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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

Sweet Child of the Vine

Published in For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: CentraCare

As Guy Clark famously sang, what would life be without homegrown tomatoes?

August is peak tomato season in Minnesota. For those who planted them this spring, it's been an agonizing wait for reddening and ripening fruits.

(Yes, they are technically fruits, because they have seeds and grow from the flower of a plant. But when something tastes this good — does it really matter?)

Tomatoes are nutrition packed, too — containing vitamin C, folate and beta carotene. They also have lycopene which is an antioxidant which may help protect one from certain cancers, such as skin or prostate cancer. Consuming lycopene has been shown to lessen one's risk of stroke and heart disease too.

See the recipes below for some of our favorite healthy ways to prepare them.

Beefsteak, cherry or roma? Whichever type you prefer, you come out a winner at the dinner table.

Online Healthy Recipes: