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Childhood Obesity & How to Deal with It (Infographic)

Childhood obesity is the most common chronic medical condition impacting about 12.7 million youth in our country. Pediatrician Jennifer Groos, MD, UnityPoint Health, says about one-third of the kids who walk through the doors at her clinic are overweight or obese. A child’s growth can put them at risk for...
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Nutrition 101: New Year, New Focus

By: Emma Wright, RD, LD at UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown As 2017 has come to an end, it’s time for 2018 New Year’s resolutions. While most are made with the best intentions, they don’t always tend to stick with us. Some goals we set for ourselves may be unachievable, to...
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How to Bundle Your Baby: Winter Safety

During the winter cold, it can be difficult to keep yourself warm and healthy, let alone the little ones in your care. Deb Oldakowski, RN, BSN, UnityPoint Health, offers tips to keep babies safe throughout this season. Keeping Baby Warm While Sleeping Infants aren’t able to regulate their body temperature...
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Sugar: A Sneaky Addiction

To say Andrew Nish, MD, UnityPoint Health, is extremely passionate about sugar is putting it mildly. He firmly believes sugar is the root of many major health issues. He categorizes sugar as a “metabolic disaster,” saying how we’re eating today is not the ideal diet for our genetic makeup. Dr....
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Provider-Recommended Toys for Development

Finishing up last-minute holiday shopping? If you still have gifts to buy for the kids on your list, Cynthia Hockman, ARNP, MS, CPNP, UnityPoint Health, recommends the following developmental toys for babies and toddlers to make play fun and educational. Infants: 0-4 Months “Babies prepare for developmental achievements during their...
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Do You Really Get Sick from Being Cold?

Your mom always told you not to go outside in the cold with wet hair and to bundle up when heading out in the bitter temperatures – otherwise, you’d end up with an illness. So, do you really get sick from being cold? Shannon Fecher, ARNP, UnityPoint Health, answers this...
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Nutrition 101: Snacking, a Do or a Don't?

By Jessica da Silva, RD, LD at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown MARSHALLTOWN— Snacking now accounts for one-quarter of American’s daily calorie intake! Snacking has been the subject of a lot of research. Most of the results have been inconclusive. Whether you believe snacking can help control appetite or whether it...
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Urology is Coming to UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown!

Beginning November 30th, UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown will now offer Urology services on Thursdays out of the Multi-Specialty department located at 405 E. Main St. located on the 3rd floor. Dr. Daniel Lee, Dr. Eric Andresen, Dr. Eric Askeland and Michelle Nepple, PA will provide urology services at UnityPoint Health...
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When Cold Hands and Feet Point to Larger Circulation Problems

Do you often have cold hands and feet? You might brush it off as needing to throw on an extra layer. But, as Himanshu Tandon, MD, cardiologist practicing at UnityPoint Health, explains, cold hands and feet may point to circulation problems. “Circulation trouble consists of reduced blood flow to a...
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Nutrition 101: Diabetes is a Famiy Affair

By Nancy Schive, clinical dietitian, diabetes educator at UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown MARSHALLTOWN - Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, family support is very important when it comes to...
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