Your Welia Health Update: July 16, 2021

A letter from Welia Health providers

We are at an important moment in our fight against COVID-19. Each and every one of us has an opportunity to make a significant contribution to bring this devastating pandemic to an end.

Currently, three vaccines have been studied, authorized and are now widely available to all Minnesotans 12 years and older. Each has proven to be highly effective lowering the risk of getting COVID-19, with all three over 90% effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

We understand you may have questions about getting vaccinated. We also believe you deserve to know the facts.

▶️ Read the Letter to the Community

Protect your summer eyes

Our eyes, just like our skin, sustain damage with too much time in the sun. Learn how to protect your eye health now.

Everyone needs eye protection »

Safety first for swimming

Summer is well underway. Before your next trip to the beach or pool, be sure you read these important safety tips.

12 tips for swimming safety »

Mosquitos, ticks and disease

We all know the dread of swarming mosquitos and other pests. Here’s what you need to know to prevent stinging, biting, itching—or worse.

Stay safe from summer insects »

Fresh air will do you good

Spending time in the great outdoors not only feels great, but it also has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. Read what the clinical studies are saying.

Great outdoors + great for you »

Stop and smell the roses

Did you know scent can have a positive impact on your health? Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils for therapeutic benefit.

Learn more and get sniffing »

Smarter and better

Once Jan Shaw could no longer manage her knee pain with cortisone shots, she decided on surgery. Read about her experience with robot-assisted knee replacement surgery, and her recovery.

Getting past the joint pain »

In case you missed it

Support groups

Welia Health is happy to announce that its support groups are being scheduled again following an extended hiatus. The next Diabetes support group meets Wednesday, July 28 at Pine Technical & Community College.

Sports physicals

Student athletes in grades 7-12 may schedule a free sports physical.

  • Pine City: August 3, 4pm-7:30pm
  • Mora: August 10, 4pm-7:30pm

Learn more about scheduling and download the MSHSL eligibility form.

Concussion testing

Student athletes, complete a free 10-minute concussion baseline test. It’s required by all area schools.

  • Hinkley: Thursday, July 15, 11am-2pm
  • Mora: Tuesday, July 20, 11am-2pm
  • Pine City: Wednesday, July 21, 11am-2pm

Sign up online today.

Back-to-school eyeglasses special

Welia Health’s Eye Care Center is getting kid’s vision in tip top shape in time for the new school year. Our back-to-school eyeglass special includes single vision, frame and lenses with anti-reflective and UV protection and a 2 -year warranty for just $163. Call 320.679.2020 to schedule before the end-of-summer rush.

Meet Weliam

Have you met our new mascot, Weliam? Be sure to stop at these upcoming events to say “Hello!”

  • Kanabec County Fair parade, Saturday, July 31. Parade starts at 4pm
  • Pine County Fair parade, Saturday, August 3. Parade starts at 4pm


Benjamin Nordenstrom was selected by the Welia Health Volunteer Scholarship Committee to receive a $1000 scholarship for the academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, leadership, and continuing education in the healthcare field.

Four local high school students pursuing a higher education in the health field were awarded scholarships from Welia Health. Recipients were selected based on academics, extra-curricular activities, work experience, a letter of recommendation and essay.

  • Sierra Thomson, Mora High School
  • Katie Kunst, Ogilvie High School
  • Danielle Cavallin, Pine City High School
  • Madelyn Dutcher, Hinckley-Finlayson High School