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MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

Living Healthy

Eating Healthy on a Budget


with Bonnie Carleton, BS, CHES, LRC Health Educator

Calendar Next session starts Sep 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Are you trying to spend less money on food?

Or attempting to eat fewer calories during the day?

Join us to learn some tips for eating healthy on a budget. A self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, our instructor is on a mission to save money while eating healthy food that also tastes good! She is not a professional chef; just someone who wants to share her knowledge about budgeting, meal planning, and cooking. Bring your adventurous taste buds and learn a new trick or two.

* Please note: We may be preparing meals with meat, eggs and nuts. 

Healthy Eating and Cooking to Lower Blood Pressure


with Leslie Ouellette MS, RD, LD, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Nov 19, 2018 at 6 pm

Join us to learn how the DASH Diet can help lower blood pressure and about its other great health benefits. The DASH Diet has been named the best overall diet for 8 years in a row by US News and World Reports. This science-based diet isn't just a fad. We will go over the DASH eating plan as well cook a couple recipes for you to learn and try.

Insomnia: Sleepless in Scarborough


with Carri Nix Kivela, MS, NP-C, George Bokinsky, MD and Jessica Begley, MPH

Calendar Next session starts Oct 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Do you lay awake, tossing and turning, staring at your bedside clock all night? You are not alone! 1 in 3 adults suffers from insomnia, or sleeplessness, at some point in their lives. Join us to uncover the secrets to a restful night’s sleep.

You’ll leave with 6 hassle-free strategies to improve your sleep right away without medicines, supplements or expensive devices. Isn’t it time you ditched #teamnosleep and woke up ready to take on the day? 

Mindfulness & Technology


with Erica Marcus, MAT, Teacher, and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor

Calendar Next session starts Nov 6, 2018 at 6 pm

Technology, like computers and smart phones, gives us incredible access to information and one another. However, it can also easily take over our attention and have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Young people are growing up in a world where technology is everywhere. They are still developing, so they are even more prone to negative effects.

Through this interactive class, families will learn about how technology impacts people who use it often and who depend on it. We will:

  • Review current research around screen use
  • Identify your current technology habits
  • Practice some mindful technology use
  • Create a Mindful Technology Use Plan for your family

This class will teach you how to manage your technology use, and how to support mindful technology use in your family, rather than be controlled by it. Children over 10 who are accompanied by parent are welcome. The price is $15 per person.

Movie Night: The Connection: Mind Your Body


with Mary Bitterauf, CHES, CHWC, Certified MBSR Teacher

Calendar Next session starts Oct 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The Connection is a feature documentary that uncovers the latest science in mind body medicine and proves we have much more to say about our health than we thought possible.

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Australian journalist and filmmaker Shannon Harvey traveled the world in search of the missing link in healthcare.

From interviewing world leading scientists to meeting people with remarkable stories of recovery from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis, this documentary delves into the link between our mind and body.

Please join us for a brief discussion after the movie.

Roll Your Own Sushi


with Jean Gould, LRC Program Manager

Calendar Next session starts Oct 15, 2018 at 6 pm

Come roll sushi with us! Join us and take the mystery out of this popular and healthy food. Get hands-on experience making sushi rolls. We’ll make a variety of rolls, including cooked fish, raw fish and vegetarian. Bring your appetite!

Self-Transformation with EFT/Tapping


with Karen St. Clair, AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner & Reiki Master Teacher

Calendar Next session starts Nov 8, 2018 at 4 pm

Join us for an introductory class to learn about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping. EFT is a mind-body stress reduction technique that uses the same energy meridians as acupuncture, without the needles. This technique may reduce stress related to physical pain and emotional ailments. Karen will share the basics of tapping, how it can be used as a complementary therapy to western medicine, and how it has changed her life. You’ll learn how to use this simple and painless technique on yourself!

Vaping: The Target is Our Teens


with Kristen McAuley, MPH, Nikki Jarvais, and Jill Frame, MSW, LCSW

Calendar Next session starts Oct 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

Join a panel of Maine experts for an interactive discussion on vaping, JUUL and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Find out about what your teens likely already know about vaping and what young Mainers are telling our panelists about how they are using these products. You will also have an opportunity to see some of the most common devices, receive tips from a local high school substance abuse counselor on how to talk to teens about vaping and get the latest information on Maine law regarding ENDS and usage among Maine teens. Join us to get your questions answered so you can be better prepared to talk to the teens in your life.

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