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Tutu-Clad Runner Celebrates Loss of Nearly Half Her Body Weight

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 28-04-2016

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

What would it take to get you to don a tutu and run a 5K?

For Nichole Jones, it was a celebration. Celebrating the loss of nearly half her body weight. Celebrating the reversal of the dangerous path she was on toward diabetes.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Nichole struggled with her weight since she was in elementary school. She spent her summers with her grandparents, and like any doting grandparents, they made sure she ate. Her grandma’s cooking was on a par with Paula Deen’s high-calorie recipes, and her grandpa could always be counted on to pick up her favorite fast-food meals.

As she grew into adulthood, Nichole’s eating habits stayed the same. She couldn’t shake her habit of mindless eating, consuming food not because she was hungry but because she was bored. Read the rest of this entry »

Improve Your ‘Fitness Age’ with Over 40 Fitness

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, SportsCare, Testimonial | Posted on 26-04-2016

SportsCare-Older-Athlete-TrainingScott Phillips was experiencing the usual aches and pains of growing older. The sixty-plus-year-old knew he was out of shape, but didn’t fully realize the extent of his condition until he attended a Memorial SportsCare “Over 40 Fitness” class.

“The toughest part of the class was seeing the biometric testing results and ‘fitness age’ calculation,” he said. “While I knew I was out of shape, these results provided actual numbers that I could no longer ignore. That information continues to provide me with an ongoing source of motivation to exercise and improve my health.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Food Lover’s Dream

Posted by | Posted in ALMH | Posted on 19-04-2016

People-At-Farmers-MarketThe sweet smell of homemade pastries, a bright rainbow of fresh seasonal produce and the sound of warm, welcoming chatter as you casually stroll by each stand. Your local farmers market is designed to ignite all your senses and keep you coming back for more. And for the regulars who have discovered this best-kept secret, there is nothing like it.

If you’ve never been to a farmers market, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 study, most consumers continue to purchase groceries at big-box retailers. However, if there was ever a time to try something new, it’s now. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Donate Life

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Memorial Medical Center, Passavant Area Hospital, Transplant | Posted on 07-04-2016

DONATE LIFE – organ donation call from Doctor

In the United States, nearly 124,000 adults and children await an organ transplant—more than 5,000 in Illinois alone. In April, National Donate Life Month, please consider these steps to significantly impact the lives of others from Sara Danner, transplant financial coordinator at the Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Zika and Pregnancy: Know Before You Go

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, News | Posted on 06-04-2016

Pregnant-Woman-HikingThe mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has influenced travel plans and led to worldwide recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization that include guidelines for people who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.

Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer, encourages women who are pregnant to see their healthcare provider if they develop a fever, rash, joint pain, headache or conjunctivitis within two weeks of traveling to a country where cases of the Zika virus have been reported. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Life Lessons Learned from Hospice Patients

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Home Services, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 01-04-2016

Young-Woman-with-Elderly-WomanEach day spent caring for people who are living their last moments or taking their last breaths might seem like a difficult job. But for Memorial Home Hospice caregivers, the rewards are countless. When the end of life is near, the unimportant falls away and a reminder of what it means to really live rises to the top.

“As a nurse, I have the privilege of assisting families and patients at the most vulnerable times in their lives,” said Maureen Tarrant, a Memorial Hospice nurse. “The bonds you forge with families last a long, long time.”

This privilege teaches our hospice providers valuable life lessons. Here are ten of those lessons they are reminded of in their daily work. Read the rest of this entry »