This is a place for Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation employees to share their wellness passions with one another and the communities we serve. Each blog focuses on a topic of wellness: social, career, financial, physical or community.
Get Fit Quick With Tabata
By Jenny Floria, Development
As I entered mid-life, fitness became more important to me. I wanted to retain the same level of activity I had in my 20’s and 30’s but found being active more challenging. My joints were beginning to creak, my weight slowly creeping up, and I had a hard time keeping up with my two growing girls. What was keeping me from exercising? Time and money, I told myself, the two most common excuses reasons why Americans don’t exercise. I discovered Tabata, and it has changed my (mid)life.
Finding Career Wellbeing
By Laura Onstot, RN, Preventative Cardiology
I vividly remember sitting on cold concrete floor with my back against an ugly tan locker, sobbing. My shift ended with one of my patients coding, one returning from a test unresponsive, and a third on the call light every five minutes, all day long. In that moment of rock bottom, it finally hit me: I needed to switch jobs.
Healthy Gardening Anywhere
By Joy Hayes, RD, Population Health
Spring’s the time to put out your “green thumb” and hitch a ride to a harvest of nutrient-packed produce. It’s time to study seed catalogs, plan your garden, start your seeds, and stop by your local garden center for inspiration. No matter how green your thumb is, or not, gardening can be part of a healthy lifestyle...
Go on a Money Diet to Improve Heart Health
You’ve probably gone on a diet to lose weight, but have you ever gone on a money diet? Money is by far the leading cause of stress, and chronic stress can contribute to poor health outcomes, including heart disease! To address this area of wellness, I decided to take challenge to become more aware of how I was spending my money. I’m a frugal person by nature, so I wasn’t expecting a money diet to help me save much. But I was wrong!
By Betty Jo Haggerty, Compliance and Risk Management
Let’s face it: winter in Minnesota can be long! The cold weather and lack of sun takes its toll on me, both physically and psychologically. I realized a few years ago that it was my responsibility to fight my own winter blues, and so I turned to the place I often go to relieve stress: the outdoors.