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Nurse Anna-Marie Lipka honored as ‘Everyday Hero’ for saving man’s life

Anna-Marie Lipka says she was just doing her job. Kara George is thankful she was. Kara’s husband, Andy, was driving east on Int. 96 in Ionia County the evening of Dec. 1 when he lost consciousness. Anna-Marie, a registered nurse at Mary Free Bed, was traveling behind him with her husband, Ben, when she noticed…
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A princess of a patient: Jerrensia enjoys royal treatment

This is an update to a Nov. 18, 2015, blog about the Kroll family. Visit that post for additional photos and details about Jen Kroll’s viral Facebook message.   Like many girls her age, six-year-old Jerrensia Caroline Kroll loves Disney princesses. Elsa, the noble heroine of the animated film “Frozen,” ranks high on her list of…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 3 – Scapular retraction

This is part 3 in our 6-part stretching series dedicated to helping those who spend many hours a day seated in front of a computer. Episode one focused on the chin tuck and episode two introduced the corner or doorway stretch. This week’s stretch also focuses on the upper extremities and can be performed in the…
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For Barb Barton, hope ‘started as a whisper’

Guest blog by Barb Barton I wanted it to be the rollercoasters. Rollercoasters and my increasing age. Rollercoasters and the too-tight pressure of the lap bar. Rollercoasters that looped and yanked my body into unnatural positions. My feet had been numb for 3 days, so I spent the weekend following a trip to Cedar Point amusement…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 2 – Corner or doorway stretch

According to the Mayo Clinic, most Americans spend an average of 6 or more hours sitting each day. This includes sitting at the office in front of computers or while relaxing in front of the TV at home. Last month, we posted the first blog of our new 6-part blog series intended to help you…
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How the buddy system supports successful weight loss

A successful weight loss or weight management plan includes strategies to manage common day-to-day temptations, like those freshly-baked cookies in the company breakroom or the friend who wants you to skip yoga in favor of happy hour. Enlisting a support person–or “buddy system”–is a fun and effective way to stay on track with your wellness goals. Kim Meeuwsen,…
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Lauren Brasure is racing to recovery

Lauren Brasure is no stranger to hard work. The 2014 Rockford High School graduate was an all-conference and all-state runner named “Ms. Cross Country” by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association. Her tremendous talent led to a scholarship to compete for the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, where she’s also seen success for the Division…
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Mary Free Bed Guild celebrates 125 years

For 125 years, the women of the Mary Free Bed Guild have maintained the hospital’s nurturing culture of restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. To mark the significant anniversary of its unique history and vision, the Guild is sharing its story and celebrating its accomplishments with events throughout the year. Visitors touring the new West…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 1 – Chin tucks

Sitting for long periods of time, whether at work or when relaxing at home, can have a negative impact on one’s health. The Mayo Clinic reports that most Americans spend 6 or more hours a day sitting, whether it’s in front of the computer at the office, or unwinding in front of the TV in the…
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