Try a new healthy food: This week it’s avocados

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John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number four — avocado. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. […]

What is your family’s risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer? You have to look at the male side, too

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When I was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer in 2014, I met with a medical oncologist to discuss my family history. A few women on both sides of my family had died of breast cancer. My great grandmother, a great aunt, an aunt and a first cousin. My father died of lung cancer and […]

How Becky Sawtelle declared victory over her demon and lost 130 pounds

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In 2012, at the tender age of 41, Becky Sawtelle reached a life-changing decision. She tipped the scales at 272 pounds — she’s only 5′ 3″ tall. Her body mass index (BMI) was 49. Anything over 30 is considered obese. She had tried to lose the weight many times — was on lots of diets. […]

Why hosting an Alzheimer’s Café in a Children’s Museum is a great idea

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Once a month the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover invites a group of adults for a bit of socializing. Although they are welcome to join them, it isn’t necessary to have children in tow. The invitation is to the museum’s Alzheimer’s Café — a  place for people living with Alzheimer’s, their family members and care […]

Try a new healthy food. This week it’s Greek yogurt!

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John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number three. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine.   Now […]