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Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile gives free exams, glasses to students

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 12, 2015] Optometrists say poor vision can easily affect a student’s performance in school. But if you don’t have insurance, it can be a struggle to pay for an eye exam and prescription glasses. About 20 St. Paul kids who failed vision screenings at their school last fall got a follow-up exam Thursday […]

Good Question: How big is average now

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 9, 2015] When it comes to just how big an average sized American woman or man is, just what is average? That’s the Good Question posed to Allina Health’s Barb Brower, a nutrionist and dietician at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

New technique has stroke patients on the mend

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 9, 2015] Cutting edge technology being used at Abbott Northwestern Hospital could change the treatment for stroke patients. Doctors use a machine with a catheter and suction to remove the stroke-causing blood clot, essentially like a miniature vacuum.. The recovery time can be much quicker than the traditional procedure of using medication to […]

Good Question: Does gum really stay in your stomach for seven years?

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 30, 2015] You’ve no doubt heard the old wives tale about swallowed gum staying in your system for seven years? Does it really? That’s the Good Question WCCO asked Allina Health certified nurse specialist Mary Beshara at the Penny George Institute for Health and healing.

Good Question: Does hunching over smartphones hurt our spines?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 17, 2014] According to a new study, people spend an average of 2-4 hours a day hunched over their smartphones, which puts a lot of stress on the spine. “That is quite a lot,” said Courtney Tanaka, a physical therapist with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “If our postures aren’t correct in the […]

Good Question: Can you get enough Vitamin D from the sun in winter?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 3, 2014] As the fall days continue to shorten by almost three minutes a day, can we get enough Vitamin D from the Minnesota sun? In the wintertime, the short answer is no. “Basically, north of New York, many months of the year we can’t get Vitamin D,” said Dr. Debra Bell, an […]

Researchers to parents: Put down that cell phone

[WCCO-TV, August 18, 2014] Parents are well aware of the downside of kids spending too much time on their electronic devices texting or playing games. But what about the negative effects of parents doing the same thing? New research shows that kids are very aware of how much time their parents are spending on their […]

How to slow down our busy lives

[WCCO-TV, July 28, 2014] With work piling up, getting the kids to sports, and other day-to-day duties, stress seems never ending. WCCO talked with Allina Health Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler about how to manage our busy lives.

Easy tips to burn calories at work

[WCCO-TV, June 30, 2014] Every day, the average American needs to burn 100 calories just to keep their weight the same. It might not sound like a lot at first, but if you add it up, 100 calories a day for a year is an extra 5 pounds. So, WCCO-TV went to Allina Health to […]

Scott Anseth, MD

‘Operation Walk’ Helps Provide Free Hip, Knee Replacements

[WCCO-TV, June 17, 2014] Michelle Williams’ energy is ever-present. And so was her limp. The online auction manager never stops moving around her 4,000 square-foot warehouse. But when running her forklift became more than just a pain, Williams realized she needed help. She needed a hip replacement, but without health insurance for the first time […]