Archive for the ‘HealthSteps’ Category

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

Lose with Me!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3.13.12 

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.

Jennifer Smith, MS, an exercise physiologist and nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and speed coach will provide recommendations to get you on your feet and moving, using safe and effective exercise routines specifically designed for your body. She’ll help you identify your barriers to exercise and brainstorm strategies to overcome such obstacles. She’ll also work with you to set goals beyond the 12-week program.

Jamie Pepin, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian will help you review your eating behavior and instruct you as to how your eating habits affect your metabolism. She’ll teach you the skills you need including reading food labels, meal planning, portion control, and more to keep you eating healthy.

So, 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
April 4 – June 20
Location: WorkMed Conference room, Auburn Medical Building, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn
Cost: $99

Registration required 777-8898 or www.stmarysmaine.com

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.

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Join HealthSteps at St. Mary’s for Lose with Me!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/04/12

L to R - Lose with Me! instructors Jennifer Smith, MS and Jamie Pepin MS, RD, LD.

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 Thompson 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
January 11– March 28
Location: WorkMed Conference room, Auburn Medical Building, 15 Gracelawn Road, Auburn
Cost: $99

Registration Required 777-8898 or https://www.stmarysmaine.com/payments/healthsteps/details.php

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.

 

Jennifer Smith, MS, an exercise physiologist and nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and speed coach will provide recommendations to get you on your feet and moving, using safe and effective exercise routines specifically designed for your body. She’ll help you identify your barriers to exercise and brainstorm strategies to overcome such obstacles. She’ll also work with you to set goals beyond the 12-week program.

Jamie Thompson, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian will help you review your eating behavior and instruct you as to how your eating habits affect your metabolism. She’ll 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.

Recipe Modifications by Jennifer Smith, Coordinator of Health Promotion Services at St. Mary’s

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Recently, a friend asked what I was snacking on. When I told her it was a healthy dark chocolate muffin, she commented, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” I was pleased to inform her that the muffin was rich in flavanols, an antioxidant from the dark cocoa, healthy monounsaturated fats from the canola oil, whole grains from the whole white wheat flour, and sweetened with apple sauce, making for a respectable nutrient punch. She then asked how I find such good tasting, healthy recipes. This is a common question I receive when health coaching so I thought I’d share …

While there are a massive number of recipes available online, often I simply use one of my tried and true recipes while making a few alterations. How you modify a recipe ultimately will depend on your goal. For instance, when baking if you’re looking to cut calories, I’d recommend substituting half of the oil for unsweetened applesauce or plain yogurt. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, I’d use 1/4 cup of canola oil and 1/4 cup of applesauce. I find this makes for a moister baked good, cuts fat, and I’m generally able to decrease the sugar a bit as the applesauce provides sweetness as well. Because fat is more calorie dense, 9 calories/gram versus 4 calories/gram for the applesauce, this substitution would decrease the total calorie count.

One of my main goals when altering a recipe is increasing the nutrient density. Knowing that every nutrient, vitamin, and mineral has a different and purposeful use in our bodies makes me want to ensure that I’m eating a variety of foods. I also realize in order to maintain my weight; I can consume a certain number of calories per day. Therefore, I want to get the most nourishment for the least amount of calories. This is where nutrient density comes into play – even when I’m making a treat. For instance, when I’m baking cookies, I’ll switch out the all purpose flour for 100 percent whole white wheat. I’ll also replace the butter or shortening with an equal amount of canola oil and I’ll decrease the amount of sugar, even if it’s only from a cup to ¾ cup.

In the same way, if I’m baking a breakfast or snack item such as banana or zucchini bread, I’ll experiment with adding extra fruit or vegetables. I may try half whole wheat flour, half whole white wheat flour or I may add a handful of raisins or berries to increase the fiber content. One trick I’ve found is to beat the oil and sugar together first. Then, I add the eggs and continue to mix well. This seems to make for fluffier muffins or bread which is important seeing whole wheat flour is heavier and tends to produce a denser product than traditionally used flours. I also make sure to always add the flour last avoiding any potential of over mixing which makes for a tough item.

In the end, there are a multitude of ways to make your food choices healthier. Taste is so subjective that it simply comes down to personal preference. Please see the attached pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe for one of my family’s favorites. If you have any “healthified” recipes you’d like to share for future e-newsletters, please email me at jennifersmith@stmarysmaine.com.

Until next time, remember taking care of yourself is one of the best gifts you can give you and your family this year!

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

Download a printable version of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins here

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s is Offering Beginner Bellydancing!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

 

Imari (Lisa Cummings) Artistic Director and founder of Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2011

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center announces its Beginner Bellydancing class. If you’re looking to improve your fitness level while having a great time, join Imari (Lisa Cummings) for hip drops, rolls, and shimmies!

Imari’s focus is on creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for her students as they learn a feminine and empowering way to dance, exercise, and build self esteem and friendships. No prior dance experience is necessary, but do come prepared to have some fun! This class is suitable for all ages and body sizes/shapes. “Every woman is beautiful when she is bellydancing,” says Imari during a 2000 interview with WGME Channel 13.

Imari has been bellydancing for more than 20 years. She is the Artistic Director and founder of Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers, Central Maine’s premier bellydancing troupe. This beautiful group of 30 women of all ages performs frequently for charities, local events, and nursing homes – on a volunteer basis. They have brought a sparkle and thousands of smiles to faces across New England. Proudly, they celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2010.

Imari is also the founder of Bellydancing for Breast Health, an event created for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a way of giving to her local community. Her passion for bellydancing reflects in her passion for life and for those who surround her.

(Please note that you do not have to do any performing as part of the Beginner Bellydancing class.)

Beginner Bellydancing is offered on Wednesdays at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston, from September 7 to October 5, from 6 pm to 7 pm, at a cost of $45.00.

To become a dazzling part of what’s shakin’ in Maine, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s announces its Chair Exercise Class

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6.1.11

HealthSteps at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center announces its Chair Exercise Class. This innovative class is designed for senior citizens, those with mobility issues, diabetics, and more. There’s no need to worry about tripping or losing balance, the entire class is performed from the comfort of a chair. Such physical activity can help promote functional fitness allowing participants to perform activities of daily living with greater ease.

 This course will provide participants with an enjoyable, safe program. Goals of the class include:

- Restore or maintain muscle strength
- Relieve stiffness
- Improve and preserve joint range of motion
- Increase flexibility
- Enhance posture
- Increase endurance

This course will teach breathing and relaxation techniques; introduce activities to promote body awareness, posture, balance, and coordination; incorporate exercises to improve body mechanics, range of motion, strength and endurance; as well as practical tips for self care and better health.

The class is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at the d’Youville Pavillion Activity Room, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, 102 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, from July 5 – August 4 from 10:00-10:45am at a cost of $30.00.

For more information or to register, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web.
  

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Prevention and Wellness Program Receives Maine Fitness Award

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

L to R: Joan Samuelson, co-chair for the ME Governor's Council, Maria Pete, Jennifer Smith, Mrs. Lepage, and Dr. Erik Steele, co-chairs for the ME Governor's Council.

St. Mary’s Prevention and Wellness Program has been recognized by the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity with the Maine Fitness Award. The program met rigorous criteria in the “Healthly Workplace – Large Business” category including:

· number of participants reached
· health education (stress management, cholesterol screening, weight control, nutrition, etc)
· affordability
· physical activity/fitness

Last year Maine General Medical Center won this award, as did Martins Point and New England Rehab in the “Medium Business” category. As you can see, we are in exceptional company!

Please congratulate the staff at Prevention and Wellness, including Jennifer Smith, Maria Pete, Ashley Gayton and others for this recognition. It is just one more way in which St Mary’s is working to build a healthier community.



HealthSteps at St. Mary’s is offering a free Anusara-Inspired Yoga trial class

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Interested in yoga but unsure if this is the class for you…join us for a FREE trial class on Wednesday, March 30th from 5-6pm.

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!

If you enjoy the class and are interested in joining, the next session will begin Apr 13 – May 11.

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Lepage Large
Cost:  $62.50
Room Change: 4/27-Bank of America Room

For more information, please call HealthSteps at 207-777-8898.

What is Osteoporosis and How is it Linked to Cancer?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/01/11

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

There are many risk factors when it comes to the bone disease osteoporosis. Not getting enough calcium, poor posture, and living a sedentary lifestyle are just a few. Did you know certain cancer treatments could also put you at greater risk for weak and fragile bones?

St. Mary’s physical therapist Becky Harrington will present an information session about osteoporosis. She will explain what osteoporosis is, its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and how cancer patients have a higher risk for developing the disease. Becky will also provide strategies for achieving better bone health. The presentation will be held Thursday, March 17, 2011, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the second floor conference room at the Center for Physical Rehabilitation, St. Mary’s Auburn Campus, at the corner of Gracelawn Road and Turner Street in Auburn.

For more information, please call St. Mary’s HealthSteps at 777-8898 or email.

This is one of many educational programs from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders made possible by a generous grant from the Livestrong: Lance Armstrong Foundation.