Busting the Top 3 Myths about Weight Loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-07-2014

Man-getting-on-scalesWhen it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth: If I’m not losing weight, it’s because I’m not working hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Dorothy

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 27-06-2014

Dorothy after surgery

Dorothy after surgery

Dorothy before surgery

Dorothy before surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, acitve live after shedding weight.

One such success story is Dorothy, who has lost 112 pounds since her surgery in 2010.

Dorothy experienced some health issues in the summer of 2009 that scared her enough to rethink her weight loss options. Since her surgery she participated in the “Fight for Air” stair climb  and prepped for a 5K run. She also credits her weight loss with helping her regain her self-confidence.

Dorothy says, “I love life! I just turned 50 on July 31 and I looked forward to it! I used to feel depressed and drained all the time. Now, even on a bad day at work or when something stressful happens, I seem to be able to cope better than I could before.”

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Heather

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 26-03-2014

Heather After Surgery

Heather After Surgery

Heather Before Surgery

Heather Before Surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Heather, who has lost 110 pounds since her surgery in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Busting the Top Three Myths about Bariatric Surgery

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 18-03-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Bariatric Surgery 961 x 300When it comes to weight management and obesity, the internet is a grab bag of conflicting information, all touting itself as accurate. Luckily, Memorial Bariatric Services, part of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, has the facts in an area riddled with fiction.

Myth 1: Bariatric surgery is a “quick fix” for obesity.

Fact: Bariatric surgery is a tool that can aid in what will be a lifelong commitment to health.

“Believing in ‘quick fixes’ with bariatric surgery is like believing in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy,” said Max Hammer, MD, bariatric surgeon with Springfield Clinic and one of the five physician leaders for the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “Bariatric surgery is designed to remedy a lifetime of problems that can shorten one’s lifespan and decrease one’s satisfaction with his or her current situation in life. Morbid obesity is dangerous. The fix is for life. It requires dedication and commitment.” Read the rest of this entry »

10 Reasons to Get Healthy This Year

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Exercise, Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 31-12-2013

exerciseReason #10 – For your children or family members who depend upon you.

Making your health a priority helps you to participate more in the lives of your children and family members.

Reason #9 – For your significant other who loves you.

Good health can be contagious. When you model better choices, the effects can influence others to move in a similar direction.

Reason #8 – For improved your physical ability and reduced risk of injury.

A stronger you is better able to tackle yard work, household chores and tasks at work.

Reason #7 – For increased energy.

Who wants to be lagging and dragging when there are things to do, places to go and people to meet?! And you don’t have to be a social butterfly to appreciate having more energy to do the things you love to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Modified Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 11-12-2013

chocolate chip cookiesThere’s nothing like enjoying a warm, yummy chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. If you are like so many of us, that is a pleasure we deny ourselves in order to follow a healthy diet, but that doesn’t need to be the case anymore! Try this modified chocolate chip cookie recipe provided by Micca Donohoo, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Keys to Successful Weight Loss & Wellness

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 13-11-2013

Memorial-Weight-Loss-And-Wellness-Center-Brochure_CoverAt one time or another, you’ve likely tried to lose weight. Whether it was 10 pounds or 100, it’s not easy. It takes a life-long dedication to wellness, and that kind of commitment can be difficult for some. That’s probably why more than 154 million Americans age 20 and older are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the numbers continue to rise.

To help curb the trend in our community, Memorial Health System recently launched the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.

More than a number on a scale

This isn’t your ordinary weight-loss program.  The Weight Loss & Wellness Center is the only central Illinois based program that offers customized, physician-led weight-loss and wellness programs.

There’s a lot more to weight loss than a number on a scale. And a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t cut it. Memorial’s program looks at everything – including your nutritional, physical and lifestyle needs.

Thorough medical assessment

A successful weight loss program should being with a thorough medical assessment. Our program includes full diagnostic testing, a nutritional evaluation, a physical work-up and a lifestyle analysis.

Not only does this workup enable us to dig deep to determine all the factors that may play into your weight loss, but it will also uncover any underlying health issues that could be contributing to your condition.

After the initial global health assessment, a fully customized plan will be developed just for you. Your plan may consist of any one of the following key areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Jason

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 25-10-2013

Jason before surgery

Jason before surgery

Jason after surgery

Jason after surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Jason, who has lost 230 pounds since his surgery in 2010.

Tired of being a burden to his family and longing to have his hip replaced, Jason turned to Memorial Bariatric Services to lose weight and become healthy again. Since surgery, Jason no longer has swelling in his legs and ankles, can perform strenuous activities without becoming short of breath and has less joint pain.  He has since been able to take his family on vacation and has joined the local fire department.

Jason says, “Thanks to the Memorial Bariatric team, I am finally able to enjoy my life. The team saved my life and I can’t thank them enough!”

Read his story in his own words below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Yvette

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 16-09-2013

Yvette before surger

Yvette before surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

Yvette after surgery

Yvette after surgery

One such success story is Yvette, who has lost nearly 120 pounds since her surgery in 2012.

Tired of watching life pass her by, Yvette turned to Memorial Bariatric Services to lose weight and become healthy again. Since surgery, Yvette is no longer a diabetic and is not on any medicines. Her cholesterol has returned to normal levels and she has more energy.

Yvette says, “[This was] the BEST decision I have ever made – I love me again! I am truly happy and healthy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Deirdre

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 25-07-2013

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre after surgery

Deirdre after surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Deirdre, who has lost nearly 100 pounds since her surgery last year.

Deirdre’s motivation to lose weight came from watching her mother pass away from cardiac issues at only 55 years of age. Deirdre wants to live a healthy life and be there for her 5 small children. 

Since her surgery, Deirdre says, “I have much more energy, my joints do not hurt anymore, and I do not get short of breath going up stairs.”

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »