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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.

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

5 items for your wish list for a more active holiday season

Published in Weight Management Author: Alyssa Monson, Registered Dietitian

CentraCare Weight Management

In Minnesota, going out of the house can be downright painful during the cold winter months. Add these items to your wish list for your own mini home gym!

  1. Resistance bands: Resistance bands allow to complete a variety of exercises for all muscle groups. Get a few different resistances to allow you to combine them to get your perfect level.
  2. Stability ball: A stability ball can be used for a variety of exercises. You can also use it as a chair to keep your core active while working or relaxing. Make sure to get a size that is appropriate for your height.
  3. Fitness tracker: There are quite a few different options to choose from. Make sure to do your research to find one that will fit your exercise routine the best. Many include nutrition tracking platforms and a way to connect with your friends. You can challenge each other to be more active.
  4. Exercise/yoga mat: Yoga mats allow you to do a variety of exercises while protecting your skin from floor burns or bruises.
  5. Medicine ball: Medicine balls allow you to add more resistance to a variety of exercises. Make sure to get a weight that adds some resistance. But it shouldn’t be so heavy that it causes bad form.