My Healthy Life

Hard Lessons Made Easy

You don’t have to run a marathon to understand running 26.2 miles is hard. The same goes for racing an Ironman triathlon, training for an Olympic sport, or doing any of the athletic exploits that make headlines or make you wince in sympathetic pain. The great news is all of us who may never train [read more]

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Why Wait?

By Kevin Carr, MD of the Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health and the Cuba City Clinic at Epione Pavilion If you had 24 hours to live, what is something you would regret never having done? What’s one thing on your bucket list that you always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time? Spend time [read more]

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Deadly Decisions – 25 Short-term Choices that Could Kill You

Humans are lousy at estimating risk. Science has demonstrated this over and again. So, let’s give everyone out there a hand in avoiding some particularly disastrous choices we might be tempted to make in the short run. In completely random order: “Nah, I don’t need to buckle up.” Texting and driving. There is no text [read more]

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Summer Matters

Every year, kids go on summer break. And many of us, especially many kids, see summer as a time celebrate the freedom of being a kid.  Others understand the reality of summertime isn’t always so rosy for some kids. There are some key areas where summer falls short when it comes to helping our kids [read more]

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Do I just forget? Or is it more serious?

By Jodi Knight, Speech Therapist |   Wait, what was I saying? Where did I park my car? What was that man’s name again? Everyone experiences forgetfulness at times. But, at what point should you be concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one? We all have our moments of forgetfulness. Yet, there [read more]

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Honoring Your Health Care Choices

Too often, we don’t receive the health care we wish for near the end of life or in medical emergencies. We don’t because we haven’t clarified what our wishes are. But starting a conversation about such situations can be difficult, whether with doctors, family members, religious and community leaders, or health care providers. It is, [read more]

Beyond Thirst: Signs You’re Dehydrated

The average human is about 60% water. True. Dehydration (when your body does not have enough water to function properly) can cause blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal health issues. That’s unfortunately true, too. In fact, even mild dehydration can cause problems, so everyone should know about the not-so-obvious signs of dehydration that don’t [read more]

How to put road rage in your rear view

Face to face in a supermarket isle, we’re all nice as pie. Get behind the wheel, however, and many people change in character. Chances are high you’ve experienced road rage — as a victim, a perpetrator, or maybe both. In a general sense, road rage is any display of aggression by a driver. Ask yourself [read more]

6 gotta-dos to avoid sports injuries

The last thing anyone wants is to be laid up for weeks or months with a sports injury. You want to enjoy your sport, not your sofa and a pack of ice. Although there is no fool-proof way to avoid all issues when you’re active, you can reduce your risks. Nix the idea of just [read more]

Start Your Summer Story Here

Summer comes, and your hair and your heart get lighter. Water gets warmer. Drinks get cold. Windows open. Music gets turned up. And nights get longer. Throughout our lives, the wonder of each summer always comes with its own story. As the sun shines and green things grow, every one of us, no matter our [read more]