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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

Hello, swimsuit season!

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Michelle Lee, BS

The thought of warm weather, sun and beaches can cause sheer panic for many of us. Here are six attainable goals that can help make you feel more confident during swimsuit season. (Get your health care provider’s OK before starting a new exercise program.)

Get moving

Aim to move your body more. Use the stairs at work, try an exercise class or take advantage of the beautiful summer weather. Every single piece of activity adds up!


Push-ups are a great multi-tasking exercise because you are targeting six muscles at once: deltoids, triceps, biceps, pecs, abdominals and glutes. If you’re a beginner, start with a bent knee push-up.


When focusing on the butt and thighs, squats are recommended. Squat against a wall or into an invisible chair. For proper form, keep your feet hip width apart, knees over ankles and squeeze your abdominals to avoid arching your back.


These are a great option, but watch out for the little things that can add a lot of additional calories and fat such as: dressings, oils, croutons, bacon bits and cheese. For a low-fat more nutritious salad, keep it colorful.

Skip the salt

Eat fresh foods and try to stay away from more processed foods and ask for the sauce or dressing on the side when eating out. Too much sodium can cause fluid retention and make you feel bloated.

Stand taller and be confident!

Practice good posture by keeping your back straight and shoulders back. Good posture is the quickest easiest way to look and feel better. When you feel confident it’s apparent to those around you — own it!