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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 like a kid

Published in For the Health of It, Exercise Author: John Inkster, MS

No pain, no gain — I don’t buy it. Exercising can be fun. It doesn’t have to be another chore to check off your list of things to do. It doesn’t have to mean joining an expensive gym or hiring a personal trainer. 

The key is to find something that you enjoy. Think back to your childhood. You probably didn’t have an exercise routine. What did you enjoy doing as a child?

Try some of these fun ideas:

  • Hit a ping pong ball against the wall as fast as you can 100 times
  • Throw and hit a tennis ball against your garage door
  • Teach yourself to juggle
  • Play catch or Frisbee with your kids
  • Play fetch with your dog
  • Kick a soccer ball against the wall

Once your hand-eye coordination improves, add more complex movements to your activity. Shuffle from side-to-side, move forwards and backwards or spin around.

Don’t let your exercise become routine — have fun!