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Thank you to our volunteers – National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2016

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is here (April 12-18, 2016) and we love to salute the numerous volunteers who help Mary Free Bed every single day. Volunteers help with everything from administration and clerical duties, escorting patients and families, to helping therapists be an extra hand during rehabilitation. “I am continually amazed and grateful for all that…
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Susan Ford Bales attends Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program dedication

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital officially dedicated the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, April 12. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, was in attendance. The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, which provides high-quality, cost-effective rehabilitative care…
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The ‘deets’ on sweets: How to reduce added sugar

Have you ever been confused about the sugar content on a food label? Apple juice seems healthy in moderation, but the label says there’s 25 grams of sugar in the unsweetened varieties – why? The latest federal dietary guidelines recommend consuming less than 50 grams of added sugar per day. The key word? Added. For perspective,…
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Nichols family works together to become a weight loss success story

Dave Nichols needed a total hip replacement, but his doctor told him that he had to lose 70 pounds before the surgery could be performed. His wife, Denise, saw a brochure for the Mary Free Bed’s Weight Management Program, which helps men and women of all ages and in all stages of their weight-loss journey….
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NASC members raise thousands for Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Grand Rapids, Mich. — The National Association of Sports Commissions’ (NASC) Sports Legacy Fund on Thursday, April 7, 2016, presented $27,000 to Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program (WAS). The money was raised during the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium hosted April 3-7 in downtown Grand Rapids. It is the highest-ever amount of any NASC Sports…
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Colin Sullivan is ‘passionate about living an active life’

In some ways, Colin Sullivan’s life has changed very little in the past 16 years. He still teaches the same subjects at the same school as he did before he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed his car into a guardrail. “I still travel when I can, play sports, socialize with friends and try…
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Excitement building for next phase of expansion, renovation project

As Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital marks the first anniversary of the March 29, 2015 opening of the new West Building addition, renovations to the rest of campus are on schedule and Mary Free Bed Foundation’s “Join the Movement” capital campaign is on target. This transformative project will continue to keep Mary Free Bed on the…
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3-year-old gaining strength, skills through ‘play’

Guest blog by Sharon Weber Elena is 3 years old. She was born in China and came home to our family when she was 15 months old. She is a funny kid who likes to tell jokes. She is a girlie girl who particularly enjoys shopping and trying on shoes. Elena is active and likes to…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 5 – Hip flexor stretch

Sitting for many hours a day can have a negative impact on your health, and may cause many aches and pains. Our 6-part stretching series is intended to provide some relief from some of the effects of long periods of sitting. Part 5 of the series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 4 – Prone on elbow and prone press-up

Part 4 in our 6-part stretching series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower extremities. We’ve designed these stretches to combat the effects of sitting for many hours each day. You can perform these stretches from the comfort of your own home or at work. Check out the first 3 stretches in the…
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