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Wellness and prevention information from the experts at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing


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Crossing thresholds – experiencing major transitions in life

By Marcia Carlson, Resilience Training group facilitator for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing What is a threshold? To a carpenter, a threshold is the plank, stone or piece of timber that lies under a door. To a … Continue reading


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How can measuring quality of life lead to better health?

By Jeffery Dusek, director of research, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing In medicine, we’re very focused on measurements – blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels – values that are easily understood by the medical community. One thing that we … Continue reading


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Art of Healing exhibits this spring

Art is powerful. It can nourish the mind, body and spirit, and it can support healing. That is the inspiration behind a bimonthly Art of Healing exhibit offered by the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. You can view the following exhibits on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus … Continue reading


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Finding hope and health through forgiveness

Last May, Courtney Baechler, MD, wrote about the important role that forgiveness can play in our health and healing in LiveWell blog entry, Learning to Forgive. She talked about a spiritual teacher and author, Mary Hayes Grieco, who specializes in helping people do … Continue reading


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Live well, live happy: The role of relationships in happiness

By Mary Farrell, MS, PCC This is part two in a LiveWell blog series on happiness that launched in January with  “Live well, live happy.” Studying what makes us truly happy is a fairly recent endeavor. For decades, scientists studied … Continue reading


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Nurturing creativity

By Jayson King RN, BS, NCTMB, HNB-BC Creating art was an essential part of my youth. If I wasn’t taking or painting pictures, I was writing stories. Art school was an obvious choice for me. In 1979, I graduated from … Continue reading


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Art of Healing exhibits in February and March

Art is powerful. It can nourish the mind, body and spirit, and it can support healing. That is the inspiration behind a bimonthly Art of Healing exhibit offered by the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. You can view the following exhibits on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus for … Continue reading


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Embracing winter wellness

This article originally ran in the Healing Journal newsletter of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. If you have a strong opinion about winter, you are not alone. Love it or hate it, a Minnesota winter is always there to remind … Continue reading


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Inviting contemplation into daily life

By Jill S. Neukam MS, LAc “I felt grateful for the reminder of the sacred.  I found myself feeling a little weight … that invited a pause and a vague remembering of something bigger.  I liked this feeling. It seemed … Continue reading


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Tips for embracing winter wellness: Meditation

This article originally ran in the Healing Journal newsletter of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. As the pace of daily life heats up during the holiday season and then seems to abruptly come to a halt, finding a sense of calm, … Continue reading