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Winter blues lead to SADness


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By this point of the winter season, Minnesotans are usually getting pretty tired of what seems like endless inches of snowfall, the bitterly cold temperatures, blizzard-like winds, windchill warnings, winter weather advisories, and back-breaking shovelfuls of snow. It would come to surprise that parents’ patience are running pretty thin with their children staying home on the numerous snow days recently.

What I’ve described above is a pretty common depiction of winter in the state of Minnesota. Though some may argue that this winter has been an “exceptional” one, and in some cases it has been with some unusually frigid cold spells.

However, there’s a different commonality that winter brings that is often overlooked. It’s a condition that has been coined “Seasonal Affective Disorder”, or SAD. And that’s just how many who have the disorder feel more or less... sad. If you’ve been feeling blue lately and have just passed it off as what’s referred to as ‘Cabin Fever’, you may want to reconsider.

According to staff at the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that usually arrives the same time every year, arriving in the late fall and progressing through the winter months (though in less common cases, some develop symptoms in the spring and summer months).

Having a down day occasionally is normal, but when one frequently encounters one or more of the following symptoms, seeking medical attention isn’t a bad idea: depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, heavy feelings in the arms or legs, social withdrawal, oversleeping, loss of interest in activities, appetite changes, weight gain, difficulty concentrating.

Recognizing the symptoms the SAD isn’t difficult, understanding where it originates from is more of a challenge. During the winter months, many of us tend to avoid the outdoors due to the cold. When daylight hours are already numbered, the lack of natural light toys with the seretonin and melatonin hormone levels in our bodies – two chemicals that are responsible for mood and sleep patterns.

There are ways for people to keep Seasonal Affective Disorder under control by modifying their own lifetyles. Methods include getting outside, making your living environment brighter, and exercising and staying active. However, these modifications alone may not be enough for some individuals.

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Root River Yoga - a way of life, a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

For some, yoga invokes one-sided images of quietly posed people, breathing paced and nothing more. But, for more and more Americans, the understanding has grown beyond the physical and into deeper understanding that touches mind, body, and soul and ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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American Red Cross issues new pet first aid app

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Pets are an important part of many families. A new American Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is avail ..... 
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Free Radon and Nitrate testing

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon is the number one cause of lung-cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexp ..... 
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New Year’s Yesolution: Getting healthy

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Many of us start the New Year pledging to do things better. After weeks of holiday feasts and treats, getting in shape is generally one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While losing weight is always a laudable goal, ..... 
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Institute adds new cancer research section

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. — The Hormel Institute has added a new cancer research section focused on investigating the mechanisms that cause cancer cells to spread from one area of the body to the liver. Dr. Ningling Kang recently joined The Hormel Institute ..... 
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MNsure Announces Year-End Enrollment Totals

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The latest enrollment figures shared today by MNsure show that 67,805 Minnesotans have successfully enrolled in new health insurance plans through MNsure as of December 31, 2013. This total represents a jump of more than 14,600 in ..... 
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