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Reader’s Choice Award

Hutchinson Health Recognized for FluSafe

We don’t want flu to spread to our patients. We had 95% of our staff get their flu vaccine for the 2018-2019 season and we were named a FluSafe facility by the Minnesota Department of Health!  It is a reflection of our commitment to patient safety.   By getting their flu vaccination, our staff are committing to protecting patients and each other,  by not spreading the flu to others.

Wellness Wisdom

I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. September is National Whole Grains Month. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we make at least ½ of our grains whole grains. But what is a whole grain? Any why does it matter?

Whole grains are the entire seed of a plant and are made up of 3 edible parts; the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. Whole grains are either present in their whole form or ground into a flour while retaining all parts of the seed. So, whole grains are either single foods such as oatmeal, barley, brown and wild rice, popcorn, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat flour in bread.

Whole grain products are our body’s main source of energy and important sources of fiber, iron, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate), protein, and minerals (selenium, potassium, and magnesium). Refined grains are grains that have had the bran and the germ removed, reducing protein content by 25% and other key nutrients. Grains are naturally high in fiber, helping you feel full and satisfied — which makes it easier to maintain a healthy body weight. Whole grains are also linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other health problems. (

The Whole Grain Stamps make it easy for busy shoppers to identify products. The 100% Stamp is for products where all of the grain is whole grain. The 50% Stamp is for products where at least 50% of the grain is whole. The basic stamp is for products that contain a significant amount of whole grain but primarily contain refined grains. Each stamp also shows how many grams of whole grain are in a serving of the product. Some manufacturers still need to update product packaging with the new stamps.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we make half or more of our grains whole grains. For everyone age 9 and up, this means eating 3 to 5 servings or more of whole grains every day.

1 Serving of whole grains =

         ½ cup cooked brown rice or other cooked grain

         ½ cup cooked 100% whole-grain pasta

         ½ cup cooked hot cereal, such as oatmeal

         1 ounce uncooked whole grain pasta, brown rice or other grain

         1 slice 100% whole grain bread

         1 very small (1 oz.) 100% whole grain muffin

         1 cup 100% whole grain ready-to-eat cereal


Make easy substitutions

         Switch half the white flour to whole wheat flour in your regular recipes for cookies, muffins, quick breads and pancakes. Or be bold and add up to 20% of another whole grain flour such as sorghum.

         Replace one third of the flour in a recipe with quick oats or old-fashioned oats.

         Add half a cup of cooked bulgur, wild rice, or barley to bread stuffing.

         Add half a cup of cooked wheat or rye berries, wild rice, brown rice, sorghum or barley to your favorite canned or home-made soup.

         Use whole corn meal for corn cakes, corn breads and corn muffins.

         Add three-quarters of a cup of uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when you make meatballs, burgers or meatloaf.

         Stir a handful of rolled oats in your yogurt, for quick crunch with no cooking necessary.

Try New Foods

         Make risottos, pilafs and other rice-like dishes with whole grains such as barley, brown rice, bulgur, millet, quinoa or sorghum.

         Enjoy whole grain salads like tabbouleh.

         Buy whole grain pasta, or a blend that’s part whole-grain, part white.

         Try whole grain breads. Kids especially like whole grain pita bread.

         Look for cereals made with grains like Kamut®, kasha (buckwheat) or spelt.


Keep these whole grain basics in mind and set yourself up for healthier eating all day long!

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Flu Shots Available

Flu shots available at Hutchinson Health. Get yours now, and be prepared before influenza season arrives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot before the flu begins spreading in your community. After receiving your vaccination it takes about two weeks to build up antibodies that help protect you from the flu. Getting a shot after influenza season starts is still helpful, but getting it early provides the most benefit.

Stop at Hutchinson Health Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and ask for a flu shot. We’ll get it taken care of – no appointment necessary.

The flu shot is offered at Hutchinson Health. The flu mist will not be available this year.

Learn more about the CDC’s projections for the 2019-2020 influenza season and the vaccination available.

Stop in and get your flu shot soon!

PowerUp September Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in September

Luce Line Lace-up
PowerUp Action Team meeting
Power of produce
Hutchinson Community Running Group
Free Paddle Sports rental


September is better breakfast month!

cereal with fruit and milk

Most people have been told how important breakfast is their whole lives, but do you know why breakfast is so important?

  • It kick-starts your metabolism for the day.
  • You are less likely to overeat throughout the day.
  • Skipping breakfast can lead to difficulty concentrating at work/school.
  • You will have more energy throughout the day.
  • Breakfast is delicious!

Exciting News!

A new Fixit station will be installed at the Hutchinson Rec Center in September! This is Hutchinson second station, joining the one located on the Luce Line Trail near Policeman’s Park.

What is a Fix-it station?

Time to head back to the classroom!stack of books with apple on top

Many schools have a designated snack time, and while breakfast and lunch may be provided by the school, kids often have to bring their snack from home. It is important to provide your child with nutritious options rather than empty calories that may cause a crash in energy. Growing children should eat every 3-4 hours to meet their needs and sustain their energy. Send snacks that satisfy your child’s hunger between meals, help them concentrate, and build healthy habits!

Snack ideas your kids will love!

Nut-free trail mix (see recipe)

Apple & string cheese

Carrots & hummus

Yogurt with fruit

Pretzels & guacamole

Hard-boiled egg & grapes

Whole grain crackers & cheese

Fruit salsa with pita chips

Celery with Sunbutter


Berry Breakfast Quinoa

Fruit Salsa

Nut-Free Trail Mix




September is Sepsis Awareness Month

sepsis awareness month 2019

Ways to Power Up in September

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Kickin’ It for McLeod Kickball Tournament
10:30am, Saturday, September 7th
Roberts Park, Hutchinson

Power of Produce, free produce for children ages 3-12
Hutchinson Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 & Saturdays 8-noon

$2 Tuesdays and Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum (reduced admission)
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (Sept 10th, 24th) 4-7pm

Hutchinson Community Running Group
Every Wednesday at 7pm starting at Library Square
Connect on Facebook for run updates

BikeHutch- Hutchinson Biking Group
Connect on Facebook for local rides and trail conditions

Check out disc golf at South Park. Disc Golf rentals available at Hutchinson PRCE

Luce Line Lace-up
September 14th
Pick your distance: 1 mile, 5k, 10k, or half marathon
Registration is open at

Power Up Action Team
September 16th, 2-3pm
Anyone who is passionate about improving the health of our community is welcome! For more information, contact Emma Schalow at

Jacob’s Way of Life 5K
Saturday, October 5th
10am, Dassel Rod and Gun Club
Connect with Jacob’s Way of Life on Facebook for more information