Sense of Smell and Mental Health

By wakening up your senses, you can support your mood.

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Nutrition and stress

Nutrition—What’s the big deal?

Did you know that approximately 95% of your body’s serotonin, also known as the body’s “happy chemical”, is found in your gut? Read more ›

Change to Chill in Spanish featured on WCCO

 

The launch of Change to Chill in Spanish continues to be featured in the media as an important step toward advancing equity on the website and within the program more broadly. As Allina Health’s Sydney Hobart, Community Health Improvement Specialist, explains in this interview with WCCO, “language should not be a barrier to accessing services,” and Change to Chill will continue to make its resources more accessible and relevant to diverse populations.

Watch the full interview here

Change to Chill Featured on the Teen Whisperer Podcast

Known as “The Teen Whisperer,” Jason Clopton is a counselor who is able to reach troubled teens in ways their parents can’t. Each week on SHElettaMakesMeLaugh.com, he uses his podcast to give parents the tools they need to have a healthier relationship with their children.

Change to Chill’s Susan Nygaard, Manager of Community Health Improvement, was featured on the most recent podcast episode to talk about Change to Chill’s efforts to improve teen mental health and well-being. Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Making Change to Chill Accessible to Spanish Speakers: An Interview with CCX Media

The Spanish version of Change to Chill continues to gain media attention as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Thanks to a hardworking team of Spanish-speaking staff at Allina Health, website users can now view and interact with all website content and resources in Spanish.

Allina Health’s Sydney Hobart, Community Health Improvement Specialist, talked with CCX Media about the Spanish version of the site.

Esmerelda Garcia, a graduate of and now Promise Fellow with El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis, was also featured in the interview. Esmerelda talked about the importance of providing mental health resources in Spanish and addressing mental health stigma in the Latinx community. Watch the full interview here.

To view the website in Spanish, click the “Espanol (Spanish)” button in the blue banner at the top of each Change to Chill webpage. Stay tuned for more content highlighting the experiences of Latinx teens coming to the website soon.

Change to Chill in Spanish: An Interview with KARE 11

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and therefore a perfect time to announce that Change to Chill is now available in Spanish. Thanks to a hardworking team of Spanish-speaking staff at Allina Health, website users can now view and interact with all website content and resources in Spanish. Allina Health’s Susan Nygaard, Manager of Community Health Improvement,  talked with KARE 11 News about the Spanish version of the site.

Esmerelda Garcia, a graduate of and now Promise Fellow with El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis, was also featured in the interview. Esmerelda talked about the importance of providing mental health resources in Spanish, mental health stigma in the Latinx community, and shared some of her own mental health journey. Watch the full interview here.

 

To view the website in Spanish, click the “Espanol (Spanish)” button in the blue banner at the top of each Change to Chill webpage. Stay tuned for more content highlighting the experiences of Latinx teens coming to the website soon.

Social Isolation

Navigating Social Interactions…

Relationships have changed in ways we could not have predicted. Many of us are finding that friends have changed, groups have changed, and people no longer share common interests. Read more ›

Back-to-school anxiety, Change to Chill can help: An interview with KSTP-TV News

The start of school is just around the corner and that means all that stress for students getting back to the classroom , or perhaps their computers at home. Allina Health’s Manager of Community Health Improvement, Susan Nygaard, talked with KSTP TV News about back to school issues and how Allina’s Change to Chill programs can help kids manage those challenges. One of Change to Chill’s summer interns, Amara Thompson from Columbia Heights School, was also featured.

You can watch the story online here and learn more about the Change to Chill School Partnership here.

Allina Health featured in Minnesota Hospital Association’s latest newsletter

Allina Health was featured in the most recent edition of the Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) newsletter, Newsline, as a leader in community benefit. The spotlight focused on Change to Chill in particular, emphasizing the need to address teen mental health in the wake of COVID-19.

As Penny Wheeler, president and CEO of Allina Health, stated, “At a time when mental well-being has been strained more than ever and is layered upon an existing mental health crisis, Change to Chill offers needed support.”

Read the full spotlight here and visit the MHA website to learn more and read MHA’s full community benefit report.

Allina Health Highlighted in New Report from the Center for American Progress

A registered nurse walks a resident back to her room at an assisted living center in Dayton, Washington, March 2020.

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Allina Health was recently featured in a report from the Center for American Progress entitled How Nonprofit Hospitals Can Support Communities and Advance Public Health. The authors point to Change to Chill, along with sister programs Health Powered Kids and Hello4Health, as shining examples of how Allina Health uses its resources and capacity to address community identified needs. Read the full article and see the accompanying fact sheet for more information.