Eat Mediterranean

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Eat Mediterranean

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The World’s Healthiest Diet and the Easiest One to Live With.

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 is not a “diet” as such. It is a mix of the cultural culinary traditions of people living in Spain, Italy, France, Greece and the Middle East. Simply put, the Mediterranean Diet can be easily summed up by the three Eats – Eat More, Eat Moderately and Eat Less.

Eat More – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and legumes

Eat Moderately – lean proteins from fish and some poultry

Eat Less – red meats and sweets 

According to US News and World Report, for five years in a row, the Mediterranean Diet has been determined to be:

#1 Best diet over-all

#1 Best plant-based diet

#1 Best heart healthy diet

#1 Best diet for diabetes (and prediabetes)

#1 Best diet for healthy eating

#1 Easiest diet to follow

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 are beginning a new series of classes in fall of 2024. Classes are offered Virtually. The class has three main parts:

  1. The primarily plant based eating plan (a recipe booklet and packet of health topics included) with live cooking demonstrations.
  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. 

I want to thank you for all the great info and cooking lessons you provided during the Eat Mediterranean Class.  As I mentioned before I am doing very well eating healthier, enjoying my choices while losing weight. Of course, the weight loss is from watching my processed sugar gram in take!  I seem to be eating more but have cut most sweets, cake and ice cream desserts.  I still look at them, but at least, for now, they have stopped jumping into my cart and coming home with me!!! 

There will be 7 virtual classes (the first will be a free informational session), with 6 being the total for the class. The cost is $5.00 per class with a one-time $5 materials charge. 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 to learn more about the program. The FREE Virtual Class will be announced this summer. The full session is held once a week for 6 weeks

Register below to be put on the list for the fall class or call 207-498-1112 if you would like more information.

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