Posts Tagged ‘HealthSteps’

De-Stress for the Holiday – Join Us for a Free Yoga Class

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Bring some inner peace and relaxation to yourself during this the bustling holiday season. Join HealthSteps for a free Yoga Flow class! In exchange for the class, donations to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry would be welcomed and appreciated. This mixed-level flow class is open to new and experienced students. It is an excellent way to have fun while improving your overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility, and posture. Join us for a rejuvenating hour of yoga to balance the mind, body, and spirit while helping a good cause.

The class takes place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:00 am to 10:00am in the Lepage Large Conference Room at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. The instructor is Tisha Bremner.

All proceeds benefit the St. Mary’s food pantry, which has been providing emergency food assistance to residents of the greater Lewiston/Auburn area for more than 20 years. The St. Mary’s Food Pantry relies solely on charitable donations. The dedication of our Food Pantry volunteers and the generous support of our donors are essential to performing the vital task of feeding the hungry among us.
HealthSteps is one of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System. For more information or to register, please call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or visit them on the web at: www.stmarysmaine.com

Sign up Now for HealthSteps Specialty Classes

Tuesday, September 10th, 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
Oct 1 – Oct 31
Location: d’Youville Pavilion Resident Dining Room (2nd Floor), 102 Campus Ave., Lewiston
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
Instructor: Jennifer Smith, MS
Sept 18 – Dec 4
Location: Saint-Hyacinthe Conference Room ( 2nd floor), 96 Campus Ave., Lewiston
Cost: $99

Qigong
This class is excellent for health, balance, circulation, and over all well-being. In this class, you will visualize and activate Qi, one’s life force. Over the years we tend to deplete our Qi, which causes us to feel tired, anxious, worried and somewhat sluggish. Rejuvenate with Qigong!
Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45pm
Instructor: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney
Sessions are on going. New participants are welcome to start at anytime.
Location: Muskie Archives, Bates College, corner of Campus and Central Avenues, Lewiston
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, $14 for the entire fall session, which is Sept 4 – Dec 13
Location: Merrill Gymnasium, Bates College, 141 Russell St., Lewiston

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
Sept 23 – Oct 25
Location: d’Youville Pavilion, Resident Dining Room (2nd Floor), 102 Campus Ave, 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 is Sept 4 – Dec 13
Location: Merrill Gymnasium, Bates College, 141 Russell St., Lewiston

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 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 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
Sept 30 – Nov 4
Location: Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
Cost: $75

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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