Health

Childhood Obesity Conference in Bangor on Monday November, 8

Studies indicate that some forty percent of Maine's youth entering kindergarten is overweight or obese. In addition to hindering healthy lifestyles, obesity costs the American people billions in medical expenses every year. The EMHS Youth Healthy Lifestyle Project, Let’s Go! - EMHS is partnering with schools, communities and others to find ways that together we can curb childhood obesity. Many of these folks will gather in Bangor next Monday.

The theme of the 2010 Maine Childhood Obesity Community session, hosted by Let’s Go!  - EMHS is to inspire, invigorate, educate, and collaborate. The “share and learn” session, beginning at 9am on Monday November 8, at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn seeks to bring together individuals and organizations working in their communities to combat childhood obesity.

Teens Hold Garage/Bake Sale to Help Kids in Need

On Friday, November 5th 2010 and Saturday, November 6th 2010, the Bangor Y's Interact Leaders Club will be having a Garage/Bake Sale to benefit kids in need. Proceeds from the garage sale will go towards a scholarship fund to send at least one youth/teen to attend the Bangor Y’s Leaders School in the summer of 2011. Leaders School is a one-week summer camp that helps kids find direction and purpose as well as strengthen their self-esteem. Funds from the bake sale benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a Jimmy Fund fundraising event to help support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Items for the garage sale are donated by Interact Leaders Club, Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary members, friends, families and Y members. Goods for the bake sale are made by Interact and Rotary members. The Interact Leaders Club’s Garage/Bake Sale will be on Friday, November 5th from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 6th, from 7am to 1pm in the Everett Room at 127 Hammond St.

Pre-walk Celebration for the Ninth Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour

WHO: Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger & Cross Roads Ministries
 
WHAT: Pre-walk Celebration for the Ninth Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour
 
WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Penobscot County FCU, 205 Main Street, Old Town
 
 
MAINE CREDIT UNIONS’ ENDING HUNGER WALKING TOUR PREPARES FOR ITS NINTH YEAR
 
(Westbrook) – On Thursday, October 28, at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union in Old Town, representatives from Maine’s credit unions will join Brenda Davis, Executive Director of Cross Roads Ministries, an Old Town-based hunger agency that serves thousands in Eastern Maine, at a pre-walk celebration for the Ninth Annual Maine Credit Unions’ Ending Hunger Walking Tour.

Youth Obesity Program - We Can!

At Waterville Junior High School, health teacher Jane Dean is teaching sixth-graders how to see through deceptive junk food marketing, improve activity levels and make healthier snack choices.

At the Mitchell Elementary School in Waterville, Wendy Lagasse of MaineGeneral Health System's Prevention Center is presenting a program to third-graders in an effort to get the children to break from a national statistic -- that children average six hours a day watching TV or playing video games.

Numerous studies show a direct correlation between time spent in front of a screen and elevated risks for weight gain and related health problems, says Alan Majka, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in the Kennebec County Office in Augusta.

The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.

Acadia Hospital Stands Ready to Accept Displaced MaineCare Recipients

Bangor, ME – In response to the decision of Bangor Psychiatric Services to no longer see MaineCare clients, the Acadia Hospital has announced it stands ready to accommodate some of the approximately 2,500 affected individuals.
“As a primary non-profit provider of mental health and substance abuse services we must be accessible for Maine residents in need of treatment,” commented Acadia President and CEO David S. Proffitt, PhD. “Acadia has talented and committed professionals ready to help those in need.”
The Acadia Hospital is a private, non-profit psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment provider. As a member of EMHS, Acadia works with its affiliated organizations to ensure the highest quality care is available to all who need it.
For more information on Acadia Hospital and our services go to: www.acadiahospital.org.

Winterberry Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care Community Hosts Country Fair

Come enjoy the autumn weather as Winterberry Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care hosts a Country Fair to benefit the Bangor Humane Society on Saturday, October 23 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 932 Ohio Street in Bangor.  The fair will include live entertainment by Nostalgia, a petting zoo, free hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and more.  This event is open to the public and admission is $5; all funds raised will go to the Bangor Humane Society.   

Winterberry Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care Community features 78 assisted living apartments, as well as a dedicated wing with 14 apartments designed to accommodate residents with memory care needs.  Amenities include licensed nursing staff, 24-hour care, three delicious chef-prepared meals each day, bus service, activities program, housekeeping and maintenance service.