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March 2014

Partnering for Healthy Living

A monthly series focused on helping you and your family live a healthy lifestyle. These free health education programs are brought to you by Southcoast Health System in partnership with the YMCA.


April 2, at 11:00 a.m.

Healthy Living Seminar — Concussion Education, Gleason Family YMCA – Wareham. Registration (at the YMCA) is not required, but is preferred.

April 9, at 11:30 a.m.

Healthy Living Seminar — Concussion Education, New Bedford YMCA – New Bedford. Registration (at the YMCA) is not required, but is preferred.

April 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Living Seminar — Concussion Education, Bayside YMCA — Barrington, RI. Registration (at the YMCA) is not required, but is preferred.


Early Pregnancy Education Program

Join Southcoast Health System's Maternity Services for an Early Pregnancy Education Program for women who are planning to become pregnant or are early on in their pregnancy. The program will help women lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience. This free monthly gathering is led by a registered nurse from Tobey Hospital and has been made possible through a grant received by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund. Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham. Healthy snacks and a free book will be provided to each participant. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 508-273-4151.

April 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Free Informational Sessions on Weight Loss Surgery

Join the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss for free informational sessions on the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. For more information or to register for a free seminar call 508-273-4900 or visit

March 26, at 7 p.m.

Benjamin's Restaurant 698 Bay Street, Taunton

April 2, at 7 p.m.

The Cape Codder 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis

April 10, at 7 p.m.

Charlton Memorial Hospital 363 Highland Avenue, Fall River

April 15, at 7 p.m.

Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth

April 16, at 6:30 p.m.

John Carver Inn, 25 Summer Street, Plymouth

April 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Tobey Hospital, Operating Room (OR) Waiting Room, 43 High Street, Wareham

April 23, at 7 p.m.

Benjamin's Restaurant 698 Bay Street, Taunton




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Southcoast® Center for Weight Loss designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for meeting the current standards of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

To receive an MBSAQIP accreditation, centers are required to meet seven Core Standards including commitment to quality care, critical care support and continuous quality improvement. Eligibility is based on the close evaluation of extensive bariatric case reports in which all aspects of the medical weight-loss program are considered.

“We are honored to be reaccredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence,” said Rayford Kruger, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon & Medical Director for Southcoast Center for Weight Loss. “This designation shows the high quality of care and services our team of surgeons, dietitians and psychologists provide to our patients every day.”

As one of the largest weight-loss centers in New England, the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss has successfully completed more than 4,000 weight-loss procedures at a level of care that far exceeds national quality standards. Southcoast’s program performs significantly better than industry benchmarks, with major complications at the low rate of approximately 1 percent.

Southcoast’s community-based weight-loss program takes a multi- disciplinary approach to weight-loss surgery utilizing a team of dietitians, psychologists and surgeons to provide a safe and comprehensive surgical weight-loss program. The program provides coordinated, safe and comprehensive surgical weight-loss services including laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, and gastric sleeve and revision surgical procedures. Following surgery, patients are in regular contact with our team of experts in nutrition and exercise as well as psychologists and social workers who run weekly support groups to help our patients succeed.

For more information about Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, call 508-273-4900 or visit

Camp Angel Wings will Accept Registrations Beginning April 1

A two-day bereavement camp to be held on July 12 and 13

Camp Angel Wings from Southcoast VNA

The Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will host its 11th annual bereavement camp, “Camp Angel Wings,” in July. This is a meaningful, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 6 through 15, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp will be held on July 12 and 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Camp Welch in Assonet.

Campers will participate in various interactive activities including music, swimming, arts and crafts, as a positive way to help share their loss and memorialize loved ones. All activities are designed to reduce feelings of isolation and improve the self-esteem of children and teens who share like experiences in grief.

Camp Angel Wings is free for all campers and registration is required. Applications to attend Camp Angel Wings will be accepted online beginning on April 1. Please visit Camp Angel Wings for more information. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as space is limited. The deadline for registration is June 9. A separate application will need to be completed for each camper. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or a request for additional information after the application is reviewed.

Call for Volunteers!!!

Southcoast VNA is currently seeking volunteers for, “Camp Angel Wings.”

In order to participate, volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submit volunteer application as soon as possible but no later than  June 9
  • Provide two references
  • Undergo successful state background check

In addition, all volunteers will need to complete volunteer training, which will be provided by Southcoast VNA. The responsibilities of the volunteer will be to serve as camp counselor to a group of six to seven children (requires a commitment to the entire weekend), or to lead or assist with grief activities such as grief walk, petting zoo, arts and crafts, planting flowers and decorating masks, photo frames and memory boxes.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Lindsay Coe, Camp Coordinator at 508-973-3219 or

Should I Shop the Perimeter?

Where ever you go, the way supermarkets are laid out is remarkably similar. From Fall River to Fresno, most grocery stores place their produce, meat, dairy and bakery sections around the perimeter of the store, with canned goods and other processed foods in the center aisles. This has led some to surmise that the perimeter of the store is where the healthy stuff can be found.

The truth is not quite that simple. When you’re trying to follow a heart-healthy diet, sticking to the perimeter of your favorite store is definitely a great way to make sure you pick up plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; lean, unprocessed meats; and healthy dairy products like low-fat yogurt.

However, for most of us, it’s hard to do all of your shopping on the outside ring. After all, beans, nuts, brown rice and often frozen fruits and vegetables are located in the middle of the store, and those items are certainly welcome in a heart-healthy diet.

And don’t forget that the deli section, which is usually on the perimeter, is full of high-salt, processed meats, and the nearby bakery section has donuts, high-fat muffins and cakes on display with the whole-wheat baguettes.

Instead of confining yourself to one area of the grocery store, a better idea is to go shopping armed with a list and the will to stick to it. You may find that many of your choices come from the perimeter anyway, and when you wade into the aisles for the rest of your items, you’ll be less tempted to give in to impulse buys.

Visit Southcoast’s, Your Healthy Heart Blog for the latest news and tips and all the ways we’re working to keep the best heart care close to home.


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