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Try these tips for meal planning on a budget

Roasted Verde Veggie Enchiladas

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. From panic-buying groceries amid pandemic fears to ordering takeout to support local restaurants, our budgets have felt the brunt. It’s time for a refresher on budget-friendly meal-planning success. If the following five tips feel like an overwhelming amount of “to-do’s,” then pick…


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Hit by car, Bek makes amazing progress after traumatic brain injury

Bek Caudle rehabilitation brain injury Vandy

Rehabilitation is a vital part of recovery after a brain injury. Research shows people with brain injuries experience better outcomes the sooner rehabilitation begins. Rebekah Caudle’s journey is testament to that. Bek and her boyfriend were involved in a New Year’s Day crash on a highway north of Ann Arbor. When she got out of…


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Playground supports therapy disguised as play for children of all abilities

New Therapy Playground for Children

When Mary’s Therapy Playground was created in 2018, the outdoor space provided a fun, healing space for our youngest patients to grow. Three years later, the playground has grown, too! The growth occurred as part of Mary Free Bed’s decision to build its own kitchen to better serve the nutritional needs of patients. Construction of…


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Rachel reunites with family after COVID-19 fight

Rachel after returning home after COVID-19

Freeland resident Rachel Lijewski was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October. When her symptoms became severe, Rachel was admitted to Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare, where she spent nearly a month on a ventilator. Her husband, Zac, nine-year-old stepdaughter, Paytin, and 10-month-old daughter, Taylor, motivated Rachel to work toward recovery. With the help of her…


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GVSU mail carrier returns to post after rehabilitation aids recovery from COVID-19

Kevin Howell in ReCOVery Program after COVID-19

When Kevin Howell contracted COVID-19, “I could hear him breathing from across the house,” his wife, Samantha, said. The virus hit the 57-year-old Grand Valley State University mail carrier in mid-July. He was plagued by a persistent cough and fatigue, then noticed swelling in his ankle and calf. He went to the emergency room where…


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Larry’s determination shows after year-long fight to recover from Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Larry Rodabaugh at therapy

Larry Rodabaugh was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in January 2020. Within three days from the onset of initial symptoms, the then 56-year-old Vassar, Michigan resident went into total respiratory failure. However, due to his efforts and determination combined with the skill and care of the staff at Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare, Larry’s rehabilitation…


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Practice gratitude for your body, and see what it can do!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. At the beginning of each year, we focus on setting new goals or practicing new healthy behaviors. One thing we may not think a lot about is practicing gratitude. Research shows that those who practice gratitude are thriving psychologically, spiritually, physically and…


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Weight Management Program teaches Rachel lifelong lessons: ‘It’s a chance for real growth and change’ 

Rachel Webster before and after

Rachel Webster joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, because she wanted to improve her lifestyle and overcome fears about her weight. Since completing the 20-week Foundation program, Rachel said she’s learned some lifelong lessons and lost 25 pounds along the way.  What are some of the most helpful things you learned?  There’s no…


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