Waldo County General Hospital’s Journey to Health program will again this summer be sponsoring sea kayaking for beginners. Here is your opportunity to see Belfast from the bay!
Every other Tuesday, there will either be one of two 75-minute trips available or a 2.5 hour trip.
On June 18, July 2, July 30 and Aug. 27, there will be trips at 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per paddler. There are some scholarships available.
On July 16, there will be a trip to Head of Tide from 4:30 to 7 p.m. On Aug. 13, the trip will be to Bayside from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost of the 2.5-hour trips is $30 per paddlers and again there are some scholarships available.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Sumer Higgins at 338-9359 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, preferred day and time and the number in your party. Children are welcome. You can ask about scholarship availability when you register.
The Journey to Health program at Waldo County General Hospital is starting a new way to get some exercise this summer. Each Saturday, beginning June 1 and running through Oct. 5, there will be a guided walk somewhere in Waldo County from 10 a.m. to noon.
The first walk will be along the Passy Greenway City of Belfast Trail. If you don’t where that is, or want to learn more about the difficulty of that hike, visit www.wcgh.org/walks. There is also a complete list of the Saturday walks on that page.
You can also find out more about the weekly hikes by signing up for the Journey to Health email list and newsletter at www.wcgh.org or by calling Sumer Higgins at 338-9359.
According to WebMD, weight loss is only one benefit of a walking program. Regular walking helps lower cholesterol, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, increases bone strength, and improves circulation.
The scheduled walks are:
Jun. 1 Passy Greenway City of Belfast Trail
Jun. 8 Stover Preserve, Belfast
Jun. 15 Fernald’s Neck, Lincolnville
Jun. 22 Jetty Road, Sears Island
Jun. 29 Little River Trail, Belfast (from water district)
Jul. 13 Haystack Mountain, Liberty
Jul. 20 Northern Pond, Monroe
Jul. 27 River Trail Tanglewood, Lincolnville
Aug. 3 Little River Trail, Belfast (from Walsh Field)
Aug. 10 Laffin Road, Mt. Waldo, Frankfort
Aug. 17 Bog Brook Trail, Montville
Aug. 24 Purple Trail, Mt. Waldo, Frankfort
Sept. 14 Northern Headwaters Trail, Montville
Sept. 21 Conner Mill Trail, Unity
Sept. 28 Tanglewood Trail, Lincolnville
Oct. 5 Unity Park Loop, Unity
Do you sometimes find yourself sitting down to a meal in front of the television or eating it while standing at the counter and before you know it, you’ve cleaned your plate and you aren’t really sure what you ate? Or you gobble down a meal and then take seconds because you don’t feel full?
That is known as mindless eating and it usually leads to eating more than you should.
On Thursday, June 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Liberty Town Office, Phyllis Havens, MS, RD, LSW, CDE, a nutrition therapist and diabetes educator, will give a free presentation, “The experience of mindful eating.”
She will talk about the difference between mindful and mindless eating and how to put mindful eating into practice. Using mindful eating practices can help you discover a far more satisfying relationship with food and eating.
The presentation is free but space is limited. To register, call Hester Kohl, health educator, at 930-2514 or email her at email@example.com.
Would you like to have your cholesterol and glucose tested? On Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Waldo County General Hospital will be doing free community cholesterol and glucose screenings.
In order to have the glucose screening, you must have fasted for 10 hours, having only water and your usual medications.
While the screenings are free, there are limited appointments available, so you must pre-register by calling Sumer Higgins at 338-9359.
The screenings will be in the second floor conference room at 125 Northport Ave. (the new building across the street from the hospital).
Waldo County General Hospital Aid’s annual yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 25th, starting at 8 a.m., rain or shine, at the hospital’s education center, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast.
Thanks to the efforts of many Aid members, the sale once again promises to be a major fundraiser for the Aid with a full room of bargains on books, puzzles, jewelry, toys, clothing, craft items, music, furniture, dishes and especially those must-have items falling under the category of ‘white elephant’.
Donations of good quality items will be accepted the day before, on Friday, May 24th, at the education center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will check if items are usable for the sale. No computers, televisions or large appliances, please, and only good quality clothing.
Call Phyllis Gaul at 548-0232 or Geary Tibbetts at 338-2564 for more information or to arrange pickup of donations. All proceeds benefit Waldo County General Hospital.