Help to Create a Healthier Community

At Estes Park Medical Center, we see all of these wellness initiatives and the partnerships we are developing as ways to more fully embrace our mission – to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of all we serve.
We invite you to join us in our effort to empower others to enhance their quality of life and to lead the way to a paradigm shift in creating healthier communities.

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The Knutsson Family

A mainstay in the Estes Park Community

The Knuttson Family has been a part of the Estes Park community since the early 1900s. Their mission and belief in the importance of quality health care became the catalyst for what is now Estes Park Medical Center. “Dreams are contagious!” explained Debby Hughes, granddaughter of family matriarch Elizabeth Howell Knutsson (namesake of the original hospital built in 1975.) “I fully support the idea of a wellness center in Estes Park. It is the future of health care and provides significant long-term financial sustainability for the Medical Center. If all we do is take care of sick people, then we are doing a disservice to the people of our community and beyond.”


August 16, 2017

Wellness Wednesday Tip: Start Your Day Right

Eat a healthy breakfast to start your day right. Many people decide to forego breakfast, but many experts agree that eating breakfast essential to a healthy lifestyle. Breakfast is the fuel to kickstart our day, and gives our body and mind the energy it needs to operate at an optimal level. The first meal of the day is also an opportunity to start the day off with a healthy, thoughtful meal. Have a plan and prepare a well rounded and nutritious breakfast. This will give your body the right fuel, as well as provide momentum to continue with healthy eating for the rest of your day. 


August 9, 2017

Wellness Wednesday Tip: Find a Buddy For Training

Motivation is a huge part of maintaining a consistent and effective workout. Don't try to do it alone! Find a friend who has similar goals that would like to get and stay in shape with you. This person should be supportive and enjoy exercise. Try and find someone who will encourage you to keep going when you are tired. It also helps to have someone who is around your ability level. This way you both will stay challenged and will notice the gains that you make together. But most importantly, you need to have fun together!

August 2, 2017

Wellness Wednesday Tip: Plan Healthy Snacks

Plan ahead with healthy snacks - at your desk, in your car, or in your travel bag. Having whole food options within reach when hunger strikes will help ensure you don't make poor choices. Try packing a few handfuls of raw almonds. Almonds pack a decent dose of protein and do a great job of curbing hunger. Or try cutting up some veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, or broccoli. These kinds of vegetables have significant nutritional value and will stay fresh throughout the day. Another good option for food on the go is a protein shake. Carrying protein powder is easy, and you can always find water or milk to make your shake. It only takes a second and with the right protein powder, this can be an excellent meal replacement.