BENNINGTON, VT—September 26, 2017—Medical studies indicate that eating healthfully helps women prevent breast cancer. It’s also reported that getting an annual mammogram after age 40 can help catch the disease when it is most treatable. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed each October, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has scheduled two events designed to help area women lessen the effects of breast cancer on their lives.
“Breast cancer is serious and touches everyone,” said Rebecca Hewson-Steller, SVMC’s breast health navigator. “We have a remarkable group of women in our community who want to raise awareness but also have fun. That’s what these events are about.”
Recipe Makeover and Tasting Party
Cooking both healthfully and deliciously can be challenging. SVMC’s Executive Chef Laura LaCroix will demonstrate how she swaps the less healthy ingredients and cooking methods in favorite recipes for healthier ones. Attendees will learn how they can apply these changes at home, give a health makeover to their family favorites, and cook in ways that prevent breast cancer, other cancers, and many other diseases affected by diet.
“An event about making healthier cooking choices would not be complete without an opportunity to taste,” says Chef LaCroix. “So, of course, there will be samples to try.”
Representatives from SVMC’s OB/GYN, Women’s Imaging Center, and Cancer Center will be on hand to meet attendees and answer questions. In addition, local women fitness professionals, the Cancer Center Community Crusaders, and a representative from Ladies First, a Vermont Department of Health program that helps eligible women get breast, cervical and heart health screenings, will be there to share tips and resources. A door prize will be awarded.
The event will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 in the Employee Cafeteria at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. (Signs will be posted to direct attendees to parking and the entrance.) The program is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited, and attendees must register online at svhealthcare.org/recipemakeover by October 20.
Saturday Screening Mammography Day
SVMC will offer screening mammograms 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, October 28 at SVMC Women’s Imaging Center, suite 206 of the Medical Office Building located at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington.
Although the day is open to any woman with a referral from her primary care provider or OB/GYN, the Women’s Imaging team would like to especially invite women who have never had a mammogram before. Women who are over 40 years old are encouraged to attend. Once patients obtain a referral, they may call 802-447-5541 ext. 2 to schedule.
Each patient will receive a free gift. Anyone needing financial assistance—including those who are uninsured or who have prohibitively high deductibles—may apply for funding though a Komen for the Cure VT-NH grant. For more information, call 802-440-4244. For more information about this event, visit svhealthcare.org/saturdaymammogram.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org. For news and updates, follow facebook.com/svmedicalcenter.
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