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Broaden your palette with Hispanic cuisine

Hispanic Heritage Month

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Do you ever get in a cooking rut and tire of making the same ol’ meals for dinner? You’re not alone! Instead of diving into the abyss of Pinterest for recipes, narrow your search by focusing on a different culture’s cuisine. Hispanic…


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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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Nearly 2,000 “Notes of Hope” lifts spirits during pandemic

Notes of Hope recipient

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit West Michigan earlier this year, we thought “Notes of Hope” would be a simple way for the community to help restore hope to patients already facing challenging circumstances due to an injury or illness. We knew West Michigan residents would open their hearts to help patients who couldn’t have family…


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Sales from Grand Rapids photographer’s new book to benefit Mary Free Bed Kids

Brian Kelly Photography Grand Rapids

Brian Kelly’s new passion project exemplifying his love for the city of Grand Rapids will help two local organizations near and dear to his heart.  The popular Grand Rapids photographer is publishing a book of aerial photographs offering a unique perspective of the city. “AERIAL: Grand Rapids from Above” is a 100-page coffee table book…


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Gary battles debilitating effects of West Nile virus with intensive rehabilitation

It took 65 days in three different hospitals before Gary Shepherd was able to return to the two things he loves most: his family and his farm.  Gary’s from Onaway, a small town in northern Michigan where he owns Bonz Beach Farms. He grows fresh produce, makes maple syrup and honey, and cares for egg-laying chickens. During an off-season trip to Arizona In November 2019 with his father, everything changed.  “I was running along, 10…


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Guild awards scholarships for 2020-21 school year

The Mary Free Bed Guild has awarded 18 students a total of $80,000 in scholarships for their academic achievements.   The Guild established the Minority Scholarship Program in 2006 to help students pursuing degrees in neuropsychology, nursing, orthotics, prosthetics and rehabilitation therapy programs. The Disability Scholarship Program began in 2013 for students with physical disabilities related to a brain injury, spinal cord…


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Campers enjoy Junior Wheelchair Sports Field Day

Kids playing at Jr. Wheelchair Sports Field Day

Twenty-five campers are having a ball this week at Junior Wheelchair Sports Field Day, a smaller version of Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports’ annual weeklong camp for kids with disabilities. That event, held the past 35 years, was canceled for safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was very important to us…


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Mary Free Bed psychologist publishes book to help manage chronic pain

Dr. Evan Parks - Book Photo

Dr. Evan Parks can now add “book author” to his list of contributions to help people understand and manage their pain. After its July 28 release, “Chronic Pain Rehabilitation: Active Pain Management that Helps You Get Back to the Life You Love” rose to the top of the self-help and stress management categories on Amazon….


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ShenaLi continues progress after surgery with Virtual Services therapy sessions

ShenaLi who has cerebral palsy, rides her bike

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began early last spring, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has taken measures to protect the health and safety of patients, employees and the community. Those measures include offering Virtual Services to help adults and children maintain their therapy progress in the comfort and safety of home, like ShenaLi Chien. The 12-year-old…


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