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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

Michelle Wilson

Lifestyle Health
ā€œIā€™m eating better, feeling better, sleeping better. My cholesterol is down, blood pressure is down, and prediabetes is not a concern anymore.ā€

Transforming More Than a Diet

The L.I.F.E Program is designed to give you the knowledge you need to live a healthy life. During convenient evening meetings, David Kroska, MD, covers lifestyle, food and exercise in this transformative 10-week course.

CentraCare Weight Management features a team of health coaches, dietitians and doctors who will tailor a weight loss plan just for you.

Michelle Wilson spoke with us about her experience in both programs.

Q: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your health story? What led you to the L.I.F.E program?

Michelle: I live in St. Cloud. I’m 39 years young! I enjoy reading, spending time with family, hiking, hunting for agates at the North Shore, camping and driving my ’68 Mustang. We moved into a new house three years ago and are still remodeling so a lot of time is spent on that right now.

I have been wanting to lose weight for several years. I felt fat, frumpy, dumpy, out-of-shape. I could not keep up with the kids and did not like looking in the mirror at myself. In December 2018, I had a breakdown. I couldn’t take it anymore. I was desperate for a change. So, I jumped in with both feet. I signed up for the L.I.F.E Program, enrolled in the CentraCare Weight Management Program and took exercise classes at the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA. So far, I have lost 20 pounds and two pant sizes, and plan to keep going!

Wilson family with dogsQ: How did you hear about the L.I.F.E program?

Michelle: I work at the St. Cloud Medical Group and while I was reading a newsletter, I saw that a class was coming up. I started the process to sign up, and just did it!

Q: What changes have you made since taking the course?

Michelle: I only eat meat once or twice a week, have more whole grains and I cut down on dairy. My husband and kids are not totally there with me yet, but we are working on it. My sister, parents and stepmom think that I am nuts for eating “vegetarian” and being a “hippie.” I guess that is what they call someone trying to be healthy!

Q: Was there anything in the class that was difficult to incorporate into your life?

Michelle: I am having a hard time adding beans to my diet. I’m not a fan of the texture, but am working on this part.

Q: Have you seen any changes in your health as a result of the class?

Michelle: I’m eating better, feeling better, sleeping better. My cholesterol is down, blood pressure is down, and prediabetes is not a concern anymore. I do not seem to be as sick as often as I was prior! Much of my pain has gone away.

Q: What do you think was the most valuable part of the L.I.F.E program?

Michelle: I did not realize that what we eat has such a HUGE impact on our bodies, our health and our life!