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Dr. Chris VandenBerg heads out on six-month adventure

The Mary Free Bed family bid a fond farewell to Dr. Chris VandenBerg as he embarks on a six-month sabbatical to travel with his wife, Betsy. Dr. VandenBerg, chief of staff and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, is scheduled to return in January. Mary Free Bed’s oncology rehabilitation team surprised…
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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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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 16 & 17 – Yoga for cancer patients and survivors

Need to unwind and relax? Looking for ways to holistically cope with stress and tension? Interested in learning more about yoga for cancer patients and survivors? Michele Fife, an instructor with Mary Free Bed’s Cancer + Wellness program, offers this free, 60-minute yoga practice. You also may benefit from a refresher on breathing techniques, which Michele…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 10 & 11 – More plants, less sugar

Clean eating is beneficial for everyone, but it may be especially vital for those who have cancer or are in recovery from cancer and its treatment. The Cancer + Wellness Program at Mary Free Bed is focused on helping people work toward a healthier life after cancer. Cancer + Wellness nutrition instructor Wendy Borden encourages individuals to consider following…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 8 & 9 – Tips for better nutrition after cancer

Maximizing patients’ health and nutrition after cancer is an integral part of the Cancer + Wellness Program at Mary Free Bed. Program instructor Mick Von Doxatater encourages people to consider the steps they take to prepare their food; from washing, to chopping, to the actual method of cooking. In episodes 8 and 9 of our ongoing video series based on the…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 7 – Clean Eating Starts Here

Mick Von Doxatater offers guidance in how to support a more healthy diet after cancer. In the seventh episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, “Surfer Mick” emphasizes the importance of (literally) eating clean. In this brief segment, he provides tips on how to properly clean fruits and vegetables before preparing them…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 6 – Tips for Healthy Eating

In the sixth episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, Wendy Borden offers tips on healthy eating after cancer and treatment. She encourages people to take a simple approach and emphasize “whole, fresh, local, seasonal” ingredients as much as possible. “(Eat) clean, organic foods that are really going to nourish…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 5 – Eating by Color

In the fifth episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, Mick Von Doxatater offers advice on how to eat a more colorful diet and why it matters: “Your immune system and your body will thank you.” Mick says “variety is the key word here. Between 5 and 10 colors is what…
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