MinnPost: Allina Health’s new Change to Chill website created to help teens deal with stress

ChangeToChill640On Change to Chill, a new online resource for teens created by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, young people can learn how to meditate, practice guided imagery or live a more balanced life.

The site, launched this month, was inspired by findings of Allina’s tri-annual Community Health Needs Assessment, a federally mandated study designed to assess and address pressing community health needs.

“Every three years, as part of a required process to maintain our tax-exempt status, we survey community members about health problems that they are seeing and issues they are concerned about,” explained Susan Nygaard, RN, Allina Health’s manager of community health improvement. “We study our survey findings and look at state and local data to determine the top issues we need to focus on.”

In Allina’s latest assessment, mental health and obesity were seen as the most pressing health concerns in the state. The mental health of teenagers, as highlighted by a 2014 American Psychological Association report finding that American teens report stress at equal or higher levels to adults, was of particular concern, Nygaard said; Change to Chill is one of Allina’s responses to this issue.

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