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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

Fresh ideas to boost your step count

Published in Weight Management Author: Alyssa Monson

Tracking your steps? Have you succeeded in hitting the recommended 10,000 steps per day? The American Heart Association recommends using a pedometer or other fitness tracker to count how many steps you take each day. Then, each week, work to increase your daily steps by 1,000 steps until you reach 10,000 steps a day. As a reference, it takes about five minutes to walk 500 steps.

Here are some ideas to increase your steps without hitting the gym.

At home:

  • Pace or march in place when you brush your teeth.
  • Make an after-dinner leisurely walk with the family a daily habit.
  • Bring the grocery bags in one at a time.
  • Play hide and seek or any active game with your family.
  • Turn on some music and have a dance party with your family (or solo!).
  • Do a sweep of your home and put out of place items away one at a time before going to bed.
  • Check out your neighborhood — take a different walking path than you usually do or check out a new park.
  • Walk and listen — download some audio books from your local library and go for a walk.
  • Pace when talking on the phone — at work, too, if your workplace allows.

Out and about:

  • Pace while you wait — walk in place or pace while waiting in line at a store, at a doctor’s office, airport, etc.
  • Make extra laps around the perimeter of the grocery store before starting your shopping.
  • Park further away from stores or park in between stores if you are visiting multiple ones in the same area.
  • Return your shopping cart to the cart return one aisle over or walk it back into the store.
  • Avoid the drive thru — park your car and walk into the pharmacy, bank or restaurant.

At work:

  • Use the restroom furthest from your desk or current location.
  • Set your timer and try to take a 5- to10-minute walk every hour.
  • Take 10-15 minutes from your lunch break to take a walk. Get some coworkers together to chat while you walk.
  • Get up and walk to a person’s desk instead of calling or messaging him/her.