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Women's Health

All About Fiddleheads (Maine’s Springtime Delicacy)


with Kelly Hodgkins, Western Foothills Land Trust

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 9 am

Join Kelly Hodgkins from Western Foothills Land Trust as we learn how to identify the fiddleheads of the tasty Ostrich fern and prepare them into a delicious side dish. Harvested in the early spring, fiddleheads are a Maine delicacy. Finding and preparing the young fronds of the Ostrich fern can be a challenge. We will go outside to forage for fiddleheads and sauté them on site, weather permitting. If the weather is inclement, we will bring our class indoors into the Harper Center Conference room with pre-picked fiddleheads to aid with identification and an inside cooking class.

Please note: If brought indoors, the class will be an hour and a half.

Outside Class time will be: 9am-12pm-Meet at Ripley Medical Building parking Lot (carpooling recommended)

Indoor Class time will be: 9am-10:30am in the Ripley Medical Building, Harper Conference Center

American Heart Association Heartsaver® CPR AED


with Ben McKenney, EMT/Advanced

Calendar May 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Heartsaver® CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Asthma Triggers: Gain Control


with TJ Farnum, BS Registered Resp. Therapist, Neonatal Pediatric Specialist & Certified Pulmonary Tech

Calendar Mar 28, 2018 at 5 pm

Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks. Triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms. If you have asthma, you may react to just one trigger or you may find that several things act as triggers. Types of triggers: secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, pets, nitrogen dioxide, wood smoke, chemical irritants, and more. Join us to learn more about asthma triggers and how to gain control. Educational material is provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Diabetes: Exploring the Basics


with Betty Sirois, SMH Diabetes Nurse Educator

Calendar Apr 5, 2018 at 6 pm

If you have diabetes, think you are at risk for diabetes or know of someone with diabetes, join Betty Sirois, Diabetes Nurse Educator for this informational session. Topics will include discussion about the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the risk factors, healthy eating and day-to-day management.

Dogsledding Adventure


with Lynda Knowlton, Dog Trainer

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 8:30 am

Are you ready to celebrate winter? Join Stephens Memorial Hospital and HeartSong Kennel for a fun dogsledding adventure. You will start with a kennel tour where you will meet and learn all about the dogs as well as some general history and interesting facts about dogsledding. You will have an opportunity to help harness the dogs in preparation for a 15-20 minute basket ride through the snow. Make sure to dress warm (think layers), winter boots with gaiters or way to block deep snow from getting into tops of boots. Sunglasses or goggles is recommended.

Please Note: Weather permitting.

We will meet at the Ripley Medical Building Parking Lot. for 8:30am  (carpooling is recommended)

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EFT Tapping Workshop


with Jessica Taylor, FNP at Western Maine Family Medicine

Calendar Mar 15, 2018 at 5 pm

Learn about the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping) to tap your way to better emotional health. Join Jessica Taylor, FNP, from Western Maine Family Medicine, as she teaches you how to use this mind-body stress reduction tool that is effective for anxiety, depression, PTSD and phobias. This technique can also help with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cravings, insomnia and more. It combines tapping with your fingers on acupressure points on the head and torso, while focusing on the physical symptoms that occur in the body due to emotional reactions.

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Explore Healthy Mediterranean Cooking


with Pat Watson, SMH Registered Dietitian and SMH Cooks

Calendar Apr 11, 2018 at 5 pm

Join us for a culinary trip to the Mediterranean- no passport required! The Stephens Memorial Hospital Food Services staff will guide you as they promote a healthy eating plan as well as cultural diversity, highlighting the Mediterranean diet. This class will focus on using some of the essentials of Mediterranean Cooking such as seafood, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and olive oil. Discover some simple flavor-building techniques behind healthy Mediterranean cuisine to bring the delicious tastes to your table while enjoying some samples!

Hobbs Pond Kayaking Adventure


with Kelly Hodgkins, Western Foothills Land Trust

Calendar May 5, 2018 at 10 am

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Join Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Foothills Land Trust, for a 2-hour excursion on Hobbs Pond, also knows as Little Pennessewassee. Experience the natural beauty, the tranquility and peacefulness of gliding on the water while kayaking and looking for Painted Turtles along the way. Make sure to bring water, a snack, sun block, a hat and proper footwear.

PLEASE NOTE:  Weather Permitting

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