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

Sue's Story

Weight Management
“Sue has been an exceptional example of someone who has succeeded on CentraCare Health Weight Management’s Customized Program, one of five options CentraCare Health offers for weight loss.”

Patience and perseverance pay off for CentraCare Weight Management patient

Commitment. Patience. Willingness to change. Those are the three main attributes Sue Moore feels have helped her succeed in her weight loss journey.

Sue has been an exceptional example of someone who has succeeded on CentraCare Health Weight Management’s Customized Program, one of five options CentraCare Health offers for weight loss.

With a strong desire to change her lifestyle and eating habits, Sue signed up with CentraCare Weight Management in February 2017. She dropped 57 pounds in 14 months and has plans to take off another 20-30. She has worked hard to be patient — and is pleased with the more than 20 percent weight loss.

Learn more about all of Weight Management's non-surgical weight loss options

The customized program has many of the same features of other CentraCare weight loss options including meeting with a physician or advanced practice provider and a dietitian regularly. Sue also has been able to choose from a variety of “tools” tailored specifically to her. These options include: weight loss medications, health coaching, nutrition classes, meal replacements, exercise classes, behavioral support and stress management options. Sue eats two regular meals a day and uses a meal replacement for her third meal. She also has taken advantage of health coaching and upped her exercise level significantly.

Non-scale victories count, too

Sue cautions that while weight reduction matters a lot, it’s also important celebrate “non-scale” victories. “I have a lot more energy so I can work out more often and for longer periods of time,” she says. “I’ve dropped 24 inches and three clothing sizes and my glycerides, glucose and blood pressure are now all within their normal ranges.”

For most of her life Sue was slender, at five-foot, five-inch frame, she weighed 118-120 pounds. Once she hit her 40s, the weight began to creep up and then menopause was an easy excuse to blame for the weight gain. “It took me a while to figure out that our bodies don’t need all those calories as we age,” she notes.

When she began her weight loss journey with CentraCare, she made a couple of big changes right away by cutting out diet soda and “white” foods like bread and rice. She now records everything she eats in her food journal which helps her be really mindful of what goes into her mouth.

Accountability matters

Sue advises people to ask themselves “What do you want to eat?’ and “Why do you want to eat that?” “Knowing that Alyssa (the dietitian) will be reviewing that journal has been a big motivator to really keep myself in check and making sure I am eating foods for the right reasons,” Sue says with a chuckle.

A pharmacy technician at the Coborn Cancer Center, Sue reduced her full-time hours in 2016 to focus more on her well-being. The extra time has allowed her to increase her exercise level to five times a week. During the winter, she exercises on a recumbent bike, walks on the treadmill and uses a total body home gym.

This summer, Sue is looking forward to spending time in her 10 gardens — she lives on five acres of land outside of Rice — and continuing her healthy lifestyle.

Her advice to others looking to lose weight, “In order to stay on the path, you have to change and NEVER, EVER give up! If you give up, you’re giving up on yourself!”