Listen to Rob Casalou on WJR’s ‘Food for Thought’

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Rob Casalou, President and CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, spoke about food insecurity on WJR’s “Food for Thought” show with hosts Dr. Phillip Knight of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Gerry Brisson of Gleaners, including how to improve access to fresh, healthy food and the role health care can play.

Click here for the playlist or listen to the full podcast

Save the Date: See, Test & Treat 2018

SeeTestTreatSaturday, April 14 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Women’s Health Center
5320 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • (Pap test), ages 21 – 64
  • HPV test
  • Breast exam
  • Mammogram, ages 40 – 64

For more information, call 734-712-7881 or visit

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The Farm at St. Joe’s Kicks off CSA Registration


ANN ARBOR – Registration is now open for The Farm at St. Joe’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.

Get fresh produce all season from the Farm and local farm partners. Spots are limited, so reserve yours today!

What: Pick up a bag of fresh produce each week from The Farm at St. Joe’s.

Spring CSA (or half share): March 28 – June 13
Summer CSA (or half share): June 20 – Sept. 19
Fall CSA (or half share): Sept. 20 – Dec. 12

Whole and half shares available (half shares pick up every other week).

New this year, save 10% when you sign up for a season pass (or half share).

Crops will include spinach, radishes, greens (spring); tomatoes, eggplant, kale (summer); potatoes, squash, greens (fall); and much more.

Learn more at or email 

Sign up for the session and size you want on the Classes and Events page:

Join St. Joe’s Ann Arbor for the Great American Smokeout – Nov. 16

GreatAmericanSmokeoutANN ARBOR – Join St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor on Thursday, Nov. 16 for the Great American Smokeout, and take the pledge to quit tobacco use. St. Joe’s colleagues, patients and visitors are invited to take a smoke-free pledge or support loved ones taking the pledge by visiting tables at the following areas across St. Joe’s Ann Arbor: (See flyer)

Main Entrance | 5301 McAuley Drive
Ann Arbor Running Company will host a booth and join MOVE Wellness for some 15-minute exercise demonstrations.
Colleagues and visitors can enter for a chance to win $65 Couch to 5K classes and a free pair of shoes to help you step into your tobacco-free journey. You can also get information about the negative effects of e-cigarettes, as well as free tobacco cessation kits.

Reichert Health Center | 5333 McAuley Drive
“Ask the pharmacist” your questions about tobacco cessation tools.

Michigan Orthopedic Center | 5315 Elliott Drive
St. Joe’s social workers will be available to talk to cancer patients about tobacco cessation and wellness.

Radiation Oncology | 5303 Elliott Drive
Colleagues and visitors can receive giveaways and information about tobacco cessation.

Visit any of the locations to enter drawings for a turkey and vegetable tray giveaway.

Growing a Healthy Community Through Community Supported Agriculture

“I actually went to the grocery store again, and I bought kale again,” Amelia Reese said triumphantly as she picked up her weekly produce share at Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti.

“I love that people are buying kale even though we’re giving it you every other week,” Amanda Sweetman laughed, handing Reese a bag full of locally grown produce.

There’s no kale this week. Instead, Reese is taking home farm-fresh Swiss chard, beets, lettuce, jalapenos, sweet corn, beets and the pièce de résistance – a vine-ripened cantaloupe from Green Things Farm. Sweetman suggested using some of the melon to make a refreshing cantaloupe-infused water.

Reese is one of 40 people receiving a weekly community supported agriculture (CSA) share through a pilot program coordinated by The Farm at St. Joe’s and funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Each Wednesday afternoon, Farm manager Amanda Sweetman and her team – often interns or volunteers – pack a van full of produce gathered from seven local farms and distribute them at the Parkridge Community Center. Many of the recipients are grandmothers or grandfathers, some of them take a 45-minute bus ride, and others are volunteers or staff members of the center, like Reese. Continue reading “Growing a Healthy Community Through Community Supported Agriculture”

8 Easy Tips to Start Exercising—Even if You Hate Working Out

by Olivia DeLong

This article was originally published on Sharecare.

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Exercise should be part of almost everyone’s weekly routine. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of injury and health conditions like heart disease and diabetes—and it makes you feel good. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all adults get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week.

But what if you despise the treadmill? Or, what if you hate lifting weights? It’s okay—not everyone is going to run marathons or become bodybuilders. But most people can find an exercise right for them, even to do just casually.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist David Steinberg, MD, of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System talks through eight ways to jump-start your workout routine, no matter what your fitness level.

Continue reading “8 Easy Tips to Start Exercising—Even if You Hate Working Out”

From Pitch to Patient Care: T.J. Tomasso’s a Team Player

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T.J. Tomasso is a patient care tech in St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s emergency department by night and a semi-pro soccer player by day.

Thomas “T.J.” Tomasso’s only true break during the day may be the 50-minute drive home after his 12-hour ER shift. That’s because after a quick wardrobe change and a game of fetch with his dog, T.J. hits the road again for soccer practice at 10 a.m.

T.J. is a patient care tech in St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s emergency department by night and a semi-pro soccer player by day.

“I don’t know if you ever fully adjust to it, but you get used to it,” he describes the night shift. Continue reading “From Pitch to Patient Care: T.J. Tomasso’s a Team Player”