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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

Healthy recipes for New Year's Eve eating

Published in For the Health of It, Recipes Author: Ally Doerfler, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian
CentraCare Clinic — Health Plaza Pediatrics

Most people wait until after New Year’s to dedicate themselves to a becoming a healthier you. But there’s no reason that you can’t start healthy habits before then.

On Jan. 1, don't feel as bad about what you ate on Dec. 31. Review the following healthy recipe ideas for New Year’s Eve. Each of them have been taken from our complete list of healthy recipes at All of the recipes we feature have been reviewed by a registered dietitian to make sure they follow Heart Healthy Guidelines. To qualify, they need to be low in saturated fat, sodium and contain no trans fat or partially hydrogenated fats.

Don’t forget to watch your serving sizes, stay hydrated and to enjoy the holiday responsibly. Happy 2019!