Here Comes Spring…Again!

-Gretchen Huebert, MS, RD, LD, KCIM Dietitian Is it possible that you made a resolution to stay in shape over the winter or a New Year’s resolution to exercise?  Could those well intentioned plans have fallen apart and you are looking at another spring coming and you still have not made exercise a habit?  Maybe it’s time to reset some goals for your health. I hear so often that people don’t have the time to start an exercise program or that they have physical limitations that they feel prohibits them from exercising.  Let’s consider a walking program with a little …

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April is Stress Management Month…How are You Coping?

-Brent Halderman, PhD, KCIM April is Stress Awareness month…how are you coping with yours?  Roosevelt told Churchill during WWII that in order to cope with stress, once a month he went to his private home for four days, found a hole, crawled in it and pulled it closed behind him.  He played solitaire and worked on a stamp collection in his den for hours. Churchill painted. Roosevelt reminded Churchill that his painting was not a luxury, but rather a necessity since neither the world nor Roosevelt could do without him. Interestingly, these most public of men chose solitude to recuperate …

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Eating of the Greens

-Gretchen Huebert, MS, RD, LD When I think of March, I think of frustrating weather here in the Midwest.  I spend the cold evenings pouring over the seed catalogs and dreaming of warm weather, gardening, and greens.  Greens are the number one food you can eat regularly to help improve your health.  That’s because leafy vegetables are brimming with fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer.  With all that said, Americans are not eating as many vegetables each day as recommended. During the month of March, …

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It’s National Kidney Month

-Marianne Hudgins, MD, Internal Medicine March is National Kidney Month – although you may not have planned a celebration. Most people think kidneys are only involved in producing urine. In fact the kidneys do much more. Where are my kidneys located? You have 2 kidneys. They are tucked behind the lower ribs in the back. Why are my kidneys so important? Clean the blood. Kidneys remove waste products and extra water from the blood which is excreted in the urine. Keep our bodies hydrated. Kidneys keep our bodies hydrated. It adjusts the amount of urine passed according to the needs …

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Why Does Our Risk of Falling Increase as We Age?

-Marie Delcambre, MD, FACP, President of Kansas City Internal Medicine Why does our risk of falling progressively increase as we age?  Even if you assume that there are no big medical issues like a stroke, blood pressure issues, or inner ear abnormalities for example, there are still aging processes that affect our ability to stay upright.  Two of the biggest have to do with muscles and joints. In honor of National Senior Independence Month, we wanted to provide some insight into this challenge with can be life changing. Sarcopenia is a medical term that refers to age-related loss of muscle …

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