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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

Eating well at work

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Briana Traut, Registered Dietitian

Between the breakroom, catered lunch meals, planned potlucks, vending machines, and the office candy jar — eating well at work can be tough! Being aware and mindful of food choices and the amount of time you spend sitting each day can make a huge impact on your health.

Be mindful

  • Are you experiencing true physical hunger? Is your stomach growling? Eat to satisfy your hunger — not because something looks or smells good.
  • Observe the color, texture, and smell of what you are eating. Eat it slowly and taste every bite.

Be thoughtful

  • Pack your own healthy lunch and snacks if going into the break room or cafeteria is too tempting.
  • Meal plan and meal prep! Extra time throughout the week? Plan your meals for the next work week.
  • Have a water bottle at your desk or work area with you. Aim to drink 64 oz. of water throughout the day.

Get moving

  • Park farther away.
  • Use your breaks to go for a quick walk.
  • Walk to your coworker’s office to talk rather than sending an email.
  • Use the restroom on the other side of the building or on a different floor.

Pace yourself

  • Catered lunch? Have smaller plates to help control portions. Larger dishes and plates tend to increase our portion sizes.
  • Office potluck? Bring a healthy dish that you can enjoy such as fresh fruit or a vegetable tray.
  • Eating lunch during a meeting? Distracted eating can cause us to eat too quickly — slow down and be mindful of what is on your plate.

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