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8 Nutrition and Fitness Apps to Put You on the Road to Better Health

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources | Posted on 10-01-2013

We use our cellphones for a lot more than making phone calls. Many of us have smartphones with apps to help us manage our schedules, check the weather, find show times for the latest movie and wake us up in the morning.

So why not use apps to help you better manage your diet?

We surveyed our registered dietitians at Memorial Medical Center. Here are some of the nutrition and fitness apps they recommended: Read the rest of this entry »

Bereavement Support Groups Help Heal

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Mental Health, Resources | Posted on 12-03-2012

Grief.  It’s defined simply as mental suffering or stress.

But it’s more than that. If you’ve lost a close loved one, you know the intense pain and wave of emotions that follow: denial, anger, despair and hopelessness.

The emotions are part of the healing process. But with time, patience and support, you can get to a place of peace and acceptance.

Bereavement support groups, provided by Memorial Home Services Hospice, meet twice a month in Springfield, Jacksonville and Taylorville. Members share stories and talk about how their lives have changed. They give each other tips on how to cope, offer reassurance and even develop friendships outside of the group. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Physician Services Offers Patient-Managed Health Record

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Resources | Posted on 02-02-2012

You’ve probably noticed that your doctor and nurse now use a computer during your appointment. The shift from paper records to an electronic database is well underway in the healthcare industry. And now, Memorial Physician Services patients can take charge of that information through our online patient portal.

It’s called My Health@MemorialMD and is patient-managed personal health record — basically a gateway to all of your health information. It provides two-way communication with your doctor’s office and gives you access to all the latest health news and tips. It’s secure, easy-to- manage and free. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year, New Mood: Assess Your Mental Health

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Resources | Posted on 27-12-2011

As a new year approaches, many of us turn our thoughts toward ways to improve — be it our finances, our weight, or our well-being.

For those seeking to achieve a healthier, happier life, consider assessing your emotional well-being. You can do so anonymously, for free, with an online assessment tool available at Memorial Counseling Associates ( and Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois (

Online self assessments are available for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and adolescent depression. Community resources, services and informative articles can also be found at the above websites.

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