10 Ways to Improve Your Mood With Food

Improve Your Mood Your diet and the foods you eat can influence your brain structure, both chemically and physiologically, which can lead to altered moods and behavior. The tips below will help you to optimize your mood through diet. No. 1: Find Balance Between Carbs and Protein Serotonin, your mood regulator, is made in the brain from tryptophan. Tryptophan is…
Marvin Kaptein

Stroke prevention begins in the ER: Marvin Kaptein shares his experience at Sioux Center Health

On January 21, 2020, Marvin Kaptein from Sioux Center was having a regular morning getting ready for work when suddenly, his vision tripled and the morning was no longer what he had imagined. Along with his eyesight, an intense headache flooded his mind and he had trouble with his balance. He made an appointment with the eye doctor but could not…

Meal-Time Challenges

Meal Time Evenings for parents can be a very busy and chaotic time. Parents are often in a hurry to help children complete homework, prepare for the morning, get kids to sports and other activities, and tidy up for the day. It can often make it feel impossible to get everyone sitting down together to eat a home-cooked meal and…

Char Krahling committed to heart health

“I feel pretty lucky.” That’s the thought that comes to Char Krahling’s mind when she thinks of the heart problems that were discovered last year and has led her to continue to take strides to keep her heart healthy. The Sioux Center resident had surgery to put in a stent in August after it was discovered she had 90 percent…

Tips to Beat Winter Boredom

Midwest Winters Living in the Midwest the winters can get long especially for families with young children. How do you burn off all that extra energy when you are stuck indoors? What do you do when winter boredom kicks in? In the summer kids spend a lot of time outdoors running, jumping, climbing, riding bikes and swimming; there is no…

February is American Heart Month

LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE You can reduce your personal risk by adopting healthy lifestyle choices by eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep. But when a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough, our medical team of physicians and cardiology specialists can provide the most comprehensive care available. Our Cardiac Rehab is a supervised program designed to help improve your…

Protect Yourself and Others

Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in about 7-10 days. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and don’t touch your face with unwashed hands. Common colds are the main reason that…

Orthopedic Surgeon Bryce Braaksma, DO

Take advantage of the latest in orthopedic techniques and robotic-assisted surgery to help ease your pain with Bryce Braaksma, DO. Dr. Braaksma practices at Avera Orthopedics in Sioux Falls, SD and starting in February he will come to Sioux Center Health. Dr. Braaksma specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for knee and hip replacements, which rarely requires an incision through muscles or tendons –…
Family New Year’s Resolutions

Family New Year’s Resolutions

This time of the year has many people thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. Adults often commit to new fitness routines or lifestyle changes in the New Year. What about involving the whole family in New Year’s resolutions? Now it can be an opportune time to encourage the whole family to be more positive and make healthier choices. The age…

Sioux Center Health awarded 2019 Top Workplaces in Iowa by The Des Moines Register

Sioux Center Health wins top honors with both patients and employees Ask any health care professional, and they’ll tell you: Their career is about much more valuable than any paycheck. Every day, their job is to help the customer, whether that is a patient, resident, tenant, child, family member or — ultimately — their community. It’s no surprise, then, that Sioux…
Medical

Common Signs of a Stroke

Although strokes can occur at any age, they’re most common in people over 65. After the age of 55, the chance of having a stroke increases by more than 100 percent every decade. A stroke occurs when the brain’s oxygen supply is disrupted. Brain cells begin to deteriorate when they’re starved of fuel, and permanent damage may result. But stroke…

Relearning Dutch Bingo

By David Janssen, MD Have you ever played Dutch bingo? Despite the name, no numbers or cards are required. When two people of Dutch descent meet one another, “Dutch bingo” describes the typical practice of naming relatives and friends until they find a way to connect themselves. Having grown up in heavily Dutch Sioux County, I used to be an expert at this…