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Study shows sleep-deprived teens eat more


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

According to a recent study in the journal Sleep, teens who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to eat a high-fat diet that puts them at risk for obesity and other health problems.

The study found that sleep-deprived teens tend to consume 2.2 percent more calories from fat and ate more snacks than those who slept eight hours or more a night. They also ate more calories.

"Parents are not doing their children any favors by allowing late bed times, especially more than one night in a row," comments Dr. Berg, Gundersen Lutheran physician. "Parents need to establish a set time of when the computer and television need to be turned off. Teens can get absorbed in a show or in instant messaging and lose track of time. If you go to bed earlier than your teens, set an alarm for them, so they know when they need to turn off their electronics." Dr. Berg also suggests setting aside 30 minutes before bed for reading as well.

Studies have shown a craving for fatty foods among participants who got less than eight to nine hours of sleep. Sleep experts say that sleep-deprived teens may suffer from metabolic disturbances that have been linked to obesity and insulin resistance. Metabolism is the body's process for turning calories into energy.

"Staying up later means teens have more opportunities to eat," says Dr. Berg. "If teens, or anyone for that matter, need to stay up later for whatever reason and have a craving to eat something, try eating lightly buttered popcorn. It is a good source of fiber, filling and socially accepted."

The study measured the hours slept of 240 teens for five to seven consecutive weekdays. The teens wore wrist meters measuring their movements to determine wakefulness and sleep. They were interviewed twice within 24 hours of eating about what foods they ate, the amount they ate, and when and where. Only 34 percent of the participants slept eight hours or more.

"When we think about sleep-deprived teens, we tend to worry about falling asleep while driving or in class, this study also shows the health consequences for teens, too," explains Dr. Berg. "You cannot 'catch up' on sleep."

Massage therapy benefits both body and mind

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It seems that this is the time of year when the emphasis is on losing weight, eating healthy foods, starting some type of exercise program and trying to figure out a way to deal with the aches and pains of life without having to pop a dozen or more ..... 
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New screening shows highs and lows in state third graders' oral health

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Oral health data collected in Minnesota for the first time show that the mouths of state third graders meet and exceed some national norms but fall short on others.

"The data show mixed findings," Dr. Edward Ehlinger, commissioner of the Mi ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with pre-existing conditions continue to gain coverage through Affordable Care Act

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health pl ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran-Harmony Clinic welcomes Randi Berg to their staff

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Randi Berg, MD, has joined the staff at the Gundersen Lutheran - Harmony Clinic as a family medicine physician. Having lived in Decorah for the first 11 years of her life, returning to attend Luther College, and spending the past 10 years as a physi ..... 
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Volunteer needed for Semcac

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Semcac Board of Directors is looking for one person to represent the interests of the consumer from Fillmore County.

The board includes three groups from the community: one-third represent the public sector; one-third represent the consu ..... 
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Get ready for the Relay for Life kick-off!

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Relay for Life would like to invite you to two very important events coming up! Help us kick off this year's Relay for Life!

Sunday, February 20th-Kick off Breakfast 

•When? 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Harmony blood drive collects 51 units

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 14th succeeded in collecting 51 units of blood. There were 65 donors that presented with seven first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones:

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 14

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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