health

Healthy By Design & By Choice

Banding together to keep our community at its best By Sarie Mackay What if it was easy to make the right health choices? Find the best foods, exercise several times a week, quit smoking, get help with depression – if all these were, well, a walk in the park, the world would be far different—and…

Health: Life Interrupted

One Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery Krissy Wong’s determination to attend college started on a high note this past January. She decided that even though she was a mom of three youngsters and worked full time, she had a strong desire to earn a college degree. With her mother watching the kids, Krissy lined up…

Why Medical Weight Management is Gaining Ground

The Doctor Is In When it comes to the weighty issue of obesity in this country, seven out of every ten are either overweight or obese. It’s the very reason why Dr. Kathleen Baskett, the Medical Director of St. Vincent Healthcare’s Weight Management, has this to say about the topic. “It keeps me very busy.”…

You’re Never Too Old

Ada McKeen keeps on running Dr. Cheryl Cook ran her first half marathon when she was 51.  The months of training paid off, and she felt solid during the race until Ada McKeen, then 80, sailed past her. “Are you kidding me?” Cheryl recalls saying to herself.  “Here I thought I was doing pretty well…

An Internet Weight Loss Sensation

Jennifer Redinger loses 160 pounds & takes on the world Tucked within the Himalayan mountain range sits an awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Its rugged landscape and rigorous incline attracts thousands of climbers each and every year hoping to scale even a portion of its 29,000-foot elevation. Twenty-six-year-old Jennifer Redinger of Billings always dreamt she’d be…

You’re Not Alone

Counselors team up to shine the light on mental health Right now in America, one out of every four adults and one out of every five children is touched in some way by mental illness. Depression or anxiety might creep in. These individuals might have a parent or loved one who suffers or, worse yet,…

Melting Away the Winter Fitness Blahs!

Baby, It”s Cold Outside   When the snow started to fly at the start of 2015, did you growl like a bear in hibernation, or grab the kids and their sleds to take advantage of every inch? Instead of staying inside and watching it fall, why not enjoy the “white stuff” and burn some calories…

Rethink Your Drink

Why your favorite refreshers are killing your waistline When you hit the local coffee shop, do you reach for a tall black coffee? Or, does your mouth water at the sight of that white chocolate mocha that comes complete with whipped cream and sprinkles? It’s a drink. It can’t be that bad for you, can…

Is Your Life a Mess With Stress?

Like it or not, stress is a part of our lives.  We have been hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect us from threats from predators and other aggressors. Although we have evolved from the threat of saber tooth tigers and large pre-historic predators, we still face multiple demands each day and…

On the Front Lines of the Breast Cancer Fight

Women Making a Difference It”s one of the worst things a woman can hear. “You have breast cancer.” But, one in every eight women in Montana will face those words. Breast cancer accounts for a third of all cancers in the state and while the survival rates continue to improve with early diagnosis, it”s no…

Breast Cancer Resource Guide

SUPPORT & SERVICES HOPE TO LEND A HAND TO BREAST CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS Coming to grips with a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. Thankfully, there are multitude of programs in and around the Magic City designed to let patients and survivors know that people are there to help.   PROGRAMS TO SERVE: Billings Clinic/ACS…

Vitamin D: Why you’re probably not getting enough

Give Me A D! Make sure you get your daily dose This healthy advice is sponsored by Billings OB-GYN Associates, Your Health, Our Passion.   By: Douglas Neuhoff, MD, Billings OB-GYN Associates Vitamin D is best known for its work in maintaining healthy bone strength. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, which aids the small intestine in absorbing…

Caring for Parents With Dementia

Billlings’ Woman Writes Book to Share Her Journey With Others Vicki Tapia remembers the day in 2003 that set her on a path as her parents’ caregiver. It was long before she would delve into research on dementia and journal every finding. It was more than a decade before she’d use her notes to pen…

Back to School (Health) Check List

One school nurse sounds off on getting your kids ready The fall wardrobe is in. The pencils are sharpened and your kids are waiting with anticipation to see who their teacher will be. The back to school shopping lists might be crossed off, but are your children mentally and physically ready to be launched into…

More than a Shot in the Arm!

Abigail Adams and the Importance of Vaccines This healthy advice is sponsored by Billings OB-GYN Associates, Your Health, Our Passion. By: Pamela Templeton, MD, Billings OB-GYN Associates / St. Vincent Physician Network In 1775, the smallpox virus was responsible for thousands of deaths in New England. Abigail Adams knew the virus would likely infect and…

Keep the Bummer Out of Summer!

Enjoy the Sunshine Safely Summer greets us like a long lost friend. There’s so much fun to be had. Enjoy a bike ride, spend an afternoon with the kids at the pool or linger over lunch on the patio. Since sunshine supplies us with most of our vitamin D and boosts our level of serotonin,…

Second Chance at Living

Heart attack survivor tackles this year’s Heart & Sole Run This year, as a sea of runners and walkers lace up their shoes and get ready to kick off the 35th Annual Heart & Sole run, one Billings woman will be there in the crowd counting her blessings, and thanking her cardiac care team for…

Fighting a Hidden Disability

Keeping an eye out for undetected vision problems Can a bright child struggle in reading, writing, spelling and math?  Can a bright child spend hours attempting to complete school assignments?  Can a bright child feel he/she is “stupid” and have low self-esteem? Can a child be smart in everything but school?  The unfortunate truth is…

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