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Easton Meditation Group to Offer “Introduction to Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation”

The Easton Meditation Group is offering a five-session course, “Introduction to Insight Meditation” beginning Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Easton. During five consecutive Thursday evenings, the introductory course provides basic instructions on insight meditation with each week’s session building on the previous one.

Larissa Kitenko, founder of the Easton Meditation Group, will lead the five-week course. Ms. Kitenko is a longtime practitioner of insight meditation who regularly includes silent retreats as part of her practice. She teaches meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction throughout the Eastern Shore and recently in Washington, DC.

“At the heart of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness which is simply the cultivation of our ability to pay attention to the present moment,” says Ms. Kitenko.  “We are often preoccupied with thoughts about the past or the future that may contribute to stress, fear and suffering. Insight meditation is learning to overcome this preoccupation so that we can see clearly what is happening in our present experience,” she adds.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Funds Physical Therapy Equipment for Denton

Shore Rehabilitation at Denton added a highly versatile training machine to its collection of physical therapy tools thanks to a donation from the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

The Keiser® Infinity Trainer is a multi-functional machine that can be used to exercise any part of the body in a variety of ways. With two adjustable arms to accommodate high and low positions and an assortment of attachments, the equipment gives patients the ability to work on range of motion, strength training, building muscle and power training.

The Infinity Trainer uses air-pressurized resistance, which the physical therapist can adjust by one-tenth of a pound within a range from zero to 106 pounds.

Caroline Habitat 5K Race

Caroline Habitat’s 3rd Annual Halloween-5K DASH/1 Mile Fun Walk

Sunday, October 23, 2010 @ 9 a.m.

Lake Creek Court, Federalsburg Maryland

(Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Early Registration: $20.00 through Friday,

10/14 guaranteed Race T-Shirt

Late Registration: $25.00 after 10/15- Race Day

Sleepwalker Registration Option: $25 to stay in bed, no sweat and contribute to CCHFH

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Habitat website at http://www.carolinehabitat.org

Or call- 410 479-9200

 

Free skin cancer screening

Begin your summer by getting a free skin caner screening on Tuesday, June 21. This service for adults 18 and older is being offered by Shore Health System and the Talbot County Health Department. Appointments are available between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Talbot County Health Department, 100 S. Hanson Street in Easton.

The screening will be done by local dermatologists Peter Niebyl, MD, David Smack, MD, Roger Orsini, MD, and Donald Stranahan, MD. The physicians will conduct a full examination, looking for moles and other signs of skin cancer. The screening is especially recommended for anyone who works and plays in the sun and for people who use a tanning booth.

Everyone who participates in the screening will receive a gift and leave with important health information about preventing skin cancer.

To schedule an appointment for the June 21 skin cancer screening, call Shore Regional Cancer Center, 410-822-1000, ext 5101.

The Joys of CrossFit Nation - Melanie's Story

Melanie's Story

My Crossfit Journey began in April 2010 with my neighbor Diane saying that she loved the new gym she was going to.  So much so that she was getting up everyday at 5:30AM.  I thought to myself, ‘How does she get up that early?’  Diane then said, “You should come one day with us, we are going at 3:30 PM this Friday.”  In my head I was thinking, “maybe I should give this a shot.” I was feeling a bit anxious and I came up with an excuse to not go that Friday.  (At that time, I would not have called it an excuse, but I do now.)  As soon as I made the decision not to go that Friday, I could not help but to feel some draw to the gym.  So in the same conversation that I gave my excuse to Diane, I said “Hold me to going next Friday.”  And Diane did and thank God that she did.  That Friday, April 2, 2010 began my Crossfit Journey and a major lifestyle change.

I drove to the gym that Friday feeling a bit anxious but excited.  I really had no idea what to expect.  That day only Diane and Jamie were at the gym, so I think I had a really good initiation into the gym.  Aaron was there that day and they really tailored the workout to my abilities (which was nothing at the time).  I have some interesting memories of that first workout.  I remember I was using a PVC pipe to practice my weightlifting moves and I thought that was difficult, as I had no idea how to keep my form.  But through the whole workout, Aaron was patient and really good at explaining what I should be doing.  He was also very encouraging.  I also remember doing a lot of box jumps.  I was dying on a 6 inch box.  As I looked at Jamie and Diane, they were on the 24 inch box.  I thought how in the world are they jumping that high, repetitively.  Towards the end of the workout, I was actually stepping on that 6 inch box.  After the workout I was tired but I felt really good about making the first step toward a more healthy life.  The workout was modified enough that I felt my muscles were worked but not overwhelmed!  So as I drove away I thought I can do this!  So Diane and I made plans to go on Monday morning at 5:30 AM. 

So Monday morning came and that was going to be my first meeting and workout with  Leah.  Diane picked me up at 5:10AM that Monday morning.  I slept horribly that night as I kept thinking I was going to oversleep and not hear my alarm clock.  My kids had previously been my alarm clock.  I got up and got dressed and was ready to go.  We get to the gym and the “workout of the day” or in Crossfit lingo, WOD, was Black Jack.  For those of you unfamiliar with this workout, you start with 20 push-ups and 1 sit-up, go to 19 push-ups and 2 sit-ups, and then work your way down/up to 1 push-up and 20 sit-ups.  Without a moment of thought, the modification for me was to start at 11 push-ups and 10 sit-ups.  Let me just say, I was dying by the end of my “half” workout. At some point, Leah had to stand on my feet to give me more leverage.   Most of the workout I felt like I was going to vomit!  But in that same nauseous moment, I felt my body coming back alive.  I was having an epiphany.  This was something that I was going to do!  I was instantly addicted and I was going to make Crossfit apart of my life. 

Couch Potatoes of the Mid-Shore: I’m abdicating my presidency!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I don’t understand folks who love to exercise – I just don’t get it. I’d rather curl up with a book, personally!  I have friends that run marathons (??????) and others who just (JUST)run a mile or two at a time. More and more friends are becoming addicted to CrossFIt in Easton – and from the looks of them – it really WORKS! 

These girl-friends must know something – because they seem happier and healthier in their daily life – and look fantastic in those “little black dresses”.  It might just be time for me to re-think my diet and fitness lifestyle.  (Nothing like a January cliché, no?)

Apparently the diet and fitness routine of my first 35 years (and pre-children) does NOT hold up to time and gravity.  Unfortunately it’s taken me over ten years to come to this conclusion.  I’m a fantastic procrastinator! 

Today I researched Weight Watchers and calculated how many points I’m allowed per day.  I then figured out the point value of the food I eat regularly - which turned out to be about 4-6 times the number of daily points I’m SUPPOSED to consume.

Oops.

Take THAT, Kidney Stones!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I’m a natural healer kind of gal. I believe in alternative medicine, herbs and healing foods. So when I suddenly found myself bent double in agony, I did what any self-actualized, natural healer would do.

I went to the Emergency Room for some kick-ass pain killers. 

The hospital visit started out great, as visits go. First  - there was NO ONE in the ER!!!  The lady at reception got my name and address, gave me a better puke bucket, and sent me to the triage nurse.  The nurse listened to my tale of immediate and incredible pain and said “You’ve got kidney stones.” Then the angel of mercy took me immediately to a cubicle and started an IV so she could give me some pain relief! Ok, it took her three sticks and I’ve got some nice bruises – but she still gets a gold star from me!

Unfortunately, the pain relief was over-rated. It took the pain down a (small) notch, but my head was swimming nicely. Soon I had anti-nausea drugs, more pain relief and a couple of other things I don’t remember.  Still had a great deal of pain – but was happy to lay there contemplating my existence – in between teeth chattering chills.  

The doctor finally came in and announced I had a 6mm stone in the urethra, and more in my kidneys. Wonderful. He then announced that people usually couldn’t pass anything over 4-5mm. He said this to my shaking, chattering body. He gave me a handful of prescriptions and the name of a urologist to contact in the next day or so – AND SENT ME HOME!!

By the time we arrived home all the pain relief had worn out and I was in agony again.  I drank more water and took the prescribed medicines, praying for relief. 

Shore Health System - December Classes and Screenings

Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every Monday through Thursday, except holidays, 9:00 am to noon, Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Dorchester General Hospital, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Day and evening appointments available at Shore Regional Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Open to uninsured or underinsured women, ages 20-39 and over 64 who meet income guidelines, and Medicare patients of any age. Call 410-820-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Support Groups         

Cancer Support Groups  

Day and evening meetings for patients and family members. Shore Regional Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. New members pre-register by calling 1-410-546-1200. FREE. 

Stroke Survivor Support Group

Thursday, December 2, 1:00 pm, Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton. FREE. For more information, call 410- 822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5068.

Shore Health System - November Classes and Screenings

November  2010 Events    

Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every Monday through Thursday, except holidays, 9:00 am to noon, Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Dorchester General Hospital, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Day and evening appointments available at Shore Regional Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Open to uninsured or underinsured women, ages 20-39 and over 64 who meet income guidelines, and Medicare patients of any age. Call 410-820-9400 or 410-822-1000, ext. 5387 to schedule an appointment.

KENT ISLAND JAZZERCISE OPENING

New Jazzercise dance-fitness classes will open in Stevensville on Tuesday October 5, 2010.  Lisa Marshall, certified Jazzercise instructor and Jeannie Weitzel, certified instructor and owner of Kent Island Jazzercise, are pleased to announce our new location and to offer you a special “new location” deal. Come out and and celebrate our opening   and pay only $69 for the rest of the year plus joining fee.

            Kent Island Jazzercise is located at 204 Duke Street in Stevensville, MD.  Six weekly classes will be held at The Dance Connection.

            “I’m excited about the growth of Jazzercise locally,” said Weitzel.  “Jazzercise offers a unique blend of fitness and jazz dance that Eastern Shore  residents have discovered is a lot of fun. The new classes will just make it easier for participants to enjoy a workout where and when it’s convenient for them.”

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