Merrick Medical Center Community Wellness
Ways You Can Improve Your Health
Your health is about more than being in a hospital or visiting a doctor for a yearly check-up. What you do every day impacts your health. Often it’s hard to know the right thing to do, or to find the support to do it consistently. We can help you through our community-based health and wellness services. These services extend beyond our hospital walls and offer a more comprehensive approach to your health. It’s our commitment to you and your family to encourage and inspire healthy lives now and for generations to come.
Enjoy monthly tips provided by our registered dietitian, Stephanie Scott, RD, LMNT.
Eat Well...Stress Less!
April is stress awareness month. Everyone experiences stress in their life. Some kinds of stress is good, but other kinds can be bad, and too much stress for long periods of time can cause health problems. 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, including: heartburn, headaches, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and insomnia. Many people find relief from stress by indulging in a special treat or beverage, usually high in fat and sugar, and low in nutrients. But why do we turn to these foods in times of turmoil?
Diabetes Support Group
The Merrick Medical Center diabetes support group meets the 4th Thursday of each month. This group is led by two registered nurses and a dietitian, who also are certified in lifestyle coaching. Join us for support and tips to improve your health. To learn more or register to attend a meeting, please call Stephanie Scott at 308-946-3015.
Shape My Health
Shape My Health is a program developed at Merrick Medical Center. It is also part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay the development of Type 2 diabetes.
As part of a Shape My Health group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
If you are interested in learning more about enrolling in the Shape My Health program, please contact Stephanie Scott at 308-946-3015. The next registration opening will be in January 2018.
Learn More about the Shape My Health Program
Merrick Medical Center is proud to offer Tai Chi classes to our community. Four certified Tai Chi instructors offer classes at various times throughout the year. Each session lasts about 12 weeks. This low impact, relaxing form of exercise can help to reduce stress, improve balance and stability, and improve body and leg strength. For more information on upcoming classes and cost, please call Maryjo Gallion at 308-946-3015.
Are you working out? Take a picture and post it! We want to support you, celebrate your exercise endeavors and reward you with the chance to win great prizes! To do this, we launched the #happyexercisingmc. It's easy to get involved...just take a picture of you and/or your family and friends working out, add the hashtag #happyexercisingmc and post it to Facebook or Twitter. Yes, that’s it! With each post, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free prize!
Prizes to date have included a fitness center membership and a FitBit Charge. Drawings are random and take place at various times throughout the year. Just remember to make your post public so we can see it!
Wellness Connections for Area Businesses
Merrick Medical Center offers several unique workplace programs that promote far-reaching wellness connections. By continuing and expanding wellness programs, the ongoing goal is to provide Merrick County residents with access to health and life services where they live, work and play. If your business is interested in learning more, please contact Shauna Graham at 308-946-3015.
Community Health Needs Assessment
In June of 2016, Merrick Medical Center teamed up with other community leaders as well as the Central District Health Department in Grand Island to develop a comprehensive Health Needs Assessment for our community. Our organization is proud to do what we can to help address the needs that were identified through this process.
View the Community Health Needs Assessment