Eating healthy foods on a budget

Often people think that eating healthy costs too much money and it’s cheaper to buy packed food or quickly go through a drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant. While it may be more convenient to eat these quick fix meals, your body might not receive the nutrients it needs.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. There are a lot of different ways to make healthier meals while staying within your budget.

Here are a few tips on how to make healthier food choices and stay within your budget:

Create a weekly meal plan
One of your children has a baseball game Tuesday night and the other one has swimming lessons. Where does dinner fit into the schedule? Creating a weekly meal plan is one way to schedule out your family meals. Take a look at your overall week and what you have going on. For nights you have activities, make a meal that can be made in a short amount of time, or plan to have leftovers.
Make a grocery list
After planning out your meals for the week, make a list of all the ingredients you need for the meals. Look in your kitchen to see if you already have some of the ingredients. Making a meal based upon the ingredients you already have in the house can help save on the grocery bill. Try buying all your groceries in one trip. This can help cut down on mid-week trips to the store so you don’t buy more items than you need.

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Shop smart at the store
Check out the local grocery store advertisements to see what is on sale and which store has the best deals. When buying fresh produce, try to buy items that are “in season.” You can find what produce is in season by clicking here. Produce can be cheaper at their peak flavor. For longer lasting items, canned fruit and frozen vegetables may be less expensive and can have the same nutrients. For canned items, choose 100% fruit juice. Look for “low sodium” or “no salt added” on canned or frozen vegetable labels.
Read the food label
Before purchasing an item, take a glance at the back of the can to review the nutrition facts. Things to look for are: serving size, calories, sodium, protein and Vitamins. Each person’s nutrition needs are different and you can find out more about food labels by clicking here.

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Cook with your family
Make cooking dinner a family fun event. Assign each person a different job to help with prepping the meal. Keep the ingredients simple using real whole foods. This will keep the process simple and easy for everyone involved.
For more helpful materials on eating healthy on a budget, visit www.choosemyplate.gov. This website is filled with daily food plans, nutrition education, recipes and other great information about eating healthy foods.

Registered Nurse (RN) Case Manager

Job Title:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) Case Manager

Job Location: 

  • Willmar, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Full-time

Job Description:

  • Provides case management for a team of clients using nursing theory and process and in accordance with the state Nurse Practice Act. Performs client assessments based on agency standards of practice to ensure effective and appropriate home care services. Manages/supervises a team of RNs, LPNs, Home Health Aides, and Personal Care Aides to provide effective and quality home care services.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing.
  • Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) of practice. Baccalaureate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience. Home care experience preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience in a health care setting.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and good interpersonal skills.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of home health regulatory and reimbursement requirements.
  • Current driver’s license, safe driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to:

  • Director of Nursing; Director of Clinical Services; Branch Manager

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Paid vacation
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Willmar office: 320.231.9757!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

Benefits of regular physical activity

Having a regular exercise routine can help improve different aspects of your life. Did you know that just 30 minutes of low- to moderate-physical activity five days a week can enhance your overall well begin? People of all ages can benefit from being physically active on a regular basis. Read about the different ways incorporating physical activity into your life can help your overall well being.

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Five ways exercise can help improve your life:

Exercise prevents and manages health conditions and diseases

  • Begin active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease. It also prevents or manages other health issues such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and others.

Exercise improves mood and attitude 

  • Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

Exercise promotes better sleep

  • Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Make sure to leave enough time between falling asleep and exercising, otherwise you might have too much energy to fall asleep.

Exercise reduces stress

  • Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress. It also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress.

Exercise helps independent living in a home

  • Regular exercise can help elderly people remain independent by improving their functional ability and preventing falls and fractures. It can also strengthen their muscles, increase appetite and promote overall well-being of health.

Before starting a new physical activity or exercise program, make sure to talk with your physician. They can help create a plan that will work best for you.

Personal Care Attendant

Job Title:

  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Location: 

  • Pierz, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The PCA is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Nursing scholarship award winners

For the past three years we’ve presented a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is pursuing a degree in nursing in each of our 5 office locations: Benson, Litchfield, Little Falls, Redwood Falls and Willmar.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, each student had to fill out an application, write an essay and meet the following criteria:

  • Pursue a degree in nursing.
  • Graduate from high school with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Be passionate about caring for others in the healthcare field.

We received many outstanding applications and it wasn’t an easy decision to decide on the winners. We presented a $1,000 scholarship to the following high school students.

Melanie Reese, Benson High School

Melanie will be attending St. Scholastic in Duluth, Minnesota in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in nursing with a minor in Spanish. She was involved in a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities throughout her years such as girl’s tennis, BPA, volunteering at the food shelf, blood drives and at her church. Also, she received many academic achievement awards. She wants to become a registered nurse because she enjoys science, helping people and wants a career that involves a variety of tasks.

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Madeline Maahs, Litchfield High School

Madeline will be attending Minnesota State University of Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in nursing. She spent many hours volunteering for blood drives, church activities, Special Olympics and more. She’s been involved in extra-curricular activities such as taking statics for volleyball, wrestling and basketball, being involved with marching band, color guard and many other clubs. Her desire to become a nurse stems from job shadowing at the Hutchinson hospital and helping children all throughout life.

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Jenna Primus, Little Falls High School

Jenna will be attending University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in nursing. Her academic determination earned her a spot in the freshman guarantee program, guaranteeing admission into the school of nursing. She spent time volunteering for a day of caring, school blood drive and was involved with soccer, basketball, softball, student council and many other extra-curricular activities. She chose nursing as a career so she can spend her life in the service of others.

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Kayla Huhnerkoch, Redwood Falls High School

Kayla will be attending North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in nursing. She was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities such as NHS, band, rotary, FCA, cross country, basketball and track. Her time volunteering for kids against hunger, meals on wheels and the Salvation Army showed her how important it is to give back to the community. She believes that being a nurse is about helping a person heal in both a physical and physiological aspect.

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Marin Fischer, Willmar High School

Marin will be attending University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the fall of 2015 to pursue a degree in nursing. Her volunteer experience with the food shelf, humane society, Rice Care Center and the Special Olympics has made an impact on her view of the world. She was involved in extra-curricular activities including swimming, band, choir, yearbook and national honor society. Her ambition to be a life-long learner and the constant change in developing and breaking things in medicine made her decide to pursue a degree in nursing.

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Congratulations to graduating seniors of 2015. We wish you the best.

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers

Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Title:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Location: 

  • Pine Center, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Full-time
    • Monday through Friday, 3 – 9 p.m.

Job Description:

  • Provides services to clients in accordance with the State Nurse Practice Act, agency policy and accepted professional standards of practice. The Registered Nurse provides nursing services utilizing a comprehensive base of nursing theory and nursing process and communicates/documents observations and assessments.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. BSN, PHN preferred.
  • Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) of practice.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.
  • CPR certification.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Reports to:

  • Director of Nursing; RN Case Manager

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefit package
  • Paid vacation
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Title:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Location: 

  • Pierz, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Job Description:

  • Provides services to clients in accordance with the State Nurse Practice Act, agency policy and accepted professional standards of practice. The Registered Nurse provides nursing services utilizing a comprehensive base of nursing theory and nursing process and communicates/documents observations and assessments.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. BSN, PHN preferred.
  • Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) of practice.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.
  • CPR certification.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Reports to:

  • Director of Nursing; RN Case Manager

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

Homemaker

Job Title:

  • Homemaker

Job Location: 

  • Redwood Falls, Minnesota and surrounding area

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Job Description:

  • Works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or designee and performs tasks that contribute to client’s comfort and safety in the home.

Requirements:

  • Be eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Demonstrate ability to read, write, and follow written Plan of Care and document tasks performed.
  • Be self-directed and work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate dependability, tact, patience, and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Possess good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Have experience in cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shopping.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Redwood Falls office: 507.637.2600!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Title:

  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Job Location: 

  • Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Part-time
    • 10 hours a week

Job Description:

  • Provides personal care services under the direction of the Registered Nurse or Therapist. The PCA is assigned to specific clients by the Registered Nurse or other appropriate professional and performs services for clients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a formal certification training program and/or a written skills test and competency evaluation.
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Minimum of six (6) months work experience in a supervised setting, preferably health care facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow a written Plan of Care.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: RN Case Manager; Clinical Supervisor; Therapist

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Redwood Falls office: 507.637.2600!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Are you a licensed LPN who is a self-starter and enthusiastic about caring for people? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you! This is a full-time position that offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Job Title:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Job Location: 

  • Pine Center, Minnesota

Job Type:

  • Full-time or part-time

Job Description:

  • Performs skilled nursing functions in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws and within the guidelines of his/her professional organization and agency.  All functions shall be performed in accordance with the established policies and practices and state Nurse Practice Act.  The LPN/LVN delivers care to clients as delegated by the RN Case Manager.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing.
  • Current license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse in the state(s) of employment.
  • CPR certified.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Current driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.

Other information:

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • 401 (k) retirement plan

For more information on this great opportunity, contact our Little Falls office: 320.632.2260!

To apply, please complete the entire application by clicking on the link below:

Online Application