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St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Celebrates Nutrition this March

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is celebrating good nutrition this March.  The goal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston, is to promote community health through its food pantry, cooking and nutrition education, youth development, and urban gardening programs.  In addition to sharing healthy eating tips and recipes daily on its Facebook page throughout the month, the Nutrition Center is also holding the following activities.

Community Cooking Night will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street, Lewiston.  This is a community get together and meal where participants practice healthy cooking techniques, try new foods, and set healthy eating goals together.  Recipes feature seasonal fruits and vegetables and whole grains and the class is participant driven. Tip sheets, helpful handouts, and recipes are all available for participants to take home at the end of the class. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.  Call 513-3848 or email NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com to register. 

 

Registration is now open for April’s Grow a Garden Workshop Series.  This series is for anyone who wants to grow a garden to increase their sources of healthy food. You can attend one or all! If you have the resources, there is a suggested donation of $10 per class to support Nutrition Center programs, or attend all three in the series for $25.  The sessions will be held at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates St., Lewiston. To register or for more information, call 513-3844 or email Bridgette at NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com.


Workshop #1. Starting a GardenTuesday, April 8, 6-7pm
Things to consider when starting a garden, consultation on what type of garden is good for you, choosing a location, how to test your soil, and how to build up and improve your soil.

Workshop #2. Starting your own SeedlingsTuesday, April 15, 6-7pm
What you need and need to know to start your own seedlings for your garden. Choose a veggie to plant and take home at the end of the workshop.

Workshop #3. Making a Garden PlanTuesday, April 22, 6-7pm
Resources and advice on how to make a garden plan with a focus on making the most of small spaces and preventing pests.

 

Electricity Maine is featuring its partnership with St. Mary’s Nutrition Center throughout the month of March.  When people sign up or renew with Electricity Maine in March, they can chose to have a portion of their electricity bill support the Nutrition Center’s programming. Find more information at www.electricityme.com/NutritionCenter, or call (866) 573- 2674.

 

The last Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on March 20, 2014, 5-7:30pm, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  People can come by and load up on fresh, healthy produce, local meats and cheeses, and have a healthy dinner at the Farmers’ Market Café while they’re there.  More information about the farmers’ market can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket.

 

The Food Pantry is engaging in a Healthy Food Drive as part of a coordinated community effort this spring to focus more on healthy foods and especially, healthy snacks and lunch items for kids.  Good choices include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, whole grain crackers and pasta, raisins and other dried fruits, and non-sugary cereals.  Because the food pantry is open 5 days a week and serves approximately 375 people per week, fresh produce can also be accepted and distributed.  Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11am. 

 

Finally, the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educators will be delivering nutrition education in local elementary school classrooms throughout this month and through the end of the school year.  The “Pick a Better Snack and Act” curriculum promotes fruits and vegetables as an attractive alternative to less healthy snacks.  Through hands-on nutrition and cooking activities, kids are learning that making better choices can be fun, tasty, and healthy. 

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is celebrating good nutrition this March.  The goal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, located in downtown Lewiston, is to promote community health through its food pantry, cooking and nutrition education, youth development, and urban gardening programs.  In addition to sharing healthy eating tips and recipes daily on its Facebook page throughout the month, the Nutrition Center is also holding the following activities.

Community Cooking Night will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm, at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street, Lewiston.  This is a community get together and meal where participants practice healthy cooking techniques, try new foods, and set healthy eating goals together.  Recipes feature seasonal fruits and vegetables and whole grains and the class is participant driven. Tip sheets, helpful handouts, and recipes are all available for participants to take home at the end of the class. There is a suggested donation of $5 but no one is turned away for lack of funds.  Call 513-3848 or email NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com to register. 

 

Registration is now open for April’s Grow a Garden Workshop Series.  This series is for anyone who wants to grow a garden to increase their sources of healthy food. You can attend one or all! If you have the resources, there is a suggested donation of $10 per class to support Nutrition Center programs, or attend all three in the series for $25.  The sessions will be held at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 208 Bates St., Lewiston. To register or for more information, call 513-3844 or email Bridgette at NutritionCenter@stmarysmaine.com.
Workshop #1. Starting a Garden – Tuesday, April 8, 6-7pm
Things to consider when starting a garden, consultation on what type of garden is good for you, choosing a location, how to test your soil, and how to build up and improve your soil.

Workshop #2. Starting your own Seedlings – Tuesday, April 15, 6-7pm
What you need and need to know to start your own seedlings for your garden. Choose a veggie to plant and take home at the end of the workshop.

Workshop #3. Making a Garden Plan – Tuesday, April 22, 6-7pm
Resources and advice on how to make a garden plan with a focus on making the most of small spaces and preventing pests.
Electricity Maine is featuring its partnership with St. Mary’s Nutrition Center throughout the month of March.  When people sign up or renew with Electricity Maine in March, they can chose to have a portion of their electricity bill support the Nutrition Center’s programming. Find more information at www.electricityme.com/NutritionCenter, or call (866) 573- 2674.

 

The last Lewiston Winter Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on March 20, 2014, 5-7:30pm, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  People can come by and load up on fresh, healthy produce, local meats and cheeses, and have a healthy dinner at the Farmers’ Market Café while they’re there.  More information about the farmers’ market can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lewistonfarmersmarket.

 

The Food Pantry is engaging in a Healthy Food Drive as part of a coordinated community effort this spring to focus more on healthy foods and especially, healthy snacks and lunch items for kids.  Good choices include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, whole grain crackers and pasta, raisins and other dried fruits, and non-sugary cereals.  Because the food pantry is open 5 days a week and serves approximately 375 people per week, fresh produce can also be accepted and distributed.  Donations can be dropped off at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11am. 

 

Finally, the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educators will be delivering nutrition education in local elementary school classrooms throughout this month and through the end of the school year.  The “Pick a Better Snack and Act” curriculum promotes fruits and vegetables as an attractive alternative to less healthy snacks.  Through hands-on nutrition and cooking activities, kids are learning that making better choices can be fun, tasty, and healthy. 

St. Mary’s Commit to Get Fit Challenge

Monday, February 17th, 2014

St. Mary’s Health System proudly invites you to participate in our inaugural Commit to Get Fit Challenge walk/run on Saturday May 3, 2014.    The health and well-being of our community is at the forefront of all that we do.  Fitness is an integral part of building a healthy community, so we will be hosting a 3K walk and 5K/10K run (along with great activities for the kids!) at our Medical Building in Auburn. The journey to a healthy life is built on hard work, commitment, and determination, let St. Mary’s be part of your journey.  Join us on May 3, 2014.  Register here   https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Auburn/CommitToGetFitChallenge.

Commit to Get Fit Challenge

Sam’s Italian Restaurants Fight Hunger

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Each fall thirteen Sam’s Italian Restaurants participate in a fund-raising effort in support local food pantries. For a $1 donation, customers can purchase paper cornucopias to help end hunger. The Sam’s location that sells the most cornucopias wins prizes as a thank you from Sam’s and local businesses such as Sparetime Recreation and Flagship Cinema.

This year, the employees at the restaurant’s Brunswick location raised the largest amount benefiting their local food pantry and Sam’s on Minot Avenue in Auburn raised the most for St. Mary’s Health System’s Food Pantry.  A plaque noting their achievement was presented to the store in January as a thank you by Joyce Gagnon the Manager of St. Mary’s Food Pantry. Altogether, Sam’s restaurants in Maine raised $4,000 to end hunger!

In the photo (l to r):  Wendy Chapman/Manager of Sam’s Minot Avenue location, Joyce Gagnon/St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Andy Morin/District Manager.

St. Mary’s Offers Health Screenings for Heart Month

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Cardiovascular disease is any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels, such as a heart attack or stroke. Are you at risk? Knowing and managing your risk factors is a vital action to prevent a cardiac event.

Risk factors that can be changed and/or managed are physical inactivity, overweight/obesity, tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Since February is Heart Disease Awareness Month for Women we’d like to remind you that:
- Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately 1 woman each minute
- An estimated 43 MILLION women in the U.S are affected by heart disease.
- 90 percent of women have 1 or more risk factors for developing heart disease

Prevention is key! You can know your numbers by scheduling a Take Charge! Health Screening for the month of February. Take Charge! is a quick and easy screening that includes: A written health risk assessment (HRA), height, weight, blood pressure, BMI, total cholesterol testing, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose (blood sugar). As part of the program, you will receive a personalized review of your results and health risks that will be explained to you by an exercise physiologist followed by health education.

Please call Prevention & Wellness at 777-8898 to schedule your screening. These screenings are open to everyone and cost $35.

St. Mary’s is also encouraging everyone to Wear Red on Friday, February 1, 2013 to raise awareness of heart disease.

Save the Date for Our Spring Event: “Mystery at Our Class Reunion”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

St. Mary’s Health System’s Development Office would like to invite you to attend their spring event, “Mystery at Our Class Reunion,” a mystery dinner theater that takes place at a high school class reunion created by Mystery for Hire (www.mysteryforhire.com).

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at The Royal Oak Room in Lewiston, Maine at 6:00 pm.

The evening will begin with a social hour where you will have time to visit friends and browse the silent auction tables. Guests will enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a fine dining experience prepared by Personal Touch Catering of Buxton, Maine. Following dinner, Mystery for Hire will set the stage for the mystery. The suspects will be introduced, formally interrogated and the audience will solve the crime and pronounce the sentence. Everyone can participate and anyone can be a suspect! Once the mystery is solved there will be a DJ to play the popular tunes of your day and dancing will commence.

Don’t miss out! Please consider joining us for this unique night of mystery and intrigue!! Tickets are $75 per person or $65 if purchased on or before February 13, 2013. Tables of eight are $500. For more info, contact Mary at 207-755-3366 or email at mellingwood@stmarysmaine.com. All attendees are encouraged to wear attire from the year they graduated!

HealthSteps Winter 2013 Sprecialty Classes

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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:

Gentle Exercise
This class is designed for those with arthritis, recovering from cancer or any other individual who desires to improve range of motion, strength, posture, balance, and coordination.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:15-10:00am
Jan 28 – Feb 28
Location: d’YP Resident Dining Room, 102 Campus Ave, 2nd Floor
Cost: $24

Lose with Me!
A 12-week weight loss session focused on helping you make healthier lifestyle choices. Classes include goal setting, exercise recommendations, nutrition education, and peer support.
Wednesdays, 12-12:30pm Instructors: Jamie Pepin, MS RD
& Jennifer Smith, MS
Session 1: January 9 – March 27
Location:
WorkMed Conference Rm Auburn Medical Bldg,
15 Gracelawn Road
Cost: $99

Lose with Me! Part 2
A 6-week follow-up to Lose with Me! focused on helping you make healthier lifestyle choices including receiving additional guidance, maintaining accountability, and receiving peer support. Classes are held every other week.
Tuesdays, 12-12:30pm
Leader: Jennifer Smith, MS
January 15 – March 26
Location: WorkMed Conference Rm Auburn Medical Bldg, 15 Gracelawn Road
Cost: $29

Qigong & T’ai Chi
This class combines a short form of T’ai Chi based on the Sun Style family, which is excellent for health, balance, circulation, and over all well-being.

In this class, you will also visualize and activate Qi, our life force, as over the years we tend to deplete our Qi, which causes us to feel tired, anxious, worried and somewhat sluggish.
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney
January 15 – February 12
Location: Chase Hall, Bates College, Campus Ave
Cost: $40

Racquetball
Specific time slots are available for registration Mon-Fri on the hour for an hour 6am-noon.
Cost: With Core HealthSteps Membership, $20 for the entire winter/spring session

Without Core Membership:
1-hour, 1x/week = $95
or 1-hour, 2x/week = $152

Senior Fitness
This one-hour class is a safe, fun, and effective workout! Included are a warm-up, cardiovascular component, resistance training, balance, and flexibility exercises.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
9:15-10:15am or 10:30-11:30am
Jan 21 – Feb 22
Location: d’YP Resident Dining Room, 102 Campus Ave, 2nd Floor
Cost: $32

Tennis
Specific time slots available for registration Mon-Fri 6am-10am.
Cost: With Core Membership, $20 for the entire winter/spring session

Without Core Membership, $144

Tobacco Cessation Counseling
Single Session: $45
This is a great option for a self-motivated person who simply needs the resources to stop smoking.
Multi-Session (3): $125
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.

Yoga for Flow Series
Mixed-level flow class that is 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. You will learn a range of exercises and yoga poses that will help to relieve muscle tension, stress, and aches and pains. Look and feel your best!
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
Jan 7 – Feb 11
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*
Cost: $75
*Room Changes: 1/28 – Bank of America Room, Women’s Health Pavilion

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 at: www.stmarysmaine.com. Registration for all programs is required.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Imagine spending the longest night of the year on the streets with no place to call home…

The Lewiston/Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless (LAASH) and New Beginnings invite the community to join their annual candlelight vigil to remember homeless people during
the holiday season from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 21, in downtown Lewiston.

For more than 10 years, LAASH and New Beginnings have held the vigil as part of a national movement of cities marking National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on or near the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.

Please meet at 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Trinity Jubilee Center at Trinity Episcopal Church. The courtyard entrance is on Spruce Street near the corner with Bates Street. Vigil
participants are invited to bring nonperishable and canned food which will be collected at Trinity.

After a few words and lighting of candles, vigil participants will walk several blocks down Bates Street to Main Street. The procession will turn right on Main Street and continue up Sabattus Street and stop in front of Calvary United Methodist Church in the triangle between Sabattus, College, and Bartlett streets. Vigil participants are encouraged to bring signs to hold as the vigil remains in front of Calvary to raise awareness of homelessness to passersby during the evening commute.

Participants are invited to join the vigil at any point, and groups from businesses and service providers near the route are especially encouraged to join as the vigil passes.

Refreshments donated by Hurricane’s and the Bread Shack will be available indoors at Calvary. Staff from New Beginnings will provide van service back to Jubilee or the Park Street garage as needed.

The route is near local services for low-income and homeless people in downtown Lewiston:

. New Beginnings operates support services and housing for youth, including a drop-in center, 245 Lisbon, and 24-hour emergency shelter at 491 Main St., 795-4077.
. Trinity Jubilee Center, 247 Bates St., provides daily meals and food, a warming center, refugee assistance, and resources to those in need, 782-5700.
. The Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St., includes St. Mary’s Food Pantry, youth and gardening programs, and cooking and nutrition education programs, 513-3848.
. The Center for Wisdom’s Women, 97 Blake St., includes a women’s day drop-in center with activities, workshops, and support groups, 513-3922.
. The City Mission group at Calvary Church, 59 Sabattus St., serves hot supper downstairs 4:30-5:30 pm Wednesdays and breakfast 7:30-8:30 am Sundays, 782-3221.

Each year since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has co-sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness. In an effort
to maximize the impact of the day, organizers have encouraged statewide and local groups such as LAASH to hold events of their own. Last year, more than 152 cities across the nation
sponsored events to recommit to the task of ending homelessness.

LAASH is a collaborative made up of organizations that serve local low-income and homeless
people. LAASH, along with the United Way of Androscoggin County and other local supporters,
has launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Lewiston-Auburn. For more than 30
years, New Beginnings has kept youth off the streets through their shelter, housing, and
outreach programs.

Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law Donate to St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Friday, November 9th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11.08.12

Diane McIntire (left) and Diane Greene (center) from Brann & Isaacson Attorneys and Counselors at Law recently made a donation to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston. Pantry Manager Joyce Gagnon (right) accepted a check for $179.00 and 107 pounds of food (valued at $214.00) on behalf of the Pantry. Gagnon reports the shelves have been particularly bare this year as the needed for emergency food assistance has increased and this donation is greatly appreciated.

Mission Week at St. Mary’s

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This week, October 15 – October 19, 2012 has been designated as our Mission Week. Mission Week is a time when we reflect on our mission, our foundress and our roots. This year we have decided to create a Mission in Action Calendar Raffle to serve as our major fundraiser which raises funds for our Marguerite d’Youville Fund for the Needy. The calendar could not have been created without the incredible generosity of so many employees and local vendors. We thank them for living our Mission through their donations.

Sixth Annual Alive in Lewiston

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Friday, October 26
6:30 to 9:00 pm

A delicious home-style meal featuring local farm ingredients, live Americana music from some of Maine’s best musicians, and a space covered with wall to wall community inspired art? What’s NOT to love about this year’s sixth annual Alive in Lewiston!  A celebration of local food, music and art, Alive in Lewiston has been bringing friends, family and neighbors together each year to enjoy an artful and relaxing evening out while helping to support the community gardening, food access and cooking and nutrition projects of Lots to Gardens and the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center. This years Alive in Lewiston will also coincide with Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Hosted at this historic Wallace School Building (home of the Nutrition Center) at 208 Bates Street in downtown Lewiston on Friday, October 26, Alive in Lewiston begins at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:00 pm.  For those eager early birds, tickets are an affordable $15 through the week before the event and $20 at the door.  Kids under 12 are $5 in advance or the night of the event.  For more information or to RSVP please contact 207 513 3844 nutritioncenterme@gmail.com.