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Healthy Recipe: Aunt Bessie’s Pumpkin Bread (Modified)

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 27-11-2013

Pumpkin MuffinsDo you have a family recipe for pumpkin bread that you no longer make because you are following a heart- and diabetes-friendly diet? Kathy Levin, RD, CDE, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this modified and healthy version of Aunt Bessie’s Pumpkin Bread. Read the rest of this entry »

Have Yourself a GERD-free Holiday

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 27-11-2013

Man-With-Stomach-ProblemsMost of us look forward to holiday eating. After all, there are only a few days a year where you can overindulge and not feel quite so guilty. But for the 20 percent of adults who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it’s not so simple.

GERD is basically chronic heartburn that develops when the reflux of stomach contents cause troublesome symptoms like burning in the chest. It’s triggered in two ways – acidic foods and too much pressure in the stomach. And for those who are sensitive, it can be worse around the holidays when we eat larger amounts of fatty foods. Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Weight, Step by Step

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 22-11-2013

walking peopleLet’s face it—a lot of us just want to lose that last 5 to 10 pounds. But, for many more, managing our weight is a bigger deal than just fitting into our skinny jeans. Even normal daily activities like playing with your children, going up the stairs or walking around the mall can be a challenge when you struggle with significant weight issues.

And while family physicians often recommend exercise for better health, people who are overweight can also struggle with knee, back or joint pain, beginning a constant cycle of inactivity.

Losing weight can be a real challenge. But where others see a challenge, that’s where Linda Crews, a physical therapist with Memorial Rehab Services and Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center, sees opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pork Loin

Posted by | Posted in News, Recipes | Posted on 20-11-2013

Stuffed-Pork-ChopLooking for a new way to prepare pork this holiday season? Erin Spenner, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this healthful Cranberry Apple Pork Loin recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Steps to Prevent Unhealthy Splurging During the Holidays

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 19-11-2013

AA006903Making healthy choices shouldn’t stop because of a holiday, but we all can come up with creative excuses to put our health on hold.

“Being healthy is a lifelong endeavor,” said Wendi Spitzig, medical weight-loss coordinator for Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “You have to be aware every day, but holidays are greater challenges due to the increase in social activities.”

When the end-of-year holidays start to draw near, folks come up with all kinds of creative excuses. Among them: Read the rest of this entry »

Proper Hand-washing: It Takes Time

Posted by | Posted in Flu, Winter | Posted on 14-11-2013

Bacteria cultured include Staph and Bacillus. Multiple viruses also detected, but do not visibly grow on culture plates.

Bacteria cultured include Staph and Bacillus. Multiple viruses also detected, but do not visibly grow on culture plates.

That quick wash of a few seconds with soap and water may not help as much as you think – as these three photos reveal. Each photo shows the bacteria growing in a Petri dish after a volunteer pressed his hand into a layer of gel in the dish.

The first dish reveals the germs found on an unwashed hand. The second dish shows the bacteria growing on the same hand after washing for a few seconds with soap and water. These two dishes show remarkably similar amounts of bacteria.

“The second dish demonstrates the need to wash hands thoroughly to remove the bacteria from your hands,” said Karen Trimberger, director of infection prevention at Memorial Medical Center. “Proper hand-washing takes time – at least 15 seconds – and friction.”

The third dish features the same volunteer’s hand after he washed and scrubbed his hands for 15 seconds before rinsing. This plate uncovers vastly fewer germs. 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 »

Memorial’s Festival of Trees in Numbers

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation | Posted on 11-11-2013

Festival of Trees Infographic 2013With the holiday season now underway, our  excitement  to unveil this year’s Festival of Trees keeps building!

In less than two weeks, the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will transform into a winter wonderland for central Illinois families. Whether it’s the exquisitely decorated trees, wreaths and swags that bring you out or the Candy Cane Express, this year’s Festival of Trees promises heart-warming holiday fun for all ages.

Just take a look at what makes up the area’s largest family-oriented holiday event. The numbers speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Decorate a Tree: Tips from an Expert Designer at Memorial’s Festival of Trees

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 07-11-2013

Festival of Trees How To VideoHave you ever looked through a display of trees, exquisitely decorated for the holidays, and wondered exactly how it’s done? In the video below, Amanda Johnson, event manager for Memorial’s Festival of Trees speaks with Samra Aslam, long-time design coordinator for Jeffery Alans, which offers a unique mix of home and seasonal décor in Springfield.

Watch as Samra turns a tree into a stunning display, starting with how to create a bow topper, tips to effectively add ornaments throughout and ways to use ribbon as the finishing touch. 
 

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Here’s Why Today is the Perfect Day to Start Eating Healthy

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 06-11-2013

dv2014035Here’s Why Today is the Perfect Day to Start Eating Healthy

You’ve wanted to have a healthier eating plan for a long time, but it always seems like you’re biting off more than you can chew.

Rather than make a big permanent change, maybe you can find greater success by deciding to eat healthy for just one day. And a great day to do that is today (Nov. 6) – National Eating Healthy Day.

Taking a small step can put you on the road to a bigger payoff, according to the American Heart Association.

“It’s natural for most people to want to try and adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating behaviors overnight. Evidence has shown, however, that small and steady changes over time are more successful to maintain,” said Micca Donohoo, a registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about a perfect diet or program; it’s about ongoing changes that are realistic to sustain in the long run.”

The American Heart Association offers four tips that you can try today and start to put into practice for the days to come. Read the rest of this entry »