New HealthyFit programs begin soon. Sign up by September 6!

New HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life program supports weight-loss efforts

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.

Winona Health’s HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life is a new six-week program to help people lose weight and keep it off. The first HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life session begins Wednesday, September 13.

Participants will:

  • Define what it means to live their best life.
  • Establish goals to attain their best life.
  • Develop a personal wellness plan to include proper nutrition, movement, relaxation and sleep.
  • Create strategies to get around road-blocks and set-backs.
  • Develop a strong mindset supportive of lasting health behaviors.

Occasional assignments require time to complete independently. For best results, participants should allow 30 to 60 minutes per week outside of class time.

Please note that basic nutrition and exercise principles will not be taught in this program. This program is appropriate for those who have a lot of knowledge about how to properly lose weight, but are having a difficult time doing it. It is perfect for graduates of Winona Health’s HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program who want additional support while continuing to lose weight. Those interested in basic nutrition and exercise principles should ask about the HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program.

The first HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life program begins Wednesday, September 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. The cost for the six-week program is $90.

The next HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program, which focuses on weight loss education, begins Wednesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost for that 12-week program is $175.

Both programs meet in the Wellness Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona.

Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by Wednesday, September 6. To sign up for either program, call 507.457.4329. For more information about wellness programs at Winona Health, click here.


Improve your balance, strength, flexibility and mobility with Winona Health Tai Ji Quan class

Tai Ji Quan class is a group exercise class designed to help adults improve their balance, strength and flexibility and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan (pronounced Tie Gee Chwahn) uses slow coordinated movements to help participants enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Winona Health’s 12-week Tai Ji Quan class begins Monday, September 11 and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $96 for the 12-week/24 session program.

Classes will be in the Watkins Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

Space is limited and registration is required, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

New Best Life Coaching helps you achieve personal goals

Best Life Coaching, a new service offered through Winona Heath Wellness Services is a one-on-one program to help people define and achieve their personal goals.

“Best Life Coaching is for anyone who would like help working toward a goal they’ve been struggling with,” said Tina Smith, a certified wellness coach. “Whether it’s finding ways to deal with stress, losing weight and keeping it off, or identifying what you really want in life and achieving it, this program provides the tools and personalized attention to break through the barriers to success.”

Smith is a Certified Wellness Coach who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. With 25 years of coaching and teaching experience, her passion is to help others remove the barriers that are keeping them from living their very best life.

Best Life Coaching helps people:

  • Envision and define the life they really want to live.
  • Create a holistic plan to achieve those goals.
  • Learn how to remove the barriers to success.
  • Develop life-long skills to maintain new habits.

Best Life coaching is $150 and includes a free, no obligation, 30-minute “discovery session”; six 30-minute coaching sessions; a customized wellness plan; highly personalized education and support; and an opportunity for additional coaching at discounted pricing.

Find details about this and other Winona Health wellness programs here.

To schedule a Best Life Coaching “discovery session,” call 507.457.7719.

Business leaders interested in offering Best Life Coaching to employees may call 507.457.4161.



$5 Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser

Winona Health Volunteers hosting $5 jewelry and accessories fundraiser for scholarships and projects to benefit patients and residents

The Winona Health Volunteers will host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The sale will be in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more including unique items that make fun gifts.  Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine and enhancing the Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manor gardens. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.


Make a day of it! Invite a friend and check out the $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, stroll through the new Robinson Healing Garden and have a healthy lunch at Winona Health’s Lakeside Café!



Free program to help smokers quit begins Thursday, August 31

You can be a quitter!

Winona Health is offering a free program to help people who want to quit smoking. The four-week program begins Thursday, August, 31, 2017.

“Quitting is definitely a challenge, but the payoff is worth the effort,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Winona Health. “Quitting pays off in improved health and provides relief from dependency on cigarettes or tobacco—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

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.

“The benefits of quitting are immediate.” said Sprain. “Whether this is your first time trying to quit, or you’ve tried several times before, this program is for you.”

This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings from August 31 through September 21, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Parkview Conference Room, hospital first floor.

RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. To sign up, call 507.457.4161, or sign up here!




You are welcome at the Winona Community Table – Tuesday, August 15, 2017!

All are welcome to share in conversation while enjoying a wide variety of food at a Winona Community Table event on Tuesday, August 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Holzinger Lodge, 925 W. Lake Blvd., in Winona.

Hosted by Winona Health, this Winona Community Table event is an opportunity for all community members to share thoughts and ideas about the complex topic of healthcare.

More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

“Everyone is welcome and everyone’s voice is important,” said Rebecca Lamberty, vice president of Emergency and Urgent Care Services at Winona Health. “We’re looking forward to a compassionate, inclusive community conversation for people to share their unique perspectives. We are genuinely interested in hearing from everyone to deepen our understanding of the community we serve.”

Winona Health President/CEO, Rachelle Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., will be among the facilitators at the event. There won’t be a fixed agenda, but general topics will be suggested and conversations will flow based on the thoughts and ideas shared by community members.

The event is free and open to everyone, and a wide variety of food to suit most preferences will be served.

Those interested are encouraged to share information about the event and invite others to attend. The conversation is enriched when people from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together to share their perspectives.

If you have questions or to RSVP, call 507.494.7371.


Winona Health designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence!

Winona Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Being awarded the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence signifies that Winona Health has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“It takes an incredible team commitment to earn accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services at Winona Health. “The criteria is extensive and includes everything from staff credentials, board certifications and continuing education to image quality assurance documentation. Our technology is the best of the best, and we have an outstanding team devoted to providing the highest standard of care to our community.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Winona Health has earned the designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence based on image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Winona Health uses 3D technology (tomosynthesis), for all screening mammograms and every aspect of breast care. To schedule a screening mammogram at Winona Health, a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, call 507.457.4320 (select option 1).

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About the American College of Radiology: The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

Healthy Kids: VIP & Me Golf, August 1

Winona Health Healthy Kids and The Bridges have teamed up for a special event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017: VIP & Me Golf.

This fun, free event is for kids ages 5 through 12 accompanied by an adult, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (rain date: August 8) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at The Bridges Golf Course, 22852 County road 17 in Winona, Minn.

The driving range and putting green will be open, and kids can also sign up to play 2, 4 or 9 holes of golf. There will be games and contests both on and off course. Those who RSVP by Friday, July 28 also will receive a goody bag.

The event is free. Maximum of 2 children per adult.

Those who wish to play 2, 4 or 9 holes of golf must call The Bridges at 507.452.3535 to RSVP and reserve a tee time.

To RSVP for the driving range, putting green, games and contests only:

RSVP here!

RSVP online at or call 507.457.4161. RSVP by Friday, July 28.


About Healthy Kids:  Healthy Kids is a collaboration between Winona Health, Live Well Winona and other area organizations who share an interest in improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Vist our Healthy Kids Website


Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit gives parents tips on spotting substance misuse

Parents and guardians have a rare opportunity to learn how to spot potential signs of substance experimentation and misuse at the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit.

The Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit will be open to parents and guardians Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Resource Library on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

ASAP offers this free exhibit to help parents and guardians learn about the warning signs of substance use. Adults can walk through this mock teen bedroom with a checklist to identify more than a dozen household items that may indicate substance misuse.

The exhibit is open to parents and guardians only. Partners include the Winona County Drug Court and Winona Police Department.

To learn more or ask questions, email Phil Huerta at or call 507.474.2727.



Fireworks can be dangerous–play it safe!


Winona Health Emergency Department physicians and staff are reminding people about the dangers of improper use of fireworks.

“Handling fireworks can cause severe injury including eye injuries and burns. The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use any fireworks at home,” said Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health medical chief. “Leave the fireworks to the professionals, and have a wonderful holiday.”

If fireworks are legal in your area and you decide to use them, the following tips can decrease the odds for injury:

  • Keep fireworks (including firecrackers, rockets and sparklers) out of the hands of children. If kids have sparklers, keep them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair.
  • Buy only legal fireworks. Legal fireworks will have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Stay outdoors and have a water source (bucket and hose) nearby.
  • Stay clear of other people.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Do not hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket—friction could set them off.
  • Never try to relight a dud.
  • Stay away from houses and any flammable materials.
  • Do not let kids pick up pieces of fireworks after an event.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in a trash can.

In the event of an injury, seek immediate medical help. If an eye injury occurs, do not touch or rub it, and do not flush with water. Seek medical attention immediately.

In the event of a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn and call your doctor.

In an emergency, immediately call 911. The Emergency Department at Winona Health and the Winona Area Ambulance Service are here for you 24 hours a day, every day.


More information about Fireworks safety is available from The National Council on Fireworks Safety, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole mission is to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks. For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video: