Patient Stories - Weight Management

Patients and families share their stories about the outstanding care they received at CentraCare Weight Management.

Alec Murray

“When you come to the program, you have to be accountable so you think twice about what you are eating. But once you start losing weight, there are rapid rewards visible on the scale and tape measure.”

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Tony Boverhuis

“I’ve been amazed. This program has provided me with focus, the tools I needed AND confidence.”

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Julie and Dave Tschida

“It took a lot of hard work, willpower and encouragement from family and friends. We have had our struggles, but if you don’t have your health, life can be so much harder."

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Gavin and Crescence Valentine

"We both learned a lot about not just eating what tastes good but what you should eat. And we’ve adopted a mentality of being mindful. We think about how hungry we should be when we eat and how full we should be when we are done."

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Jerrod Johnson

“I feel great right now. This program really works – you learn how to eat right and see results.”
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Sue Moore

“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!”
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Robin El-Ibrahim

“It [January 21, 2014] was the day that changed my life. With the support of the staff, I got the tools I needed to help me focus and everything began to fall into place.”
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Steve Laraway

"The bottom line is that you have to make good choices when it comes to your health. I want to be around for a lot longer. There is never a perfect time to start anything so why not start now?”
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Tammy Habiger

“There’s no question this took a lot of blood, sweat and tears – it’s a lot of work and you have to be committed. It’s all worth it – so many people have encouraged me not to limit myself. I am enjoying living life to the fullest.”
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Ronda Latterell

"Trust and believe in yourself. You’re the only one who can make the commitment to get healthy and be your best self."
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Tim Lyon

"I really like the support and education I receive through the CentraCare program. They don’t just cut you loose after you’ve lost the weight."
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Chris Johnson and Barb Simon-Johnson

“The best thing about this program is the support we receive from providers and other team members.”
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Claudia and Calvin Muntifering

"They don't just put a Band-Aid on the issue, but change the way you think."
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Todd Driver

“Losing weight has been the best thing — I only wish I would have done it sooner.”
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Robert Wolfington

"Thanks to the weight loss, I no longer take any diabetes medications.”
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Brenda Fuchs

"You feel so much better about yourself."
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John Horn

"It's an ideal program to go through; the support is there."
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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

Featured Patient Story

Julie and Dave Tschida Patient Stories Patient Story
"We were so happy to hear that the program started in Sauk Centre. It is 25 minutes closer to our home. We have met so many wonderful care providers in the program."
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