Category archives for: Lifestyle

Female Athlete Triad can Have Long-Term Affect on Teenage Girls

MAHASKA COUNTY – While sports and exercise are part of a healthy lifestyle, too much can be harmful, especially for teen girls. Family Nurse Practitioner Raegan Johns, ARNP, cautions teens about female athlete triad. “Female athlete triad occurs when an adolescent pushes herself too hard physically without properly fueling her body,” Johns explained. “This deprives […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Shares Signs of Asthma in Children

MAHASKA COUNTY – Asthma is a lung disease that is scary at any age, but can be especially frightening for children. Mahaska Health Partnership Allergy/Immunology Specialist Stanley Horner, DO, explains the symptoms and when to seek professional help. According to Dr. Horner, asthma can cause recurring wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. “This […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Encourages Child Vaccinations

MAHASKA COUNTY – A hot topic in today’s world is whether or not to vaccinate your children. However, nothing protects them better from 14 serious childhood diseases than vaccines. MHP Family Practice Physician Eric Miller, DO, explains the importance of ensuring your children are protected throughout childhood with regular scheduled immunizations. The United States currently […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Offers Tips To Improve Children’s Sleep

MAHASKA COUNTY – Does the idea of getting your children to bed exhaust you? Mahaska Health Partnership Pediatrician John O’Brien, MD, offers some advice on helping your child get their best night’s sleep every night. When it comes to children, routine is vital. “Kids between the ages of five and 12 need nine to eleven […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Encourages Exercise Routines

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MAHASKA COUNTY – Exercise is an important part of living a healthy, well-balanced life. However, it can be difficult to make it a priority. MHP Community Wellness Coordinator Ann Smith offers tips on how to make the most of your daily schedule and reap the benefits of exercise at the same time. When it comes […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Cautions Tobacco Use

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MAHASKA COUNTY – With all of the new tobacco consumption methods available, there are misconceptions that some forms are safer than others. Mahaska Health Partnership Family Nurse Practitioner Chris Beaird, ARNP-BC, explains different types of tobacco use and the associated dangers. No matter what form of tobacco you use, no amount is safe for consumption. […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on STDs

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MAHASKA COUNTY – When you hear about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), is your first thought there’s no way I’ll ever catch one? Well, many of these diseases can show no signs for long periods of time, making you and your partner unaware of any possible infections. Mahaska Health Partnership Family Nurse Practitioner Diane Nutter, ARNP-BC, […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Explains Lymphedema Treatment

MAHASKA COUNTY – Lymphedema refers to chronic swelling that usually occurs in an arm or leg. Mahaska Health Partnership Certified Lymphedema Therapist Lauren Terpstra, DPT explains how the condition arises and ways to treat it. Lymphedema is common after having lymph nodes removed or damaged. “When you are diagnosed with cancer, it’s common to have […]

Mahaska Health Partnership to Offer Reduced Rate Sports Physicals in July and August

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership is offering reduced rate school sports physicals on their campus in Oskaloosa and at their New Sharon Medical Center for student athletes. These reduced-rate exams will only be offered on scheduled dates in July and August. On the Oskaloosa campus, exams will be offered on July 25, 31 and […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Hernias

MAHASKA COUNTY – A hernia is a common health condition often requiring surgery. MHP General Surgeon Paul Riggs, MD, FACS, explains the causes and what to look for. According to Dr. Riggs, a hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a muscle or connective tissue. “There are different […]


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