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Resources to Quit Smoking

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-02-2017

Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the “why” to quit is clear, but the “how” is more challenging. If you live in central Illinois, Memorial Health System offers a variety of programs to help you kick the habit. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Fuel Your Kid’s Brain

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 10-01-2017

When our cell phones run out of power, we have to recharge them so they’re back to full strength. It’s much the same way with our children. We need to make sure they’re recharged and ready for the next day.

Cheri Harrison, pediatric program coordinator for Memorial Center for Healthy Families, part of Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shared seven ways you can fuel your kid’s brain and help them develop positive habits that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 29-07-2016

QuinoaQuinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is one of the latest superfoods and has quickly become a very trendy addition to foods commonly served in households and restaurants across America.

Quinoa is the edible seed of the goosefoot plant, exclusively grown in South America. It is a natural gluten-free alternative that is packed with iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. Though quinoa is a seed, it is still considered a whole grain and can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer and obesity. Quinoa is also non-GMO and usually grown organically. Read the rest of this entry »

Regular Meals Help Teens Succeed

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Pediatrics, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 22-03-2016

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When kids are young, it can be less complicated to plan for and enjoy family meals. As they grow into teenagers, it can be easy to let family meals fall by the wayside. However, meals together generally mean better quality food to help them grow and develop and teaches them to prepare food and appropriately feed themselves when they move out of the family home. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, You Love Chocolate, But Is It a Food Addiction?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 29-12-2015

Food-AddictionUnfortunately, broccoli and carrots don’t top anyone’s list of potential food addictions, but Wendi Schutte, clinical manager for the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, says food addictions can be a real challenge for some people who suffer from obesity.

“We are starting to see more research about obesity and the effects certain foods have on the brain, similar to alcohol or heroin,” Schutte said during an interview on WTAX’s Ask The Expert program on the Ray Lytle Show. “The brain responds in the same way as it does to a substance. Often, it’s the unhealthier foods—the more Read the rest of this entry »

Are you at Risk for Diabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 10-11-2015

Woman-Walking-in-the-FallDuring National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, take a moment to learn if you are at risk. Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease where blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoiding serious problems caused by high blood glucose such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Survival Guide for Picnics and BBQs

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 03-07-2015

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Summertime celebrations often have us gathering around the grill, which can wreak havoc on our plans for healthy eating. We go to these events with the best intentions, only to leave feeling as though we’ve failed, or worse—our entire healthy-eating plan fell to the wayside.

“With a little bit of planning and strategy, healthy eating will not be as challenging at your next celebration. You will leave feeling satisfied, not starving for more,” says Erin Walker, a registered dietitian at the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.

Walker recommends these tactics to help you stay on track: Read the rest of this entry »

Down 60 Pounds and Medication Free after Three-Year Battle with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Men, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 18-06-2015

A healthier Greg Mayes

A healthier Greg Mayes

The week leading up to Father’s Day—this year, June 15-21—is known as National Men’s Health Week. It’s a chance to encourage guys to seek regular medical advice and raise awareness for prevention and early detection of preventable health problems. Greg Mayes, a former patient at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, experienced firsthand how much life can change by simply asking for help.

At 31, Greg was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Three years later, he was still having trouble regulating his blood sugar, and he was beginning to notice increasing health complications due to his diabetes.  Both of his parents are diabetic, and at 5 feet 10 inches and 275 pounds, the 34-year-old knew something had to give.

“My body was handing me a pink slip,” Greg said. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 31-03-2015

Traveling-With-DiabetesIt’s Spring Break season! Whether you are heading for warmer climates or road-tripping somewhere nearby, it can be difficult to maintain your healthy routine while on vacation. For people with diabetes, this may seem even more challenging.

“It’s all about consistency and preparation,” says Lori Iocca, RN, CDE, a nurse navigator at the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “A person with diabetes may need to do a little more work ahead of time, but there’s no reason he or she can’t have a fun vacation and stay healthy.”

We chose a few travel situations that can throw off anyone’s diet, exercise or rest routines, and created a few tips for people with diabetes who are traveling. Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking Green This Month? Kale Earns Its Spot as an MMC Super Food

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 13-03-2015

Kale-SaladMove over French fries! “Go Green” has a whole new meaning in the Memorial Medical Center cafeteria as a kale-based super salad has emerged as the most requested recipe from employees since Memorial implemented its Green Light, Choose Right menu. See the recipe below.

“I’ve received so many compliments on our kale salad,” said Christina Rollins, registered dietitian nutritionist and director of Memorial’s Food and Nutrition Services. “Customers seem to really enjoy the flavor and often choose it instead of, or in addition to, a fresh garden salad.”

Kale is an increasing popular green leafy vegetable similar to spinach. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kale is rich in antioxidants, an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, and is a good source of fiber.

MMC Super Food Salad

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients

6 cups kale, coarsely chopped

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

¼ cup red onion, diced

1½ cups carrots, shredded or diced

3 ounces edamame, shelled

¾ cup dried cranberries

1½ cup grape tomatoes, halved

¾ cup cranberry vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Yields 3 cups

Ingredients

1½ cup + 2 tbs Ocean Spray diet cranberry juice

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp basalmic vinegar

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

Directions

Combine juice, vinegars and mustard in blender. Pulse to mix. With blender running, slowly stream in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook and cool edamame according to package directions. Rinse kale and remove leaves from ribs, chopping leaves into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine the kale and the vinaigrette and massage gently. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to mix.

Nutritional info per 4-ounce serving: 100 calories; 4.5 grams fat; 8.75 grams sugar; 0 grams cholesterol; 2.5 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 51 milligrams sodium; 2.5 milligrams fiber.