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Get Fruity With These Nutritional Snacks

With kids back in school, sports and clubs, they’re going to need all the energy they can get. And with apple season in full-swing well, it’s a no brainer to load up on fruit.

09/17/2013

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Fans React To Coach Kill’s Latest Seizure

Three seizures during three games in two years have Gopher fans like Margaret Swanson wondering if coach Jerry Kill’s struggles with epilepsy are too much for the job. “I feel so bad because it seems to be happening a lot,” Swanson said. “I wonder what happens in the locker room when he doesn’t come in…I’m sure it takes a toll on them a little bit.” Dr. Thaddeus Walczak is an epileptologist at the University of Minnesota. He says that although high-stress situations – like football games – could make seizures more likely to occur in someone with epilepsy, that’s not a reason to change careers.

09/14/2013

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Dayton Defends MNsure After Security Breach

Gov. Mark Dayton is defending Minnesota’s online health insurance exchange after an accidental release of the private data of more than 2,400 insurance agents. MNsure officials say they quickly remedied the error by an employee, and will investigate it.

09/13/2013

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Commissioner: MNsure Plans Boast Lowest Avg. Rates In U.S.

Minnesotans learned on Friday how much they can expect to pay for health insurance on the state’s new online exchange, and the numbers suggest Minnesota will have the lowest average rates in the country with the plan. On Friday, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman revealed the individual policy premium rates. MNSure is part of the new federal health care law that requires insurance by January 1, 2014.

09/06/2013

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MNsure Launches TV, Radio Ads Statewide

Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace has started airing television and radio ads statewide. The broadcast spots supplement bus advertising, billboards and posters in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato and Moorhead.

09/04/2013

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Ensuring A School Year Filled With Healthy Lunches

It’s the first day back at school for many children, and that means they’re out of parents’ sight for lunchtime. Whether you pack a lunch or do hot lunch, it can be tricky to make sure you child is eating properly at school.

09/03/2013

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Be Wary Of Dehydration, But You Can Overhydrate, Too

As Minnesotans try to beat the heat, there’s also the danger of drinking too much water. If you drink too much within a certain time span, serious health problems could arise. It’s called hyponatremia.

08/27/2013

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Combat Back-To-School Anxiety As Fall Approaches

Going back to school can be absolutely terrifying to some kids, who sometimes end up worrying about how their peers and teachers will view them. Those are all things Dr. Gretchen Lewis-Snyder has heard in her office.

08/20/2013

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Is Juicing Worth The Extra Time And Money?

It’s hard to argue against the benefits of eating your fruits and vegetables. But what about drinking them? Juicing, the process of extracting juice from plant tissues, is a nutritional trend that’s growing in popularity.

08/14/2013

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Get A Jump On Your Back-To-School Sleep Schedule

Memo to students: enjoy the extra sleep now. The school year begins in just a matter of weeks. Minneapolis schools are back in session on August 26. A lack of sleep affects kids significantly.

08/12/2013

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Minn. Workers Can Soon Take Medical Leave To Care For Family Members

If you work at a Minnesota company with at least 21 employees, there’s a change in the law you should know about. It has to do with sick leave benefits.

07/31/2013

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How You Can Eat Barbecue And Still Stay Healthy

Despite the cooler weather, it’s still summer and there is plenty of time to get out and fire up the grill. Grilling out means serving chips, dips and burgers. But just because you’re BBQ’ing, that doesn’t necessarily mean your meal can’t be healthy.

07/31/2013

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Keep Fresh & Healthy This Summer With Facials, Massage

Summer is supposed to be a fun, carefree time of year, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Maintaining your schedule, maintaining your kids’ schedules, and even planning a family vacation can be stressful.

07/31/2013

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New, Less Invasive Surgery To Clear Blocked Arteries

More than 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed every year with blockages in the carotid arteries. Now, doctors are testing out a new, less invasive surgery to clear blocked arteries, and save patients from strokes.

07/24/2013

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Pricier Pack Has Smokers Flooding Quitplan Services 4-Fold

Doctors have been searching for years for a solution to help people quit smoking, and now one factor has helped significantly — the cost. In the first week of Minnesota’s new higher tax on cigarettes, nearly 2,500 Minnesotans visited the Quitplan Services website and 400 people called the hotline for help in quitting.

07/24/2013

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