Archive for the ‘Prevention and Wellness’ Category

Lose with Me!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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 Jennifer Smith and include goal setting to get you started, exercise planning to get you moving, nutrition education to ensure you eat well, food 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 17 – December 3
Location: Saint Hyacinth Conference Room, 96 Campus Ave., 2nd Floor
Cost: $99
Registration Required 777-8898

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

Instructor Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in nutrition and a minor in education, and is a nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, speed coach, and tobacco cessation helper. Jennifer will help you review your eating behaviors and will instruct you as to how your eating habits affect your metabolism. She will teach you the skills you need including reading food labels, meal planning, portion control, and more to keep you eating healthy beyond the 12-week program. She’ll also help you to identify your barriers to exercise, to brainstorm strategies to overcome such obstacles, and to set goals beyond the 12-week program.

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

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.

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.

Eat a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables for Better Health

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Scientists are frequently reporting new health benefits associated with consuming fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables is an important goal. Nutrition research shows that colorful vegetables and fruits contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals that your body needs to promote health and help you feel great. Accordingly, eating a variety of different colors of fruits and vegetables every day is a great way of meeting this goal. Colors you should be sure to include in your diet daily are:

Blue/purple

Blues and purples not only add beautiful shades of tranquility and richness to your plate, they add health enhancing flavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, folic acid, and polyphenols. These nutrients help your body defend against cancer, reduce the risk of age-related memory loss, help control high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes complications and heart attacks.

Green

Not only do green vegetables look great and taste wonderful, they are also rich in the phytochemicals (like lutein, zeaxanthin, and indoles) and essential vitamins (folate), minerals, and fiber that keep you healthy. These nutrients protect your eyes, and may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors.

White

White fruits and vegetables vary from sweet to strong. Vegetables from the onion family, which include garlic, chives, scallions, leeks, and any variety of onion contain the phytonutrient allicin. Research is being conducted on allicin to learn how it may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the body’s ability to fight infections and cancer. Indoles, sulfaforaphanes, and phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower may also inhibit cancer growth.

Yellow/Orange

The colors of the blazing sun are a must have in your daily diet. Yellow and orange vegetables and fruits contain beta-carotene (which turns into vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E, folate (a B vitamin), and bioflavonoids. Research shows that these nutrients reduce the risk for cancer and heart attacks, boost immunity, help maintain good vision, and strong bones/teeth/skin.

Red

When you add deep reds or bright pinks to your daily diet, you are also adding powerful antioxidants called lycopene and anthocyanins. Diets rich in these nutrients are being studied for their ability to fight heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as skin, breast and prostate cancers.

How are you doing? Can you think of ways you could add some color to your plate?

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces its Fall Core Classes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Pictured Rick Dodge, Gert Chasse, Elaine Freeman, Normand Demers, and Grace Trainor participate in HealthSteps' Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults. At HealthSteps you will get a program that meets the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps has a wide range of classes with the core membership fee including:

MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

CARDIO MIX

This is a great class for people who get bored with exercise! Try everything from step to circuits for a fun calorie burning class.

Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:45-8:15am

 

CORE STRENGTH
Enjoy a great abdominal and lower back workout to help increase core strength and stability.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:00-8:30am

TIME TO STRETCH

Enjoy a full body stretch for relaxation, peace of mind, and an increase in flexibility.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:15-8:30am

TNT (TONE -N-TIGHTEN)

This weighted workout focuses on total body strengthening. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!

Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:00-7:45am

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:10-12:45pm

X-TRAIN INTERVAL

Alternate between bouts of high and low intensity exercises for a calorie blasting class.

(Please note: low impact options will be provided for all exercises.)

Fridays, 7:15-8:15am

YOGALATES ON THE BALL

Join us for a fusion of yoga and Pilates on an exercise ball to improve coordination and increase flexibility and strength.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:15-8:00am

ON THE TRACK

WALK JOG

Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace. Includes an optional group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05-6:55am

IN THE POOL

LAP SWIM

Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05-7:30am*;

*Beginning Oct. 29, 6:30-7:30am

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:05-7:00am** and 11:00-12:00pm;

**Tues/Thurs 6:05am swim time available until Oct. 25, 2012

AQUATIC FITNESS

Join us for a great workout that’s easy on your joints using the water as resistance! While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:15am

Tuesdays, Thursdays. 11:00-11:45am

Core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium. Classes run from September 5 – December 14, 2012. The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $112.00. Monthly and weekly rates are available as well.

HealthSteps core classes take place in the morning, so you can exercise before you start your day. All instructors are certified and ready to take you through a safe and productive workout no matter what your fitness level. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle where 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

Sign up Now for St. Mary’s HealthSteps Fall 2012 Specialty Classes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8.31.12

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:

BALLROOM DANCING

Learn how to glide across a dance floor with the waltz and swing. Basic dance steps and patterns will have you dancing in no time. This is a great introductory class for beginners or those who want to brush up on their skills. Bring a partner for a fun night out!

Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45 pm

October 9 – October 30

Location: YWCA, 130 East Ave., Lewiston

Cost: $70 per couple

BELLYDANCING FOR FUN AND FITNESS

This exciting class is intended for all levels. If you have enjoyed past Bellydancing classes with Imari (Lisa Cummings), you’ll love this class. If Bellydancing is something that you have always wanted to try, start now and learn from the area’s most experienced Bellydance instructor. You will see why Bellydancing has become so popular in the region. Register now to experience exhilarating exercise, and learn the beautiful art of Bellydancing! Dress comfortably in workout clothing. Stockings or bare feet are recommended. Bellydancing is HIP!

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm

September 5 – September 26

Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston

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, 9:15-10:00am

September 4 – October 4

Location: d’Youville Pavilion Activity Room, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston

Cost: $24

GENTLE YOGA

Reduce stress and gain a more restful night sleep. This class will relax your body, mind, and spirit. Beneficial to students of all ability levels. This slow-paced class combines easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures with deep breath awareness and relaxation to enhance a sense of well-being and relieve tension. Excellent for pre/postnatal women. No yoga experience necessary. Join us and feel fully restored!

Mondays, 6:45-7:45pm

September 24 – October 29*

Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*

Cost: $75

*Room Changes: 9/24 and 10/15 – Bank of America Room, Women’s Health Pavilion

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, 12:00-12:30pm

Instructors: Jamie Pepin, MS RD & Jennifer Smith, MS

September 19 – December 5

Location: WorkMed Conference Room, Auburn Medical Bldg, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn

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.

Tuesdays, 12:00-12:30pm

September 18 – December 4 (every other week)

Location: WorkMed Conference Rm Auburn Medical Bldg, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn

Cost: $29

RACQUETBALL

Specific time slots are available for registration Mon-Fri on the hour for an hour 6am-noon.

Cost: With Core HealthSteps Membership, $14 for the entire fall session, which runs from September 5 –December 14Without 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

September 5 – October 5

Instructor: Johanne Healey

Location: d’Youville Pavilion Activity Room, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston

Cost: $32

TENNIS

Specific time slots available for registration Mon-Fri 6am-10am.

Cost: With Core Membership, $14 for the entire fall session which runs from September 5 – December 14

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: $125

YOGA FOR STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY

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 simple to advanced exercises and yoga poses that will help to relieve muscle tension, stress, and aches and pains. You will look and feel your best!

Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
September 4 – October 29*
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston*
Cost: $75

*Room Changes: 9/24 and 10/15 – 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 Pre-registration for all programs is required.

Healthy Fats

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Recently my sister, who is an accountant, and I were discussing a statistic she had read from the International Food Information  Council Foundation that in 2012 of 1,000 Americans surveyed, 52% thought it was easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out how to eat healthy. With all the varying messages the media conveys, it’s no wonder the public is confused. Luckily, although there have been thousands of studies, the results can be summed up into a few guiding principles: Eat the better fats, carbs, and proteins.

So what are the “better” macronutrients? The better fats are the unsaturated ones, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated rather than saturated or trans fats. Thebetter carbs are whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits rather than refined carbs such as sugar, white bread, white rice, and white flour products. The better proteins are the leaner choices such as fish, shellfish, poultry, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, eggs (unless you have a cholesterol problem), wild game, whole soy foods, and low-fat dairy products rather than red meats (beef, pork, lamb), whole dairy products, and processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats).

First and foremost, eating the better fats is of chief importance. For years, we were told eat low fat. Now, we know we should be eating the right fats –not trying to cut them out all together. Nonetheless, it is important to note, all foods contain a mixture of various nutrients including fats, which is why you may have noted beans are listed as both a good carb and a good protein and whole dairy products are listed as both a protein and fat that should be limited. For example, with fats in particular, olive oil is 72% monounsaturated, 8% polyunsaturated, and 13% saturated fat. Not eating this oil because it contains some “bad” or saturated fat would be a mistake. Thus, choosing which fats to eat could be summed up simply by stating, limit saturated fat, avoid trans fats, and aim to consume mainly unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). The “–un” being the key.

So where can we find the good fats and what makes them a better choice? Unsaturated fats improve blood cholesterol levels,  decrease inflammation, and play a whole host of other beneficial roles in our bodies. Monounsaturated fats can be found in foods such as olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Polyunsaturated fats, one of which is the now famous, omega-3’s, can be found in foods such as fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines) walnuts, omega-3 fortified eggs, flax seeds, canola oil, wheat germ, and whole soy foods. While there are no definitive healthy fat consumption guidelines, the AHA has stated 8-10% of total calorie intake should be obtained from polyunsaturated fats. However, in reality, no one eats using percentages, so my rule of thumb is to replace as many saturated and trans fats in my diet with unsaturated fats. For example, when I’m baking I always use canola oil in place of shortening or butter. I opt for poultry over red meats most of the time, and I choose low fat or fat free options rather than whole when it comes to dairy products.

In terms of trans and saturated fats, saturated fat is like driving one’s car a few miles over the speed limit (let’s face it, most of us probably do this daily) while trans fats are akin to purposely driving one’s vehicle into a building. (Yes, in my book, trans fats are that bad!) Luckily, since the trans fat labels law passed in 1999, much of the trans fats have been removed from our food supply. I once heard a medical doctor refer to trans fats as the food equivalent of tobacco and I’d have to agree, as they provoke a quadruple blow on our arteries increasing bad cholesterol and triglycerides, decreasing good cholesterol, and inciting inflammation. This chemically altered fat can still be found in shortening, stick margarines, and some processed foods such as crackers, cookies, and fried foods. You can determine if a product has trans fats by looking for partially hydrogenated in the ingredients list. Even if the product states 0g of trans fats, labeling laws still permit the item to contain a small amount of trans fats. Therefore, I always scan the ingredients list and if I see hydrogenated, I put the item back –no exceptions.

Saturated fats, on the other hand, should be limited, not eliminated. Saturated fats can be found mainly in our four-legged friends: cows, pigs, lambs and food that are derived from these –think full fat dairy products such as whole milk, cheese, and ice cream. Note: our two-legged friends such as turkeys and chickens or water friends such as fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, clams, and lobsters don’t have as much saturated fat and are for this reason are better choices. Accordingly, red meats should be limited to twice a week or less and when chosen, leaner cuts should be selected. We’ll save the topic of protein for another day though.

The featured recipe is one of my family’s favorites that I call my “Omega-3 Bread”(see below). If you have any “healthified” recipes you’d like to share for future e-newsletters, please email me at jennifersmith@stmarysmaine.com. We’ll chat next time about carbohydrates and protein. Until then, try replacing as many saturated and trans fats as possible with unsaturated fats. Your heart and blood vessels will thank you! 

Jennifer Smith holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in nutrition and a minor in education, and is a nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, speed coach, and tobacco cessation helper.

Omega-3 Bread

Ingredients:
3/4 cup flaxseed meal
2 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large omega-3 fortified eggs
1 1/2 cups whole white wheat flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ – 1 cup chopped pitted dates
Cooking spray

Directions :

• Preheat oven to 325°.
• Beat the banana, sugar, oil, and eggs at medium speed of a mixer until well blended.
Add flaxseed meal, walnuts, and dates mixing well.
Add baking powder, baking soda, flour, and salt, mixing just until blended.
Pour batter into two round Pyrex dishes coated with cooking spray.
Bake bread at 325° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

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.

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Announces its Fall Core Classes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pictured Don Rossignol, instructor Jennifer Smith, Normand Demers, Gert Chasse, and Gary Bain participate in HealthSteps' Walk-Jog class conveniently located at the beautiful indoor track at Bates College.

HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. HealthSteps is an award-winning health education and prevention program for adults. At HealthSteps you will get a program that meets the needs of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

HealthSteps has a wide range of classes with the core membership fee, including:

Multipurpose Room

Cardio Mix
This is a great class for people who get bored with exercise! Try everything from step and kickboxing to dance and hi-lo for a fun-filled, calorie-burning class.
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:45-8:15am

Core & Stretch
Enjoy a great abdominal and lower back workout to help increase flexibility and strength.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:00-8:30am

Step & Tone Interval
This class combines the best of both worlds, alternating between low-impact step aerobics and total body strengthening exercises for an all around workout.
Fridays, 7:15-8:15am

Time to Stretch
This class will take you through a full body stretch for relaxation, peace of mind, and an increase in flexibility.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 8:15-8:30am

TNT (Tone-N-Tighten)
This weighted workout focuses on strengthening the major muscle groups of the upper and lower body using resistance tubes, bands, and weights. It’s also a great way to increase your metabolism!
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:00-7:45am

Yogalates on the Ball
Join us for a fusion of yoga and Pilates on an exercise ball to increase flexibility, improve coordination, and develop strength.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7:15-8:00am

On the Track
Walk Jog
Enjoy the indoor track at your own pace. Includes a group warm-up, strengthening, cool-down, and stretching.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:05-6:55am*
Beginning November 8, 2011, WalkJog will be held Monday through Friday.

In the Pool

Aquatic Fitness
Join us for a super-toning, calorie-burning, fun workout! While swimming skills are not needed, a comfort level in both deep and shallow water is important.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:30-7:15am
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:00-11:45am

Lap Swim
Swim at your own pace and enjoy this individualized form of exercise in the 25-meter, 8-lane pool supervised by a certified lifeguard.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:05-7:30am*
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:05-7:00am** & 11:00am-12:00pm
*6:30-7:30am Beginning October 31, 2011
**T/TH 6:05am swim time available until October 27, 2011

All core classes are held in the beautiful Bates College Merrill Gymnasium. Classes run from September 6 through December 16, 2011. The cost of a core membership, which includes unlimited access to all of the above classes, is $112.00.

HealthSteps core classes take place in the morning, so you can exercise before you start your day. All instructors are certified and ready to take you through a safe and productive workout no matter what your fitness level. Call today and start your way to a new healthy lifestyle where 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.