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Botsford Helps Member Improve Diabetic Health with Exercise

Farmington Hills, MI (November 21, 2008)--- Robert Bowbeer, a 63-year-old Farmington Hills resident with a history of cardiac problems and diabetes, is feeling and looking better than he has in years.  What’s his secret?  Bowbeer exercises at least three days a week and works with a personal trainer at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, part of the Botsford Wellness Complex in Novi.

In 2001, Bowbeer participated in Botsford’s cardiac rehabilitation program following a triple bypass surgery.  After the program ended, he transitioned to the Botsford Center for Health Improvement and began working with personal trainer, Cliff Ewald, to gain more quality and alleviate his chest pain.  Bowbeer says, “With the help of Cliff, I am in better shape and feel better than ever before.”

Bowbeer has also improved his diabetic health.  A non-insulin dependent diabetic, Bowbeer was originally taking three different medications to control his blood sugar.  In less than one year, he is down to a lower dosage on only two medications and his doctor is ready to take him off one of them.

“My goal is to be able to completely control my blood sugar through diet and exercise and not have to take medication.  With the help and encouragement of the staff at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, I am well on my way.”

Bowbeer’s trainer, Cliff Ewald, says, “I sometimes forget that Bob has a cardiac and diabetes history.  I train him like he is 35!”  So, what’s Bowbeer’s tip for others wanting to improve their health?  Bowbeer says, “Get a fitness assessment and work with experts.  Then you can set goals for yourself to improve your well-being.  You are worth it.”

To learn more about the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, please call (248) 473-3100 or go to www.botsford.org/bchi.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

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