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Staying in Shape When you Join the Over-40 Club

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 07-07-2015

SportsCare-Older-Athlete-TrainingMaintaining an active lifestyle becomes even more important as you grow older. Physical activity can help you stay strong and keep your mind alert so you can do the things you want to do in your later years.

For adults over 40 years old, whether you’re active or formerly active, Memorial’s SportsCare offers Everyday Athlete, an adult fitness program that provides exercise and nutrition help. The next 10-week class is scheduled to begin Aug. 11.

Classes are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the multipurpose room (109A) of the Kerasotes branch of the Springfield YMCA at Iles Avenue and Archer Elevator Road.

Check out the website for more details. And take a look at this video featuring Gabe Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist at SportsCare, and his work helping older adults stay fit. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding the Right Tools Helps 80-year-old Erma Tester Regain Her Life

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Taylorville, Testimonial | Posted on 21-08-2014

Erma-Tester“Overwhelming” is how Erma Tester, 80, describes the grief she experienced when Everett, her husband of 63 years, passed away in the fall of 2012. She cried for seven months straight and couldn’t sleep at night.

The anxiety and depression grew until one night she became obsessed with the logistics of dealing with Everett’s things, including his vast array of tools. The right side of her face began to throb, and a panic took over. She called her daughter at 1:30 a.m. and went to the emergency room for tests, which came back normal.

Afterward, her primary care physician, Dr. Rick DelValle, referred her to Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions, a program that provides participants with a different kind of tool box—one equipped with resources to handle life’s challenges. Erma attended the program twice weekly for 12 weeks, and it changed her outlook for the better. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tips to Optimize Your Orthopedic Surgery Outcomes

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, Orthopedics | Posted on 19-02-2013

Is orthopedic surgery in your future? Studies show that the more work you put in BEFORE such a surgery — such as a hip or knee joint replacement or spine surgery — the better outcomes you’ll have.

 Our experts with Memorial Orthopedic Services offer these five tips for preparing your body so that your surgery and overall recovery is optimized. The sooner you begin prior to your surgery date, the better (but it’s never too late!). Read the rest of this entry »

Safe Weight Loss Program Can Help Kick Off Successful New Year

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Classes, Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 31-12-2012

An 11-week program offered by Memorial Medical Center’s clinical dietitians can teach you the skills to conquer unhealthy eating habits – and help you conquer that hard-to-attain New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

And the first class is free!

Choosing to Lose will hold its introductory session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Florence Nightingale Conference Room (Room B-115), which is on the first floor of the hospital in the Capitol Zone. At the end of the session, you can decide if you want to enroll in the remaining 10 weekly classes.

Unlike many fad diets, Choosing to Lose teaches you how to make permanent lifestyle changes and prepares you for long-term success. Additional information is available on Memorial’s website, which explains how you can receive a $50 discount.

Emily Marshall, an employee at Memorial Medical Center who learned about the program through the MMC employee newsletter last year, shares her success story as a result of the program.

To register call, (217) 788-3333 or visit


Structured Workout Plans Prove Successful

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Classes, Exercise, Nutrition, SportsCare | Posted on 22-05-2012

The three main components to any worthwhile fitness regimen are nutrition, strength conditioning and cardiovascular exercise. Can you achieve success in all three areas by going at it alone? Sure – but it’s more likely you’ll stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine if you first have the tools and tips necessary to build a solid foundation.

A 2010 study published in the journal Obesity found that people who participated in a structured group exercise program worked out for a longer period of time than those who didn’t. When half the battle to adopting a lasting workout routine is turning it into habit, longer workouts may mean the difference between adopting the habit or abandoning it for the couch. Structured exercise plans also keep you more accountable and motivated.

Memorial SportsCare’s new Healthy Lifestyles 360 (HL 360) program, which kicks off in June, offers participants the knowledge and motivation they need in a structured environment to ensure lasting success. HL 360 is a spinoff of SportsCare’s already existing Healthy Lifestyles fitness program, in which a certified SportsCare employee works with a person to meet their individual fitness goals over a period of 10 or 20 weeks. HL 360 adds in a nutritional component and opportunity to participate in both group and individual exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready for a Run? Don’t Dash Off Before Stretching Properly

Posted by | Posted in Biathlon, Classes, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 17-04-2012

Whether you’re sporting your first pair of running shoes or have been running for years, a solid warm-up and cool-down are essential before and after your run.

In the video below, Memorial SportsCare certified athletic trainer and licensed physical therapist Amanda Wilson explains proper dynamic (movement) stretches to do before a run and static (holding) stretches to perform as part of your cool down. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Relief: Treat Yourself to the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Exercise, Maternity | Posted on 09-04-2012

In 2000, pregnant and experiencing health complications, Ruta Kulys turned to meditation practices to help relieve her stress and better prepare for her child’s birth. It worked so well, she knew she was onto something.

A licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Counseling Associates, Kulys followed up her positive experience with meditation practices by receiving professional training in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which teaches meditation and yoga to help people manage stress. Her knowledge and talent as a yoga instructor led her to partner with Memorial’s Family Maternity Suites to offer prenatal yoga classes.

Prenatal yoga can be an ideal way to stay in good physical condition during your pregnancy and is a great way to take care of yourself and your growing little one. During a time of rapid physical and emotional changes, prenatal yoga provides relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy and time for deep relaxation. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Quick & Easy Ways to Chill Out

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Exercise, Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 15-03-2012

Business Man Relaxing During stressful dayWe’ve all been there – tight shoulder muscles, an annoying headache and no energy. Stress affects our physical health as well as our mental health.

“Most visits to a doctor’s office are due to stress-related conditions,” said Ruta Kulys, a licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Counseling Associates. “Stress affects our sleep, appetite, energy, mood and concentration. Stress also interferes with our body’s ability to function properly and maintain health.”

To undo the effects of stress, you need to learn how to deeply relax.  Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for Baby — How to Establish a Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, Maternity, Women | Posted on 02-09-2011

A woman faces a deluge of decisions when she learns she’s expecting a baby, and deciding what and how to feed the baby is one of the biggies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives. In addition to being free, breast milk benefits babies by immediately providing antibodies to help boost their immune systems and has been proven to help prevent diabetes, obesity and allergies.

For the 75 percent of women who decide to try to breastfeed their babies, preparation for a successful nursing relationship begins before the baby’s debut. At Memorial Medical Center, our lactation consultants and Family Maternity Suites nurses are reliable resources for nursing mothers — both before and after delivery.

If you are an expectant mother who plans to breastfeed, our nurses suggest the following: Read the rest of this entry »