Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Forget the gum. Mindfulness can stop you from smoking

[MinnPost, August 19, 2015] Imagine for a moment that Marlboro Man Sam Elliott is sat down by his doctor and instructed to stop smoking. What would he do? Would he scoff and keep puffing like “Thank You for Smoking” Sam Elliott would do? Or would he listen carefully like the hippie “Parks and Recreation” Sam […]

Can a Fitbit make you fit?

[Twelve.tv, May 26, 2015] Visit any place that sells electronic gadgets or your phone’s app store, and you’re bound to find fitness trackers. They are aimed to help people reach their fitness goals. But they can be pricey. Health Check takes a look at fitness gadgets to explore their benefits and accuracy. One example is […]

Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary hosts annual fundraiser for Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

[Owatonna Peoples Press, May 19, 2015] It was a year of firsts for the Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary’s fourth annual Festival of Tables fundraiser Tuesday afternoon. And one of the most noticeable firsts involved four John Deere tractors sitting outside the doors of the Owatonna Country Club. “We have our guys hosting a table this year: […]

Penny George at the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Owatonna, Minn. Photo by Owatonna People's Press

Community members celebrate opening of Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

[Owatonna People’s Press, March 10, 2015] Becoming a philanthropist wasn’t something Penny George had set out to do. “I was a psychologist,” George said. “I was very happy doing that and my goal was to stay away from hospitals. I had no interest in changing them, but they say life is what happens when you’re […]

Health Check: holistic way to de-stress

[Twelve News, March 10, 2015] Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the day-to-day routine can sometimes become overwhelming. Just ask Linda Shay of Minneapolis. “Well, about eight years ago, I had a pretty major panic attack, which kind of woke me up and said that I really have some stress going on in […]

Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

[MinnPost, March 24, 2015] On Change to Chill, a new online resource for teens created by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, young people can learn how to meditate, practice guided imagery or live a more balanced life. The site, launched this month, was inspired by findings of Allina’s tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment, a federally mandated study […]

VitaminD: How much is enough?

[KMSP Fox 9, March 18, 2015] Not getting enough vitamin D can lead to all kinds of health problems. But a new study suggests it might be possible to get too much vitamin D. Dr. Greg Plotnikoff from Allina Health‘s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, says don’t worry about getting too much. Not […]

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Desire for a ‘natural’ cure drives demand for supplements

[Star Tribune, March 7, 2015] Blois Olson’s ankles hurt so much that the pain made him walk “like an old man.” The St. Louis Park man consulted his doctor, who told Olson he had early arthritis and recommended a supplement — glucosamine — for relief. For the next six months, Olson downed glucosamine tablets every […]

Inside your health: More than medicine

[KSTP-TV, February 16, 2015] Traditional Western medicine concentrates on conquering disease. But sometimes that comes with unpleasant side effects. Courtney Baechler, MD, of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health, was interviewed about the growing use of integrative therapies to improve the patient’s experience. Watch the story at kstp.com.

Yoga spreads with wave of ‘complementary medicine’

[Star Tribune, Feb. 11, 2015] The share of Americans practicing therapeutic yoga has nearly doubled in a decade as adults seek ways to reduce stress, alleviate chronic pain and improve their outlook on life — a trend toward “complementary’’ medicine reflected at leading Minnesota clinics and hospitals. Overall, about a third of U.S. health care […]