Health

Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

• Wear masks when inpublic. Up to half of viruscarriers are asymptomatic. Wearing masks helpscontrol the virus and hasbeen shown to lowerCOVID-19 spread.• Avoid enclosed spaceswith groups of people,where the virus canlinger in the air for longperiods of time.• Get tested if you havecold or flu-like symptoms. • Stay six feet away from others.• Cover your coughs and sneezes withyour […]

Foundation seeks blood drive coordinator

AURORA — The White Community Hospital Foundation, which supports the Essentia Health-Northern Pines hospital, is seeking a volunteer blood drive coordinator. The blood drive coordinator plans and executes a blood drive approximately every 56 days. The coordinator works with Memorial Blood Center staff and foundation volunteers to promote awareness before the blood drive. Additionally, the coordinator recruits donors, organizes and […]

Easing back into an exercise routine; finding appropriate medication for dementia

Q: I have to get back to exercising, but it’s been months since I did anything that challenges my strength or enhances my endurance. I used to go to the gym a couple of times a week at least, and walked a lot. What should I aim to do now to get back to that level of activity? — Kelly […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

Strength gains can be easier than you think


The leaves are turning, and frost is in the yard. I am not sure where summer went but, frankly, I am pleased to see that it has moved on. My column today is about gaining strength. The basic premise is that it is relatively easy to gain and maintain muscle strength with a minimal amount of effort. The science behind […]

Follow these tips to ensure your child’s shoes fit properly



The start of school is quickly approaching. Now is a great time to check your kid’s shoes and make sure they are fitting properly. Most kids go through several shoe sizes each year, so if they have been wearing sandals all summer, do not be surprise… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

Essentia Health emphasizes importance of preventive well-child visits

This great gray owl was spotted this summer near Lake Vermilion. Photo by Joe Wujcik.Even during a global pandemic, preventive medical care remains critically important. That’s why Essentia Health is reminding parents to schedule their well-child vis… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

Depression is a complex condition


 Michelle Obama recently stated that she was experiencing “low-grade depression.” Although I did not listen to the former First Lady’s podcast (where she made the statement), her remarks were sufficiently widely reported to assure me the quotati… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Essentia Health offers back-to-school kit

With schools preparing to reopen across the region, families are deciding how their children will attend—in person, via distance learning or some combination of the two. Safety concerns stemming from COVID-19 ensure that the start of this school year… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

St. Luke’s opens milk depot

DULUTH – St. Luke’s is partnering with the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies (MMBB) in an effort to serve donor breastmilk to infants in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Being a donation site allows mothers to drop off their extra breastmilk at St. Luke… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Going for the home stretch; women don’t know their heart risks

 Q: I get 10,000 steps a day four days a week, but it doesn’t keep me from waking up stiff and sore. I’m 63 and need advice on getting more limber. — Marion S., Albany, New York A: Waking up stiff is a sign of inflammation. To ease that, sleep … Please register for a free account or log in […]


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