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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

5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Hannah Warzecha,RD LD

Minnesota summers are packed with festivals, parades and celebrations galore. Here are some ways you can enjoy the fun while staying healthy.

1. Beach and Boat Days

Instead of chips, cheesy popcorn, pretzels or other salty snacks, try packing your bag with dried fruit, unsalted nuts, seeds or low sugar granola bars for days spent on the beach or boat. And water is a must, too!

2. Potlucks

Know that there will be at least one healthful selection by bringing a fruit or veggie tray to share.

3. Outdoor Physical Activity

Try to plan moderate to intense exercise in the early morning or evening so you won’t have to battle the sun and heat.

4. Keep Hydrated

  • Keep a water bottle on hand and drink more frequently throughout the day.
  • Eat foods with high water content, such as melon, peaches, tomatoes and cucumber.

5. Enjoy Seasonal Produce for Optimal Flavor

For more ideas about following a heart-healthy lifestyle, contact the cardiac dietitians at CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center.