Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

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 […]

Good Question: How big is average now

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 9, 2015] When it comes to just how big an average sized American woman or man is, just what is average? That’s the Good Question posed to Allina Health’s Barb Brower, a nutrionist and dietician at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Penny George opens in Owatonna Hospital to offer acupuncture, massage therapy

[Owatonna People’s Press, Feb. 6, 2015] A different style of care has arrived at Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health. And on Friday morning, hospital employees gathered with Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Ambassadors to celebrate the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing outpatient clinic, located at the hospital. […]

Good Question: Does gum really stay in your stomach for seven years?

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 30, 2015] You’ve no doubt heard the old wives tale about swallowed gum staying in your system for seven years? Does it really? That’s the Good Question WCCO asked Allina Health certified nurse specialist Mary Beshara at the Penny George Institute for Health and healing.