November - December
November 9 & December 29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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November 12, 11:00 AM
November 17, 4:00 PM
CHANS Home Health Care
December 4, 9:00 AM
Mast Landing School, Freeport
December 9, 10, & 11
Free, FMI: 373-6928
Recipe of the Month
Autumn Millet Bake
Recipe Credit: From
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus oil for the dish
- 3/4 cup millet
- 1 medium butternut or other winter squash or 1 small pumpkin, peeled seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced sage leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup vegetable stock or water, warmed*
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or coarsely chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
- Put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the millet and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Spread in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Scatter the squash or pumpkin cubes and the cranberries on top of the millet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and the sage and drizzle with syrup. Carefully pour the warmed stock over all. Cover tightly with foil and bake without disturbing, for 45 minutes.
- Carefully uncover and turn the oven to 400F. As discreetly as possible, sneak a taste and adjust the seasoning. If it looks too dry, add a spoonful or two of water or stock. (hs note: This is key! The millet should be close to being cooked through at this point, if not you need to add liquid and keep it moist and cooking - I used another 1/4 cup+ of stock here).
- Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top, and return the dish to the oven. Bake until the mixture bubbles and the top is browned; another 10 minutes or so. Serve piping hot or at room temperature.
Total Fat: 19g
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|From the Director's Desk
November is a busy time for Access Health coalition members and partners. The American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout, our local law enforcement reminds us of the dangers of drinking and driving, our food pantries work to ensure all families have food for the holidays, and our substance abuse prevention committee, CASA, reminds us to model low risk drinking choices, if we choose to include alcohol in our celebrations. November's newsletter includes tips to help us keep our families and communities safe and healthy during this holiday season.
Melissa Fochesato, Director
Food for All This Holiday Season
Tasha Gerken, MS, RDN
Looking for ways to help as the holidays approach? Consider reaching out to your local food pantries to learn about their "wish lists" in this season of giving. Let them guide your giving - whether you want to make a financial contribution, sponsor a food drive or fundraising event, donate excess produce from your garden, or volunteer your time. Remember that your vision of a holiday meal may not be everyone's vision and you want your donation to count.
Check out this
of local pantries and soup kitchens or visit
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
's website for more ideas. You can help make sure everyone has a healthy meal this holiday season!
The Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society is observing the
Great American Smokeout
this year on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to quit using tobacco long-term, or to quit just for that day.
Quitting for one day- sometimes called a "practice quit" may help you build confidence to embark on a long-term quit journey. It was also provide temporary health benefits such as slowing your heart rate, decreasing your blood pressure, and you will begin to clear mucous from your lungs. One significant change is that nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal eight hours after you smoke.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes; 12.4 million are cigar smokers; and over 2.3 million smoke tobacco in pipes.
Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done! To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what to expect, what your options are, and where to go for support. Following are some helpful resources:
- Maine Tobacco HelpLine, 1-800-207-1230. It's free and confidential.
- Don't quit alone! Join Quitnet, the web's largest quit smoking community. Or visit their Facebook Page.
- The American Cancer Society's Guide to Quitting.
For more information about the Great American Smokeout or quitting, please contact Linda Christie, Access Health, 207-373-6926.
How to Beat the Holiday Blues
Elizabeth Munsey, LCPC-c
The holidays are not always merry and joyful for everyone, especially individuals that already experience a mental health concern. For those that suffer from the "holiday blues", this time of year can be overwhelming and difficult to get through. The "holiday blues" can present as sadness, anxiety and depression that is present during the holiday season. These symptoms can appear for a variety of reasons, such as; current events, personal grief, loneliness, illnesses of all kinds, economic concerns, separation from family members and relationship issues like separation or divorce. But, there are ways that we can decrease holiday stress to increase our positive mental health.
NAMI suggests these strategies to minimize the negative aspects of the season:
For more in depth information on these strategies, visit NAMI's website.
- Don't worry about how things should be.
- Be realistic.
- Don't try to be a superhero (or heroine).
- Keep your own well-being in mind.
- Give it some thought.
- Make sure that the "holiday blues" haven't become a scapegoat.
Jennah Godo, MS
Natural doesn't always mean healthy...marijuana may not be the most lethal drug, but it's not harmless either. Talk to your kids about the potential risks associated with use. Focus on how it may affect their goals and future success. Learn more by visiting Maine Network of Healthy Communities
"Talk About it Today"
Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA)
Keep Your Teen Safe on Thanksgiving Eve
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that nearly 10.8 million underage drinkers binge drink on Thanksgiving Eve, hailing it the nicknames "Black Wednesday," "Blackout Wednesday," and "Drinksgiving."
Nationally, the night before Thanksgiving has higher underage and binge drinking rates than graduation night, prom night, and New Year's Eve. Instances of drunk driving are higher as well.
Black Wednesday is believed to occur due to college students reuniting with their hometown friends since going off to school. Such reunions often involve parties including underage drinking.
How can you keep your teen safe around Thanksgiving this year?
Talk with your teen.
Ask them what their plans are, where they will be going and who they will be with.
Check in often.
If your teen goes out, check in with them throughout the night to make sure they're okay and to confirm where they are.
Start your Thanksgiving celebration early - this will give you more quality time with your family and supervised time with your teen.
Maine teens are nearly 5 times as likely to drink if they don't think they will be caught by their parents.
Sync with your teen this year around Thanksgiving to make sure it's a happy and healthy holiday for all.
For more tips on connecting with your teen to prevent underage drinking visit our website.
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