April 19, 2019

`Women & Heart Health’ fund-raiser scheduled

Presentations by local health professionals about estrogen, diabetes, cholesterol, stress reduction and exercise will be featured during “Women & Heart Health … the Silent Epidemic” from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

Sponsored by Eastern Maine Medical Center and Northeast Heart Institute, your $10 donation, which includes dinner, will benefit the American Heart Association.

We understand from Trish Phair, communications chairwoman for the AHA Bangor Chapter, that space is limited, so early registration is essential.

The event will include screenings and opportunities to visit booths that include exhibits by EMMC, St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor-Brewer YWCA, Bangor YMCA, Saucony Outlet and certified massage therapist Michele Slater.

Paul Hammond, regional director of the AHA Penobscot Division, told us the local presenters will be Dr. Chai Choi of Northeast Cardiology Associates; Dr. Nellie Orr of the University of Maine discussing exercise; registered nurse Mary Jude addressing diabetes as a risk factor; physician’s assistant John Raymond discussing cholesterol and lipids; and registered nurse Sandy Smith speaking on stress.

Hammond also provided some hard-hitting AHA information you should be aware of such as the fact that coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women.

Also, more than one in five women have some form of cardiovascular disease and, since 1984, more women than men have died of cardiovascular diseases.

Additionally, all cardiovascular diseases together claim more women’s lives every year than the next 16 causes of death combined, and almost twice as many as all forms of cancer.

Perhaps the most worrisome fact of all is that, in 63 percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease, there was no previous evidence of the disease.

The AHA urges you to become more knowledgeable about cardiovascular disease. These local organizations, businesses, services and professionals are doing their part to help you in that effort.

For more information, or to reserve your space, call program chairwoman Cassandra Byorak, 989-1659; Hammond at the AHA Penobscot Division, 262-8732; or 800-937-0944.

Her name is Dorothy. She is in the fifth grade at Cielo Vista Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. She is doing a state research report that is due in May, and she is reporting on Maine.

Dorothy writes “To Whom It May Concern,” and asks for our help.

Her research report covers “topics such as economy, food, traditions, physical features and famous people.”

She hopes that some of our readers “would write to me and tell me about their experiences, traditions, and some history about their life in Maine.”

Dorothy tells us that she lives “in Southern California and am sure many things about Maine are different from where I live.”

“Also, if any of the citizens find time to reply,” and would be kind enough to enclose a copy of her “published letter,” that would be just fine.

“We are also doing a class project using license plates,” Dorothy wrote. “It would be great if you could send me a license plate from your state.”

Dorothy thanks everyone “so much for taking the time for my request, and any information would be most appreciated.”

You can send information to Dorothy at Cielo Vista Elementary School, Room 16, 21811 Ave De Los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. 92668.

Great news comes from the American Lung Association of Maine.

Great, that is, for the association; not so great if you had planned to participate in its popular bicycling fund-raiser.

ALSM has announced that its 1999 Trek Across Maine — Sunday River to the Sea — scheduled for June 19-20, is full.

Trek team spokeswoman Chris Gagne reports more than 1,800 applications had been received by Feb. 26, setting a new record of participants in this event.

And while the 180-mile bike trek has a full field, Mainers are encouraged to support the fund-raiser in a variety of ways.

Individuals are urged to sponsor a trekker, volunteer to work on the event, or simply cheer for the cyclists as they ride through your hometown.

To make a pledge or receive volunteer information for the 1999 trek, call 800-458-6472.

Rape Response Services of Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft is looking for some dedicated volunteers to take its 40-hour training program for Hotline Advocates which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, beginning March 25 and ending May 3.

Once the training is complete, RRS Advocates take shifts on the 24-hour crisis hot line, accompany victims to the hospital or court, make referrals, and attend monthly advocates meetings. Pagers are provided to provide flexibility when working a hot line shift.

Included in the training are sessions on rape trauma syndrome, crisis intervention, myths and attitudes, and legal and medical issues.

The most important qualities for becoming a RRS Advocate is to have good listening skills and a caring manner as well as the desire to empower sexual assault victims-survivors or those affected by sexual assault.

To learn more about becoming an Advocate for Rape Response Services, call 941-2980 or 564-8165.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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