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Energize your morning with these grab-and-go ideas for a healthy breakfast

Pumpkin Energy Bites Healthy Breakfast

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Breakfast is an important meal. It provides our body with the energy it needs to start the day off with a fueled-up tank. When you balance your energy intake throughout the day, including that morning fuel, you’re less likely to overeat later….


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Taking care of ourselves means staying connected with those we love

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From our experts: Maggie Travin is a psychologist at Mary Free Bed. In times of confusion, fear or panic, the most natural thing to do may be to lean in — both physically and figuratively — to those you love. There are few things more comforting than a warm embrace from a family member. However,…


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Give yourself a break: Keep meals simple during COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate

Black Bean and Barley Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. I’ve seen so many posts from social media “influencers” dishing out health and nutrition advice, and pushing us to “use our time at home wisely” during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a registered dietitian and health care professional, I’m qualified to provide advice…


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Embrace heart health with these nutrition tips for a healthy lifestyle

Healthy Cooking

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to discuss heart health. Nutrition is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle and a vital way to fight heart disease. Here are some ways to ramp up your heart health: 1….


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Spinal cord injury study shows promise for increased independence; more participants needed

Pat Besta working out

People with spinal cord injuries who exercise regularly are seeing a positive impact on their health, according to preliminary results of a study by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Michigan. The three-year, collaborative research effort is investigating whether a novel exercise training program affects quality of life for people with spinal…


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Mary Free Bed patients treated to Spa Day

A Day at the Spa

Patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital received some extra special pampering ahead of the holidays, thanks to volunteers and the Recreational Therapy department. Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy gym was transformed into a salon, where students from the Paul Mitchell School in Grand Rapids treated patients of all ages to complimentary manicures, haircuts and…


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Stay safe this winter with these tips for running in cold, snow and ice

Running in the Winter in Michigan

From our experts: Todd Buckingham is the Mary Free Bed Sports Rehabilitation team’s lead exercise physiologist and oversees the program’s Performance Lab. A runner himself, Todd works with all levels of athletes, from beginners to NCAA Division I and professional athletes, to fuel their performance safely and effectively.   The weather is turning colder, and…


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Learning how to manage emotions a vital part of chronic pain management

Dr. Evan Parks talks with a patient during a Pain Management Program session.

From our experts: Dr. Evan Parks is a clinical psychologist in Mary Free Bed’s Pain Rehabilitation Program. Physical and emotional health are closely linked, and psychology plays a significant role in chronic pain management. We picture our life moving forward, accomplishing goals and enjoying good relationships. When chronic pain enters that picture, many of the…


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