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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

Best ways to fuel before a race

Published in Lifestyle Health, Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Angela M. Beck, RD, LD

As summer approaches many will be preparing for competition. Whether you are a novice competitor or a seasoned athlete, here are a few tips to follow to have the best race possible.

  • Make sure you are getting plenty of fluid. If you are dehydrated before the race even starts, you’re already setting yourself up for failure. Drink 16 ounces of fluids such as water, caffeine-free tea or a sports drink one hour before your race.
  • Consume simple carbohydrates. Two hours before your race, eat fruit (banana, apple or citrus fruit), low-fat dairy products or low-fiber carbohydrates (pancakes, English muffin or pasta). These are easily digested and readily available to use as energy.
  • Never start a new routine on race day. Nerves already are high and can affect how you digest foods. So, give your stomach something familiar before you compete.

If you follow these three simple tips, you can make sure that you are well-hydrated and have enough energy to finish your event without experiencing the dreaded “bonk.” If you have more specific goals or feel you need more help planning for your training, feel free to stop by Lifestyle Health in person or visit us online.

The 2018 CentraCare Earth Day Weekend is April 20-21.

Sign up now to secure your spot. 

Friday, April 20:

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Packet Pickup/Health & Fitness Expo

6 p.m. - BLEND 1K

6:30 p.m. - 5K

Saturday, April 21:

8:30 a.m. - Half Marathon & Relay

Learn more and register now at