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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 »

Recipe Substitutions Make Your Holiday Favorites a Little Healthier

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 20-12-2013

baking ingredientsWhen the holidays roll around at the end of the year, many of us give in to all-or-nothing thinking when it comes to the food we eat.

Finding balance is a challenge with all the holiday parties and family gatherings that fill our calendars. And who can resist a favorite dessert or an extra big scoop of a beloved comfort food, like Aunt Myrtle’s sweet potatoes? After all, the holidays only come around once a year.

All-or-nothing thinking leads to unrealistic goal-setting, said Micca Donohoo, RD, LDN, bariatric surgery program coordinator with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.

People go to parties and decide that they won’t eat anything, for example. When they succumb, they say to themselves, “I’ve already blown it. I’m just going to go ahead and stay off of it altogether.”

One way to help yourself is to make scaled-down versions of your favorite holiday foods and treats. There are a lot of recipe substitutions that will help you cut back on calories, fat content or both. Then you can make your own version of Aunt Myrtle’s sweet potatoes and have them anytime of the year.

Here are several swap-outs you can try to make your recipes a little healthier: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Beat that End-of-Year Stress

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 19-12-2013

imsev009-001It’s that time of year when everything appears to be “holly and jolly,” but it’s not all holly and jolly for some. Many people become stressed in December because of the holidays and everything that comes with it – busy schedules, spending money, finding the perfect gifts, eating unhealthy foods and not getting enough sleep.

Common Stressors

Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, said family conflict and finances are two common end-of-year stressors she hears about during the holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »

Health for the Holidays: Food Safety Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Safety | Posted on 16-12-2013

Roasted Turkey With Meat ThermometerWhether you’re preparing a holiday dish or a holiday feast, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to practice safe food handling and keep in mind the needs of those who may be vulnerable to food poisoning.

“While you should always practice safe food handling, some guests might be particularly vulnerable to food poisoning, such as older adults, pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems,” said Christina Rollins, clinical dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “This may also mean taking special precautions and keeping certain high-risk foods off the menu.” 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 »

Understanding a ‘Patient-Centered Medical Home’

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 05-12-2013

PrintA patient-centered medical home is a nice conglomeration of words, but what does it mean for you, the patient?

“Patient-centered is the important part of this phrase,” said Gerald Suchomski, MD, who serves as the quality medical director at Memorial Physician Services. “It means we’ve turned the focus of healthcare delivery from the doctors to the patient.”

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, a patient-centered medical home highlights those primary care providers who have demonstrated that they can coordinate care among all doctors and health care providers on behalf of their patients. Other specific patient-centered medical home criteria include: Read the rest of this entry »

Does Someone You Love Need Emotional Help?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 03-12-2013

woman comforting young womanIt’s difficult to observe a family member or friend’s concerning behavior. Perhaps they seem depressed or anxious – or go from extreme highs one day to sad and hopeless the next.

Many of us feel inclined to reach out and express concern in these situations, but most aren’t sure how to bring up the topic of seeking help, especially for a behavioral health issue.

How to reach out and help

“If you are feeling hesitant or nervous about talking to a loved one about their behavior or emotional well being, it’s important to remember that what you are feeling may be just part of what the other person is struggling with,” said Trish Fehr, a licensed clinical professional counselor with Memorial Counseling Associates.

“The worst thing that can happen is that your loved one rejects your concerns and becomes irritated with your observations. The best thing that can happen is that they are relieved to finally have someone really listen to them and offer to assist them. That may well be the first step toward getting help.” Read the rest of this entry »