What to Expect at Your Annual Checkup

Just as your birthday comes around once a year, your annual wellness exam should happen every year, too – especially if you want to experience the best possible health for years to come. “No matter what your age or gender, an annual wellness exam is beneficial, and most insurance plans cover the cost,” said Tad Jacobs, DO, Chief Medical Officer for Avera Medical Group. Read More »
News and Events · Avera Health

Special Contact Lenses Stop Dry Eye Irritation

For Terry Sohl, dry eyes wasn’t just a painful nuisance, it was ruining his life. “My eyes were so dry, it affected my vision,” remembered Sohl. “My hobbies include photography and drawing, and I couldn’t do the things I once loved. Read More »
Patient Stories, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Technology that Puts Patient and Doctor on the Same Page

The latest imaging technology, now at Avera Medical Group Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, makes a person’s decisions about changes in appearance crystal clear to both the patient and his or her surgeon. In the past, medical photographers or the patient would take images and bring them to their plastic surgeon. Read More »
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Vegetables and Fruits

Ask Questions to Find the Freshest Flavors at Local Farmers Markets

You might not make it there as often as you’d like, but you should make regular trips to your local farmers market part of your food shopping – if you want to have the freshest and most long-lasting flavors of the season. Read More »
Child Development, Children's Health, Family Medicine, Heart Health, Just for Fun, Nutrition, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

All about HPV and the Vaccine that Can Help Prevent It

There’s been plenty of media attention over the three letters “HPV” for a while, and today, I’m going to take a few minutes to share some information with the goal of clearing up any misconceptions people may have about it. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, and there are more than 120 strains of it. Read More »
Cancer Care, Child Development, Children's Health, Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health

Make the Most of Your Stretches

Stretching — it’s something everyone should do but most people ignore. Regular stretching reduces muscle tension and improves circulation and can improve posture by increasing your range of motion, strength and flexibility. Staci Wietfeld, DPT, OCS, a Physical Therapist at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, urges you to follow these tips: Prior to beginning your exercise, start with a gentle warm-up such as walking for 5 minutes.  Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health