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September 2006

Get moving!

Southcoast Hospitals will participate in "America on the Move Week at the YMCA," a national effort to promote more active and healthy lifestyles.

Southcoast will help promote the "Steptember" challenge, designed to encourage people to incorporate activity into their daily routines.

The Southcoast Health Van will offer free screenings and education at a regional Family Health Fair at the Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road in Dartmouth on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road in Wareham on Monday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The screenings are held in partnership with the YMCA Southcoast.

Free vascular screenings

Southcoast Hospitals is sponsoring a series of free vascular screenings.

The screenings will be held on Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 17, 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford.

Appointments are required and can be requested by calling 800-497-1727. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. No walk-ins will be accepted on screening days.

The screenings are basic vascular screenings that can help detect a condition called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The non-invasive screenings are performed by a trained nurse and take approximately 20 minutes. Patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to screening time.

Wines of the World

Here's your chance to taste some of the wines of the world — and support Charlton Memorial Hospital.

The Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital invites you to a wine tasting and gourmet dinner with wine pairings. The event will be held November 4 at the LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville.


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St. Luke's "Chowdah" takes top prize

Chef Raymond Lemery, right, First Cook Peter Costa, left, and Second Cook Daniel DaSilva, center, show off the Chowder Cup.
New Bedford held its inaugural Seaport Chowder Festival on September 16.

To everyone's surprise, the Chowder Cup went to St. Luke's Hospital.

Well, almost everyone. Those who dine at the hospitals on Friday have long known the chowder is something special.

The St. Luke's chowder team beat out 20 local restaurants for the prize. They served up 40 gallons of the winning chowder some 2,500 people.

Preventing disease spread by mosquitoes

There has been a great deal of recent news about diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes.

Southcoast Hospitals has compiled some important tips to help you protect against the spread of disease by mosquitoes.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Camp helps grieving children cope

Camp Angel Wings welcomed 72 children this summer at its annual two-day camp for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The weekend of healing and remembrance was attended by 72 children between the ages of 4 and 17 from across the South Coast region and from as far away as Brockton, Rockland, Cotuit and Rhode Island.

"The success of 2006 Camp Angel Wings shows that there is a profound need for this emotional outlet," said Deanna Upchurch, Bereavement Coordinator at Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services.

"It is very important for children and teens who are sharing like experiences in grief to have an educational, therapeutic experience that is also an enjoyable one. This year approximately two thirds of the campers were grieving the loss of a parent."

Learn more about Camp Angel Wings and how you can support next year's camp.

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