Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

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Generation of tanners see spike in skin cancer

[KARE-TV, July 29, 2014] The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming 200 percent jump in the number of deadly melanoma cases diagnosed since 1973. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak says in a new report that nearly 5 million people in the […]

Scientists discover more about the battle in your belly

[Star Tribune, July 31, 2014] Kathleen Pender knew her gut was trying to tell her something. She just wasn’t sure what it was. A gut analysis performed by her doctor revealed the source of her problem: She was very low on “good bacteria.” The bacteria swimming around in our stomachs have the power to help […]

How to slow down our busy lives

[WCCO-TV, July 28, 2014] With work piling up, getting the kids to sports, and other day-to-day duties, stress seems never ending. WCCO talked with Allina Health Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler about how to manage our busy lives.

New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

New approach to wellness – resiliency – is gaining ground

[Star Tribune, July 7, 2014] Severe chronic pain from years of playing rugby forced Deb Hitt to the sidelines. The injuries, coupled with the loss of a sport she so loved, sapped her spirit, too. “It knocked the air and the life out of me,” said Hitt, of Minneapolis. “I let the pain define me.” […]

Easy tips to burn calories at work

[WCCO-TV, June 30, 2014] Every day, the average American needs to burn 100 calories just to keep their weight the same. It might not sound like a lot at first, but if you add it up, 100 calories a day for a year is an extra 5 pounds. So, WCCO-TV went to Allina Health to […]

New Ulm Medical Center offers holistic options

[New Ulm Journal, May 23, 2014] The New Ulm Medical Center celebrated its new partnership with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing on Thursday, with Penny George assisting Mayor Robert Beussman in cutting a ribbon in the hospital lobby. The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing was founded in 2003 and is […]

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 […]