Smoke Signals

The dangers of cigarettes and other tobacco products have had health professionals sending up smoke signals for years. Although smoking rates have declined, nearly 18 percent of people 18 and older in the U.S. still currently smoke, and nearly half a million Americans die every year from smoking-related disease. In fact, smoking is the leading…

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Self Defense: How Can You Prevent Disease?

Taking care of yourself has never been more important. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and make you more vulnerable to other health concerns. Partnering with your primary care physician on staying well is about feeling healthier now–to defend yourself…

Stroke Recovery Strengthens Health, Resolve of Mercy’s Peter McDaniel

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear scrubs. Some of them wear uniforms. And some of them wear what you’re wearing right now.” ~Dr. Amy Acton, Director, Ohio Health Department Lessons Learned From Personal Health Crisis Help During COVID-19 Disease Outbreak While he wears many hats in his job, Mercy Director of Safety…

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Hangry? What should my family eat to stay healthy?

The basics of healthy eating and good nutrition are the same for each member of your family: choose healthy foods most of the time and limit the amount of unhealthy foods you eat. But healthy eating can be difficult to fit into your family’s everyday busy life, especially when everyone is immediately “hangry” when they walk…

The Doctor Will Hear You Now

Regular health check ups are a great opportunity to develop a relationship with your doctor before you get sick and can help you prevent illnesses and manage chronic diseases. When was the last time you saw YOUR doctor? Schedule an appointment today. Annual checkups. Traditionally, these visits have involved running tests and looking for things that…

How to Eat Heart Healthy

Heart healthy eating. What does this mean besides the basic understanding that a heart-healthy diet leads to a strong and healthy heart? It seems that every week there is a new “super food.” So how are you supposed to develop long-term heart-healthy eating habits? Read on for some helpful real-life tips. Add Fiber. In the…

Sugar – Not as “Sweet” as You Might Think

It can be tricky to navigate the holidays and avoid gaining weight to ring in the New Year. Eating excessive amounts of all foods (meat, potatoes, pastas, cookies, candy and beverages) contributes to that higher reading on the scale New Year’s Day but one food in particular, sugar, is creating year-round health problems. There is…

OPTIFAST® Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For Myself

After 14 Months With Mercy Weight Management, Local Woman Loses 170 Pounds Last summer, Sarah Young, an area field manager for U-Haul, was in the waiting room at Mercy Medical Center filling out paperwork for her physical exam to renew her commercial driver’s license. At 350 pounds, she was uncomfortable sitting, in constant pain and…

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I Woke Up This Way: Weight Management Over Age 50

Do you have the creep? You know: the middle-age weight gain that creeps up on you and turns your scale from friend to foe. If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average young adult gains 30 pounds by the time he or she turns 50. Why, Oh Why,…

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Dr. David Gormsen: A Lifelong Commitment to Fitness is Paying Off

Dr. David Gormsen is blessed with wellness. At 67, Mercy’s chief medical officer doesn’t struggle with health issues and takes no prescription medications. Longevity runs in his family – his father lived until 93 and his mother is an active 97-year-old. Luck and good genes? Maybe. But he has never taken his health for granted….

Achoo or the Flu? The Difference Between the Sniffles and Something More Serious.

Though it tends to coincide with many fall and winter holidays, no one looks forward to flu season. But how can you tell the difference between a case of the sniffles and something more serious? Influenza (also called “the flu”) and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms, but are caused…

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Busy Mom Gets Back in Shape — and Makes Health and Fitness a Family Affair

When Mercy speech therapist Dory Moore makes her daily smoothie, six little hands often help her fill the Ninja blender with chunks of fruits and vegetables. She stretches and relaxes by doing YouTube yoga videos and her children–Alex (6), Max (4), and Finn (2)–are frequently right beside her, showing off their best downward dogs. This…

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No Secret Recipe: How Employee Steve Knox Found His Way Back to Fitness

Steve Knox’s “Uh-Oh” moment came when he saw himself in a photo. “It was a wake-up call for me,” said Mercy Medical Center’s Director of Finance. “I thought, well, I might want to do something about this.” Besides carrying extra weight, he wasn’t feeling great and his numbers at his last physical were less than…

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Take Care of Yourself So You Can Be There For Others

Mercy employee Alex Camacho talks about what motivates him to stay healthy while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life. Alex Camacho, RN, has a lot of people depending on him — his wife, Monica, his 2-year-old son, Adrian, his coworkers in the ICU and his patients — and he doesn’t take his…

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A Transformation Fueled by Friends, Faith and Mercy

It’s hard to imagine that Brian Busto, a biomedical equipment technician, has struggled with his weight for most of his life. The trim marathoner once shunned physical activity and depended on medication to control high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. His transformation from an unhealthy 308 pounds to a 185-pound physique was not without…

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OPTIFAST Helps Teacher, Singer & Author Get the ‘St. Bernard’ Off Her Chest

Imagine wearing a baby carrier on your chest. Now imagine that you’re not carrying a baby in it, but instead you’re carrying a 70-pound St. Bernard dog. Imagine carrying this 70-pound St. Bernard on your chest for 24 hours a day. That’s how it feels to be overweight. Stair steps, walking, and even sleeping are much harder with a…

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42% Percent of Americans Are Vitamin D Deficient. Are You Among Them?

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient your body requires primarily to build strong bones and for overall good health. A fat-soluble vitamin that functions like a steroid hormone in the body, vitamin D comes in two forms in your diet, D2 and D3, and can also be produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight….

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Overweight at 380 Pounds: ‘Your Weight Is Always on Your Mind’

Larry*, a Mercy Weight Management Client, Shares How Losing Weight Put Him, Not His Weight, in Control When you are overweight at 380 pounds, it affects every area of your life. Your weight is always on your mind, and it has an impact on everything you do. Before joining the Mercy Weight Management OPTIFAST program,…

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Water, water everywhere, but did you forget to drink? How to keep your body hydrated.

We know we should, but drinking enough water during the day can be a struggle. It should be simple enough, but there can be barriers to staying hydrated. Some people don’t enjoy the taste of water. Others prefer drinking sugar sweetened beverages. Others get so busy with their day they don’t think to have some…

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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

People experience the most unwanted weight gain from Halloween to New Year’s. Studies show that weight gained over this eight-week period can take months to lose. The days and weeks leading up to the holidays and after can be stressful enough without having to worry about stepping on the scale. Practice these tips to help…

Do You Struggle with Portion Distortion? Take Our Quiz.

Food is fuel for your body, not a form of recreation. Food gives you the energy you need to be able to enjoy the other activities in life. Think about comparing your body to your car. You fill up your car’s gas tank when it is empty, not when it is full. So, don’t eat…

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