HealthyFit for Life 6-week program begins January 10, 2018

Those interested in finding extra motivation and inspiration to improve their health are encouraged to check out Winona Health’s next HealthyFit for Life program.

HealthyFit for Life is a six-week program to help people lose weight and keep it off.  Many people know “what to do” to lose weight, but have a hard time “doing it.” That’s because losing weight and keeping it off involves more than eating your veggies and ditching the sweets. It’s not just changing what you do, but ultimately changing how you think about living a healthier life. Occasional assignments require time to complete independently. For best results, participants should allow 30 to 60 minutes per week outside of class time.

The next HealthyFit for Life program begins January 10 and meets Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. through February 14 on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. The program costs $90, class size is limited and registration is required.

For more information about HealthyFit for Life and other wellness programs at Winona Health, click here. To register, call 507.457.4329.



Stressed out? Sign up.

Conquering Stress with The Desire MapTM, begins Monday, January 8, 2018

Start the new year determined to get a handle on your stress. If you are feeling burned out – like you’re constantly running on fumes, you’re not alone. Stress is a normal fact of life. But chronic stress, even at low levels, over a long period of time can take a huge toll on your health, your relationships and your happiness.

Conquering Stress with The Desire Map™ is a six-week workshop offered through Winona Heath Wellness Services for decreasing stress by clarifying what participants truly want in every area of their life, and using that awareness to guide everyday choices.

Tina Smith, a Certified Wellness and Health Coach and Licensed Desire Map Facilitator, will help workshop participants:

  • Discover desired feelings.
  • Create new goals and intentions based on desired feelings.
  • Decrease or remove the things in your life that are no longer serving you and are simply contributing to your stress.
  • Create a plan for filling life with meaning.
  • Decrease stress by focusing on desired feelings.

The Conquering Stress with the Desire Map workshop begins January 8 and meets Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. through February 12. In addition to workshop time, participants should allow an extra 30 to 60 minutes per week in their schedule.

The cost for the six-week workshop is $175. To register, call 507.457.4329 by January 3. For more details about this and other Winona Health wellness programs, click here.


The Desire Map © Danielle LaPorte 2014

Cold weather safety tips

With temperatures dipping throughout the season, Winona Health shares these tips from the American Red Cross for staying safe in cold weather.

■ Prepare a winter-specific supply kit that includes a awarm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery.

■ Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service.

■ All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

■ Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

■ Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep your winter supplies kit in your vehicle. Allow extra time to reach your destination.

■ Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task. Take frequent breaks while shoveling snow.

■ Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.

■ Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

■ Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at More information about winter safety is available at

Those who need a warm place to sleep are welcome to go to the Winona Community Warming Center located in the back of Community Bible Church with a separate entrance for the Warming Center, 69 East 3rd Street in Winona. For more information, call 507.458.9197.


Decided to quit smoking? Free help is here.

Make this year the year you become tobacco free. Quitting improves your health and will save you money.

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program is FREE, and the next session begins Thursday, January 4, 2018. The program will be Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do for their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “We know that quitting isn’t easy, but it can be done and there is no doubt that it’s worth it. We’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • Help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking.
  • Cover the variety of benefits to quitting.
  • Provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms.
  • Share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free.
  • Provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information.

“Just think: quitting will be such a relief,” said Sprain. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from dependency on cigarettes—and relief from the high cost of smoking. The benefits to quitting begin immediately.”

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. Those who have taken the program before but would like to take it again are welcome. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.


Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program benefits residents, families and staff

The Winona Daily News shared a story about how Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program is helping residents and families.
In case you missed it in Sunday’s (12/17/17) paper, you can read it here.
Lake Winona Manor received a $25,000 Workforce Grant through LeadingAge Minnesota to help support the Namaste program.
In addition to being a wonderful program for residents and their family members, it improves the day-to-day satisfaction of caregivers by creating a soothing atmosphere and increasing the opportunity for them to spend more meaningful time with residents.
More information about Lake Winona Manor is available here.

Environmental Services team scores 100 percent on safety

Several members of the Winona Health Environmental Services team agree to a quick photo to celebrate their 100 percent safety score.

Winona Health’s Environmental Services staff received a 100-percent score on their Sodexo/EcoSure Third Party Safety Audit.

The rigorous audit includes questions regarding safety management programs, making sure the Safety Data Sheets match every product we use and a physical tour and inspection of various rooms and spaces throughout Winona Health.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated Environmental Services staff who understand the importance and value of the work they do to ensure a safe and sanitary environment in an organization that runs 24/7/365.” said Greg Towner, facilities director at Winona Health.

Winona Health Environmental Services team includes housekeepers, floor technicians, and laundry professionals.


Help for those who are dealing with grief

Tesla Mitchell with the Winona Daily News spoke with Sheila Skeels, Winona Health Hospice Social Worker, and Amy Sixty, who lost her father this year, to share information to help people who are dealing with grief during the holidays.

If you or someone you know is dealing with grief during the holidays, or any time, this article may help.

Welcome back Laurel Quinn, MD!

Optometrists Scott Pastryk and Stephanie LaLiberte with Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn.

After several months of being out for a medical issue, Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, has returned to the Winona Health Eye Care Center.

“Optometrists Scott Pastryk and Stephanie LaLiberte, the Eye Care Center team and the entire Winona Health family are excited to welcome back Dr. Quinn. “We have all missed her, and so have her patients,” said Sara Gabrick, vice president of Surgical and Specialty Services at Winona Health. “It’s great to have her back!”

Friends and community members held a 5K run/walk benefit for Dr. Quinn and her family in June after her third bout of acute myeloid leukemia. Dr. Quinn and her husband, Jason, have six children.

“My family and I have so appreciated the support of this community,” said Dr. Quinn, “I’m happy to get back to the healthy work of taking care of our eyes!”

To schedule an appointment in the Winona Health Eye Care Center, call 507.474.4760. A same-day appointment may be available.

Lake Winona Manor’s Resident and Family Holiday Celebration: Thursday, Dec. 14

Lake Winona Manor’s Resident and Family Holiday Celebration!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Family members are invited to join us for refreshments and entertainment.

In the news: Winona Health Volunteers Knitted Knockers

Winona Daily News writer Tesla Mitchell interviewed Winona Health Volunteers Gloria Siewert and Carol Byrne to share the story of the Volunteers Knitted Knockers project.

Read the story here.

If you have questions about knitted knockers or about volunteering at Winona Health, call 507.474.3328 or learn more here.