Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health 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 helps 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

Men, it’s time to get serious about your weight

Published in Wellness, Weight Management

Do men take better care of their cars, lawns, and other hobbies rather than themselves?

Almost 75% of men in the U.S. carry extra weight. Extra weight, a waist circumference greater than 37.5 inches, and a body mass index greater than 25, can put you at increased risk for many diseases.

Health risks for men with extra weight include increased pain from arthritis (back, hip and knee pain), metabolic concerns (heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and fatty liver), and many forms of cancer.

The good news is that a weight reduction of 10% can improve weight-related health issues.

The bad news is that less than 10% of adults accomplish this weight reduction using historical treatment methods (diet centers, over-the-counter products).

The field of Obesity Medicine has learned a lot of new things over the past ten years to make weight loss and improved health a reality for men (and women) who may be struggling to tackle weight loss on their own.

Our team can partner with you on your weight loss journey. We provide Weight Management services in Willmar, St. Cloud and Monticello.

CentraCare Weight Management