. That’s why we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and staff at all Mankato Clinic locations. Hotline & Respiratory Clinic:  Separating patients who may have COVID-19 from our healthy patients who need other types…

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Our Favorite Activities for Kiddos and Families

March 25, 2020 Our neighborhood sidewalks are filled with colorful masterpieces and positive messages from our children and families! Sidewalk art is making many people smile right now.  Many of our children are at home and they’ve started their distance learning. Remember, just like adults, they need brain breaks too! And when they’re playing, they’re…

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5 Ways to Get Healthy Sleep

March 6, 2020 By : Mankato Clinic 1: Start Moving Daily exercise improves symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea and increases the amount of time you spend in REM sleep. If you tend to have sleep initiation insomnia, exercise should be in the morning. 2: Turn It Off Artificial light from cell phones, TVs and…

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Anxiety is Real for Children and Teens. Know the Signs.

February 17, 2020 By : Crystal Dubbelde, MSW, LICSW Crystal Dubbelde, MSW, LICSW, brings behavioral health services to Mankato Clinic Children’s Health Center. Reading books can be a good relaxation method for kiddos struggling with anxiety. Children and teenagers experience many new things – school, sports, sleepovers, birthday parties. Sometimes these experiences cause anxiety. A…

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Living with Intention Versus Tension

February 5, 2020 By : Joni Stadtherr, MSW, LICSW Photo by Sarah Hughes. In our fast-paced world, we are stressed both at work and home. Let’s face it, life is demanding. That’s why it’s so important to take care of ourselves. We call this self-care. Self-care is any activity or action that we do with…

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Screen Time Survival Guide

December 27, 2019 By : Katie Smentek, MD Dr. Katie Smentek, Mankato Clinic pediatrician, is caught in a lively conversation with her daughter, Molly. Dr. Smentek encourages families to spend less time on screens so they have more time for unplugged fun such as outdoor play, games, talking and reading. New research by Common Sense…

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Here’s to Healthy and Happy Holidays for Your Family

December 16, 2019 Dr. Amy Deehr joined Lisa Kaye in studio at Radio Mankato this month.  Dr. Amy Deehr, Mankato Clinic pedicatrician, joined Lisa Kaye on KTOE Talk of the Town. Dr. Deehr offered tips on staying healthy and happy over the holidays. Dr. Deehr covered influenza, RSV, safety, sleep and ways to simplify your…

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Top 5 Ways to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

November 23, 2019 Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body turns food into energy. Food is broken down into sugar or glucose. Then the pancreas releases insulin to help glucose reach our cells to be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Awards Quarter Four Grants

November 22, 2019 MANKATO (November 11, 2019) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $16,500 in grants to deserving organizations during quarter four.    Receiving grants for quarter four are: Grow MANkato ($1,000)Camp Sweet Life Adventures-Camp Sweet Life Connects ($4,000)Minnesota Doctors for People ($3,000)Arts Center of St. Peter-Art…

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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

November 7, 2019 November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  Early detection is the key to survival. When lung cancer is found early, people have more…

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Bottom Line : A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

November 6, 2019 By : Matthew Carns, MD Did you know you can prevent colorectal cancer by getting a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is the only test that can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing precancerous polyps before they turn into cancer. This important test also detects cancer early, often before people notice symptoms. Colorectal…

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You Can Learn if You Are at a Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

October 25, 2019 By : Jenny Maday, RN The Breast Health Team at the Mankato Clinic Diagnostic Imaging Center specializes in mammograms, ultrasounds and MRIs. One of their tools is a 3D mammography machine. Team members include from left to right: Jessica Benson, Carol Koehler, Dr. Steven Haugen, Glenda Beeck, Paige Larson and Gena Hernandez…

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Care to Know Newsletter: Fall 2019

October 24, 2019 Click Here for the Care to Know Fall 2019 NewsletterDownload Our fall newsletter features Jim Hansen who is managing diabetes with exercise, diet and medication. He also joined the Living Well with Diabetes class at VINE Adult Community Center in Mankato to learn more about controlling his diabetes. You can also learn…

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Mankato Clinic was Honored at UCare’s “A Salute to Excellence!” Event

Deb Addis (center), Mankato Clinic director of revenue management, accepted three UCare Quality of Care awards from Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio (left), UCare senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Mark Traynor (right), UCare President and CEO. 22 Minnesota clinics and care systems recognized for outstanding results in 2018 HEDIS measures MANKATO (Oct. 23,…

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Margo Druschel Finds Wisdom in Cancer Journey

October 8, 2019 When Margo Druschel of Mankato went in for her yearly mammogram in September 2018, it was part of her normal healthcare routine. When Mankato Clinic offered her the choice of a 2D or 3D mammogram, she chose 3D as it is proven to detect more breast cancers than conventional 2D mammograms.  …

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You Can Set Your Child Up for Success in School

September 20, 2019 Lacey Cooley, occupational therapist at Mankato Clinic Pediatric Therapy Services, works with children to help them learn, play and be ready for school. She also spends a couple days a week at a local school district to help children succeed in school.    Your family’s into the groove of school now. How’s…

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Preman Singh, MD, Will Conduct Research at Oxford University

September 19, 2019 MANKATO (September 16, 2019) — Preman Singh, MD, of Mankato Clinic Internal Medicine, has accepted an invitation to conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease at Oxford University, his Alma Mater. He had earlier earned a Master’s degree in experimental and translational therapeutics from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and will carry out his…

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Are Your Medications Working for You?

September 7, 2019 By : Nathan Evers, PharmD, BCACP As people age, they tend to take more medications to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), arthritis and COPD. Plus, over-the-counter pain relievers, daily vitamins and other supplements tend to be in the mix. These medications can help you…

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Pediatric Therapy Services Joins Mankato Clinic on September 3

September 6, 2019 MANKATO (Sept. 3, 2019)— Pediatric Therapy Services is joining the Mankato Clinic on September 3. As part of Mankato Clinic, Pediatric Therapy Services therapists will continue to provide physical, occupational and speech language therapies in its current Mankato locations. Nancy Dobson, PT, cofounder and owner of Pediatric Therapy Services, is leading the…

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Mankato Clinic Providers are Playing at Children’s Museum of Southern MN

August 21, 2019 Mankato Clinic providers are playing at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota’s A Healthy Me exhibit in August.  Erin Gonzalez, RD, LD, is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, August 28. Gonzalez is a registered and licensed dietitian in the Mankato Clinic Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center. Children are invited to come and play, talk,…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

August 21, 2019 MANKATO (August 21, 2019) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $25,700 in grants to deserving organizations during quarter three.    Receiving grants for quarter three are: Nicollet Alliance for Prevention Against Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs ($500)Connecting Kids – Youth sports and arts scholarships…

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You Can Improve Your Bone Health at Any Age

June 12, 2019 By : Abel Alfonso, DO Did you know that your body is constantly losing old bone while you make new bone? Bones are living, growing tissue. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which bones lose density and become weak from a loss of tissue. Often the first symptom of osteoporosis is a…

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Postpartum Care is Important for New Moms

May 28, 2019 By : Katie Keepers, MD The postpartum period can be filled with these universal feelings:  “This is not what I was expecting,” “I don’t know what I’m doing” and “I’m so tired.”    It’s so important to let your friends and family know how you are feeling. You will find they understand…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients During Quarter Two

May 28, 2019 MANKATO (May 24, 2019) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $61,305 in grants to deserving organizations within the area during quarter two. Receiving grants for quarter two are: South Central College Student Scholarships ($20,000)Educare Foundation ($25,000)Open Your Heart to the Hungry and the Homeless…

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Get the Message on Vaping from Local Teens, for Teens

May 9, 2019 Vaping, also known as e-cigarettes, has become popular in high schools in Mankato and across the nation. In 2018, 1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month, according to the Surgeon General. Vaping is dangerous for our youth. Through an aerosol vapor, they are inhaling harmful chemicals,…

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Pep Talk : Take Control of Your Diabetes

April 30, 2019 By : Abel Alfonso, DO Whether you have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or managing the condition for years, it’s a good idea to ask yourself if it’s under control. Diabetes treatment usually includes exercise, a meal plan, medications, insulin injection and monitoring your blood sugar. In 2018, the American…

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Renew Your Resolution for Good Health This Spring

April 8, 2019 By : Sagan Dobie, PA-C Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna from Pexels If everyone in the United States received recommended clinical preventive care, over 100,000 lives each year could be saved says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventive care includes cancer screenings, check-ups, counseling to prevent health conditions, vaccinations…

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Study Shows MMR Vaccine Is Not Linked to Autism

March 28, 2019 Protect your children from childhood diseases by following the recommended vaccination schedule.  Did you hear about the measles outbreak that led a New York county to issue a state of emergency? Officials barred children and teenagers who were not vaccinated against measles from public places on March 26, 2019. Measles is a…

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Help Kids Thrive : Do 5210 Daily for Healthy Habits

March 7, 2019 By : Brian Williams, MD We understand that raising healthy kids in today’s world can be challenging. At Mankato Clinic, we want to make it easier for parents and fun for kids to adopt healthy habits. That’s why we created 5210 Daily for Healthy Habits! Click below for your calendar.  5210 Daily…

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Top 5 Ways to Eat Less Sugar

February 26, 2019 Added sugars in our processed foods and drinks may increase your risk for heart disease. Here are some ways you can reduce sugar in your diet. As a bonus, you may find you feel more satisfied.  Seek Satisfaction. Next time you go for a sweet, try giving the food all your attention, taking…

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Show Your Love by Boosting Your Heart Health

February 8, 2019 By : Manpreet Kanwar, MD In February, our minds turn to love, valentines and matters of the heart! February is American Heart Month. It’s time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you can take toward heart health. Did you know heart disease can occur at any age?…

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Winter Safety Guide for Families

January 25, 2019 Zero-degree temps, arctic blasts, negative wind chills. Yep, it’s winter in Minnesota. During dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills, it’s best to stay indoors.  When it warms a bit, it’s great to get outside to skate, sled, ski and play. Remember, cold weather, ice and snow still pose risks. Frostbite can occur…

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Care to Know Newsletter

January 23, 2019 Our quarterly newletter featues Jim Levandowski who has found minduf eating and exercise have made a big impact on his health. Learn the not-so-sweet facts about sugar, ways to cut back on sugar and how to ease into exercise.  Care to Know Winter 2019Download

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Car Seat Safety Classes

January 18, 2019 Classes are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Car Seat Safety Class (free) (one session)Research shows more than 80 percent of children in car seats are incorrectly restrained and eight out of 10 children who need booster seats don’t use them. One of the most important jobs you…

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Mindful Eating and Exercise Lead to a Healthy, Active Life

January 17, 2019 When Jim Levandowski of North Mankato was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, he transformed his life with mindful eating, exercise and support. “I live an active lifestyle now. Before I was sedentary. The writing was on the wall that I wasn’t going to be around much longer if I stayed on that…

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Start the New Year by Easing into Exercise

January 3, 2019 By : Katie Swanson, PT, DPT Come January, many of us resolve to exercise more frequently.  We often start with good intentions, but we don’t always succeed in making exercise part of our regular routine. If exercising is your New Year’s resolution, you can set yourself up for success by following these…

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Don’t Take the Skin You’re in for Granted

December 7, 2019 By: Lisa Montag, NP The skin is the largest organ in your body, but we often take it for granted. The good news is it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. Your skin routine can be simple yet effective. As we age, gravity, hormone loss and sun can…

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Avoid the All-Or-Nothing Mindset to Enjoy the Holidays

November 5, 2018 By : Erin Gonzalez, MS, RD, LD November and December are filled with social gatherings emphasizing traditions, fun, and of course food! Many people struggle with holidays and fear of overeating at parties. What if, just the thought of a diet, restriction or deprivation being around the corner is what influences the…

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Dry Needling Can Help Relieve Chronic Muscle Pain

October 26, 2018 By: Jake Nienow, PT, DPT You don’t have to live with muscle pain and inflammation. Dry needling is one technique that Mankato Clinic physical therapists use to treat muscle pain, particularly myofascial pain.    What is Myofascial Pain? Myofascial pain affects the fascia — the connective tissue that covers the muscle. With…

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Give Your Heart Some Love

In February, our minds turn to love, valentines and matters of the heart! That’s why February is American Heart Month. Take time to understand your risk for heart disease and steps you can take toward heart health.

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Bottom Line: A Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

November 6, 2019by Matthew Carns, MD Did you know you can prevent colorectal cancer by getting a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is the only test that can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing precancerous polyps before they turn into cancer. This important test also detects cancer early, often before people notice symptoms. Colorectal cancer is highly…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Awards Quarter Four Grants

November 22, 2019 MANKATO (November 11, 2019) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $16,500 in grants to deserving organizations during quarter four.    Receiving grants for quarter four are: Grow MANkato ($1,000)Camp Sweet Life Adventures-Camp Sweet Life Connects ($4,000)Minnesota Doctors for People ($3,000)Arts Center of St. Peter-Art…

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COVID-19: Wearing Masks Properly Is New skill for Children to Learn

July 23, 2020 Katie Smentek, MD, Pediatrician Mankato Clinic pediatrician recommends 30-day plan to teach children to wear masks   (Mankato—July 23, 2020) In light of Minnesota’s statewide mask mandate, children are expected to wear masks in indoor public places and schools. Learning to mask properly is a skill that parents and caregivers can help…

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Avoid the Aches and Pains of Working from Home

July 27, 2020by Michael Much, PT, DPT With our ergonomic workspaces gathering dust at the office, many of us are working from home in makeshift offices and kitchen tables. And we may be feeling it with some new aches and pains courtesy of our less-than-ideal home workspaces. Here are some ways to treat your body better,…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Awards Scholarships to Children of Employees

August 12, 2020 Aubrey Hauser received a $1,000 Nancy Pfeifer Scholarship from the Mankato Clinic Foundation. She is pictured with her mother Shannon Hauser, Mankato Clinic Healthcare Documentation. Ashley Dungan received a $1,000 Nancy Pfeifer Scholarship from the Mankato Clinic Foundation. She is pictured with her father Dr. James Dungan, Mankato Clinic Occupational Medicine. Nancy…

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How do We Cope with Pandemic Fatigue?

August 13, 2020by Katie Wojtalewicz, Psy.D, LP The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on our lives. Depression and anxiety are already common problems for people under chronic stress, so it’s no surprise we are seeing an increase during the pandemic. Pandemic fatigue describes the feeling of exhaustion and burn-out we’ve reached after months of having…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients during Quarter Three

September 1, 2020 MANKATO (August 26, 2020) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $24,250 in grants to community organizations during quarter three. Receiving grants for quarter three are: City of Saint Peter Recreation and Leisure Services – Exploration Recreation for Youth and Senior Isolation Kits ($2,500)Kiwanis Camp…

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Mankato Clinic and VINE Team Up to Reduce Falls Among Older Adults

September 1, 2020 Falls risk screening event is part of Falls Prevention Awareness Week Katie Swanson, PT, DPT, MANKATO (September 17, 2020) —Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Each year…

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How to Rock Distance Learning

September 2, 2020by Mary VanRavenhorst, OTR/L, BCN So the time has come to begin the school year! If you’ve decided that distance learning is best for your children, here are some ways to rock distance learning and help your family succeed. Break it down. Chunk up the school year into manageable portions. Looking at the school year as…

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How to Get Organized and Rame the Homework Beast

September 23, 2020by Mary VanRavenhorst, OTR/L, BCN With school in full swing, some kiddos are doing distance learning, some are doing in-person and others a combination. Many parents are juggling several different school schedules this year. Take a deep breath. Here are some ways to control the chaos.    Sundays: Set aside time on Sunday night to…

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Are you Due for an Annual Mammogram?

Maureen Magut Charette, MD, of Mankato Clinic reads a 3D mammogram, which shows radiologists a detailed view of breast tissue. October 7, 2020 Maureen Magut Charette, MD, of Mankato Clinic reads a 3D mammogram, which shows radiologists a detailed view of breast tissue. Did you know that being female is the biggest risk factor for…

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Stay Active During the Holidays

December 2, 2021by Tami Meehan, PT, DPT As the weather is turning colder and we nestle in for the long MN winter, our tendency is push aside our warmer weather healthy habits of being active and exercising. We start the holiday hibernation by filling our bellies with delicious food, delightful drinks, planning and enjoying festivities filled…

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How to Be Active During Our MN Winter

December 27, 2021by Tami Meehan, PT, DPT As the weather turns colder and we nestle in for the long Minnesota winter, we tend to push aside our warm weather healthy habits of being active and exercising. In the winter, we might need to make a more conscious effort to be active as we may not feel…

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Mankato Clinic Launches Diabetes Care Center

October 26, 2020 MANKATO (November 5, 2020) — Mankato Clinic has launched the Diabetes Care Center in the Main Street location to offer comprehensive care for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes to help people of all ages successfully manage this condition, prevent complications and lead a healthy life. November is National Diabetes Awareness…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients During Quarter Four

October 26, 2020 MANKATO (November 13, 2020) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $21,625 in grants to community organizations during quarter four.   Receiving grants for quarter four are: Camp Sweet Life Adventures – 2020-21 High School, College Diabetes Network, CSL Connects ($2,500)Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota…

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Don’t Delay Routine Cancer Screenings

October 27, 2020by Sagan Dobie, PA-C Sagan Dobie, PA-C, North Mankato Family Medicine  According to a survey from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, more than a third of American adults have skipped scheduled cancer screenings during the pandemic. Cancer isn’t waiting for COVID-19 to end. So don’t let it delay your routine cancer screenings. Screenings are tests…

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Mankato Clinic Adds Pain Management Services to Specialty Care

November 29, 2020 MANKATO (December 28, 2020) — The Mankato Clinic is proud to announce that Advanced Pain Management-Mankato is now part of the Mankato Clinic and will continue to provide innovative pain management services in this region. Mankato Clinic and Advanced Pain Management have been in partnership from the very beginning. The Advanced Pain…

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Choose Joy

November 30, 2020by Greg Nelson, MS, LP When life gets difficult – and we know life has been difficult in 2020 – we can still find joy in our everyday lives. And sometimes, joy actually finds us. So how do we boost the joy factor in our lives? Joy is more than a feeling. It’s like…

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Mankato Clinic gives COVID-19 Vaccine to Frontline Healthcare Workers

January 3, 2021 Katie Smentek, MD, of Mankato Clinic received the COVID-19 vaccine from Tonya Treaner, LPN, on Wednesday, January 6. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered to healthcare workers. MANKATO (January 6, 2020) — The Mankato Clinic began administering the COVID-19 vaccine this week to more than 300 physicians, providers, nurses and staff who are…

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Your Non-Diet New Year’s Resolution

January 4, 2021by Erin Gonzalez, MS, RD, LD Erin Gonzalez is a registered and licensed dietitian at Mankato Clinic. She enourages inituitve eating to find balance, nourishment and enjoyment from food.  It’s natural to start thinking about ways to make changes for the New Year ahead.  How many years have you vowed to cut out all…

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Are you Ready to Let Go?

January 27, 2021by Katie Wojtalewicz, Psy.D, LP Imagine you are in a tug-of-war with a monster who represents all of your anxieties and bad feelings. You are on opposite cliffs. Between you is a bottomless drop off. You strategize. If you pull hard, the monster can fall into the abyss. If you pull too hard, the…

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Think Wellness Magazine – Winter 2021

February 8, 2021 Click here to view Think Wellness, Winter 2021.  Think Wellness, Mankato Clinic’s quarterly magazine, brings you the story of Beckie Swanson who is living out her passion in her career and personal life thanks to happy feet! You will also meet our Respiratory Clinic healthcare heroes and get some great tips on…

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Let’s have a Heart-to-heart on Cardiovascular Disease

February 9, 2021by Nicole Fischbach, APRN, CNP, FNP Mankato Clinic staff joined Go Red for Women by wearing red to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease among women.  Did you know cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year?  You have the power to change that. Nearly 80 percent…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients During Quarter One

February 18, 2021 MANKATO (February 23, 2021) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $87,000 in grants to community organizations during quarter one.   Receiving grants for quarter one are: Greater Mankato Area United Way – First Steps ($35,000)Mankato Youth (MY) Place ($10,000)The Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center…

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Children Thrive when They Create

February 19, 2021by Kelly Bryan, DO Kids like art because it’s fun! A preschooler smiles over the gushy feeling and beauty of their finger paint creation. You notice the concentration on their face when they roll out the Play-Doh on the kitchen table. As they grow, you see the progress from scribbles to writing and from…

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Navigate Emotional Eating and ENJOY Food

March 22, 2021by Erin Gonzalez, MS, RD, LD Hunger-fullness scale 0 to 10 for intuitive and mindful eating and diet control. Arch chart indicating hunger stages to evaluate level of appetite. Vector illustration clipart Emotional eating has gotten a bad rap. Actually, emotional eating is normal. It makes sense to reach for food for comfort. Our…

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Pandemic Caused Decline in Preventive Healthcare Services in 2020

April 15, 2021 Mankato Clinic physicians encourage people to schedule annual check-ups and cancer screenings. MANKATO (April 19, 2021) — The COVID-19 pandemic caused a drop in preventive and elective healthcare visits in 2020. Skipping and delaying routine check-ups has resulted in dips in childhood immunizations and cancer screenings which directly impact people’s health.   Mankato…

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Mankato Clinic Receives award from Gustavus Adolphus College

April 15, 2021 April Oachs, RN clinical manager, and Linda Annis, Provider Services, received the Presidents’ Community Partner Award from Gustavus Adolphus College, for coordinating clinical observation opportunities for pre-health students at the Mankato Clinic.  MANKATO (April 29, 2021) — The 2021 Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact awards honor individuals and organizations whose accomplishments exemplify…

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Top 5 Reasons to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

April 16, 2021 Podcast: Are you hesitant to get the COVID vaccine? Dr. John Benson, Mankato Clinic Family Medicine, busts myths, talks safety and effectiveness and explains how the vaccines work. Click here for the KMSU podcast.  The vaccine is safe and effective. Safety standards for vaccine approval are stricter than other drugs. The approved COVID-19 vaccines were…

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Mankato Clinic Physicians Encourage Vaccination for Adolescents

May 9, 2021 May 11, 2021 (MANKATO) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents ages 12 to 15. The final decision on Emergency Use Approval is expected Wednesday by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy…

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Know the Signs of Melanoma

May 10, 2021by Jeffrey Weideman, PA-C Jeffrey Weideman, PA-C, Dermatology One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. In May, we raise awareness about melanoma because it’s a serious form of skin cancer that can spread when it is not detected and treated early. When treated early, the 5-year survival rate…

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Mankato Clinic Foundation Announces Grant Recipients During Quarter Two

May 24, 2021 MANKATO (June 8, 2021) — To support organizations that share its mission, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has approved $39,831 in grants to community organizations during quarter two.    Receiving grants for quarter two are: Greater Mankato Area United Way – Project Community Connects ($1,000)  WellShare International – Community Health Worker Pilot ($32,831)Mankato-North…

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