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Allina Health provides mental health resources online for COVID-19 stress

[WCCO-TV, May 10, 2020] There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding stress to our daily live. But how we deal with it depends on each individual. Susan Nygaard, manager of community health improvement at Allina Health, talked with WCCO-TV News about stress and the free tools Allina Health provides online to help manage […]

Allina Health, Free Bikes 4 Kidz donate bikes to Isanti County foster kids

[KSTP-TV, May 4, 2020] More than 30 foster kids in Isanti County now have bikes to ride to ride this spring thanks to a donation of bikes and helmets to the Isanti County Family Service. Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz collected donated bikes last fall and refurbished them for kids in need.

Use of Allina Health mental health and wellness tools to help kids at home jumps 160%

Use of Allina Health mental health and wellness tools to help kids at home jumps 160%

[Owatonna People’s Press, May 1, 2020] The use of Allina Health’s Change to Chill and Health Powered Kids websites has increased dramatically since Minnesota schools were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free sites provide tools for teens to manage stress and lessons for younger children on nutrition, physical fitness and mind-body balance. […]

Allina Health, Minnesota United blood drive draws hundreds

[WCCO-TV, April 24, 2020] A two day blood drive sponsored by Allina Health and Minnesota United soccer team wrapped up Friday. Hundreds turned out to donate blood that is in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Cross technicians were on hand to take the donations at the team’s home Allianz Field.

Getting free bikes to essential workers

[WCCO-TV, April 23, 2020] Allina Health and several other Minnesota organizations are working together to donate bicycles to workers performing essential jobs in the Twin Cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tia Martinson, of Free Bikes For Kids, told WCCO that her organization has partnered with Allina Health, Quality Bike Products and Slow Roll Twin Cities […]

Change to Chill at Hastings High School

[KDWA Radio, February 7, 2020] Allina Health’s Change to Chill program is making a difference at Hasting High School. Kim Hoff, a Hastings High counselor, Simon Hedin, a Hastings High School student and Change to Chill intern, and Susan Nygaard, manager, Community Health Improvement at Allina Health, were interviewed on KDWA about how Change to […]

Addressing social determinants of health in healthcare

Addressing social determinants of health in healthcare

[Medline, December 19, 2019] As healthcare providers, we know that the health of our patients is largely determined by factors outside of our hospitals and clinics, and that social and economic determinants, health behaviors and the physical environment significantly drive healthcare outcomes, utilization and costs. However, it is unclear how healthcare can best address these […]

Chilling out at Monticello High School

Chilling out at Monticello High School

[Monticello Times, Nov. 29, 2019] Monticello High School students Kaia Loberg and Jacob Keller have seen first hand how stress can affect their fellow students. Especially around the end of the semester when the pressure associated with finals can impact the mental wellbeing of students, Keller says. Now students at Monticello High School have a […]

Stressed out college kids learn to Chill

[KARE 11, November 6, 2019] Stress is a part of everyday life, but when it gets too bad it can really interfere with everyday things you need to do. For University of Minnesota students, the YMCA there is using techniques and tools from Allina Health’s Change to Chill program. KARE 11’s News at 11 also […]

Empowering adults to help teens ‘Change to Chill’

[Quad Community Press, November 5, 2019] The percentage of ninth grade students who reported that they had mental health concerns lasting six months or more increased from 12.5% in 2013 to 17.3% in 2016 and 23.1% in 2019. The percentage of 11th graders who said they seriously considered suicide in the past year increased from […]