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Obesity Is Now a Disease & Why That’s a Good Thing

Wed, 2014-04-16 14:57

You may have already been diagnosed and aren’t even aware of it. Last June the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to officially declare obesity a disease, which applies to more than 78 million American adults and over 12 million children. These individuals now have  a medical condition requiring treatment. “Oh, they can’t mean me.” Well, [...]

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45-Year Employee Saidi Eckert Awarded Star Performer of the Year

Tue, 2014-04-08 13:37
Forty-five years ago, Saidi Eckert arrived in Canton with little money and no job. She says she wanted to follow God’s will for her life and was asking Him for direction. God answered her prayer. Saidi says she heard God say, “Follow me. You see that building over there, which says Mercy? You go there. [...]

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Exercise Equipment

Mon, 2014-03-31 09:48

This is a guest post by Sue Madden, a fitness specialist at the Mercy Health Center of North Canton. Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs can be daunting places for regular exercisers and non-traditional exercisers alike. Often the workout area is filled with lots of different types of exercise equipment – all controlled by a bevy [...]

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Gluten-free Diet: Is It Right for You?

Thu, 2014-03-13 14:18

Guest post by Brooke Barley, a Kent State University graduate student working on her master’s in nutrition. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Ohio State University. Gluten. It’s all over the media. Many celebrities swear by it. Popular restaurants have added special, gluten-free menu-items. So, what’s all the buzz about gluten? [...]

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Why You Should Care About Preventive Health Screenings

Fri, 2014-03-07 14:18

Many changes are on the horizon for health care in the United States. Health care providers, businesses and other organizations now see value in making preventive healthcare screenings more widely available. This is changing the way our society views health care and emphasizes prevention of disease instead of treatment. So, what are preventive health care [...]

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Exercise Is Medicine: Why Physical Activity Should Be Prescribed [SlideShare]

Fri, 2014-02-28 14:04

I recently presented a free community talk on why exercise IS medicine, meaning it can be as effective as a prescribed medication for certain health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and others. This goes along with the blog post I wrote last week on the ways you may be able to benefit from a [...]

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6 Reasons a Medical Fitness Center Might Be Right for You

Wed, 2014-02-19 14:49

Because I work in the field of health, fitness and sports medicine, people sometimes ask me what’s different about a medical fitness center when compared with a traditional gym or fitness club. The key word, of course, is medical. At the gym, the emphasis is often physical performance and appearance. And while losing weight and [...]

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Why OPTIFAST Is Different from Other Weight-loss Programs

Fri, 2014-02-14 10:44

Trying to evaluate the many weight-loss products and programs that are available in today’s marketplace can be absolutely overwhelming. When people are checking out Mercy Weight Management as an option, one question they often ask is, What is OPTIFAST®? Simply put, OPTIFAST is a complete weight-loss program that includes three essential components: Lifestyle education Medical monitoring [...]

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The No. 1 Way to Slow Down Your Aging Process

Fri, 2014-01-31 14:10

The clock ticks for all of us, and, unfortunately, we can’t stop the aging process. But we can help ourselves slow the aging process by staying active and more physically fit as we age. Researchers are constantly reporting the many benefits of exercise, especially for an aging population. What May Happen to Me as I [...]

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Why You Need a Primary Care Physician [Infographic]

Fri, 2014-01-31 12:16

Primary care physicians (family doctors, pediatricians, internal medicine and others) are a vital part of maintaining good health throughout your lifetime. Over time, they become knowledgeable about not only your physical condition, but also your mental health, family situation, nature of your work and much more. It’s a relationship you need to cultivate because studies [...]

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Best Health and Fitness Apps You May Not Be Using Yet

Fri, 2014-01-24 14:18

I’m sure you’ve heard the modern-day cliché, “There’s an app for that.” But if you want to be more proactive about your health and fitness, it’s absolutely true! Today, smartphone applications can measure distance and pace, provide weight training and flexibility routines, report restaurant nutritional information, offer daily healthy recipes and food ideas, predict exercise calories [...]

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10 Major Weight-loss Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:55

The New Year is here. Many of us see this new beginning as a time to focus on getting healthier; for many, that means losing weight. Year after year, weight loss is one of the most popular resolutions. Yet, obesity remains an epidemic in the United States. That’s because our good intentions often stray shortly [...]

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How to Get the Most from Your Indoor Winter Workout

Wed, 2014-01-08 11:27

As frigid temperatures force even the bravest of us outdoor enthusiasts inside, I can understand how much you probably miss your summer and fall workouts. But don’t fret! There’s actually an upside to all this. Winter is the perfect time to discover new exercises or to tweak your routine. Perks of Winter Indoor Workouts: Cross-training, [...]

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