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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Exercise: 7 tips for success

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: John Inkster, MS
  1. Stop the excuses! Almost everybody can do some regular physical activity to help their health, but a lot of people simply don’t take the time to keep up with a regular program.
  2. Get out there and MOVE! It can be difficult to start exercising, but once the habit is ingrained it provides many physical and psychological benefits.
  3. Start slowly. Begin with whatever you can do (even 5 minutes of walking) and increase as tolerated. It is recommended to contact your health care provider if you are currently sedentary and want to do vigorous exercise intensity or if you have several chronic health conditions.
  4. Focus on daily physical activity. Increasing daily energy expenditure (taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away in the parking lot, just taking more steps throughout the day) will help build a strong activity base to keep you successful with your new lifestyle.
  5. Write it down. Schedule your daily exercise into your calendar and make that appointment a priority. Use a journal to track your progress, weight, time, calories, pounds lost, etc.
  6. Set goals. Having both short- and long-term goals will help you to stay motivated. Keep the goals reasonable and realistic.
  7. Have alternate plans. Plan ahead for changes in your exercise routine based on weather, time restrictions and vacations.