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Staying strong with your New Year’s resolutions

“Resolutions become real if you’re willing to involve yourself and accept responsibility for your choices as well as the consequences that go with them.” — Dr. John Valusek A personal resolution is a promise to yourself to think, feel or act differently in a way that’s important to you. Research shows more than 80% of resolutions…
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Festively fit: Tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

Between appetizers, the main attraction and beverages — not to mention those hard-to-resist cookies and sweets — the average holiday meal can clock in at more than 3,000 calories. Unfortunately, this can result in an average holiday weight gain between 2-5 pounds. Some won’t lose that extra weight, adding on year after year. How do you…
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Healthy cooking during the holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching and there are so many great family recipes to share. Unfortunately, that cookie recipe from great-great-great-grandma that calls for one and a half cups of butter may not align with your weight loss meal plan. It’s OK to splurge on occasion – but only within reason. Healthy cooking is possible…
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Healthy harvest: Easy fall recipes & fitness ideas

As humid summer days turn into crisp fall evenings, you may find yourself craving comfort casseroles, hot beverages, and, let’s be honest: pumpkin-flavored everything. The autumnal shift doesn’t have to halt your weight loss journey. There are many ways to enjoy the flavors and beauty of fall without sacrificing your healthy habits. Enjoy these tips and…
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Fight ‘hanger’ & stay on track with these 7 healthy snacks

Choosing a low calorie, balanced snack with protein and fiber will help to keep you feeling full and is a great way to bridge those long gaps between meals. Whether you’re headed to the beach, working late or providing that post-game soccer snack, we’ve got you covered. Before you hit the vending machine or are…
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5 health benefits of weight loss & management

Whether your weight loss goal is 20 pounds or 100 pounds, studies have shown that even a small reduction in weight, such as 5-10%, is likely to yield improvements in your health. Below, Kim Meeuwsen, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, offers 5 health benefits to losing weight and maintaining a healthy…
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Expert Information: Amputation & Prosthesis

Dr.  Benjamin Bruinsma has worked at Mary Free Bed for nearly 20 years. He’s the director of the amputee, orthopedic, and stroke programs. Therapy and prosthesis fitting A prosthesis is a man-made substitute for a missing body part.  It helps with function and mobility, and may give you more confidence in your appearance.  The time…
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