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Improving Outcomes after a Heart Attack

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab | Posted on 02-16-2017

There’s life before your heart attack, and then there’s life after. Those first days and weeks as you start “life after” can be difficult physically, mentally and emotionally. That’s one reason the earlier you start going to cardiac rehab, the faster you recover.

Men’s Health Tune-Up

Posted by | Posted in Events, Friends of Memorial, Men, Screenings | Posted on 02-09-2017

Preventative approaches to healthcare are becoming more and more important for avoiding long-term, chronic issues. Guys, that means you, too! Robert Bussing, MD, with Memorial Physician Services, and Tobias Kohler, MD, with SIU School of Medicine, will discuss six of the top men’s health issues followed by a Q & A, and get free health screenings, too.

Resources to Quit Smoking

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 02-08-2017

Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the “why” to quit is clear, but the “how” is more challenging. If you live in central Illinois, Memorial Health System offers a variety of programs to help you kick the habit.

Curb Screen Time, Encourage Your Toddler or Preschooler’s Development

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Rehab | Posted on 02-07-2017

“Screen time” might be the two most guilt-inducing words for parents today especially as tablets and smart phones offer instant distraction for young children.

But let’s face it–sometimes a parent needs to take a shower, enjoy a few moments of conversation with a friend or drive somewhere without constant interruptions. However, when the fifteen minutes turns into several hours a day, it might be time to look at other activities designed to stimulate your child’s fine motor, language and social skills.

Back to Coaching after Knee Surgery

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, JointWorks | Posted on 01-17-2017

Janice Sielaff had a few important goals in mind when scheduling her knee surgery earlier this year. The 57-year-old works part time as a clinical lab instructor for Lincoln Community High School’s LTEC Health Occupations program, which she initially started back in the early 1990s.

She also volunteers as the discus and shot put coach for the high school girls’ track and field team. Plus, she’s preparing for an empty nest.

“My daughter, Anna, is a high school senior, and I wanted to be able to help with coaching duties,” Janice said. “Standing for long periods of time, bending down, doing anything that put stress on my knee became challenging.”

Memorial Photographers Capture 2016 in 12 Poignant Images

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 01-10-2017

Life happens in the patient rooms and hallways of our hospitals and clinics, in the events we sponsor and the causes we champion. Life happens in the connections between our employees and patients and their families. In 2016, our photographers shot thousands of images that captured Memorial’s mission – to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. The following twelve photographs represent some of their favorite work – and ours – in 2016. Enjoy.

7 Ways to Fuel Your Kid’s Brain

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 01-10-2017

When our cell phones run out of power, we have to recharge them so they’re back to full strength. It’s much the same way with our children. We need to make sure they’re recharged and ready for the next day.

Cheri Harrison, pediatric program coordinator for Memorial Center for Healthy Families, part of Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shared seven ways you can fuel your kid’s brain and help them develop positive habits that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

5 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Winter | Posted on 01-04-2017

Have you been binging on Netflix? Sleeping more than usual? Not exercising enough? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression related to the seasons of the year. Typically, SAD starts in the late fall when the days become shorter and activities taper off. Symptoms increase and plateau through the winter months.

Non-Alcoholic Drink Options for Moms-to-Be

Posted by | Posted in Family Maternity Suites, Nutrition, Recipes, Women | Posted on 12-30-2016

nonalcolohic drink optionRinging in the New Year often means responsibly enjoying a few adult beverages. Expecting mothers don’t have to feel left out—it just takes a little creativity to incorporate some healthy, alcohol-free options into your party planning.

“It can be tough this time of year for soon-to-be moms to feel totally included, especially at New Year’s celebrations,” said Shari Hickey, nurse manager for Memorial Medical Center’s Family Maternity Suites. “When you’re planning a non-alcoholic option, just be sure to consider the amount of sugar in the mixers. This is especially important if the pregnant woman has gestational diabetes.”

Coping with Holiday Grief

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 12-23-2016

Unhappy woman crying in bedDoes grief have you feeling down this holiday season? One may think that the holiday season brings good tidings and cheer, but suffering from grief is more common than people realize. Simply finding a way through the holiday season can be challenging if you’ve lost a loved one.