Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Have you looked at your food bill lately?  Let’s face it: food prices are not going down. Whether you buy food at a local market, grocery store or your favorite “super center,” planning a healthy meal for one or a family while keeping to a budget is challenging. While we all have preferences, keeping an open mind and varying our diets makes affording nutritious food easier. You might even surprise yourself by trying something out of ordinary that is absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and cost-effective. Read more ...

 

I Don't Know What to Say to Mom

I Don't Know What to Say to Mom

Dementia changes how people experience and interact with the world around them. The way a person with dementia uses words often leaves family members and caregivers unsure how to respond. After years of being able to communicate interactively, and exchange information clearly, as dementia progresses this flow suddenly shifts. Initially, it may be an occasional loss of words, or confusion of words. Eventually, there is no give and take at all, leaving communication a one-way street. Read more ...

Health Events in Maine September 13 to September 22

Health Events in Maine September 13 to September 22

Lots of health events coming up next week! Find out what they are and submit your own health event to the Catching Health Calendar. What's happening ...

SVH Plans Fair and Walk for October 18th

Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) will host its annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 18th, from 9 am to noon at Maine Central Institute’s Wright Gym in Pittsfield. With the theme of “Celebrating Traditions of Care,” this year’s fair will also host the 20th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Admission to both events is free.

Returning to the larger Wright Gym (where both the walk and the fair were held years ago), the Community Health Fair is planning to provide seasonal flu shots for adults at least 18 years old, nutrition education, drug identification, hands-only CPR/Pet CPR instruction, senior resources, health screenings, and local health services offered throughout the community. Every year, the SVH Breast Cancer Awareness Walk raises money for the Nancy Stone Fund, which provides free mammograms and other breast health services to area women who cannot afford these services because of a lack of insurance or underinsurance.

Maine Anticipates Spectacular Fall Foliage

September 10, 2014 Marks the Official Launch of Season

 

Today is the official start of Maine’s fall foliage season.  The 2014 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost area of the state is still green with hints of color.

“Ever so subtle changes are occurring in the northern regions of the state (zones 6 and 7), but right now we are still on track for a typical fall foliage season with northern Maine reaching peak conditions by the end of September into the first week of October.  The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions October 13 through October 25,” according to Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson.

Overwhelmed? Add a Time Out to Your Schedule

Overwhelmed? Add a Time Out to Your Schedule

You're overwhelmed and I'm suggesting that you add one more thing to the list? Why?! Because if you don't schedule a time out, my guess it that you will never take one. And your health — physical and mental — is likely to suffer. Read more ...

The Doctor Will See You Now — On Your Smart Phone

The Doctor Will See You Now — On Your Smart Phone

Maine Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members  can now use their smart phone, tablet or computer for a live video conversation with a doctor about non-emergency health issues. The service is called LiveHealth Online. Read more ...