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Keep the Beat -Maine Coast Memorial Hospital's Heart Health Fair

“Keep the Beat”

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to Host Heart Health Fair and Red Dress Day for National Heart Awareness Month

Heart disease is the largest killer of both men and women.  According to the American Heart Associate, nearly 70% of the US population has some level of heart disease.  Every 34 seconds someone in the USA dies of a heart attack with many of those never having a warning – the first symptom of heart disease for some people is a heart attack!

In response to these staggering statistics, on Wednesday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Oncologist

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Oncologist

Catherine Chodkiewicz, MD is now seeing cancer patients at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chodkiewicz is affiliated with Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Care of Maine which recently relocated to the new Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer.  With Dr. Chodkiewicz in Blue Hill twice a month, the hospital has doubled the hours that an oncologist is available to treat patients.  Dr.

Walk Your Way to Better Health

Walk Your Way to Better Health

Walk your way to better health in 2011

The Make Tracks Walking Program is looking for walkers to join the fun and stay healthy through the winter months. This free program is coordinated through Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program with free pedometers and T-shirts for participants.

The Make Tracks Walking Program is designed to give participants a place to walk with friends during the colder weather months. Participants are encouraged to count their steps and set goals with the use of the pedometer. The main purpose of the program is to keep active and have some fun. This program is for all ages and fitness levels.

The group meets in the lobby of the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA every Tuesday and Thursday to walk in the gym from 11a.m. until noon. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, clean shoes. Drop-ins are welcome.

Acadia Hospital Campus to Go Smoke-Free Beginning January 1

Bangor, ME – On January 1, The Acadia Hospital will become a Smoke-Free Campus. While this may be a difficult transition for some, the long-term benefits will be worth it. In the United States smoking is considered the #1 preventable health condition; with a startling 44% of the cigarettes being consumed by people with a major mental illness. In fact, smoking is identified as a factor in the significantly shorter life-spans of individuals living with a mental illness.
“As a major provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment services it is important that we role model the kind of healthy behaviors that can help keep our staff and clients well. It is consistent with our mission and values to be a leader in this area,” commented Acadia Hospital President and CEO David S. Proffitt, PhD.
The hospital has tools in place to help people stop smoking if they choose to do so.

Relay For Life of Penobscot to Kick Off on January 11 in Bangor

(Bangor, ME) - On Tuesday, January 11 at 6 pm, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Penobscot will officially get underway. Bangor area community members will gather at the Bangor Banquet and Conference Center (701 Hogan Road) for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will feature important event information, games, and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers. This also will be the first opportunity to register a team for the overnight event to be held on May 20 and 21 at the University of Maine track.
This is the first year that this Relay will be happening at the University of Maine track. Formerly, the event was held at the Old Town high school track, but due to the event’s increasing popularity, new accommodations needed to be found. “We are very excited about our new partnership with the University of Maine.

Bangor Y Announces Phase 1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In February of this year, the Bangor Y announced exciting plans to consolidate its operations into one location through a phased construction project starting with Phase 1: expanded parking and modest internal renovations. After careful review of each location as well as which single site could best meet our community programming needs, Second Street was selected. Over the past ten months, the Bangor Y Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff have been working diligently finalizing our financing, real estate transactions, zone change, and site plan approvals, and construction. We are pleased to announce our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled to take place on deck of the Aloupis Pool on December 15 at 10:30 a.m. at our 17 Second Street location.
In September, the Bangor Y held a ground breaking ceremony. In little less than four months, the ‘new’ Bangor Y on Second Street is now open to the public.

Proceeds from Dysarts Cookbook to Benefit EMMC CancerCare of Maine

Proceeds from Dysarts Cookbook to Benefit EMMC CancerCare of Maine

(Brewer, ME) – In the true spirit of the holidays, the Dysart family, owners of the Dysart’s
Truck Stop and Restaurant in Hermon, Maine, are donating 100 percent of the proceeds
of their new cookbook to cancer charities, specifically Eastern Maine Medical Center
CancerCare of Maine at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
“We are proud to produce this new book with familiar recipes and a few of our kitchen
secrets to benefit cancer patients in our region. We’ve long been supporters of EMMC
CancerCare of Maine, and this book helps support those services at the Lafayette Family
Cancer Center.