Health & Well Being

Spectrum Health Medical Group neurology chief to lead Epilepsy Foundation

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Epilepsy Foundation announced recently that it has elected Brien J. Smith, MD, as chair of its board of directors. Smith is chief of neurology for the Spectrum Health Medical Group. “Brien is well-respected in the medical community as a top neurologist, and his personal experience with epilepsy has fueled his passion to serve others,” said Rich Denness, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “Under his leadership, the Foundation will become a stronger voice for people living with epilepsy, many of whom face great obstacles.” Since its founding in 1968, Smith is the first medical doctor with a history of seizures to serve as the Epilepsy Foundation’s board chair. His primary areas of interest include providing and promoting new therapies and options such as brain surgery and advanced technologies for optimal seizure control. Smith, who has a history of epilepsy related to a brain tumor, is an authority on epilepsy and co-author of the book “Epilepsy Surgery: Case Studies and Commentaries.” Smith has had a strong advocacy presence on Capitol Hill and before the Administration. He has advocated for more funding to promote a wide range of epilepsy research toward better treatment options, a greater understanding of seizures and a cure for epilepsy. Additionally, Smith has advocated on the need for greater access to all available treatment, focusing most recently on those who develop epilepsy as a result of traumatic brain injury while in military service. His testimony before Congress helped create the Veterans Administration Epilepsy Centers of Excellence to ensure early recognition and quality treatment and support for veterans with epilepsy. “I am honored that my colleagues have asked me to serve as chair of the board,” said Smith. “I am excited about this opportunity to continue making the Epilepsy Foundation a prominent presence in communities around the country, where we will provide necessary programs and services to support people affected by epilepsy, increase public understanding of the condition and continue to raise funds toward research for a cure.” Smith came to Spectrum Health in 2010 from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he was both senior staff neurologist and the medical director for the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., and his […]

International Bodyworks Fitness celebrates eighth anniversary

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a personal fitness trainer, professional physical educator, and a doctor in health and physical education, with over 30 years experience. He was the personal trainer of Brad Pitt for the filming of Seven Years in Tibet. Since opening International Bodyworks Fitness eight years ago he has received immense job satisfaction in seeing satisfied customers, time and time again. At International Bodyworks Fitness you don’t just lose weight, you receive life transforming results that direct you to a healthy lifestyle accompanied with great energy. “Being a personal trainer means helping people improve their lives” Dr. Rodriguez stated. During all these years I’ve developed my own training style with a scientific foundation considering the individual differences and needs of each client.” This June Dr. Rodriguez is celebrating eight years in the Rockford community, is offering a new affordable small group personal training system and is re-opening the Rockford Yoga Center. May it be weight loss or overall fitness, join one of the best personal trainers with knowledge & experience to see a healthier you today! Dr. Rodriguez said: “I would like to recognize my wife Wendy for her help and support during these past eight years contributing to the success of our business.” There are many ways to train and exercise your body and everyone is as different as they are unique. That’s why; whatever you want to do to change your life style Dr. Jorge Rodriguez will help you get the maximum out of your exercise program. It’s the best choice for anyone who respects their body and values their time. Bodywork Fitness offers various personal training packages including a new promotion of small group personal training. Small group personal training is a unique way for people to benefit from the quality of service of a personal trainer, but in a small group setting. You can share this experience with family, friends, work colleagues or those with similar training goals or interests. Benefits includes a cost effective program for individuals while maintaining quality training. Group training is very motivational, fun, interactive between group participants, and encourages team moral and building. Dr. Rodriguez is excited about the re-opening of the Rockford Yoga Center. It is dedicated exclusively to the practice of yoga, […]

LifeForce Yoga to manage your mood

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Growing numbers of us suffer from depression and search for a way to deal with it. Veteran yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub, author of the book “Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga” (Broadway Books, 2004), will lead a workshop on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, May 20-22 at Expressions of Grace Yoga, Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Weintraub will show how yoga practice can reverse depression, which will be the second biggest world killer by the year 2020, according to the World Health Organization. The workshop will include yogic breathing techniques, guided meditations, tools for managing mood from visualization to toning, and easy yoga postures that are suitable for all levels of practitioners. Weintraub was once an award-winning television producer, suffering from a depression so severe she was cognitively impaired. “I couldn’t put two shoes in a shoe box or fold a folding chair. Once, instead of sending the amount on the invoice I was paying for my health insurance, I sent the entire balance of my checking account.” That changed in 1989 when she began a daily yoga practice. Within nine months, Weintraub was able to withdraw from the antidepressant medication that her psychiatrist had said she would likely need for the rest of her life. Weintraub is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, is a consultant to Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and writes frequently on mental health and yoga for national magazines. For more information about this workshop, please visit or call (616) 361-8580.   Registration Details: •            LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood: Clearing the Space—Friday evening, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga to Get You off the Couch!—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga to Meet Anxiety—Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga for Yoga Teachers, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals—Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Workshop Pricing and Options: •            Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday morning—$230 (11 hours) •            Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday—$265 (14 hours/teachers and therapists) •            Friday night only—$45 •            Please call for other workshop options and combinations.  

Health and Fitness Festival gets everyone up and moving

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

  The overall ½ mile race winners were: Boys, Gabriel Gunneson 3:17 (Roguewood Elementary), Nolan Darby 3:18 (Meadowridge) and Ryan Blackburn 3:27 (Crestwood). Girls, Julia Scheffler 3:46 (Roguewood), Caitie Usher 3:56 (Belmont) and Megan Lindeboom 4:01 (Valley View). Rockford Community Services would like to thank the Early Bird Running Club for their involvement in our first “Dashing Through The Snow” race as well as all of the other businesses and health care professionals that took part in this event. A special Thank You to Spartan and Meijer stores for their sponsorships.

REF holds successful zumba party at the annual fitness fair

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Zumba fundraiser during the Health and Fitness Festival. Approximately 75 people filled the gym at North Rockford Middle School to participate in the Zumba instruction for a solid 75 minutes. Music filled the air as participants joined in with the instructors. The REF raised $1000 which will go to benefit our schools and community in the coming year. To date the REF has awarded over $800,000 in grants for educational purposes to the Rockford community.  The Rockford Education Foundation would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their silent auction and giveaway donations which lead to a successful event: Bev Thiel and Kelly Wass of YMCA, Maureen McKay of Eastern Floral and Gifts Genesis Salon and Day Spa, Angela Mann of Hampton Inn Suites, Tip off Bar and Grill, Carrie Yandl of Arbonne, Pat and Lisa Harig, Karla Galvin , Niah Whitley and Natalie Maj Additionally we would like to thank the instructors who participated: Junito Moore, Natalie Maj and Stefanie Minlethaler of the YMCA; Kandi Holmstrum of Rock Hard Boot Camp and Leslie Romoni of Riverview Athletic Club.

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