The Caribou Public Library will host a presentation on caring


The Caribou Public Library will be hosting a special information session with Cary Medical Center Health Educator Nancy Holmquist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25.

CARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou Public Library will be hosting a special information session with Cary Medical Center Health Educator Nancy Holmquist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25.

Holmquist, who coordinates the Siruno stroke prevention program and the Screen Aroostook for Lung Cancer initiative, will offer information on both programs.

“This will be an opportunity for residents of the Caribou area to learn more about our ‘Eat Mediterranean – It’s a Healthy Choice’ program,” said Holmquist. “The Mediterranean diet has been named the world’s healthiest way to eat for five consecutive years. It has been named the best overall diet for health and well-being. It is particularly beneficial in preventing heart disease and diabetes and is the easiest diet to follow.

Cary now offers a seven-week series on the Mediterranean Diet and will begin another series of classes this fall. The first session is a free introduction to general diet information followed by six weeks of instruction and cooking demonstrations. The information session is free and there is a $5 fee for each of the following six courses. Participants will receive an information packet including recipes.

In addition to information on the Eat Mediterranean program, Holmquist will also discuss the Screen Aroostook for Lung Cancer initiative. The program, made possible by a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation, raises awareness of the importance of low-dose CT lung cancer screening for people who have chosen to smoke or who have smoked in the past.

“I will review the guidelines for screening for lung cancer by low-dose CT, said Holmquist. “We have already seen an adoption of this screening since the beginning of our program. Lung cancer screening can identify any problems early so they can be treated. Many recent advances in the treatment of lung cancer are now available.

The impact of radon exposure on lung cancer will also be discussed. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to maine.gov, 25% of homes tested in the state have radon issues.

The session at the public library will be informal and people can visit anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Cary Community Relations at 498-1112.

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