Manuals by Allina Health's Patient Education Department

Allina Health's Patient Education Department works with experts to educate patients about their health and medical treatment. Our manuals cover many topics.

Diabetes

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Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes

Whether you have just been told that you have diabetes or you've had the disease for years, we can help you manage your diabetes. This manual by the Allina Diabetes Education Council includes what people with diabetes need to know.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $4.70 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity

This comprehensive manual can help you understand what prediabetes is, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and how to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $1.30 for one copy. All sales are final.

Nutrition

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The "Whole" Truth About Food

If you've ever found yourself frustrated with nutrition information in the media ("Eggs are good!" "No, they're bad!"), confused by health claims on the front of a food package ("all natural," "gluten free") or distracted by dieting fads (keto, paleo), you're not alone! Knowing what and how much to eat is important for your health and well-being.

This manual will help you understand the "whole" truth about food and which foods work best for your body, and will give you the information and tools you need to achieve your goal(s).

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $3.60 for one copy. All sales are final.

Heart disease and heart health

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All about your heart

The more you know about how your heart works and what you can do to help it work better, the healthier and more in control of your life you'll feel.

This sections pulls from various stand-alone pieces created by Allina Health's Patient Education Department and replaces the discontinued "Helping Your Heart" manual.

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Heart Failure

Although heart failure cannot be cured, it can be managed through diet, exercise and medicine. That is why Allina experts developed this guide to living and succeeding with heart failure.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call  Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $4.25 for one copy. All sales are final.

Pregnancy and parenting

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Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

This award-winning guide to pregnancy describes what to expect during pregnancy, how to prepare for labor, what to expect during recovery, and how to care for a newborn. It also includes detailed worksheets, forms, checklists and a resources section.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $8.40 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes during Pregnancy

Unlike other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes lasts only as long as you are pregnant. This manual can help you understand what's happening to your body, how gestational diabetes is affecting you and your baby, and how it can be controlled.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $2.60 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5

This guide can help answer your questions about infant/baby care, infections, diseases and allergies, safety precautions and emergencies, well checkups, as well as other issues parents usually face.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $6.70 for one copy. All sales are final.

Stroke

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Understanding Stroke

If you have had a stroke or are caring for someone who had a stroke, we can help.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $3.80 for one copy. All sales are final.

Surgery and hospitalization

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Surgery: What You Need to Know

This manual can help ease your mind about having an operation by letting you know what to expect before surgery and after surgery.

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Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery

This manual will walk you through what to expect if you are having colon or rectal surgery and can help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $2.90 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Heart Transplant

This manual gives basic information about having a heart transplant. The goal of the heart transplant is to add years to your life and improve the quality of your life.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $3.45 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Hip Replacement

This manual will help you prepare for hip surgery and guide you through your recovery. 

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069

This book costs $3.80 for one copy. All sales are final.

You may also download a PDF copy of Hip Replacement.

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Preparing for Your Hysterectomy

How do you make your surgery a positive and meaningful experience? This manual was developed to: increase your general knowledge of a hysterectomy, help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call  Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $2.10 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Kidney Transplant

This manual gives basic information about having a kidney transplant and choosing to donate a kidney. The first section is for kidney transplant recipients. The second section is for living kidney donors.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $1.30 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Knee Replacement

This manual will help you prepare for knee surgery and guide you through your recovery.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $4.05 for one copy. All sales are final.

You may also download a PDF copy of Knee Replacement.

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Shoulder Replacement

This manual will help make your shoulder replacement surgery a positive and meaningful experience and will guide your through your recovery.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $3.15 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Understanding Your Spine Surgery

This manual will help you prepare for spine surgery and guide you through your recovery. 

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069

This book costs $4.30 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Understanding Your Spine Surgery: Discectomy and Laminectomy

This manual will help you prepare for spine surgery (discectomy or laminectomy) and guide you through your recovery.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069

This book costs $3.70 for one copy. All sales are final.

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Living Well After a Hospital Stay: A Guide for Older Adults and Their Care Circles

Being hospitalized can be a stressful event for you and your care circle (family, friends and others close to you). This booklet was created to help guide you through your experience.

If you would like a printed, spiral-bound copy, call Allina Health's Patient Education Department at 612-262-6069.

This book costs $5.65 for one copy. All sales are final.

Weight Management

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Allina Health Weight Management Medical Program

Learn about weight loss through non-surgical means.

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Allina Health Weight Management Surgery Program

Learn about surgical weight loss including before- and after-surgery guidelines.