Archive for September, 2011

Alive (Undead) in Lewiston A Costumed Celebration at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Friday, October 28 at 6:30 pm

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
208 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME  04240

Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door

Proceeds go to Lots to Gardens programs

Contact 207-513-3848 for more info and/or tickets

6th Annual Chefs Soirée At St Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/01/11

Sample great food and wines, watch food preparation and cooking demonstrations, and take home the recipes from the Sixth Annual Chefs Soirée! This year’s Soirée will be held on September 30, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  The fun begins at 5:30 pm. 

Paul Landry, owner of Fish Bones American Grill will be accompanied by his restaurant’s Chef/General Manager, David Moyse. Dan Caron, Director of The Green Ladle (Lewiston High School’s Culinary Arts Program) and Katie Liguori, instructor and pastry chef at the Green Ladle will join the festivity along with some amazing students as they engage and impress the crowd.

Menu and Demonstrations:

  • Multigrain bread with flaxseed oil and wheat germ, rosemary and sundried
    tomato butter
  • Lobster and baby cheddar ravioli with mushrooms rosemary and sun-dried
    tomato
  • Mediterranean chicken with artichokes, capers, and tomatoes in a lemon
    caper sauce
  • Chocolate raspberry truffle torte

Chefs will share their secrets about how to make these delicious dishes.  They’ll also show you how to make your own butter (in ten minutes) and pasta, too!

Tickets are $100 per person.  Contact Mary Ellingwood at 207-755-3366 or email.  

Proceeds will support the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and its programming.

Based on the belief that good health relies upon access to healthy food, the Nutrition Center is a true ‘community center.’ It is home to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Community Cooking Education Programs, the Somali Nutrition Education Initiative and Lots to Gardens.  

The Chefs Soirée — Good food.  Good for you.   Good for our community.

A School-Based Health Success Story

Monday, September 26th, 2011

By: Kim Foster, Administrative Secretary

A teacher approached me and asked if I could help a student who had a pair of broken glasses.  I told the teacher I would assist in any way I could.   I met with the student to enroll them in the Health Center. Once enrolled, I scheduled an appointment with an eye doctor only to find out that this student only has MaineCare for emergency services. This started a whole process of me trying to find someone to donate glasses, as well as an eye exam. I was determined to get help. After making numerous phone calls I found an organization (Mile Stone Foundation) who was willing to donate a voucher for glasses at Lens Crafters in Portland. Then, my search continued to find an optometrist who would be willing to perform an eye exam for free. Dr. John Lonsdale (Central Maine Eye Care) graciously agreed!  With assistance from the school principal, we were able to arrange the student’s transportation to Portland for glasses.  The school allowed us to borrow their van and a school staff member agreed to drive!  So, after about 3 weeks worth of phone calls, scheduling, and collaborating, this student now has a new pair of eye glasses!

Sign up Now for HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Fall 2011 Specialty Classes

Monday, September 19th, 2011
L to R – Lose with Me! instructors Jennifer Smith, MS and Jamie Pepin MS, RD, LD.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9.15.11

HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults that focuses on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps offers a wide range of classes with the core membership fee as well as a variety of specialty classes, including:

Anusara-Inspired Yoga:
Open to new and experienced students. This class is an excellent way to have fun while improving your overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility, and posture. Relieve muscle tension, stress, and aches and pains. Develop a sharp mind, vibrant body, and soft heart thru Anusara Yoga. Look and feel your best!

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30pm
October 24 – November 28
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $75

Intermediate BellyDancing
Discover the many benefits of bellydancing! Bellydancing provides cardiovascular exercise and tones muscles with gentle and flowing moves. It’s therapeutic, energizing and a great way to socialize! No prior dance experience required. This class is suitable for all ages, skill levels, and body types. Dress comfortably in workout clothing. Stockings or bare feet are recommended. Bellydancing is HIP!

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm
October 12 – November 9*
Location: TBA
*Please note: no class 10/26
Cost: $45

Gentle Exercise
This class is designed for those with arthritis, recovering from cancer or any other individual who desires a mild form of exercise. It helps improve range of motion, strength, posture, balance, and coordination.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:10-9:55am
Instructor: Johanne Healey
October 18 – November 17
Location: d’Youville Pavilion Activity Room, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $24

Lose with Me!
A 12-week weight loss session focused on helping you make healthier lifestyle choices. Classes include goal setting to get you started, exercise planning to get you moving, nutrition education to ensure you eat well, and peer support to keep you motivated! If you’re looking to lose weight as a part of building a healthier lifestyle for you and/or your family then, Lose with Me! is the program for you!

Classes are taught by registered and licensed dietitian Jamie Pepin and exercise physiologist, Jennifer Smith who holds national certifications as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and as a speed coach.

Wednesdays, 12-12:30pm
September 21 – December 7
Location: WorkMed Conference Room, Auburn Medical Bldg, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn
Cost: $99

Pilates
Based on the teachings of Joseph Pilates this mat class is a great alternative workout designed to increase your fitness level. Students can expect full body strengthening with particular emphasis on the core musculature. Please wear non-restrictive attire and bring a Pilates/yoga mat.

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
October 20 – December 1
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*
*Room Change: 12/1-d’Youville Activity Room
Cost: $60

Prenatal Yoga
Prepare your mind and body for one of the most rewarding and challenging events of your life. Whether you are an experienced yogi or new to the practice, you can receive many benefits from this class. Work to open and strengthen the legs, back and pelvic floor, improve postural alignment to alleviate back pain, and practice breath and meditation exercises to help with labor. Please bring a pillow and water to class.

Mondays, 6:45-7:45pm
October 24 – November 28
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $75

Qigong
Over the years we tend to deplete our Qi, our life force, which causes us to feel tired, anxious, worried and somewhat sluggish. In this practice, you will visualize and activate Qi with both quiet and active Qigong.

Tuesdays, 6:00 -7:00pm
Instructor: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney
October 11 – November 8
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*
*Room Changes: 10/11, 10/18, 11/1-d’YP Resident Dining Room
Cost: $50 (Discounted rate of $75 if you choose to participate in both Tai Chi & Qigong)

Racquetball
Specific time slots are available for registration Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6-8:30am.
Cost: With core HealthSteps membership, $14 for the entire fall session which runs from September 6-December 16, 2011
Without core membership: 1-hour, 1x/week = $70 or 1-hour, 2x/week = $112

Senior Fitness
This one-hour class provides participants with a safe and effective workout that includes a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:15-10:15am or 10:30-11:30am
Instructor: Johanne Healey
September 12 – October 14
Location: d’Youville Pavilion Activity Room, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $32

Tai Chi
This class is a short form based on the Sun Style family of Tai Chi and also includes some Qigong movements. Sun Lu Tang was a Master of all three Internal Martial Arts of China (Tai Chi, Bagua, and Hsing-i). Elements of all three of these internal ‘sisters’ are included within this form which is excellent for health, balance, circulation, and over all well being. It is also a great for people who have arthritis or injuries which prevent them from doing ‘low postured forms’ as there are no low postures within this form. Perhaps the greatest benefit of the practice is the sense of well being felt during and after a session.

Tuesdays, 5:00 -6:00pm
Instructor: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney
October 11 – November 8
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*
Cost: $50 (Discounted rate of $75 if you choose to participate in both Tai Chi & Qigong)
*Room Changes: 10/11, 10/18, 11/1-d’YP Resident Dining Room

Tennis
Specific time slots are available for registration Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6-8:30am.
Cost: With Core Membership, $14 for the entire fall session which runs from September 6-December 16, 2011

Without core membership, $112

Tobacco Cessation Counseling
Single Session:  This is a great option for a self-motivated person who simply needs the resources to stop smoking.
Cost: $45

Multi-Session (3):
With a smoking cessation coach, set a quit date and work through the quitting process. Many find the additional support to be a great advantage to their stopping the use of tobacco.
Cost: $75

Zumba
This fun class for all exercise abilities incorporates Latin style dance into an aerobic exercise session. Come shake your body while getting a good sweat and laugh in!

Tuesday’s, 4:15-5:15pm
October 18 – November 15
Old Commons Hall, Chase Hall, Bates College, Lewiston
Cost: $10 for HealthSteps Core participants
$25 for non-members

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which you will feel better, have more energy, meet great people, and enjoy exercise even more! For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web.

Pre-registration for all programs is required.

Prediabetes: What Is It? What Can I Do About It?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Has your doctor ever said you have impaired glucose tolerance or borderline diabetes?  If yes, then you definitely need to read this!

Did you know…?

-          1 in 13 Americans has diabetes,
-          1 in 4 Americans has prediabetes (wow!),
-          Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and
-          Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US.

 

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Studies show that by losing weight and being more physically active you can delay or even prevent prediabetes from becoming diabetes.

I have prediabetes…  What can I do to make sure I’m healthy?

-          Lose weight – 10 to 15 pounds can make a difference!
-          Decrease high fat and high sugar foods and beverages,
-          Increase healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein,
-          Check with your doctor about increasing your physical activity, and
-      Learn more about prediabetes by visiting the St. Mary’s Online Wellness Center , the American Diabetes Association websiteor     MedlinePlus. 

Need help?

If you need help with meal planning for prediabetes, ask your doctor for a referral to see a St. Mary’s Outpatient Nutrition Service dietitian.  St. Mary’s health insurance covers three visits per year.  Other insurance coverage varies.  Call the customer service number on your insurance card to see if your insurance covers outpatient nutrition.

Join St. Mary’s at the First Annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network* Celebrate With Action Cupcake Challenge

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston, Maine

Event starts at 12:00 PM                        Judging begins at 1:00 PM

 Registration Form (pdf format) 

This event is open to professional bakers, culinary arts students and everyday bakers.  The theme of the cupcakes will be “A Summer Sensation.”  Designer may use fondant, sugar art, royal icing, butter cream or other edible frostings. 

Bring us two dozen of your decorated cupcakes!!  A donation of $10 is suggested to enter the competition.  Bring TWO additional cupcakes (using same batter and frosting as your designed cupcakes) for the judges to sample. 

Each baker will be given 30 minutes to set up his or her cupcakes before the judging begins.  A $100.00 cash prize and a people’s choice trophy will be awarded.  The $100 cash prize will be awarded for best overall taste and presentation (extra points will be awarded for healthy options**). The public will choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award for best decoration. 

After the contest, the cupcakes will be available to the public to eat or take home (with donations welcome). 

For more information, please call:

Diane Mitchell 357-8621               Janet Miles  897-2099         Eileen Silvestri 373-3717 

 

*All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN.)  Donations to ACS CAN are not tax deductible.
** Healthy options include reduced calorie or reduced fat recipes, as well as use of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Sign Up for HealthSteps “Lose with Me!” Class at St. Mary’s

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Want to lose some weight? Don’t go it alone, let HealthSteps, an award winning health education and exercise program, help you. Join them for Lose with Me! a 12-week session focused on helping you obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Classes are taught by registered and licensed dietitian Jamie Pepin and exercise physiologist, Jennifer Smith.

The classes include goal setting to get you started, exercise planning to get you moving, nutrition education to ensure you eat well, food and movement journaling to keep you on track, and peer support to keep you motivated! If you’re looking to lose weight as a part of building a healthier lifestyle for you and/or your family then, Lose with Me! is the program for you! 

Class Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
September 21 – December 7
Location: WorkMed Conference Room, Auburn Medical Building, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn
Cost: $99

Registration Required 777-8898 or the web 

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle in which you will feel better, have more energy and meet great people! For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web.

Join St. Mary’s and CELEBRATE with Action

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Since 2001, ACS CAN has united and empowered cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, ensuring that nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States have a voice in public policy matters that impact the fight against cancer.  Join us to celebrate this milestone and call on our lawmakers to make cancer research funding a national priority.

 

Mark Your Calendar!
September 19, 2011
12:00 to 2:00 pm
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
93 Campus Ave., Lewiston, ME
FMI contact hilary.Schneider@cancer.org
Sponsored by