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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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MyoPro’s myoelectric device helps Cindy regain use of arm after 19 years

UPDATE: Cindy’s amazing story has drawn attention from area media. The story also highlights the innovation of our care team and our relationship with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Here are links to those reports: Lansing State Journal WILX-TV 10 Cindy Pohl has been unable to use her left arm since being injured in a car…
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New fencing team challenges athletes physically, mentally

Tim Volkers loves swordplay. He’s a fan of “Zorro,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Star Wars” (yes, a lightsaber can be considered a sword). And now he’s wielding one himself. Tim is a member of Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports’ new fencing team, organized this year following success of the program’s adaptive…
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Winter workouts and activities to stay fit in the colder months

Unless you’re a winter sports enthusiast, the sting of the cold air can make it much more tempting to stay inside with a cup of hot chocolate rather than get outdoors to exercise. This makes it especially difficult to combat those seasonal blues. Trying new winter workouts and activities — or dusting off some classics…
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Ballroom dancing class helps Kathy feel ‘new’ and ‘normal’

Adaptive Dance MFB 2016

Kathy Robinson is no wallflower. The 62-year-old retired school teacher loves to kayak, do yoga and dance. And despite her 2011 diagnosis of secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis, Kathy still does all three. Kathy is enrolled in Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports’ (WAS) new Ballroom Dancing course, which promote participants’ physical, social and emotional well-being. “Sometimes I can…
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Rec Therapy Team ‘blessed’ to be part of wedding

When Jenny Porter and Corey Maillette celebrate their wedding in November on an old farm near the White Mountains in Fryeburg, Maine, they’ll also celebrate their first anniversary. That’s because Jenny and Corey were married Nov. 27 in a ceremony quickly planned by the Recreational Therapy staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital so that…
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The Ghost Inside drummer develops bond with Dr. Bloom on rehabilitation journey

Dr. Stephen Bloom visited Andrew Tkaczyk about 7 am every day for 5 weeks at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He reviewed reports with his patient, and they talked about the next steps on his road to recovery. Then they talked about drumming. “Andrew’s nickname is Dr. Beats, and he calls me Dr. Drums,” said Bloom,…
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