DFD’s Guide to Ticks

Ticks are in full-force this season and cases of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease are on the rise. Use the information below to make sure you and your family are being tick smart.

TicksIdentification

Deer Tick: Deer ticks are known to cause Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan.

Dog Tick: Dog ticks are not known to transmit Lyme disease.

Learn more about identifying ticks here: http://extension.umaine.edu/ipm/tickid/

Prevention

  • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing.
  • Use insect repellent on skin or clothing.
  • Do regular tick checks when returning inside.
  • Protect furry friends with repellents and ask your vet about a Lyme disease vaccine.

Did you find an attached tick?

How big is the tick, pencil eraser or pencil tip?
Was the tick embedded into your skin?
Do you know how long the tick was embedded?
Do you have a rash?

Removal

  • Using tweezers, grasp the tick close to the skin and gently pull until the tick lets go.
  • Using a tick spoon, place the wide part of the notch on the skin near the tick. Apply downward pressure on the skin and slide the remover forward to frame the tick until it becomes detached. –Maine CDC
  • Do not be concerned if the entire insect does not come out; it will work its way out. Do not dig for it.
  • Some redness at the extraction site is normal.
  • Clean the area around the bite and watch for any signs and symptoms for 30 days.

Symptoms

Symptoms include, but aren’t limited to:

  • fever
  • headache
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • body aches
  • joint pain
  • rash
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • loss of coordination
  • speech difficulties
  • changes in behavior
  • seizures

If you remove an engorged deer tick, store it in a small container for potential testing and consult your primary care provider immediately.

 

DFD Raising Awareness: Colorectal Cancer

Did you know that 1 in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, but if caught early it’s treatable and can even be curable. Some symptoms of colorectal cancer can include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding and blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

These symptoms could be caused by something other than colorectal cancer, but if you’re experiencing any or all of these, talk to your doctor.

Regular screening saves lives. DFD offers InSure FIT testing. A non-invasive test completed in the privacy of your own home to catch colorectal cancer quickly.

Nearly 75% of all colon cancer cases could be prevented with healthy lifestyles. Lower your risk by following the tips below:

  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise daily
  • Reduce consumption of red and processed meat
  • Get enough calcium and Vitamin D

Go Red for Women

DFD Celebrates Go Red for Women on February 2, 2018.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.

The good news? 80% of heart disease deaths can be prevented with education and action.

How to lower your risk for heart disease and stroke:

  • Get active! Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day can lower your risk.
  • Know and Control your numbers. We’re talking about Blood Pressure(BP), Cholesterol and Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Quit Smoking. Quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. Ask us about our smoking cessation program to help kick the habit for good.

New Year, Healthier YOU!

DFD is here to help make 2018 your healthiest year yet.

DFD’s Healthy Lifestyle Guide:

  1. Think Positive! You’ve got this. Research shows a positive attitude can help boost overall health.
  2. Eat your colors. Try and get 5 servings of colorful veggies a day. Think: broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and leafy greens.
  3. Exercise more. Start with just a few days a week and build up to a daily exercise routine. Not sure what to do? Grab a friend and sign up for a fun fitness class like dancing or water aerobics.
  4. Get some shuteye! Poor sleep can lead to a long list of health issues. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.
  5. Visit your doctor. Stay up-to-date with annual visits to your primary care physician to stay on top of your health.
    Schedule an appointment with DFD by calling 207-524-3501

Open Enrollment Community Event

Do you have questions about the Federal Healthcare Marketplace?

How do I enroll or re-enroll?

Which healthcare plan will work best for me?

What is the penalty if I do not want to enroll?

Join DFD’s Certified Application Counselors for a free information session to answer all of your health insurance and Federal Marketplace questions, analyze 2018 plan and coverage options, and schedule enrollment services.

Pre-registration is requested.

To register call DFD at (207) 524-3501

Upcoming Events:

 

December 12, 2017
5-7:00 pm

Monmouth Community Health Center
11 Academy Road,
Monmouth

Diabetes Prevention Program at DFD

Diabetes ManagementDFD is hosting a diabetes prevention program, also known as PreventT2, beginning Wednesday, November 15, at 5 pm at DFD Medical Center in Leeds.

This free program is open to people with prediabetes to help them make healthy, long-term changes to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

PreventT2 provides participants with:

  • A CDC approved curriculum
  • Skills to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress
  • A trained lifestyle coach to encourage you
  • Support from other participants with the same goals as you
  • Our program meets weekly for 8 weeks, biweekly over the next 16 weeks, then monthly to complete the one-year program

Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Make a change that just might save your life. For more information visit https://www.cmmc.org/diabetes-prevention or call 207-330-7769

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Halloween Safety tips

Share these tips with your little ghosts, zombies, princesses, and superheroes to have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween.

1.) Use a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

2.) Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

3,) Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

4.) Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks wherever possible.

5.) Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make sure drivers see you.

6.) Know your route; go trick-or-treating in a neighborhood you’re familiar with.

7.) Use face paint instead of masks. Eyeholes in masks can be hard to see out of.

8.) Only go to homes with lights on. If no one answers after ringing the doorbell twice, just leave. Halloween safety tips

9.) Pay extra attention to make sure you don’t trip or fall around jack-o-lanterns on front steps and walkways.

10.) Be sure to give parents 10% of your candy…or else. (Parents, thought we’d try and help you out. Who doesn’t love a little piece of candy every now and then?!)

Happy Halloween and be sure to share your favorite safety tips with us on Facebook.

DFD Takes the Dempsey Challenge

DFD is excited to support our communities and encourage others to walk, run or bike in support of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in this year’s Dempsey Challenge.

When and Where does this happen?

The 2017 Dempsey Challenge takes place in Lewsiton-Auburn, Maine, Octbober 7-8.

What does it benefit?

Proceeds from the challenge go to the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center offers a vibrant and compassionate environment where an interdisciplinary team of oncology professionals improves the healing experience for those impacted by cancer. Through customized programs The Dempsey Center provides support services that complement treatments, support caregivers, patients and their families equally Source: Demspeycenter.org

How to get involved:

Anyone can get involved and there is an event for everyone.

  • Bike – 10, 25, 70, or 100 miles
  • Two-day 140+ mile bike ride presented by L.L. Bean
  • Run or walk 5K (3.1 miles) and  10K (6.2 miles)
  • Festival in the Park – Saturday 8 am – 1 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
    • Music Festival at Festival in the Park
  • Kid’s Fun Run and Family Ride
  • Survivor Walk

You can show your love for team DFD by donating your loose change at one of our coin jars at the front desk at each DFD Health Center location or to one of our team members using this link: http://support.dempseychallenge.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=5757&pg=team&fr_id=1130

To learn more about The Dempsey Challenge please visit:

http://support.dempseychallenge.org/site/TR?fr_id=1130&pg=entry#_ga=1.246568388.1791305416.1467755137

 

School Safety 101

DFD’s helpful tips for a fun and safe school year.

Class is back in session and DFD is here to help get your child;s school year off to a safe and healthy start.

Your child’s backpack should:

  • Have a padded back
  • Have wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Be the right fit: below the shoulder blades and right at the waist

School Bus Rules

When getting on the bus, remind your children to:

  • Stay away from traffic when waiting for the bus
  • Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
  • Wait until the bus has completely stopped and the door opens before entering

While riding the bus, remind your children to:

  • Buckle up if seat belts are available
  • Stay in their seat
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags
  • Wait for the bus to completely stop before getting up from your seat

When getting off the bus, remind your children to:

  • Use the handrail when exiting the bus
  • Make sure the driver can see them
  • Stay away from the rear wheels at all times
  • When crossing the street, wait for a signal from the bus driver

Stop bullying in its tracks.

Make sure your kids are ready for a kind and caring school year. Remind them that bullying is never ok.

  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others
  • 28% of students in grades 6-12 experience bullying
  • When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds

DFD + The Pixel Fund

DFD Russell Medical Center is partnering with The Pixel Fund to promote dogs in need of homes in Maine.

The Pixel Fund is a nonprofit established to raise needed funds to support animal rescue and advocacy groups with “paws on the ground”. The Pixel Fund works to save the lives of animals by working to reduce shelter admissions through addressing the issues that cause people to give up their pets, support low and no-cost spay and neuter clinics and encourage shelter reform. The Pixel Fund’s mission is to save lives that would otherwise be lost to the shelter system.

DFD will be featuring an adoptable pet every other week.

This week we want you to meet Makayla.

She’s a sweet 2-year-old hound mix who loves her people. She enjoys leashed walks and playing outside with other pups. If you’re ready for a sweet and cuddly best friend, Makayla is the one for you.

Not only will you be saving a dog’s life through adoption, you can also see significant health improvements in your own life!

  1. Pets keep you active. A study by the University of Victoria showed dog owners were more likely to participate in mild to moderate physical activity. They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.
  2. Pets can reduce stress. There is a reason therapy dogs are so effective. Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine.
  3. Pets add meaning and purpose. Pets help prevent loneliness and isolation which is key in preventing cognitive decline and disease. Owning a pet provides responsibility to get up every day and take care of your furry friend.

 

To learn more about The Pixel Fund click here: http://www.thepixelfund.org/