Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Gluten-free food defined

[KARE 11, March 25, 2014] Gluten is a hot topic these days. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up, too? Dr. Greg Plotnikoff from the Penny George Institute for Health […]

Added sugars in our diets lead to heart disease

[KARE 11, Feb. 7, 2014] A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention out this week finds that added sugars in our diet is killing us. Dr. Courtney Baechler, a cardiologist and the chief wellness officer at Allina Health, talked with KARE 11′s Diana Pierce about the role sugar plays in our […]

What is a healthy weight loss rate?

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 5, 2014] When Stillwater native Rachel Frederickson took home $250,000 on Tuesday night’s The Biggest Loser, Twitter lit up with criticism of the former high school swimmer. She’d shed 150 pounds over seven months to get down to a 105-pound frame. That was almost 60 percent of her body weight – the biggest […]

You don’t get enough Vitamin D in the winter

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Jan. 8, 2014] The short daylight hours in the winter up north here, plus all the skin-covering clothing we wear, makes it virtually impossible for us to naturally get from the sun all the vitamin D we need. So says Dr. Greg Plotnikoff of the Penny George Institute for Health and […]

Kids today less fit than their parents were

[MPR, Nov. 22, 2013] Children are now slower runners than their parents were, according to new data from the American Heart Association. The study showed that around the world, children are 15 percent less fit than their parents were during childhood. In the United States, childhood cardiovascular performance declined between 1970 and 2000. Dr. Courtney […]

Why some people get sick more often than others

[WCCO TV, Nov. 13, 2013] Ever wonder why some people seem to get sick all the time and others almost never? Good Question. WCCO TV’s Heather Brown put that question to Dr. Courtney Baechler, Allina Health’s Chief of Health and Wellness. What the report here.

Top breast cancer fighting foods

Top breast cancer fighting foods

[KARE-TV, October 2, 2013] This year in Minnesota, an estimated 3,200 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. To help anyone affected by breast cancer with treatment, survivorship and support, the Minnesota-based Breast Cancer Awareness Association (BCAA) will hold its 12th Annual Education Conference on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. […]

Good Question: Do beer bellies come from beer?

[WCCO-TV, September 30, 2013] What causes fat to build up around your midsection. And is a beer belly really caused by beer? Good question. Allina Health cardiologist, Dr. Courtney Baechler, vice president of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, has the answers for WCCO News.

Study: The right bacteria might help fight obesity

[WCCO Radio, September 6, 2013] Call it a hidden ally: The right germs just might be able to help fight fat. Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, integrative medicine specialist at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Allina Health, talked with WCCO’s Jordana Green about a study that shows different kinds of bacteria that live inside […]

Living longer, not healthier

[KARE TV, July 17, 2013] The good news from a recent health study is that Americans are starting to get more active. The bad news is we’re not doing enough and we are living longer with bad health. Dr. Courtney Baechler, Allina Health Chief Prevention and Wellness officer and Cardiologist joined KARE 11 News @ […]