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Month: November 2016

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

Many of us will consume about 4,500 calories when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. And no, that does not take into account the leftovers we munch on later in the day. But there are ways to avoid overindulging and ways to sneak in some exercise, even if you’re away from home. We asked four Beacon experts to share their tips for a happy, healthy holiday season. Our experts included: Dr. Suhayl Nasr, Medical Director of Memorial Epworth Center, Dr. Christopher Hall, Beacon Medical Group family physician, Sarah Strefling, Fitness Manager with Beacon Health & Fitness and Kaley Schwind, Memorial Hospital registered dietitian. Here is the edited discussion transcript from our latest live chat on Twitter. Tip #1: Enjoy all things in moderation. “Before going to your holiday feast, snack on a piece of fruit or raw veggies with a source of protein. Having a healthy snack prior to the meal can help curb your appetite and you’ll be less tempted to over-indulge. Try an apple with peanut butter. Fiber plus protein equals filling.” Kaley Schwind “Make sure you sleep well every night to handle the daytime action.” Dr. Nasr Tip #2: Stay on track with your exercise routine. “A great tip for the holiday season is to take advantage of family time, with family walks before meals. A lot of communities have Thanksgiving Day walks and runs that...

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Officer’s Heroic Deed Saves Woman’s Life

Memorial Security officer Brandon Sharp was recently recognized by the staff of Memorial Epworth Center (Sarah Paturalski, Kari Diedrich-Fritz and Liz Saillant) for his heroic efforts in saving the life of a woman who was threatening to take her life in late October near the East Race Waterway. Brandon, while conducting routine rounds around Epworth Center and Epworth Hospital, knew something was awry when he noticed a pair of shoes lying on the ground. As he looked around, Brandon observed a person running towards the back of Epworth Hospital, where two individuals were attempting to prevent a woman from...

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Rockin’ Docs for November!

Two physicians in particular epitomize world-class care at Beacon Health System – Drs. Basharat Buchh and Robert White of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Children’s Hospital. Amazingly dedicated, knowledgeable, thoughtful, humorous and passionate, these two neonatologists, along with Drs. Mary Degeneffe and Kimberly Brathwaite, have given their lives to save the lives of premature babies. “For almost the past two years they have come to work every day with smiles on their faces. They have rotated call and weekends with just each other, meaning they are always at work,” explains a staff member. “They have given up...

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Lighting the Way to Health and Well-Being

What a week at Beacon Health & Fitness! The area’s newest and most innovative fitness center opened in Mishawaka on Thursday, Nov. 10. Several events, including the associate open house, were among the big highlights in the days leading up to the grand opening of the 67,000-square-foot facility. The grand opening featured Beacon CEO Phil Newbold carrying a torch in its final leg of a journey that began in the downtown South Bend location and concluded at the new fitness center. Several Beacon associates also carried the torch along the way, including Beacon Chief Operating Officer Kreg Gruber, Beacon Health & Fitness Personal Training Coordinator Del Stukel, Robert Riley, MD, and Alan Loyd, Director of Beacon Health & Fitness. Click on the video below to see the torch relay!    ...

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