New Fitness Plus members are eligible for a free fitness assessment. This assessment session includes
Height, weight and body measurements
Body mass index (BMI)
You can sign up for your assessment at the fitness desk on the second floor or by calling 573-331-5964. After your assessment,... Read more
With three great weight-loss options to choose from at Saint Francis Medical Center, what have you got to lose? From exercise at Fitness Plus, to diets with The Healthy Weigh, all the way to bariatric surgery with Weight Loss Solutions, any or all of these programs... Read more
Are you looking for an excellent way to maximize your cardiovascular workout in a limited amount of time? Then you may want to try High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
A HIIT session consists of a warm-up period of exercise, followed by six to ten repetitions of high intensity... Read more
A summer vacation is a great way to see the country, but it can be hard on your diet. Traveling, dining out and staying in hotels can set back your weight-loss plan if you’re not careful. Luckily, with a little planning, you can have a fun... Read more
For Some Candidates, Bariatric Surgery May Be Ideal
You’re seeking a solution – a weight-loss solution. Is Weight Loss Solutions, Saint Francis Medical Center’s bariatric surgery center, the one for you?
If you don’t meet certain criteria, it might not be. Diet plans, exercise programs and other medical... Read more
Losing five or 10 pounds is not an unusual accomplishment. The key is making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off. Here are five steps to getting slim and staying that way for a lifetime.
Modify your behavior to match changes that come with age. Aging starts... Read more
At least five days a week, at 5 am, the five friends train together. Whether they’re swimming, bicycling, running or lifting weights – whether they’re training for an upcoming triathlon or recovering from a recent half-marathon – Fitness Plus members Jason Bandermann, Ryan Bandermann, John Dennis,... Read more
Obesity has as many causes as it does solutions, if not more. As you spend some time exploring this website and learning more about Saint Francis Medical Center’s various weight-loss solutions – including Weight Loss Solutions, our bariatric surgery center – we hope you and your... Read more
The trend is clear: childhood obesity is on the rise. So what can children – and their concerned parents – do to buck the trend? “Just as there are multiple causes for the alarming rise in childhood obesity, there are multiple things parents can do to... Read more
Fitness Plus has certified personal trainers specially trained to coach you, train you, and keep you motivated and excited about your workout. Personal training sessions are a great option if you are
Training for a race or other sporting eventHoping to improve strength, agility and speed for... Read more
Everyone wants a flatter stomach. The good news is the belly reacts more quickly to dietary changes (good and bad) than other areas of the body. For instance, avoiding gassy vegetables, chewing gum, carbonated beverages, salt and foods with sugar alcohols will reduce bloating and water... Read more
Angie Hankins didn’t think she looked obese, but the facts told her otherwise. Her shirt size was 3XL. Her weight fluctuated between 250 to 270 pounds – more than 100 pounds overweight. Her doctor had detected multiple comorbidities of obesity, including gastric reflux, hypertension and diabetes.
Angie... Read more
For some dieters, “How do I keep the weight off?” is more a matter of “How do I keep from eating?” Feeling hungry all the time is not enjoyable, and it’s a big reason many people break their diet. So what can you do to manage... Read more
If you have ever hit a plateau, or you feel that your workouts are no longer challenging you, try incorporating negatives into your routine. A negative contraction is simply going slow on the "down phase" of a strength training exercise. For example: on a pull-up, pull... Read more
One hundred. That how many pounds Adam Halter lost, and that’s the percentage happier he feels four months after his Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Weight Loss Solutions.
“I have an incredible confidence level now,” says Halter. “I’ve always loved to work out,... Read more
In addition to their remarkable physical changes, bariatric surgery patients also experience profound psychological changes. In fact, to maximize the success of this weight-loss procedure, patients must learn how to rethink their relationships with food, health and body image both before and after their surgeries. At... Read more
You made a New Year’s resolution. You can’t fit into your favorite jeans. Swimsuit season is coming up. You want to look good in your wedding photos.
Are these the reasons you want to lose weight? If so, that’s fine. They’re all valid reasons. In fact, we... Read more
Life is busy. Working out is hard. Sometimes, it’s all too easy to skip a workout. If you’re trying to lose weight and having trouble making time for your workouts, it might be beneficial to establish a daily or weekly routine. The most successful athletes –... Read more
Starting today, 70,000 Steps in 7 Days encourages local communities to get up and move by striving for 70,000 Steps in 7 Days from each participant. Centers can use this event as a fundraiser and donate all monies to local programs and scholarship funds in the fight against... Read more
An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue bulges through a weak point in the groin muscle. To prevent complications from developing, surgery is the most common treatment for such types of hernia.
“Three decades ago, hernia repair surgery was an open procedure that required weeks of recovery,” says... Read more