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Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program


Perhaps you’ve been successful at initiating a healthier lifestyle but haven’t been able to maintain it. Maybe you’re having difficulty getting started. Either way, you’re not alone. The Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program is designed to support you with tools, techniques and even a coach.


Our Focus

We target the numbers that reflect your health. We monitor not just what you see when you get on a scale. In addition to your weight, we track your blood pressure and heart rate as well as the levels of fats and sugars in your blood.

Weight is tied to these health measures. We’re seeing an epidemic of patients whose weight has played a significant role in heart attacks and strokes, cancer, joint deterioration and diabetic-related amputations. The focus of rehabilitation is to help people become more functional and live healthy lives. This program does just that.

Program Description

The Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program is medically based with a team of clinicians to help you succeed. Once a week for 20 weeks you’ll attend an hour educational class with 5-12 others. You’ll stay with this group for the entire course. You’ll work with a:

· Rehabilitation physician

· Registered dietician

· Exercise physiologist

· Psychologist

Next Information Sessions:

Saturday March 7th from 10am-11am

Wednesday March 11th 10am-11am

Friday, March 13th 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday March 21st from 10am-11am

Please call 840-8908 or 295-5098 to sign up for the program and get directions

The program also includes a medically-balanced meal replacement product that is actually tasty. You can use it as a beverage or even bake with it. We’ll provide recipes. This product is important for two reasons: it helps you achieve rapid weight loss and helps break poor food habits. We transition you to grocery store foods based on a plan created for you by the registered dietician.

Why choose the Mary Free Bed Weight Reduction Program?

· You’re in the driver’s seat. We don’t set your weight loss goals, you do.

· You’ll learn ways to regain and maintain your health during weekly classes on nutrition, exercise and techniques to develop a healthy lifestyle.

· Your coach will work with you in addition to visiting at the weekly classes.

· We work with your primary care physician especially if medications need to be reduced

· When the 20-week course is completed, you have an option to stay connected in graduate sessions with other alumni. 

Our Participants

While the overall reason people join our program is to be healthy, individual motivators go beyond that. Some say they want to be involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren for years to come, others want to travel, while some want to enjoy their favorite sport. One woman enrolled because she believed if she was healthier, she’d be taken more seriously at work. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help you succeed

Meet the Weight Management Team

Jeffrey H. Kramer, MD

Jeff Kramer, who has been with Mary Free Bed since 1994, specializes in musculoskeletal injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and electrodiagnosis. He also uses Botox to assist patients with spasticity management. In addition, Dr. Kramer spearheads our comprehensive weight management program, which is a medically supervised program that makes use of the expertise of Mary Free Bed dieticians, psychologists and exercise physiologists. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. When he isn't working, Dr. Kramer enjoys athletics and spending time with his family.

Carrie-Ann Strong, PsyD, ABPP
Dr. Carrie-Ann Strong is a staff psychologist, working at Mary Free Bed since 2003. She is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. Her clinical work primarily involves the assessment and treatment of neurological conditions, she has co-authored a number of publications, primarily in the area of neuropsychological assessment and treatment of brain injury.  Dr. Strong is one of the psychologists on Mary Bed’s Weight Management team. In this area, she utilizes a motivational interviewing approach to help patients achieve goals and make behavior changes. 

Sarah Friesema, RDN
Sarah Friesema, joins the team as a registered dietitian with her certificate in Adult weight management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.Friesema obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and completed her dietetic internship through Andrews University.  Currently, she is working towards her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics through Central Michigan University.  Sarah strives to bring lifestyle changes to the participants of the weight management program.  She feels empowering people with knowledge, support, and encouragement will help them make the changes needed to keep the weight off.  

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