Health

Town & Country to Plant Breast Cancer Awareness Garden in Portland's Back Cove

To build awareness for breast cancer and to encourage people to believe that someday there will be a cure, Town & Country Federal Credit Union is working with the City of Portland, Back Cove Neighborhood Association and the Maine Cancer Foundation to add some color to one of the city’s busiest streets. 
On Monday, November 8th at 1:00 pm, Town & Country employees will come together with Maine Cancer Foundation volunteers, Back Cove Neighborhood Association friends, and members of the Portland Parks Department staff to plant more than 600 pink tulip bulbs at the Baxter Sundial Garden located at the corner of Baxter Boulevard and Vannah Street. 
The Baxter Sundial Garden will be the latest Maine Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tulip Project flower bed planted in the Portland area.  More than 125,000 tulip bulbs have been planted in more than 400 awareness gardens since the program began in 2006.  This year alone, over 30,000 pink tulip bulbs have been plan

Jade Integrated Health hires a New Practitioner

Jade Integrated Health on Munjoy Hill in Portland, has recently added a new practitioner to their operations and welcomed new health care provider to their building.

Pink Tulip Project Planting

Robin Whitten, founder of the Pink Tulip Project, and Myron Graessle, a volunteer from Friends of the Eastern Promenade, plant bulbs at Cousins Memorial  on the Eastern Promenade on Oct. 23. The tulips will bloom in May along with thousands of others across Maine in remembrance of patients and survivors of cancer and to raise awareness of the disease. Begun in 2006 by Whitten, a breast cancer survivor, the Pink Tulip Project has raised more than $120,000 to date to benefit the Women's Cancer Fund at the Maine Cancer Foundation.The Cousins Memorial garden is sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. You can donate to the garden at pinktulipproject.org (click on Give to a Garden - Friends of Eastern Promenade).

Dedication of Loring Memorial Trail

Friends of Eastern Promenade dedicate Loring Memorial Trail
Paul Loring and Margaret Loring-Scott, brother and sister to war hero Maj. Charles Loring, snipped the ribbon to mark the dedication of the Loring Memorial Trail on the Eastern Promenade Thursday, Oct. 21.
The rain cleared out just in time for the ceremony, which took place at the top of the trail near the junction of Eastern Promenade and North Street.
Diane Davison, president of Friends of the Eastern Promenade, presided over the dedication. Speakers included Eliza Townsend, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation; Nan Cumming, executive director of Portland Trails; and Jeff Tarling, arborist with the City of Portland.
 
The trail is named in honor of Maj. Charles J. Loring Jr., a U.S. Air Force pilot who sacrificed his life in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

VNA Home Health and Hospice named to HomeCare Elite Top 500

South Portland, Maine – October 20, 2010 – VNA Home Health and Hospice has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country, according to the 2010 HomeCare Elite. Now in its fifth year, HomeCare Elite identified the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States, and further highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

'The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate VNA Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results.

Looking for a New Workout? Try Dodgeball!

Thursday nights are dodgeball nights at Riverton
What: Thursday evenings this fall and winter, Portland Recreation is offering adult drop-in dodgeball games for eighteen and older ($2 admission for Portland residents). Enjoy a fast-paced workout and some spirited competition while reliving favorite playground memories.
Dodgeball, a popular children’s game, was first introduced in elementary physical education classes to help develop balance, eye-hand coordination and reflex skills. The game is enjoying a revival in Portland as both sport and nighttime entertainment for many adults looking to escape the bombardment. 
When:  Thursdays
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:  Riverton Gymnasium, 1600 Forest Avenue

Yin Yoga and Qigong

Jade Integrated Health on Munjoy Hill in Portland believes in providing its clients with services to promote comprehensive health and wellbeing. To this end, they are currently offering a two new classes.; Yin Yoga and Qigong.

What is Qigong?  Qi, pronounced "chee", means life energy.  "Gong" means work.