HEALTH NEWS

Posted Sept. 17, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.

Wellness program

BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Care announced that its Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse is getting healthier with a new Fit 4 US Wellness Program.

The program enables members and staff to access healthy food options, exercise and learn more about general health.

The components of the program include Walking 4 Wellness, Intro to Exercise, Nutrition Assistance, Health Education and YMCA Scholarship Support.

Last month clubhouse members walked more than 120 miles and have connected with five different clubhouses since they started in May.

Various exercise classes are offered at Clubhouse in mornings and evenings, include hooping, Zumba, yoga and tai chi.

Members are referred to local nutrition programs, offered trips to the Farmer’s Markets and

food pantries, and tend and harvest garden items at the Community Garden. Healthy choices in the Clubhouse Café are priced lower than “junk food”.

Interested members are offered scholarship applications to the YMCA and supported in their

independent workouts or participation in exercise programs.

A variety of Health and Wellness Educational sessions are offered, including HIV/AIDS education, management of chronic disease such as COPD and CHF, medications, psychiatric diagnoses, and soon, smoking cessation.

To learn more about the Clubhouse or Fit 4 Us Wellness, or to share ideas, contact Carrie Lemos, executive director, at clemos@pchc.com or 207-404-8383.

Visit unlimitedsolutionsclubhouse.com for an updated schedule of events.

 

Support for those affected by partner abuse

BANGOR, Maine — Spruce Run offers day and night support groups for women affected by partner abuse, including child care. For information, call Spruce Run at 800-863-9909.

 

Volunteering training

BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine has scheduled its 2013 volunteer training course 12:30-4:30 p.m. over six consecutive Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center Healthcare Mall, 885 Union St. Caring men and women who feel called to serve as companions for neighbors who are terminally ill are invited to apply for a space in the class.

For information, contact Wayne Melanson, volunteer manager, at 207-973-8269 or wmelanson@emh.org.

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