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Stretching exercise series: Episode 4 – Prone on elbow and prone press-up

Part 4 in our 6-part stretching series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower extremities. We’ve designed these stretches to combat the effects of sitting for many hours each day. You can perform these stretches from the comfort of your own home or at work. Check out the first 3 stretches in the…
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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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Hetler family has ‘only positive expectations’ for daughter born with limb differences

Gabriella Hetler 3 Web

Guest blog: Kellie Hetler is a photographer from Grand Rapids whose daughter, Gabriella, was born with congenital skeletal dysplasia, an upper extremity limb difference. Kellie chronicles Gabby’s story on a website called “Gabriella’s Hope.” Kellie also has organized a fundraiser for Mary Free Bed’s Center for Limb Differences. A special screening of Disney Pixar’s “Finding…
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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 fruits and veggies support your healthy weight loss goals

Losing Weight at Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program

When gardens flourish and farmers’ markets are in full swing, our palates tend to reap the benefits of the spring and summer growing seasons. Likewise, our healthy weight loss goals benefit from access to so many nutritious foods. The USDA recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every snack or meal. When fresh local produce…
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Preschool Sampler gives sports-lover Greyson introduction to team play

Preschool Sampler Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Greyson Gibbs is an energetic first grader who loves sports and playing with his friends. His participation in the Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program’s new Preschool Sampler offers him the best of both worlds. “He loves all the games they play and seeing all of his friends on a weekly basis,” said Greyson’s mom, Leigh….
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Abigail Kopf’s recovery: ‘To see where she is today is amazing’

Abigail Kopf Graduates Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital 3

Abigail Kopf, the Battle Creek teen critically injured in the Feb. 20 mass shootings in Kalamazoo, graduated April 20 from Mary Free Bed after 6 weeks of intensive inpatient treatment. Since her admission to Mary Free Bed on March 8, Abigail has made significant strides in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head….
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Restoring balance with vestibular rehabilitation therapy

A balance disorder can affect a person’s quality of life by significantly impacting his or her comfort and safety. A person who has vertigo, for instance, may have trouble performing daily tasks at home or work. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy, such as what’s offered at Mary Free Bed, can help to address these issues. Mary Free Bed therapists…
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