My Healthy Life

The Importance of a Diabetic Eye Exam

By Jenny Belken, Optometrist Did you know diabetes can potentially cause blindness? In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in adults between the ages of 20-74 years old, according to the National Eye Institute. Diabetes is becoming more common. In 1958 only 1% of the population was diabetic. By 2015 that [read more]

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What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications “I wish I knew then what I know now,” is something all adults say or think some time in our lives. People, it seems, never have a shortage of advice to give. Much of it may even be good advice. More and more, however, I am finally [read more]

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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: More than Just Kegels

By Amber Langel, Physical Therapist Do you leak urine when you cough, laugh, or sneeze? Do you wear depends or a pad because you are worried about leaking in public? Despite what many thing, it is not normal to leak urine at any age. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help with these issues. And there [read more]

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The Uncomfortable (Yet Totally Worth It) Work of Focusing on Yourself

Julie Stephenson from Southwest Health’s Community Outreach Department Shortly after I started focusing on my own personal development “work”, I realized my biggest call to courage was getting comfortable with my desire to dabble in unfamiliar things suggested by mentors or teachers. Things that seemed a little corny, woo-woo or just downright strange. One example [read more]

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Gratitude in Daily Life

By Julie Stephenson from Southwest Health’s Community Outreach Department. “In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast. When we live gratefully, we notice what is already present, plenty and abundant in our lives, from the tiniest things of [read more]

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I have a frog in my throat!

By Jodi Knight, Speech Therapist Keeping your voice healthy all year long can be challenging. Lots of things can cause strain (and pain) to your vocal cords including allergies, colds, and work or home life. Our voice is an invaluable resource that we often do not think about until it stops working properly.  You know [read more]

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Fighting the Flu: What You Need to Know

Flu season is quickly approaching. We want you to be armed with information to help you understand the history of influenza, how it spreads, and what to watch for.  A Global Pandemic Just over 100 years ago, at the start of 1918, the mother of all influenza pandemics broke out. Killing between 50 and 100 [read more]

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What is a Safety Plan and how do you use it?

by Lacy Taylor, Mental Health Therapist at SBS Have you ever had a friend or family member go to the hospital or ER and leave with something called a Safety Plan? It can be hard to understand what this document is, how is it used, and who should have one if it’s the first time [read more]

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Try Seeing the World through Autistic Eyes 

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It will surprise no one that there are a great many ways to upset strangers. What may be news, however, is that having autistic children presents a whole new array of possibilities. “That man is fat,” says my friend telling me the story of his seven-year-old daughter [read more]

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Dogs: Cute, Cuddly, and Good for Your Health!

By Breanna Callahan, Southwest Health Marketing Coordinator Pup. Pooch. Four-legged friend. Whatever you call them, dogs are great companions and great for your health. Once you get past the puppy phase, the crying (or more like ear-piercing howling) through the night while they are stuck in their kennel and the peeing on the floor, dogs [read more]

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