Health news Sept. 22

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 9:56 a.m.

Flu shots

LINCOLNVILLE — A flu shots clinic will be held 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Tranquility Grange, Route 52. The injection is free to those with a Medicare card, $25 others. For more information, call Camden Area District Nursing at 230-6272 or Rosemary Winslow at 763-3343.

Healthier employees

Approximately 97 percent of Maine businesses, and many members of the local Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, employ 50 or fewer people. Because most small employers can’t hire someone just to manage a wellness program, it’s smart to use outside screening and counseling resources to create a healthier workplace.

Healthy Maine Works, a project of the Maine CDC, Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Maine Department of Education, has introduced a free online tool that helps employers implement low- or no-cost wellness policies and programs.

Healthier employees are just good business. Benefits include higher performance and morale, and lower absenteeism, workers’ compensation claims and insurance costs. The program’s employee surveys help employers identify problems and risks. An online inventory suggests strategies to address the health and safety priorities the employer discovers.

YMCA staff member Trisha Pendleton began the “Y Not Now” employee incentive for lifestyle change in 2010 and lost more than 100 pounds during the program’s first year. “Thia Belajonas, my wellness coach, has really inspired me to stay active, and try new things,” said Pendleton. “This program has really helped make a positive change in my life.”

For more information about Healthy Maine Works and Keep Me Well through Knox County Community Health Coalition, contact Nancy Laite at nllaite2@myfairpoint.net or 236-6313, ext. 2.

Heart failure classes

BELFAST — Have you been diagnosed with heart failure? Want to learn some skills to help you manage your condition better and connect with others who also have heart failure?

A series of educational classes known as “The Beat Goes On!” will be offered 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 29-Oct. 27, in the second-floor conference room of the new building, 125 Northport Ave., across from Waldo Community General Hospital. The series will cover these topics:

• Sept. 29, “You Can Do This: Self-Management Skills for Living Well with Heart Failure,” led by Deb Czuchra.

• Oct. 6, “Eating Well with Heart Failure: Get the Lowdown on Salt,” led by Jen Nelson.

• Oct. 13, “Pills and Me: Understanding the World of Health Failure Medications,” led by Nancy Nystrom.

• Oct. 20, “Pump it Up: Exercising with Heart Failure,” led by Teri Blackadar.

• Oct. 27, “Ahhhh: Managing the Stress of Heart Failure,” led by Jo-Ann Whiting.

Participants may bring a family member or friend with them to the classes.

Call Barbara Crowley at 930-2650 or email bcrowley@wcgh.org for more information or to register.

Flu shot clinic schedule

BELFAST — Belfast Public Health Nursing will offer flu shots to the adults at the Education Center, the white building to the left of the hospital:

• Noon-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

• 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 13.

• 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 10.

• Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The cost is $20. The hospital is unable to accept insurance coverage for the flu vaccines.

Stress relief

DAMARISCOTTA — Learn how to relieve stress and anxiety simply and quickly by joining Silvia Tavares at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center. The cost is $15. To make a reservation, call 563-1363 by Thursday, Sept. 29.

Flu shot clinics

ROCKLAND — Flu shots clinics are being offered to the public by Pen Bay Healthcare’s Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice. The cost is $30 for a flu shot, and check or cash are accepted.

Those who are covered by Medicare can receive the shot for free, but they must bring their Medicare card with them.

Here are the dates, locations and times for the clinics this fall:

• Oct. 6 — KWL office in Rockland, 9 a.m-noon.

• Oct. 11 — St. George town office, 2-5 p.m.

• Oct. 12 — Cushing town office, 9-11 a.m.

• Oct. 13 — KWL office in Belfast, 9 a.m.-noon.

• Oct. 18 — Medomak Valley High School, 1-4:30 p.m.

• Oct. 26 — Spectrum Generations in Damariscotta, 1-3:30 p.m.

• Oct. 27 — KWL office in Rockland, 9 a.m.-noon.

In addition, free flu shots will be offered to adults 18 and older) at the Spectrum Generations Health Fair on Oct. 29 at Oceanside High School in Rockland. The shots will be available first come, first served.

Stress reduction program

An eight-week program, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,” will start at the Picker Family Resource Center at 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. There will be an all-day silent retreat on the Saturday between the sixth and seventh session.

Judith Simpson will lead the program. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a practice complementary to that of regular health care providers. It is based on the 30-year-old program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which has resulted in hundreds of positive scientific research studies.

Participants will learn to use mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching, sensory awareness and body scanning as they examine, with complete acceptance, how they now are living. They will practice making choices and decisions that enhance their own health and well-being as they continue through the eight weeks.

For more information, or to register for the course, call Simpson at 338-0579.

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