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HPV and Cervical Cancer: What You Need to Know

April 24th, 2014

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by human papilloma virus, or HPV. What is HPV, how do you get it, and how you can prevent it? Join Elizabeth Linnell, MD on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm as she answers those questions. Dr. Linnell will also discuss the cervical cancer screening test Pap smear, new test guidelines, and what they mean for women in our community. The presentation will take place in the Bank of America Conference Room in the Corinne Croteau Lepage Women’s Health Pavilion, 330 Sabattus Street in Lewiston. To register, please call 777-8458.

Dr. Linnell is and OB/GYN at the St. Mary’s Women’s Health Associates. She graduated cum laude from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She also held the positions of OB/GYN Administrative Chief Resident and Instructor for University of Vermont College of Medicine at Maine Medical Center.

Elizabeth Linnell, MD Women's Health Associates

Elizabeth Linnell, MD
Women’s Health Associates

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center Celebrates Nutrition this March

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. 

March 18th, 2014

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Reaccredited

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in central Maine increased access to critical diabetes education services.

“The accreditation is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and depth of knowledge of our staff,” said Irwin Brodsky, MD, the Medical Director at St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. “Our team includes experienced nutrition and diabetes management professionals many of whom are certified diabetes educators.”

Diabetes education as a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  “St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

St. Mary’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology is located at 963 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.  For more information, please call the office at 777-8625 or visit www.stmarysmaine.com.

The Strollin’ Colon Presented by St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

March 5th, 2014

The Strollin' Colon

In an effort to raise awareness about cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Dempsey Center are teaming up to bring you “The Strollin’ Colon.”

Take a stroll through the “The Strollin’ Colon” on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 4PM to 7PM at the Auburn Mall (by TD Bank), 550 Center Street in Auburn.    Also on hand will be hematologist/oncologist Mahesh Pandey, MD from St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.  At 5:30PM, Dr. Pandey will talk about what colorectal cancer is, how it develops, who should get tested and when, and ways to prevent the disease.  Next, a colon cancer survivor will share his experience coping with the disease.

Colorectal cancer remains the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Despite these staggering statistics, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable, treatable, and beatable forms of cancer, especially when it is caught early.

St. Mary’s Commit to Get Fit Challenge

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

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.

World Day of the Sick

February 11th, 2014

New Mind Body Program!

January 22nd, 2014

St. Mary’s is now offering a Mind Body Program for anyone who has or has had cancer. The program focuses on relaxation techniques, nutrition, increasing energy, improving physical and emotional side effects of cancer and its treatment and to promote healing.
The Program Includes:
- Initial Consultation (usually covered by insurance)
- Ten Weekly Group Sessions
- Educational and Reference Materials
- Relaxation CD
Cost: $300 (Assistance with payment may be available to those who qualify.)
**We have a special discounted cost of $150 for individuals who agree to participate in the pilot program!

The Program is run by Anne Brown, MD of St. Mary’s Medical Associates. Dr. Brown received special training in integrated Medicine and is a cancer survivor.

To register for this program or for more information, please call Dr. Anne Brown at 777-8810 or email: abrownmd@stmarysmaine.com.

Couch to 5K!

January 17th, 2014

Have you ever thought about participating in a 5K or have you ever wondered what one is?

First, a 5K is approximately 3.1 miles. For those of us who break into a sweat just thinking about having to run, the thought of jogging a 5K might seem unattainable. The truth is it’s easier than you might think.

The key is start slow and gradually progress. The issue most could-be runners face is they start out too fast and go too far leaving them sore and feeling less than motivated in the days to come. If this is you, we can help!

We’ll provide you with a doable program in which you can gradually progress your distance, alternating between walking and jogging, and you don’t have to worry about speed –phew!

In just 9 short weeks, you could be ready for your first 5K! We don’t want to rush you though. So if you feel you need to repeat a week of the training program, we’ve built in an extra week for that as well.
This program runs from February 24 to April 25. We will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings starting at 6:05am at the Bates College Merrill Gymnasium indoor track. Each session will take 20 to 30-minutes. Optional group warm-up, cool-down, and strengthening is available.

If these days don’t work for you, you can still participate in the program at the indoor track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings any time between 6:05-6:55am.

The program cost $55. You may register by calling 777-8898. HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.