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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

It’s Time to Kick The COVID-19 Weight Gain

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: Shawn Day,DO

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many of our daily routines, including healthy eating and exercising. As a result, many Americans found undesired weight gain to be an added stressor of the pandemic. In fact, 42% of U.S. adults reported undesired weight gain due to COVID, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. The average weight increase was 29 pounds.

A study published in the JAMA Network Open in March 2021 said this weight gain “was likely relative of changes in physical activity and patterns of daily living, as well as concurrent self-reported increases in snacking and overeating.” With the stay-at-home order, people lost sight of healthy habits of daily meals and exercise. If this sounds like you, take these steps to optimize health and manage extra weight:

  • Eat meals on a regular schedule. A regular schedule helps identify hunger and fullness.
  • Choose low or non-calorie beverages. Water is an ideal choice.
  • Choose a protein source at every meal to maximize nutrition and fullness.

If you need help losing weight, schedule an appointment with CentraCare Weight Management to learn about new interventions for weight loss. Losing the weight put on during COVID will help you feel your best when getting back to normal life again, such as attending events, going back into the office and seeing family and friends. It will also decrease your risk of severe illness in case you get COVID-19. Studies have shown that individuals with obesity may have triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.