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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

Try a Simple, Nutritious Breakfast

Published in Lifestyle Health, Pediatrics, Weight Management, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Andrew Maloney, MD

During COVID-19, I sometimes see patients from home via telemedicine, which allowed me to sit down and eat more variety of breakfasts than I was able to before. Even with time to eat different types of breakfast, I started having almost the same breakfast every morning — sliced strawberries, Honey Nut Cheerios® and a splash or two of whole milk.

The strawberries have been tasting great as they were coming into season this year. This breakfast includes three food groups: fruit, dairy and grain. It is a good example of how combining multiple food groups, including a good handful of fruit or vegetable, can make a delicious meal that satisfies for the whole morning. I also drink sparkling water, unflavored and unsweetened, with breakfast and through the rest of the morning.

Fun fact: Oranges, blueberries, bananas, tomatoes and peppers are technically considered berries. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are not. But it doesn’t matter if it’s considered a berry or not, all of these foods are delicious!

Healthy hint: Fruits and vegetables that are locally in season tend to taste better, are cheaper to buy, and travel less to get to you. Here in Minnesota, strawberries are in season during the early summer and cherries in the mid-summer. Whereas raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and peppers are best in the late summer to early fall. Apples can then be found in season throughout the fall.