What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

Everywhere you look, people are trying to move more, eat better, lose weight, get rid of stress … they’re tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed and just plain unhealthy. Trouble is, when you’re going it alone, like many people do, it can become too much of a challenge and next thing you know you’re back where you started. Read how Healthy Maine Streets has been helping people in several Maine communities overcome some of their challenges ...

 

 

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I'm religious about getting my annual mammogram. That's because I have a history of fibrocystic disease and in my 20s had a fibroadenoma (benign tumor) removed from my right breast. Every year, I worry that something not so benign will show up and every year I sigh with relief when I get a letter saying everything is normal. Not this year. Instead, I got a phone call from the Mammography Department at Mercy Hospital. The radiologist wanted me to come back for additional views. My heart sank. The diagnosis turned out to be DCIS, something I had never heard of before. I've discovered that neither do a lot of other people, so I decided to share my story on my Catching Health blog. Go to the blog ...

Community Health Fair

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.

Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, personal care products, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides. What do these items have in common? They’re all emerging contaminants that have detected at trace levels in drinking water.  

Learn more and find out how you can help prevent emerging contaminants from getting into our drinking water ...

SVH Announces Autumn Art on Display

SVH Announces Autumn Art on Display

Members of Valley Arts Alliance hung the fourth installation of seasonal paintings in the hospital lobby areas at Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) in Pittsfield recently. In partnership with Valley Arts Alliance, which is a group of over thirty artists and supporters of the arts in the Sebasticook Valley region, the hospital hosts a rotating art exhibit for public viewing.

What began in January, the exhibit features artwork by local artists using the theme of seasons as their guide. SVH President/CEO and EMHS Senior Vice-President Terri Vieira commented, “Our patients and visitors have been interested and look forward to viewing art in our hallways and waiting areas. It’s a privilege to offer opportunities for local artists to showcase their original artwork in our public spaces, and these beautiful prints and paintings infuse color and endearing images that represent our region outside the walls of our community hospital.”

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read what Fran learned about her risks ...

 

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

Health Events in Maine September 27 to October 1

Is every night a bedtime battle with your child? Check out the Catching Health calendar to find out about an upcoming event at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center with infant and child sleep consultant Jessica Begley. Discover other health events in Maine and/or submit your own event — visit the Catching Health with Diane Atwood blog.