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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

Finding joy in changing seasons

Published in Lifestyle Health Author: Lezli Tuttle, LSW

In Minnesota, it seems that one of our favorite pastimes is complaining about the weather. It’s barely autumn and we’re already dreading snowflakes and sub-zero temperatures. Have you ever taken the time to truly appreciate and give gratitude for the seasons?

In mindfulness, there is joy. Take some time when you’re hustling and bustling to get from one place to the next to be mindful and appreciative of your surroundings. Inhale the scent of the pine trees, feel the crispness of the air on your skin, listen to the crunch of the leaves underneath your footsteps and let the colors of fall dance in your eyes. Be mindful in nature.

As the seasons transition, I get reminded of things that bring me comfort and a sense of coziness. Fall brings feelings of warmth and comfort. I get excited to bring out my sweaters and curl up with a good book while covered under a soft, fluffy blanket. I encourage you, as you continue your wellness goals, to find comfort in your surroundings.

This also is the time of the year when we are seeking comfort foods like hotdishes, soups and chilis. When you do choose to have those favorite comfort foods, eat them mindfully. Take pleasure in the aroma of the food, appreciate the warmth you feel as you eat, take the time to savor each bite and remind yourself why this is one of your favorite foods. If the dish is your favorite, give it the appreciation it deserves.

I wish you a joyful and mindful autumn!