Archive for April, 2011

Spring into Summer at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/25/11

“Spring into Summer” with the Lewiston Farmers’ Market and Barbecue on Thursday, May 12 from 5 pm -7:30 pm at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine at 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.

Help us transition from our winter to our summer markets with live music and a barbecue featuring local ingredients. You’ll find great products from some of your favorite vendors from our monthly winter market, as well as new vendors who will be joining us for the summer.

Market goers will also have the chance to win a “Spring into Summer” raffle basket filled with all the great gear needed to help you start your growing season off right, including seeds, seedlings, garden tools, and more!

Beginning Sunday, June 19, The Lewiston Farmers’ Market will be hosting three markets in Lewiston. There will be a brand new weekend market every Sunday from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Bates Mill 5 complex along with our regular weekly Tuesday and Wednesday “stop and shop” markets. The Lewiston Farmers’ Market is sponsored by St. Mary’s and the Great Falls Farmers & Artisans Market Association. For more information about the farmers’ markets in Lewiston or to join our market email list please contact us by email or (207) 513- 3848.

St. Mary’s Health System Online Wellness Center

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Blood Pressure Awareness
You might not know that you have high blood pressure. It doesn’t show, and it doesn’t hurt. But blood pressure can creep up slowly and silently and cause serious damage to your heart. Have your blood pressure checked. If it’s higher than what’s healthy, do everything you can to lower it.

For a limited time, Take Charge! at St. Mary’s is offering FREE health screenings. Take Charge!  is a comprehensive screening program that helps you learn about your health and how you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), stroke, and diabetes and improve your overall well-being.  These screening usually cost $25 and take approximately 15 minutes per person.  The screening includes:   

  • A lipid profile, measuring your total cholesterol and good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Height & weight measurements
  • Blood pressure
  • Physical activity level
  • Body mass index

A health professional will review your results and will discuss your results with you, offering health education accordingly.  All results are strictly confidential and with your permission, a copy of your report can be provided to your primary care physician.  

If you schedule an appointment in the months of April, May, or June, your screening will be free!!!!

Please call 777-8898 for an appointment.

Do You Salt Before You Taste Your Food?
The average American consumes twice the amount of recommended sodium per day – which adds up to over 7 pounds of salt a year per person. There are many other healthy ways to season your food. Learn more.

Can You Prevent High Blood Pressure?
Regardless of your age, gender, race, or heredity, there are things you   can do to cut your risk for high blood pressure. Here’s how to get started.

Moderate Rise in Blood Pressure Linked to Drop in Thinking Skills 
Researchers report that mild to moderate high blood pressure can slow thinking skills in seniors.

When Do You Need High Blood Pressure Medications?
If your doctor prescribes medicine to lower your blood pressure, be sure to take it as directed. And be sure to continue living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Check Out a Sudden Rise in Blood Pressure 
Usually, high blood pressure — called essential hypertension – develops over many years, with no known cause. But a sudden jump in blood pressure – called secondary hypertension – is something to discuss with your doctor. Often there is a cause – and it might be something you can fix.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Month
In case you’re wondering why the “ear, nose, and throat” are often mentioned together, it’s because they are all connected. Your ears are connected to your throat, which is connected to your nose and its nasal passages. So what infects one can infect the others. And what helps one can help the others.

Dr. Gregory L. Penner, Otolaryngologist (ENT) located at St. Mary’s Surgical Associates is accepting patients.  Dr. Penner’s office is located at 99 Campus Avenue in Suite 303, Lewiston, Maine.  Please call 207-782-5424 to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Childhood Hearing Loss — Be Alert
Childhood hearing loss is on the rise. Parents: Have your children’s hearing checked! Parents and kids alike: Learn the signs and causes of hearing loss. 

Keep Your Nose Moist! Overcoming Nasal Congestion
Having a stuffy, congested, even a runny nose doesn’t always mean that you have a cold or allergy. It can actually be a sign of nasal dryness or irritation. 

What to Do When You Wake Up With a Sore Throat
There are many potential causes for a sore throat that you have most mornings. First of all, see your doctor to identify the cause.

How to Protect Your Voice
Learn what you can do to keep your voice healthy and strong, as well as what to do when your voice changes for the worse.

Snoring — Minor Annoyance or Major Problem?
Snoring can be just a minor annoyance, or it can be a major health problem requiring medical treatment or surgery. See your doctor to find out if your snoring needs treatment.

Mental Health
If you’re feeling “blue,” depressed, or simply sad, know that it’s often normal. Life isn’t always smooth going. But if these feelings have lingered and are now interfering with your work or sleep or enjoyment of life, something could be wrong. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Seek help.

St. Mary’s offers the most advanced behavioral healthcare diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient programs. The treatment approach is multidisciplinary and individualized. Call Community Clinical Services Psychiatry Department at 207-777-8974 if you have any questions, or Call your primary care physician to scheduling an appointment with a Community Clinical Services Psychiatry provider.

Exercise, Endorphins, and Feeling Happy
Exercise helps keep your body healthy. That’s probably not a newsflash. But did you know that exercise can also make you happy? Learn how.

Anxiety Attacks — They’re for Real
Anxiety disorders are common and serious, and can be debilitating. But there’s good news: Treatment improves the condition most of the time.

Depression Self-Test
If you’ve been feeling “blue” for an extended period of time, take the Depression Self-Test. Then learn about treatments and coping tips to help you get back on track.

Rejection Hurts — Literally
The survival of the human race has relied largely on the ability of diverse personalities to get along, work together, and develop social groups. So, when you are rejected or excluded from the group, the results can sometimes be traumatic.

Don’t Let Depression Drag You Down
For 19 million Americans, depression is real, serious, and mostly manageable. Find out how to help yourself and those you care about

Pack the Bus for St. Mary’s Food Pantry!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Help us Pack the Bus for St. Mary’s Food Pantry this Saturday, April 30 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Lewiston Shaw’s location.  This event helps us fill the shelves for our community members who are in need of help.

Haiti Yard Sale at St. Mary’s

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

It’s coming closer!! May 7, 2011 is the Haiti Yard Sale!   Please keep us in mind when you start your spring cleaning.  

We’re looking for:

Knick-knacks
Small appliances (no large appliances or furniture please)
Toys
Books (no textbooks, please)
DVDs & CDs                        
Gently used children’s clothing
Jewelry
Miscellaneous small household items

The Haiti Yard Sale is such a wonderful opportunity to help others and get rid of your un-needed items. You’ll feel good  knowing that you’ve helped Haiti and have a little more room in your house! 

If you have any questions, please call Jill Hurd at x8727, Shirley Perron at x8274, or Moe Perron at x8331. We’ll also welcome any helpers for all or part of the day on Friday to set up or Saturday for opening, selling, carrying out, or cleaning up. 

Students who need community service for graduation are great—please urge them to volunteer!!  ALL proceeds go directly to our programs in Haiti, so please consider helping them and yourself. Thank you!

Plan for your summer now with St. Mary’s Junior Volunteer Program

Monday, April 25th, 2011

This is a summer program primarily, although trained junior volunteers may choose to continue their volunteer work over the school year in the after-school programs as well.   New junior volunteer applications are accepted now through May 1, 2011.   Interviews are held in May, and orientations and training starts in June at the conclusion of school and runs approximately 8 weeks.  This program fills up quickly for 12-17-year-old students.

 

Details and applications are available at the Volunteer Services Department, St. Mary’s Health System, Telephone 207-777-8369.  Applications are available on our website.  .

Eden Day Fund-raiser at St. Mary’s D’Youville Pavilion

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Stop by St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion on Tuesday, April 26 for red hot dogs, chips, and soda!   Just head to the Resident Dining Room on the second floor between 11 am and 1 pm. One hot dog with chips and a soda is $4.00.  An additional hot dog is $2.00.  All proceeds will benefit Eden and our culture change journey at d’Youville.

Free Health Screening at St.Mary’s

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

For a limited time, Take Charge! is offering FREE health screenings. Take Charge!  is a comprehensive screening program that helps you learn about your health and how you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), stroke, and diabetes and improve your overall well-being.  These screening usually cost $25 and take approximately 15 minutes per person.  The screening includes:   

  • A lipid profile, measuring your total cholesterol and good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Height & weight measurements
  • Blood pressure
  • Physical activity level
  • Body mass index

A health professional will review your results and will discuss your results with you, offering health education accordingly.  All results are strictly confidential and with your permission, a copy of your report can be provided to your primary care physician.  

If you schedule an appointment in the months of April, May, or June, your screening will be free!!!!

Please call 777-8898 for an appointment.

Breast Cancer Prevention, Breakthroughs, and Treatments at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Join expert Mahesh Pandey, MD from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for a presentation about breast cancer.  Dr. Pandey will talk about cancer prevention as well as the latest breakthroughs in research and treatments. A question and answer session will follow his presentation. 

Dr. Pandey completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the same location.  He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

His presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 starting at 6 pm at Lepage Large Conference Center, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please call 753-5467 to reserve your seat, today!

Join Dr. Ira Shapiro for a free workshop on aging with Seniors Plus

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Are You Aging Abnormally?

What is normal?  Dr. Ira Shapiro will be answering your questions during a free workshop on aging with Seniors Plus.  The event will take place on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10 am -11:30 am at Seniors Plus located on 8 Falcon Road in Lewiston. 

For more information or to register, please call 800-427-1241.

Egg Coloring and Easter Egg Hunt at d’Youville

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Bring your children or grandchildren to St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion for a fun filled intergenerational play date! This week, kids will be coloring and hunting for Easter eggs. 

The intergenerational play dates take place each Saturday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the First Floor Gym.

All ages are invited to attend with their parents or grandparents.

For more information, please contact Julie Bero at 207-777-4250, or email.