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CenterPointe Hospital Offers Hope

CenterPointe Hospital Offers Hope
The philosophy of CenterPointe Hospital offers hope that with their help, individuals will learn to manage their illnesses” and develop ways to cope with the impact these illnesses may have on their lives.

Get Fit & Have Fun

Get Fit & Have Fun
Rockin’ Jump in O’Fallon and Sky Zone in Chesterfield are offering adult fitness classes that will help you burn calories and get fit.

New Infertility Treatment Offers Hope

New Infertility Treatment Offers Hope
Are you or is someone you know struggling with infertility? The road to starting a family can be long, frustrating, and expensive for couples who are unable to conceive or achieve a healthy full-term pregnancy. But Dr. Gavin Puthoff, OB/GYN and Infertility and Reproductive Disorders Specialist at Mercy, is using his training and focus in Natural Procreative Technology (referred to as NaProTECHNOLOGY or NaPro) to offer new hope to infertile couples.

Heal Your Whole Body Naturally - 28 Day Challenge by Dr. Jenkins

Heal Your Whole Body Naturally - 28 Day Challenge by Dr. Jenkins
Your liver regulates your metabolism. It determines whether you burn fat for energy or store it in your belly or on your hips. This is why nourising, supporting and healing your liver may be the single most important thing you can do for your health. For more information, contact Dr. Jenkins at 636-724-5605

Embrace the Polar Plunge

Embrace the Polar Plunge
Most people can’t get into their own showers if the temperature isn’t just right, yet thousands of plungers brave the cold in Missouri waters all over the state each year for Special Olympics. Supporters of the organization that provides year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities will meet up at Lake Saint Louis on February 4 for the 13th Annual Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.
Care to Learn: Health • Hunger • Hygiene

Care to Learn: Health • Hunger • Hygiene

When Donn Sorensen joined Mercy’s East Communities as regional president in March 2012, he brought with him more than just his health care oversight expertise. The veteran hospital administrator brought Care to Learn, a nonprofit organization with a simple, yet compelling objective—to provide kids with basic necessities to keep focused on learning.

Creating Harmonious Holidays Through Healthy Divorce

Creating Harmonious Holidays Through Healthy Divorce
Divorce is tough. It’s tough on the exes or soon-to-be exes and extended family members. It’s especially tough on kids no matter what their age. Nobody enters a marriage thinking that someday it might make more sense to end it than to continue, but life can be messy and people are imperfect. There are times we have to make hard decisions that we hoped we’d never have to make. Sometimes marriages can be saved. Sometimes that’s not possible – for any number of reasons.

5 Ways to Manage Your Stress and Stay Positive This Holiday Season

5 Ways to Manage Your Stress and Stay Positive This Holiday Season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—to stress out. That isn’t the original phrase used in the old Andy William’s song, but it might as well be when you start to think of all of the to-dos on your list as the holiday season approaches. You have family get-togethers, business functions, school pageants, concerts, the gift lists, the potential for inclement weather, the holiday cards that never get out in time, and all of those unhealthy meals, treats, and drinks that come standard whe...

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Meet Gloria Armstrong

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Meet Gloria Armstrong
It was 1966, and Gloria Armstrong was in high school, when she took a job at the old De Paul Hospital on Kingshighway in St. Louis. She never dreamed that she’d be honored in the next century as a 50- year employee of SSM Health. But in August, that’s exactly what happened when Armstrong was recognized at a manager's meeting at St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles.

Hope for Healing & Breathing Easier

Hope for Healing & Breathing Easier
A walk through the Mid-America Transplant building in St. Louis is an eye-opening one. Hundreds of imposing, yet unidentified, photographs of smiling faces of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds adorn virtually every wall of the place, from the lobby to the back offices. The people are playing, graduating and just, well… being. They are all images of transplant recipients and the donors who saved their lives.
Electronic Aspirin - A Revolutionary Solution

Electronic Aspirin - A Revolutionary Solution

Innovation in medicine is alive and well. And, for Americans who suffer from the chronic pain of severe headaches, help may be on the horizon. A company called Autonomic Technologies, Inc. (ATI) is testing a new device designed to ease the suffering of those who haven’t found relief using traditional treatments. Sometimes referred to as “electronic aspirin,” the ATI Neurostimulation System is currently going through clinical trials here in the U.S., following successful trials in Europe.

Fresh Recipes for Fall

Fresh Recipes for Fall
Farm to table has become a very popular movement nationwide and I recently decided to host my own farm to table dinner party. I took a trip to the local farmer’s market to see what I could come up with, and after spending a couple of hours browsing the various vegetables, the flower shop, and doing some sampling, I came up with a wonderful fall menu. Some of my favorite vegetables are harvested in the fall, and not only are they flavorful, they make a pleasing presentation with their beautiful...

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver

With approximately 39.8 million Americans providing unpaid care for adult loved ones with long-term illnesses or disabilities in 2015, caregiving has become a major public health concern.

The demands of caring for someone with a serious, long-term illness are great and can take a toll on the health and well-being of the care provider. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, “caregiving can have all of the features of a chronic stress experience.” The effects of ch...

Cole Hittler: A Six Year Old Boy on a Mission

Cole Hittler: A Six Year Old Boy on a Mission

Hearing your child’s first word is a momentous occasion for a parent. For Tracey and Bill Hittler, that moment did not happen until their son was two-years-old.

Tracey Hittler, a St. Charles mother of four, knew something was wrong when her son Cole would only communicate with grunts. His first word – ball – was not uttered until he was two, and very few words followed. Tracey enrolled him in speech therapy through United Services for what she thought was simply a speech delay. ...

Healthworks Kids Museum St. Louis

Healthworks Kids Museum St. Louis
Imagine a place where children and their caregivers can learn about all of the body's systems, climb on an “Interactive Dude,” pretend to shop at a farmers’ market, exercise with a high-tech game, and, if it were possible, even become excited about going to see their doctor. This all happens at HealthWorks Kids’ Museum, which opened Spring 2016.
Mercy Virtual Care Center

Mercy Virtual Care Center

On the first floor of Mercy Virtual stands a reflecting pool that extends from beneath the primary staircase in the lobby of the building, through the all-glass wall, to the outside in front of the main entrance. Every 60 seconds, a drop of water creates a ripple moving outward from the center of the pool to the world outside. Robert Nicholson, PhD, is a psychologist and the director of Customer Solutions at Mercy Virtual. Nicholson said the pool is a reminder of the far-reaching work the vi...

Lake St. Louis Triathlon

Lake St. Louis Triathlon

Lake St. Louis is home to the oldest and most popular organized triathlon event in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and this summer it is celebrating its 34th year. The last ten years have sold out, and participants come from all over the country to race.

The triathlon has exploded in popularity for many reasons. It is the ultimate cross-training sport, with swimming, running, and biking, allowing a person to have variety in training and avoid the injuries that plague single-sport a...

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