Healthy Living in Rochester: The Mayo Clinic Effect

By: Beth Erickson

January 10, 2014

Rochester is invested in the health of its residents, visitors and the world””and it wants to keep it that way, which is why it is partnering with Mayo Clinic and the state of Minnesota to become a world-class destination medical community.

Mayo Clinic, which has long been a global health care leader, brings more than 750,000 people to the city annually to seek care from medical experts. But providing that care doesn’t just mean top service in the clinic setting, it means influencing wellbeing via the city’s restaurants, recreation, arts and culture, lodging, and transportation””and even through the citywide customer service effort that goes beyond “Minnesota nice.”


Travelling with Pets | Destination Healthy City

Travelling with pets makes people feel more at home © Olive Juice Studios


Exceptional Service

Whether you’re a patient undergoing medical care or a tourist, you’ll notice something different here. More than 600 individuals””from executives to frontline staff””are trained as Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs). That means everyone is invested in a quality experience. At area hotels, that means meeting customized needs for patients and even making it easier to bring along the creature comforts from home, like Rover. At the Hampton Inns, that translates into exceptional service that even includes scraping the snow off the windshields of guests’ cars during winter. It’s about lightening our everyday burdens.


Gluten Free Cooking | Destination Healthy City

Twigs tavern & grill offers gluten-free cooking from a separate kitchen © Olive Juice Studios


Healthy Eating

With a high prevalence of food allergies and intolerances, city restaurants have taken great pains to ensure the dietary needs of its guests are met. Celiacs and folks with gluten sensitivities will rest easy knowing Twigs Tavern & Grille has a separate kitchen with dedicated utensils and appliances to cook up delicious items like green bean frittis and parmesan polenta with egg and jalapeo cream sauce. Health nuts and those looking for locally sourced fare will enjoy Tonic, a restaurant and cold-pressed juice bar with many vegan and vegetarian-inspired foods. The People’s Food Co-op, a natural foods store, has an onsite deli featuring soups, sandwiches, entrees, salads, and baked goods. 

Prairie Walls Climbing Gym | Destination Healthy City

The Prairie Walls Climbing Gym © Olive Juice Studios



Staying fit and active is easy in Rochester. The city not only offers 85 miles of paved trails, it makes getting around on foot a cinch with the pedestrian subway and skyway system which provides wide, airy corridors where people can walk, shop, and dine””all in a climate-controlled environment. The Quarry Hill Nature Center offers scenic hiking paths while Silver Lake Park has bike and paddleboat or canoe rentals. For indoor activity, The Prairie Walls Climbing Gym features 10,000 plus square feet designed to inspire and challenge climbers of all abilities.


Rochester Civic Theatre | Destination Healthy City

Catch a play, musical, or other live performance at the Rochester Civic Theatre © Rochester Civic Theatre


Stimulate the Mind

When it’s time to get the creative juices flowing, a visit to the Rochester Art Center, featuring contemporary art exhibits, does not disappoint. Or catch a performance at the Rochester Civic Theatre or Mayo Civic Center. If classical music is your forté, your ears will delight to the sounds of the 70 professional musicians and volunteer chorale in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

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Written by Beth Erickson


Beth Erickson

Beth Erickson is owner of Jobe Communications, LLC, ( a writing, editing, and creative concept company. She lives near Rochester, MN, and visits the city frequently for work and play. She also loves to go fishing and hiking on the Mississippi River with her family.

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