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Bargains and education planned for Baby Fair

April 13th, 2012

Owen Mailloux plays at last year’s Baby Fair. This year’s fair, selling gently used toys and clothing, will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

For the eleventh year in a row, the Troy Howard Middle  School gymnasium will be filled with an indoor sale of new and used children’s items on Saturday, April 21st, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. This annual event is called the Baby Fair, and the admission fee of $1 will benefit the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association to help local families in need. Children are admitted free. The Troy Howard Middle  Schooli s at 173 Lincolnville  Avenuei n Belfast.


Gently used baby and children’s clothes up to size 12, toys, books and furniture will be for sale. New items may also be available by local crafts people.


Educational booths on nutrition, identifying lead in the home and choosing and installing a child’s car seat will be beneficial for new parents and grandparents.  


 For more information, call Lois Dutch, Waldo County Healthcare Inc.’s Education Coordinator, at 930-6713.


Posted in Hospital News, In the Community

Walking log

April 12th, 2012

Posted in Journey to Health

SMART goals

April 12th, 2012

Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:


*Who:      Who is involved?


*What:     What do I want to accomplish?


*Where:    Identify a location.


*When:     Establish a time frame.
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Posted in Journey to Health

Reach your fitness goals: Make them realistic

April 12th, 2012

One of the most common reasons people fail to reach their exercise goals is they try to do too much too quickly. For example, when you start running, it’s not realistic to run five miles the first day. A more reasonable plan would be to start out walking and gradually add short intervals of running as you develop more stamina. If you start out running, you may end up getting injured or become so sore you won’t want to exercise again.


Hold yourself accountable

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Posted in Journey to Health, Managing your health


April 12th, 2012

You know you want to begin a fitness program, but don’t know where to start. It’s easy! Walking is one of the easiest and most profitable forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire.


How to start: First of all, start out slow and easy. Just walk out the door. For most people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Do this every day for a week. If this was easy for you, add five minutes to your walks next week (total walking time 25 minutes). Keep adding 5 minutes until you are walking as long as desired. Read more…

Posted in Journey to Health, Managing your health

1 Sugary Drink a Day May Raise Heart Risk

April 11th, 2012

Study: Men Who Drank 1 Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Daily Had 20% Higher Risk of Heart Disease Than Non-Drinkers


By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Medical News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD


Just one sugar-sweetened drink a day may be enough to raise a man’s risk for heart disease , a new study suggests.

Men who drank just one sugary drink a day had a 20% higher risk of heart disease than did non-drinkers, says researcher Frank Hu, MD, PhD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“This study provides strong evidence that higher consumption of sugary beverages is an important risk factor for heart disease,” he says. “Even moderate consumption — one soda per day — is associated with a 20% [increased] risk.”

Hu’s team followed nearly 43,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Previously, they conducted a similar study with women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study. In that study, they also found a link between sugar-sweetened drinks and heart disease.

“In this one we tried to replicate the results in men,” he tells WebMD. The results are very consistent, he says. “That is really enhancing the validity of the findings.”

The team found a link, but that does not prove cause and effect.

The study is published in the journal Circulation.

The Sugar Association, an industry group, took exception with the findings, stressing that sugar is not the main culprit, but lifestyle. So did the American Beverage Association.


Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and Heart Disease: Study Details


Hu and his teams asked the men, aged 40 to 75 when the study started, to report their beverage-drinking habits. From January 1986 through December 2008, the men reported on their diet and other health habits every two years.

They provided a blood sample about halfway through the study.

The researchers followed the men for 22 years. They looked to see who had heart disease. In the study, heart disease was defined as a heart attack , fatal or not.

During that time, there were 3,683 heart attacks.

Next, the researchers divided the men into four groups, depending on their sugar-sweetened drink habits. Such drinks included sodas, carbonated non-colas, fruit punches, lemonade, and other non-carbonated fruit drinks. The sugar-sweetened drinks studied did not include 100% fruit juices. The drinking habit groups were:

* No sugar-sweetened drinks
* Twice a month
* One to three times a week
* Nearly four times a week to nine per day — an average of about 6.5 a week. (Half drank more, half less.)

Those in the last group were considered the daily drinkers.

Those in the daily group were 20% more likely to wind up with a heart attack than the non-drinkers, Hu found.

This was true even after accounting for other factors, such as age, smoking , exercise , alcohol drinks, diet quality, weight, and family history of heart disease.

They looked at the blood samples. Men who drank sugar-sweetened drinks daily had higher indicators for heart disease than the non-drinkers did.

Those who had a daily sugar-sweetened drink had higher levels of blood fats called triglycerides , a risk factor for heart disease. They had lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol , another risk factor.


Artificially Sweetened Drinks: Study Results


The men also reported how frequently they drank artificially sweetened drinks.

Hu didn’t find a link between drinks sweetened artificially (such as diet sodas) and heart disease or indicators of heart disease.

“But it doesn’t mean diet soda is the best alternative,” he says. “The data on diet soda is quite limited.”

Explaining Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Heart Disease

What can explain the link? “There are at least three things going on,” Hu says.

“One is increased body weight, an immediate effect [of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages]. The second thing is blood lipids. It increases triglycerides and decreases HDL.”

The drinks also increase inflammatory indicators linked with heart disease, he says, such as C-reactive protein. That has been found, he says, not only in his study but also in several others.


Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and Heart Disease: Perspectives


The findings are ”hardly a surprise,” says Robert Lustig, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, who has researched childhood and adult obesity . He reviewed the findings for WebMD.

In his own research, he says, he has found a link between sugar-sweetened drinks and high blood pressure , a risk factor for heart disease.

The new study provides some valuable information as to why the drinks and heart disease are linked, such as the inflammation effect, says Christina M. Shay, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, Lawton. In her own research, she has found a link between sugar-sweetened drinks and heart disease in women.


Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and Heart Disease: Industry Weigh-in


Charles Baker, PhD, chief science officer at the Sugar Association, takes issue with the findings.

Among the flaws, he says, is that the fourth group included a wide range. The intakes in that group ranged from 4.5 drinks a week to 7.5 a day. The researchers figured the average to be at 6.5 a week or about one a day. (Half drank more, half less.)

Baker says it was this ”data manipulation” that allowed the researchers to find the 20% increased risk.

Singling out sugar is not the answer to fighting obesity and heart disease, he says. Instead, people should reduce calories and exercise more, he says.

In a statement, the American Beverage Association says, in part, that the men studied were nearly all white men of European descent. The findings, therefore, may not apply to the general population.

Other factors, such as stress , could have played a role, the statement says.

“The authors found an association between consuming sweetened beverages and [heart disease and stroke ] risk, but this could have been the result of other lifestyle changes over the 22-year study period involving men 40 to 75 years of age,” it adds.


Sugar-Sweetened Drinks and Heart Disease: Diet Advice


Those who love such drinks don’t have to give them up entirely, Hu says. “One or two a week, I don’t think that’s going to be a major problem,” he says.

“We should treat soda as some kind of treat, not a regular event,” he tells WebMD.

The American Heart Association recommends drinking no more than 450 calories of sugary drinks a week. That’s fewer than three 12-ounce sugared drinks.

On a given day, about one of two people in the U.S. drinks a sugary drink, the CDC reports. One in 20 drinks more than four 12-ounce sugared beverages per day, it finds.

Posted in Journey to Health

Introducing Phase Three Cardiac Rehab

April 6th, 2012

Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.

Learn about the benefits of phase 3 cardiac rehab, our open house and cardiac rehab 5k.

Posted in Doctor Recommendation, General Information, Healthy Living, J2H TV

The Importance of Advanced Directives

April 6th, 2012

Advanced Directives from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.

Posted in Doctor Recommendation, General Information, J2H TV

What to do with leftover Easter eggs

April 6th, 2012

Eggs from Waldo County General Hospital on Vimeo.

Posted in Healthy Eating, J2H TV

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

April 6th, 2012

Quinoa, though technically a seed in the herb category, has traditionally been considered a valuable member of the grain family. A sacred source of strength of the ancient Incas, it is enjoying a new popularity in theUnited States. This dish provides a complete protein and can stand along as a luncheon or light supper entrée.



1 ½ cups quinoa

1 ½ cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned

1 ½ tablespoons red-wine vinegar

½ cup red onion

¾ cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 pickled jalapeno chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)

¼ cup finely chopped fresh coriander


For dressing:

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

1 teaspoon sale

1 ¼ teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste

1/3 cup olive oil



In a bowl, wash quinoa in at least 5 changes of cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most the water, until water runs clear and drain in a large fine sieve.


In a saucepan of salted boiling water cook quinoa for 10 minutes.


While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.


Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, red onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, and coriander and toss well.


Make dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking.


Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made one day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.

Posted in Healthy Eating, J2H TV, Recipes

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