Healthy Cooking Healthy Eating

Healthy Cooking Healthy Eating

Making a difference daily

It all started with an amazing donation and kind hearts.  LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation donated $3,072.48 to a new cooking program in the Highschool.  The money was allocated to buy 2 new ranges, a new fridge, a new microwave and many other kitchen supplies.  The LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation invests in programs and projects that improve the overall health and wellness of the Lake of the Woods County. They prioritize the Community Health Needs.  Their mission is to build a healthier Community where we live, work and play.

Jennelle Lowes, staff at Lake of the Woods High School, reached out to Carrie Davidson to inquire about this opportunity.  A grant proposal was submitted to the foundation.  Our school cooking program’s goal is to educate youth regarding healthy cooking and a healthy lifestyle. According to the CDC, 30.7% of Minnesota young adults are considered obese.  The students will learn how to prepare well-balanced healthy meals, safety in the kitchen and proper techniques for cooking.   

The students have hit the ground running and are loving this opportunity.  They select healthy recipes, they make a grocery list, estimate the cost, shop and prepare.  So far, they have made French Onion Soup, Corn Chowder, Lasagna and Caesar Salad, muffins, cookies and Taco Salad.  Staff are taking advantage of this opportunity and give a donation towards the meals for sustainability.  Staff have donated garden items towards the program. 

Other community partnerships have formed with this program.  Border Bank donated $500 in kitchen supplies.  Nicole Olson reached out and asked us to make a wish list.  The students brainstormed items that they felt would help them learn to cook.  Within a week we had so many amazing items.  One of the students said, “Ms. Jennelle, it feels like Christmas.”  Hometown Hardware gave us an excellent price on appliances and delivered and hauled away for free.  Ruby’s Pantry donates 2 boxes each month to the program.  The students look at what we have and make a list of what we can cook with all the amazing food.  Janice Nelson donated kitchen items as well.  An anonymous community member donated several Pampered Chef items as well as other items.  We appreciate everything people have done for us. If you would like to learn more or want to donate to our program the students have started another wish list.  

Keep Your Mental Health a Priority with Easy Access Virtual Visits

Keep Your Mental Health a Priority with Easy Access Virtual Visits

The holidays are a wonderful time for many, but with all the excitement and joy can come much anxiety and stress. With the long Christmas to-do list, added expenses and remembering loved ones who are no longer with us can make many feel the blues. 

Although it is hard to make time to get the care you need, it is important to keep your mental health a priority. CHI LakeWood Health offers the convenience of virtual visits (telehealth) with our Behavioral Health Provider, Sarah Gubbels, LICSW. In the car or at home, therapy can be anywhere you go. You can even have therapy when you are stuck in 10ft of snow! Don’t put your healthcare needs on the backburner this holiday season or any season for that matter. Call 218-634-3491 to schedule an appointment today!

Mental Health Holiday Tips From Our Expert at CHI LakeWood Health

Stay Active: Exercise is a great way to deal with holiday stress and anxiety.

Just Say No: If you have too much on your plate, let your friends and family know.

Be Realistic: Don’t stress yourself out by trying to create the perfect holiday.

Limit the Alcohol: Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to mood changes. 

Get Enough Sleep: 7-9 hours is the optimal amount for cognitive and emotional well-being.

Sunlight: Schedule an outdoor walk in the middle of the day when the sun is the brightest.

Self-Care: Connect with a friend or engage in activities that bring you joy. 

CHI LakeWood Health’s 2023 Spirit Award Recipients

Date: December 6th, 2023

CHI LakeWood Health’s 2023 Spirit Award Recipients

Congratulations to CHI LakeWood Health’s 2023 Spirit Award recipients: Larry Rush, Gloria Lund and Julie Mollberg.

The Spirit Award recognizes employees for the way they exemplify LakeWood’s mission, vision, values and behavior standards as well as their commitment to the community and organization. Recipients are nominated for this award by their peers.

The awards were presented during CHI LakeWood Health’s Christmas Party on Friday, December 1st at the American Legion in Baudette. Larry Rush is an End User Services Technician, Gloria Lund is a Registered Nurse and Julie Mollberg is a Food Services Lead.