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Health Articles Category: Weight Loss

Lose Weight With Right Plan

If you want to lose weight, first you need to find a plan that is the right fit. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Do you prefer to follow a plan without having to make any choices? Or, would you like to continue to... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Provides a Happy and Healthy Life

About a year and a half ago, Nikki Golden was at a turning point in her life. The Cape Girardeau woman was turning 40, and her excess weight was making her both unhappy and unhealthy. She decided she needed a change, and Saint Francis Healthcare System’s... Read more

Support Group Talks to Bariatric Patients

Weight-loss surgery is a major lifetime commitment and requires support long after the initial procedure. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions offers a monthly support group for patients who are considering bariatric surgery, preparing for it or already have undergone it. “Our patients work very hard... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Health

For some people, weight-loss surgery can be the gateway to a healthier, more active lifestyle. But bariatric surgery is not for everyone. Before considering this big step, talk to your doctor about whether it is the best choice for you. “Just like any major surgery, weight-loss surgery... Read more

Do You Qualify for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions can be a life changer for those who have struggled using other methods. However, not everyone who is overweight is a candidate for bariatric surgery. In 1991, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) established criteria all patients... Read more

A Strong System Supports Weight-Loss Surgery Patient

As a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Evan Ineichen, 37, often needs to move quickly on the job. Before spring 2015, his weight made that extremely difficult. But thanks to Weight Loss Solutions at Saint Francis Healthcare System, Ineichen now has enough stamina to save lives. On May... Read more

Exercise Plan Helps You Stay Healthy

If you are prediabetic or suffer from chronic problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you could benefit from a solid exercise plan. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Exercise is Medicine® program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine program, which was launched in... Read more

Doctors Support Healthy Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, your doctor can assist you in creating a plan that will keep you healthy and help you reach your goals. “You need a strong support system during your weight loss, and your doctor can provide an unbiased outside opinion,” saysErica... Read more

New Bariatric Surgeon Joins Weight Loss Solutions

Saint Francis Medical Center now has two surgeons available to perform weight-loss surgery. Carson C. Cunningham, MD, bariatric and general surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner, has joined fellow bariatric and general surgeon Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, at Weight Loss Solutions. Cunningham earned his medical degree from Louisiana... Read more

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Woman Travel Once Again

Samantha Cates has struggled with her weight all her life. The 20-year-old was born with spina bifida, a birth defect when a baby’s spinal cord fails to develop properly. As a result, Cates is confined to a wheelchair. Sitting in a wheelchair has made exercise very difficult.... Read more

From 385 Pounds to Avid Hiker

At age 37, Josh Harlan came to a tough conclusion: He would never be able to lose weight on his own. Weighing in at 385 pounds, he knew he did not have the willpower to improve his health. “I was slowly going to wither away and... Read more

11th Annual Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the 11th Annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (Entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and hips,”... Read more

Getting Ready for the Wedding Dress

When Cindy Wyman first met the staff at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions, she was put at ease after many years of struggling with her weight. Wyman had been dieting and consulting with physicians for many years, but was never able to achieve the... Read more

A Healthy Start at Fitness Plus 

For much of her adult life, Hannah Schultz has struggled with her weight. She was a member at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus gym, but rarely took the time to work out. Then, in March, her doctor diagnosed her with prediabetes. Suddenly, she realized how important... Read more

Reduce Lower Back Pain

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include: Front plank – Lie on your... Read more

Weight Loss Surgery Gives Youth Director Energy

It was a game of miniature golf that inspired Brad Stamp to change his life. The Anna, Ill., church youth director was on an outing with teenagers two years ago when he bent over to retrieve his ball from a hole and found he could not... Read more

Exercise in Short Bursts

Studies have shown that exercising for short periods of time can be just as good for your health as exercising for 30 minutes or more. One of these studies focused on people who have prehypertension – a condition that is the precursor to high blood pressure. Erica... Read more

From a Size 3X to a Medium

For Monica Coleman, obesity has always been a fact of life. Both her parents were overweight, and as a child she struggled with weight issues. At one point, she weighed about 250 pounds and was frustrated with all the diets she tried, as well as struggling... Read more

Eat More Green Vegetables

If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal. “Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care. “In addition, they... Read more


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