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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.

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

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Five bad eating habits to break

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

As challenging and busy as life can get, throwing in a few bad habits may be all you need to keep your sanity, right? Let’s take a look at some habits that are worth breaking before they break you.

  1. No TV while eating. Watching TV (or using any electronic device) can lead to mindless eating. We may not be paying attention to what we are eating or how much we are having while focusing our attention on our favorite show. This can lead to extra eating and also can cause you to get into the habit of always eating while watching TV regardless of the time of day.
  2. No sugar except what is naturally found in fruit. If you want something sweet, eat fruit. Stay away from sugar and sweetened foods. Keep in mind that many artificially sweetened foods will contain quite a few calories.
  3. No snacks except for fruits, vegetables or lean proteins and only when you’re hungry. Common snack foods typically have a lot of calories and little nutritional value. If you are hungry between meals, eat only fruits and vegetables or a lean protein. To make it easier to make this choice, stock your home with a variety of ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits.
  4. No eating out of boredom (or any reason other than hunger). Before reaching for food, make sure to examine if you are truly experiencing hunger. You may be bored or eating out of habit. Use H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) to examine if you are experiencing true hunger.
  5. No eating out, unless the meal fits your plan. Eating out is associated with weight gain. If you must eat out, make sure you order foods and beverages that fit your plan. To help make it easier, check out if the restaurant has their menu posted online and pick out your meal before you go.