Relevant health advice: Coming to a podcast near you


June 17, 2019

What’s cell phone slump? How many is too many when it comes to ear infections? How do you know if you or a loved one has developed a dependency on alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs?

These questions and more are explored in a new podcast series from HealthPartners, For health’s sake: A simple chat for better health.

The podcast features doctors, midwives, physical and occupational therapists and more from across HealthPartners’ St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin hospitals and clinics, talking about the everyday health topics that interest people.

Katy Ellefson, RD, community health specialist at Amery Hospital & Clinic, describes herself as a huge podcast fan. She listens to 2-3 episodes a week while commuting, exercising and cooking. She’s also passionate about childhood feeding practices, and was delighted to get the chance to combine two of her passions in a For health’s sake episode on Try for 5: Raising good eaters.

“I love supporting parents with a simple and effective framework to feed their children, which sets the stage for children to become lifelong ‘good eaters,’” said Ellefson. “The opportunity to do so through a podcast was something I was thrilled to do. Podcasts are the perfect platform to connect with people who want to find out more about topics that are near and dear to their heart or topics they may have never considered before – like raising kids who are adventurous eaters, and trying for five fruits or veggies a day. Sometimes, it’s not possible for busy families to get to one of our PowerUp events or come in to the clinic, and so a podcast can bring tips and education to parents in their own home or on a commute to work.”

In her spare time, there are a few favorite podcasts Ellefson likes to catch, including: This American Life, Criminal, RadioLab, Invisibilia, America’s Test Kitchen, Science Friday, and Serial.

For health’s sake podcast episodes featuring local medical clinicians from  Amery include:

Podcasts have experienced explosive growth over the past 12 years and 51 percent of Americans have listened to at least one episode. Thirty-one percent of people aged 25 to 54 have listened to a podcast in the past month, and, on average, listeners listen to all or most (more than 80 percent) of episodes.

For health’s sake podcast episodes are accessible anywhere with a mobile device. It means it’s a great way to reach people where they’re most comfortable (49 percent of people listen to podcasts at home; 22 percent listen in the car). For health’s sake podcast aims to educate, update on new developments, and raise awareness of services and programs.

New episodes are added often. Check out the most recent uploads at the podcast homepage:

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