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Katie Horstmeyer, Registered Dietitian, on Portion Control

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 28-11-2011

In Part 2 of our look at Northwestern University’s recent findings on portion control, Katie Horstmeyer, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center, answered questions on ways to practice healthy portion control under the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines.

Q: My friends and I go out to eat a lot. I want to eat healthy, but it’s hard for me to stray from the kinds of things they order. I don’t want them to tease me. What do I do?

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SportsCare Physician Provides Insight on Jay Cutler Thumb Injury

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 23-11-2011

Just when things were starting to look easy for the Chicago Bears, the team was hit with a little adversity on Sunday. After winning its fifth-straight game, the team announced that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a throwing-hand thumb injury that would require surgery. The recovery timetable is still unclear, according to the Bears’ front office.

Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, provided some insight into Cutler’s injury based on his professional experience in treating and repairing similar injuries.

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3 Ways to Diminish the Turkey Day Damage

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Exercise, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 22-11-2011

Thanksgiving often is considered the Super Bowl of food consumption. The average Thanksgiving meal is 3,000 to 5,000 calories – that’s up to almost two-and-a-half times the total DAILY recommended amount of calories.

Yes, it’s a holiday, and yes you should splurge if you so choose. But if you are looking for ways to diminish the possible damage to your waistline, here are three tips to keep Thanksgiving a little more diet-friendly, from Memorial SportsCare sports enhancement specialist, Gabe Stinson.

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Tis the Season…to be Stressed? Not This Year

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 21-11-2011

thanksgiving norman rockwellThe holidays provide us with numerous reasons to be stressed:  the high expectations, the related costs, the time spent on preparation, and the numerous invitations to family, friend and work gatherings. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or a major life transition, the holidays can be even more troublesome.

Amber Luhtala, MSW, LCSW, a clinical therapist with Memorial Counseling Associates and the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville, offers three tips to keep in mind for achieving the calm, peaceful holiday season you desire:

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Makeover Your Thanksgiving Meal

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 16-11-2011

Thanksgiving is a holiday famous for over-indulgence. The typical holiday meal usually spans several hours and can easily exceed a day’s worth of calories. But by making a few simple substitutions, you can reduce calorie and fat intake while still enjoying traditional favorites. Here’s how:

Appetizers: Try pairing raw vegetables with salsa, or lighten up dip mixes with fat-free sour cream instead of cream cheese or full-fat sour cream. Serve this with a fresh fruit assortment and light vanilla yogurt for dipping to hold off even the hungriest of guests.

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Too Late for the Flu Shot? Think Again.

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Flu, Videos | Posted on 15-11-2011

This is Part 5 in our Flu Myth Video series. Past videos:

  1. Can I get the flu from a flu shot?
  2. What’s in the flu shot and how long will it protect me?
  3. You’re never too young, old, or healthy for a flu shot
  4. Is Getting the Flu Really THAT Bad?

Just because the colder months have arrived, that’s no excuse to forego the idea of getting your flu shot. Plenty of vaccine still exists, and flu season isn’t expected to peak until after the new year. Dr. Rajesh Govindaiah, chief medical officer for Memorial Health System, explains:

Diabetes: Know the Basics

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 14-11-2011

world diabetes dayToday is World Diabetes Day, a national initiative aimed to increase awareness of the disease, its symptoms and potential complications if not properly controlled. Dr. John Lee, a family medicine physician at South Sixth Medical Associates, provides insight on some of the more common questions people have about this condition.

How serious is diabetes?

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A Sneak Peek at the New YMCA

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Rehab, SportsCare, Videos | Posted on 11-11-2011

This Saturday, Nov. 12, our community will have the chance to attend the grand opening of the new SportsCare facility inside the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. From 9 a.m to 4 p.m., you can be one of the first to get an inside look at the new Y.

WICS NewsChannel 20 recently visited the facility to give viewers an inside look before the doors open. The video is embedded below. Among the featured areas:

  • Warm Water Therapy Pool
  • Pools and Gymnasium
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • And, of course, Memorial SportsCare!

How Bone Density Screenings Can Help Identify Early Osteoporosis

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Screenings, SportsCare | Posted on 10-11-2011

Osteoporosis – the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time – is a silent disease.

“Most people are unaware of their deteriorating bone health until they fracture a bone,” explains Jennifer Perkins, RN, coordinator of Memorial’s JointWorks, which oversees the care of more than 1,500 patients receiving hip or knee replacements each year.

Perkins says one out of two women are at risk for developing osteoporosis as well as one out of four men.

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Don’t Flake This Winter: Take Your Exercise Regimen Indoors

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare, Winter | Posted on 10-11-2011

treadmill dog buddySorry, Santa: Winter isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year” for most exercise enthusiasts.

“Exercising outdoors is tough when it gets cold,” says Dan Adair, MD, a Springfield Clinic orthopedic surgeon and co-medical director of Memorial’s SportsCare. “It’s not typically good for your respiratory system to be sucking in all that cold air.”

And yet continuing your exercise routine is a must, both to maintain your healthy lifestyle and to justify that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

During the switch from outdoor to indoor exercise, be aware of the impact on your body. Here are some tips from Adair:

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