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Hallmark Health System offers mobile food market

March 4, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS) has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, on a monthly mobile food market to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in several area communities.

The first mobile food market was held in August of last year and has been held monthly since then at HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office, located at 239 Commercial St. in Malden. During that time, the market has served thousands of local families that are considered “food insecure,” defined as not knowing where they’ll find their next meal and having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

“The mobile food market is an example of Hallmark Health System addressing a local challenge through partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Eileen Dern, RN, director of community services for HHS.

For those who struggle to afford or access nutritious food, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. Mobile food markets like this provide a unique solution by offering, fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to a farmers’ market. Families are welcomed to “shop” and are provided with recipes for the foods they receive, but may be unfamiliar with. The foods offered differ each month, but are always fresh or frozen and usually include meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, and dairy items like tofu and yogurt. Most families leave with about 30 pounds of food at the end of the hour-long market.

“Food is one of the most important determining factors of health,” said Dern. “Anytime we can put healthy food on a family’s table, we are helping to improve their health.”

Providing access to healthy foods allows older adults and elders to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes while younger adults and children are able to maintain a healthy weight and focus their limited resources on other needs such as housing costs. When families have their basic economic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and healthcare met, studies show that this leads to improved health for adults and optimal growth and development for children.

HHS also partners on this initiative with the Malden Zonta Club, a local service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide and to locally serve the community. Malden Zontians support the food distribution effort each month.

For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

Boston Bruins visit Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford

Excitement was high at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as patients and employees were visited by Boston Bruins players Tuukka Rask and Aaron Johnson. The players visited with patients and staff throughout the hospital and signed autographs in the hospital’s main lobby. Hallmark Health System, which also includes Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is “The Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins.”

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Hallmark Health System Collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 22, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

 

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

 

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

 

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

 

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.

 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

Hallmark Health System collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 8, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

Hallmark Health System offers tips for safe snow shoveling

Is the forecast calling for snow? Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has you covered with tips to avoid injury when clearing snow from your walkways, driveways and cars.

Back injuries are most common when it comes to shoveling snow. Our rehabilitation and physical therapy experts recommend using your legs, not your back, when lifting snow and rotating instead of twisting your body. Following these steps can help you reduce your chances for sustaining a back injury.

If the weather is calling for a drawn out storm over several hours or even days, try to stay ahead of the snowfall by making sure you don’t let the snow on your property get above for 4 inches. Also, whenever possible it’s advisable to shovel during the day when temperatures are at their warmest.

With snow and ice, the risk for falls is also very high and can lead to injury. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear including boots and shoes with rubber soles when you go outside to shovel. Products that fit over your shoes and increase traction on snow and ice can also be purchased.

If you have the means, hire a company or someone in your neighborhood to do the shoveling for you. That way you can avoid the elements and possible injuries all together.

If you do hurt yourself, it is important you stop what you are doing immediately. If pain and discomfort do not subside you should call your primary care physician who can refer you to HHS Rehabilitation Services. With convenient locations in Medford, Melrose, Stoneham and Reading, our highly trained and dedicated physical therapists provide in-depth individualized evaluations and treatment plans. This includes therapeutic exercise programs, ambulation training, transfer training, balance and coordination programs, joint and soft tissue mobilization and modalities to get patients back to previous levels of function. 

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health System is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

 

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