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Eat Mediterranean – A Healthy Choice

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The World’s Healthiest Diet and the Easiest One to Live With.
Don’t Miss new Virtual ZOOM classes starting Thursday, January 19th.

Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services are working to create healthier communities. Part of this effort is to address health issues including: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity in Aroostook County.

The Mediterranean Diet by definition is, “the kinds of foods a person, animal or community eats.” It is “inspired” by the traditional dietary patterns of the peoples of southern Italy, Greece and Spain. According to the recent US News and World Report, the Mediterranean Diet has been named the #1 best diet overall for the fifth straight year. It specifically was cited for being the Best for Diabetes, Best heart-healthy, Best Plant-based, Best for healthy eating and Easiest to follow. (US News and World Report Jan 2022)

Thanks to the support of the Siruno Stroke Prevention Program, Cary Medical Center began offering a series of classes called, ‘Eat Mediterranean – A Healthy Choice in 2022. We were very pleased with the community response to the classes and we will begin a new series of classes in January 2023. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the classes are offered Virtually. The class has three main parts:

  1. The primarily plant based eating plan (recipes are given out as a guide as well as a packet of helpful information that is highlighted in class).
  2. Physical activity – encouragement to get 30 minutes per day with walking, weight bearing and chair yoga.
  3. The power of community for support, encouragement, sharing and not always being alone.


My husband is a diabetic on medication. Nancy helped us learn better glucose control through our food prep and meals. One was switching to coconut sugar from white sugar. His blood glucose level has been better controlled and his A1C normal since making the changes to our diets. He is also a prostate cancer survivor. The Mediterranean diet was encouraged from his cancer specialist to help with prevention.

We have been in Nancy’s Mediterranean class this month. The way of eating was an easy change we found. We are eating far healthier and enjoy the meals. I am a breast cancer survivor and my oncologist had encouraged my eating to be more plant based. This was a very good class and very informative. We learned a lot and we are now working on increasing our exercise plan.

There will be 7 classes (the first will be a free informational session), with 6 being the total for the class. The cost is $5.00 per class for a total of $30. The classes will be held virtually until further notice. The class is part of the Siruno Stroke Prevention Program with Nancy Holmquist as the instructor.

Our next series of Virtual Classes will begin with a FREE Informational Session where you will learn more about the program. The FREE Virtual Class will be held Thursday, January 19 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Actual Virtual Classes begin Thursday, February 2nd, 3:00 – 4:30 and 6:30– 8:00 pm. Classes will be one night per week on Thursdays.

Register below or call 207-498-1112 if you would like more information.

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