Many of us experience stress, grief and sadness regularly, but for some, these feelings can be overwhelming and debilitating. Mental health is a critical component of overall wellness, but many people don’t prioritize it. One in five adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans struggling with depression, grief, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and … Continue reading “Five Signs You Should See a Therapist”

Dr. Lance Tuetken always thought he would be a farmer. Growing up on a farm in Iowa, he began helping his father at an early age. He regularly helped mend fences, feed cattle and assist his dad any way he could. When he graduated from high school, Dr. Tuetken’s parents encouraged him to leave the … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Lance Tuetken”

Most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But getting a full night’s sleep can be tough, according to Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, pulmonologist and director of the St. Bernards Sleep Disorders Lab. “People are typically sleep deprived because we cram so much into our lives,” Dr. … Continue reading “Five Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep”

The diet commercials are in full force and gym memberships are at their yearly high.  In hopes that this year will be different, Americans renew their determination to eat healthier, exercise more and lose those unwanted pounds. Trying again is not a bad thing.  Multiple studies support the fact that our bodies have an amazing … Continue reading “Choosing a Resolution That Works”

Each year we close the calendar with an emphasis on gratitude and giving to others.  The Latin word gratia encompasses the idea of being grateful and acknowledging the goodness in our lives.  Embracing such an emphasis can propel us into the upcoming year with renewed strength and hope. Scientific research supports the health benefits of … Continue reading “The Health Benefits of a Grateful Heart”

  Did you know that the overuse of antibiotics is the leading cause of antibiotic resistance?  Why should I care about antibiotic resistance? Antibiotic resistance has been called “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.” Antibiotic resistance can cause infections that were once easily treated with antibiotics to become dangerous infections that can … Continue reading “An Antibiotic Isn’t Always the Answer”

Is it really that important to get a flu shot? The answer is yes! Millions of people get the flu every year. Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So how does the flu vaccine work? About two … Continue reading “Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?”

What should you do when candy treats are brought home? Parents or a supervising adult should inspect all Halloween treats before children eat them. When in doubt, throw it out! Halloween is the perfect time to teach children moderation in eating. Help kids include their treats in a healthy eating plan, set limits on when … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthy Halloween – Part 2”

One moment, a Benedictine Sister, associate or Catholic priest might be praying with a man before he is wheeled into the operating room. Ten minutes later, they might be visiting and laughing with a child who has a broken leg or celebrating with a woman who has just given birth. Later still hospice or palliative … Continue reading “National Pastoral Care Week: Celebrating Those Who Help Us Keep the Faith”