I Loathe My Weakness for Food But Keep Moving Forward

One pound. That’s all it takes to unhinge a man. One pound and I fall deeper into the hazy obscurity of self-loathing that caused the one pound in the first place. Have you ever noticed how harshly we judge ourselves? Sometimes the tiniest flaw, the smallest misstep or the most outwardly insignificant mistake can become…

7 Ideas to Fuel Good Health and Performance in Young Athletes

Whether it's football, cross country, soccer, volleyball or some other physical activity, sports are an are excellent way to help children learn how to work well with others and develop skills and confidence. Sports also help them stay active and fit, preventing obesity. You may already be spending much time and money on lessons and…

Dying in My Sleep and Other Weight-related Concerns

I see you staring at me with those lifeless black eyes – you smug, self-satisfied jerk. You think I care? Well, I don’t. Eyeball me all you want. I’m not going to give you what you want. What’s that? I dare you to come get me! No? Then quit eyeballing me! I cannot believe I just…

Why Golf Drills Alone May Not Help Your Swing or Back Pain

Does this golfing scenario sound familiar? You get off work at 5 p.m., and rush to the golf course for your 5:15 p.m. tee time. By the time you change your shoes and get your clubs out of the trunk, you have just enough time to step onto the first tee box and take one…

I Run the Fast Food Gauntlet and (Barely) Win

Life is forever fraught with adversity. I recently heard a great quote about this in a movie: “Everything works out in the end, so if it’s not working out, it isn’t the end!” At first I found this comforting. Sort of like, hang in there, everything will work out. Then I realized it was saying, “All…

4 Tips to Exercise Safely on Hot Summer Days

I love to see so many people outdoors during summer in Ohio. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the sunshine and longer days to get in some extra workout time, but exercising wisely is critical to your health and safety. When It’s Hot, Exercise Early or Late As the weather warms, your body…

Inside the Mind of a Fat Man: Emotional Hunger Is Hard

It’s week two of Eric Buwala’s journey with weight loss. A Mercy Weight Management client, Eric is sharing his story as he strives to return to activities he once enjoyed. He currently weighs more than 400 pounds. Check back here each week to read about his struggles and triumphs as only Eric can explain them:…

1-2-3 Approach to Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

If you are a female athlete – particularly one who participates in jumping and pivoting sports like basketball and soccer – it’s important to know that females are 2 – 10 times more likely than males to injure their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). There are several reasons for this, including body structure and issues with…

My Weight-loss Journey: How I Became Morbidly Obese and What I’m Doing to Change

This week we introduce our new guest blogger, Eric Buwala, director of sales and marketing for Rapid Mailing Services and one of our newest Mercy Weight Management clients. Today and throughout the coming weeks, Eric will share his weight-loss journey with our readers. We hope his story will encourage and inspire people in our community…

5 Ways to Create Memorable Picnics with Health in Mind

Good tasting and good for you are my goal when planning a picnic. It is easy to do if you savor the flavors of summer by taking advantage of foods naturally low in fat and full of flavor. Keep it simple, make it fresh, and use your imagination are rules for surviving the summer without…

3 Simple Ways to Add Exercise to Your Busy Life

Spring can get busy, making it a challenge to find time for workouts. When you can’t get to the gym, try one (or all) of the following options. If you have an additional idea to share, please add a comment! Go for a walk. It’s simple, accessible, and easy to fit in your schedule. Maximize…

Get SMART: a Five-step Process for Long-term Lifestyle Changes

Do you find it difficult to reach or maintain health related goals? After you have achieved your original weight loss goal, do you find that you stop prioritizing it and regain the weight – causing you to have to start all over again, creating a cycle? When we make lifestyle changes, like with diet and…

Mercy to Hold OPTIFAST Weight Loss Open House in March

If you resolved to lose weight in 2013 for better health, it’s not too late! Mercy Medical Center Weight Management Services is holding an open house where you can learn more about OPTIFAST®, our medically safe weight-loss program for adults. At the open house, you can: Meet Mercy’s staff members Sample OPTIFAST products Get tips…

Banish Belly Fat

Banish That Belly All fat is not created equal. That spare tire is called “visceral fat” and it can affect your health in different ways. Belly fat can contribute to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions. You may have seen TV ads for magic pills or special exercises that target belly fat. The truth is…

Weight For You Class

Title: Weight For You Class Location: OPTIFAST Classroom Description: Supervised weight control program focusing on food and behavioral changes to promote weight loss. Thies 12-week program for adults is taught by one of our Registered Dietitians. Two class times are offered: 4:45-5:15 pm and 5:30-6:00 pm. Call 330-588-4854 for details and registration. Date: 2013-01-17…

OPTIFAST® Open House – January 14th, 2013

Title: OPTIFAST® Open House – January 14th, 2013 Location: Mercy Surgery Center Atrium: 1320 Mercy Dr. N.W., Canton, OH 44708 Description: Noon – 2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sign up at the open house and receive 50% OFF initial medical testing. Come meet our staff, sample OPTIFAST products and learn how our program can…

Stop Avoiding Dessert!

Enjoy the benefits of Mercy Medical Center’s OPTIFAST weight loss program and have dream mousse after dinner tonight. The hardest part about dieting is missing out on dessert. While you may be 100 percent committed to your weight loss goals, your sweet tooth can still cause havoc on your diet and be the source of…

Healthy Holiday Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is starting to brainstorm ideas for holiday presents. Make it easier on your friends and family by offering them some healthy gift ideas for you. These ideas would make for great stocking stuffer, office holiday gift exchange or a gift for someone you know who has made positive…

OPTIFAST® Open House

Title: OPTIFAST® Open House Location: Mercy Surgery Center Atrium: 1320 Mercy Dr. N.W., Canton, OH 44708 Description: Sign up at the open house and receive $75 OFF initial history and physical. Come meet our staff, sample OPTIFAST products and learn how our program can help you: • Lose a significant amount of weight through a…

Benefits of Stomach Crunches

Healthy food choices and exercise together lead to healthy weight loss, but what exercises are best for you? Here are a few benefits of stomach crunches. We exercise to lose weight and tone our muscles, so it is important to know that all exercises are not created equal. Some exercises excel at calorie burning and…

Caffeine Consumption and Weight Loss

Are you having trouble losing weight? Your morning cup of Joe could be to blame. If you are like most Americans, your day does not start until you get your hands on that first cup of coffee. If you are trying to lose weight, however, your caffeine habits could be actually causing destruction to your…