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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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Sub-Acute Rehabilitation patients unable to have visitors share messages of hope

Patient Windows

Some are notes to loved ones. “Miss and love you” to David and Ginger. “Love you all” to Patty, Aaron and Jenny. “Hey kids! Love and miss you! Love, Dad.” Others are messages of encouragement for the community. “Keep the faith!” “We rise by lifting others.” “Choose happiness.” They’re all words of hope to anyone…


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Send a letter or draw a picture to help us spread hope and happiness to Mary Free Bed patients

SAR patient and nurse

Patients recovering from disabling illnesses and injuries at Mary Free Bed need encouragement now more than ever. Support is an important part of rehabilitation, so Mary Free Bed’s team of recreational therapists wants to share a little love with the community’s help. “We’re seeking ways to brighten our patients’ spirits and spread joy,” said recreational…


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Education is an important part of pain rehabilitation

Mary Free Bed Pain Program

From our experts: Nicole DeHaan is a physical therapist and therapeutic pain specialist in Mary Free Bed’s Pain Rehabilitation program. As a member of the program’s team of experts, she works with patients to reduce their chronic pain and improve their ability to function. People with chronic pain recognize the pain they’re experiencing is ……


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Recreational power soccer team forming for power wheelchair users

Power Soccer

Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program is gearing up to add power soccer to its roster of teams for people with disabilities. It will join more than 250 teams from around the world competing in one of the fastest-growing sports on four wheels. Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed for…


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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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She’s got the beat: Cardio drumming fuels Marian’s recovery

Marian Johnson cardio drumming

Marian Johnson is tapping into her drumming skills and rocking her rehabilitation. Marian, who turns 85 next month, came to Mary Free Bed to gain strength and stamina after a recent illness left her weakened. When recreational therapist Katie Harrington asked Marian what type of activities she enjoys, she shared her love for cardio drumming….


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