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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

Set yourself up for success!

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Alyssa Monson, Registered Dietitian

Planning ahead can save time, money and stress when it comes to meals. It also can set you up for success when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. When you already have your meals planned and prepped, you are making the healthy option, the easy option.

Use these tips for meal planning:

  • Plan multiple meals. It can save time and money to plan menus for an entire week instead of day-to-day.
  • Adapt your menus to the seasons. Use the freshest foods available for your meals. Swap out-of-season (probably more expensive) fruits and vegetables for in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Be adventurous. Try new cuisines or new ingredients. See something new at your grocery store produce section? Try it out! You can research recipes online or in cookbooks.
  • Plan for leftovers. Making enough food for two (or more!) meals at once saves time. You can freeze the extras for a quick microwave meal.
  • Look for shortcuts. Look for pre-cut vegetables and fruits. The freezer section has some great vegetable mixes to use as a base for meals. Just make sure to choose a variety without sauce!