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May 2008

'Biggest Loser' star tells teens how to be winners

Jay Kruger of NBC's reality TV show "The Biggest Loser" is a lifelong resident of the South Coast region and understands first hand the challenges that face the region's teenage boys and how hard it is to step beyond them.

"I was just like you. I know the challenges that face you today because I have faced them myself. I know I have to stay healthy and stick with my plan," Kruger told some 200 adolescent males attending the 10th annual Male Conference presented by the Southcoast RAPPP (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) Program.

"You will get tempted every day and you will be faced with making the right decisions, no matter how hard it is," Kruger said.

See what else Kruger had to say to South Coast area teens.


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Southcoast celebrates women's health on May 31

Celebrating mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, Southcoast Hospitals invites women of all ages to join in a fun filled day of health information and free screenings on May 31.

"Celebrating your good health" is a free event for women presented by Southcoast Hospitals Mammography Department. Featuring the latest in women's health services, treatments and technology, the event will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300B Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth.

Highlights include free screenings including blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose and osteoporosis and an array of health information targeting women, such as stroke prevention, heart health, urinary incontinence and EndoVenous Laser Treatment will be available. There will also be demonstrations on aromatherapy, the benefits of Healing Touch, free reflexology massages and chair massages.

Refreshments will be served, free giveaways offered and a chance to win a new, pink KitchenAid "Cook for the Cure" Artisan Stand Mixer.

Please call the Southcoast Wellness Line to register at 1-800-497-1727.

Healing garden at St. Luke's offers a tranquil place

St. Luke's Hospital has unveiled a new location for patients and their families to find tranquility and stop for reflection during a hospital visit. The Shapiro Healing Garden was made possible by a generous donation by Dr. Gilbert and Frima "Timmy" Shapiro.

Located outside the main entrance of the hospital and visible from the glass exterior walls of the new Emergency Department waiting area, the Shapiro Healing Garden has intricate terraces aligned with brick paths for walking that are decorated with plants and trees. The garden is an extension of Southcoast's Art & the Art of Healing project and part of The New St. Luke's construction and renovation project.

"We hope this special spot will provide a wonderful and unique environment, where one can nurture one's spirit, reflect on the day and take a few moments out of one's busy day," said John Day, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System at a dedication ceremony for the garden.

"Hospitals are great places for treating illness — and our physicians and staff do a remarkable job every day, but there is often a need for reflection and respite, and we hope the Shapiro Healing Garden will do just that."

The Healing Garden honors the long legacy of Gilbert L. Shapiro, MD, and his wife, Frima (known as "Timmy"), both of whom have supported St. Luke's Hospital for decades.

Stroke awareness saves lives

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. And during the months of May and June, Southcoast Hospitals will be sending out free recipes, bilingual tip cards and magnets to help you live a healthy lifestyle.

It is important that you know your risk factors of stroke and how it can be prevented, identify how to recognize the signs and symptoms and how to minimize the effects of stroke by acting FAST.

Call today for our free giveaways!

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