Book Nook: Black History Month

Black History Month honors the contributions, sacrifices, struggles, triumphs and heritage of African Americans who have helped shape our nation. Why February? February was chosen because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born in February. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves and Douglass, a former slave, was a leader in the abolitionist … Continued

Better health looks and feels good!

“It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about becoming more healthy and active. I feel so much healthier. I have so much energy. The weight loss is a bonus,” Suzi Quick says.  An accountant at the Mankato Clinic, Suzi joined Enara Health, a new program at Mankato Clinic last March. Enara brings together a medical … Continued

Be active one step at a time

As a physical therapist, I tell my patients that motion is lotion or movement is medicine. Our bodies are made for movement and movement makes them feel better. To become more active daily, follow the mantra: “Move more, sit less.” Next, make a realistic plan to make exercise part of your weekly routine. A mix … Continued

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.

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!

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 … Continued

Erin’s Kitchen: 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 veggies your family loves … Continued

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 … Continued

Top 5 Ways to Be Sun Safe

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.  Expert Advice Stay hydrated: Did you know … Continued