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Back to Our Roots: Healthy Alternatives Using Traditional Foods & Flavors
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Back to Our Roots: Healthy Alternatives Using Traditional Foods & Flavors

Left to Right: Chef Rody Manousakis, Candy Murias, LMSW

Left to Right: Chef Rody Manousakis, Candy Murias, LMSW

On Thursday, March 31st, Ann’s Place’s Health Equity Initiative program held a lively and educational food demonstration at the Danbury Library in collaboration with Danbury Library and the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury. The event titled “Back to our Roots: Healthy Alternatives using traditional foods and flavors” was organized by Ann’s Place clinician Candy Murias, LMSW, Chef Rody Manousakis, and Maryellen DeJong of the Danbury Library.

During the program, Ann’s Place volunteer, Chef Rody, demonstrated how to make everyday meals healthier and how to enhance delicious flavors in our foods using only natural ingredients. She explained how many of the condiments used in Latin cuisine, such as Adobo and Sazon, have unhealthy levels of salt.  As an alternative, she encouraged the participants to use natural dry spices to obtain even better flavors than less healthy prepared condiments.  Chef Rody also explained how to make chicken soup from scratch and prepare rice with kale.  She suggested healthier alternatives to drinking sodas and juice, which are often filled with sugar, and emphasized the importance of a balanced diet to our health.

The event was well received and attended, with 32 participants and a wait-list exceeding 15 people.  Ann’s Place clinician Candy Murias is currently working with Chef Rody to organize a ‘Part 2’ of the program that will focus on how to prepare healthy (or healthier) desserts.  This event will take place at Ann’s Place in late April or early May.

Ann’s Place is thankful to Maryellen DeJong and the Danbury Library for providing Ann’s Place with the space and the support to hold such an event.  We also are very thankful to Chef Rody for organizing and leading such a wonderful food demonstration!

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Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Latest Trends in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Julianne Artman , MHA, RN, OCN, Danbury Hospital,  Laura Donnely , MSW, LCSW, Ann's Place,  Dr. Vincent Rella , Medical Oncologist, Danbury Hospital,  Dr. Daniel O'Brien , Gastroenterologist, Danbury Hospital,  Shannon Morrill-Cornelius , CGC, Genetics Counselor, Danbury Hospital,  Michael Deluca , Cancer Survivor.

Julianne Artman, MHA, RN, OCN, Danbury Hospital, Laura Donnely, MSW, LCSW, Ann's Place, Dr. Vincent Rella, Medical Oncologist, Danbury Hospital, Dr. Daniel O'Brien, Gastroenterologist, Danbury Hospital, Shannon Morrill-Cornelius, CGC, Genetics Counselor, Danbury Hospital, Michael Deluca, Cancer Survivor.

Ann’s Place held a presentation entitled “Latest Trends in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer” on March 29th in honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.  There were four experts with different backgrounds who came to speak about Colorectal cancer from different perspectives.  The panel included a Medical Oncologist, a Gastroenterologist, a Genetic counselor and a Colon Cancer survivor.  The topics covered were the importance of prevention and screening, the types of treatments available now, and what treatments we can hope to see in the future.  The Genetic counselor spoke about the role of genes in determining one’s risk for developing Colorectal cancer.  The Colon Cancer survivor shared his experience of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.  This program was well attended and followed by a lively question and answer period.

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Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

Cancer Transitions

Session 6: Life Beyond Cancer

Expert panelists will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

Please Note: Physician clearance must be obtained to ensure exercise programs are consistent with your health care regimen and appropriate to your medical condition.

Time:   5 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ann’s Place

                  80 Saw Mill Rd.

                  Danbury, CT 06810

 

Featured presenters include:

· Oncology Nurse Navigator

· Oncology Social Worker

· Exercise Physiologist (Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer)

· Dietician (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)

 

Registration is Required (space is limited)

To register or for any questions
call Maureen at 203-739-6988

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Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Cancer Transitions

Session 5: Nutrition Beyond Cancer

Expert panelists will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

Please Note: Physician clearance must be obtained to ensure exercise programs are consistent with your health care regimen and appropriate to your medical condition.

Time:   5 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ann’s Place

                  80 Saw Mill Rd.

                  Danbury, CT 06810

 

Featured presenters include:

· Oncology Nurse Navigator

· Oncology Social Worker

· Exercise Physiologist (Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer)

· Dietician (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)

 

Registration is Required (space is limited)

To register or for any questions
call Maureen at 203-739-6988

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Feb
25
5:00 PM17:00

Cancer Transitions

Session 3: Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know

Expert panelists will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

Please Note: Physician clearance must be obtained to ensure exercise programs are consistent with your health care regimen and appropriate to your medical condition.

Time:   5 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ann’s Place

                  80 Saw Mill Rd.

                  Danbury, CT 06810

 

Featured presenters include:

· Oncology Nurse Navigator

· Oncology Social Worker

· Exercise Physiologist (Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer)

· Dietician (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)

 

Registration is Required (space is limited)

To register or for any questions
call Maureen at 203-739-6988

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Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

Cancer Transitions

Session 2: Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise

Expert panelists will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

Please Note: Physician clearance must be obtained to ensure exercise programs are consistent with your health care regimen and appropriate to your medical condition.

Time:   5 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ann’s Place

                  80 Saw Mill Rd.

                  Danbury, CT 06810

 

Featured presenters include:

· Oncology Nurse Navigator

· Oncology Social Worker

· Exercise Physiologist (Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer)

· Dietician (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)

 

Registration is Required (space is limited)

To register or for any questions
call Maureen at 203-739-6988

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Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Cancer Transitions

Session 1: Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of your Survivorship

Expert panelists will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

Please Note: Physician clearance must be obtained to ensure exercise programs are consistent with your health care regimen and appropriate to your medical condition.

Time:   5 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ann’s Place

                      80 Saw Mill Rd.

                      Danbury, CT 06810

 

Featured presenters include:

· Oncology Nurse Navigator

· Oncology Social Worker

· Exercise Physiologist (Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer)

· Dietician (Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition)

 

Registration is Required (space is limited)

To register or for any questions
call Maureen at 203-739-6988

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Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Horticultural Therapy

Seasonal sachets: Get your smell on!

As holiday season approaches there is nothing that brings back memories like familiar scents. As everyone needs a bit of a a charge up before the holidays, join us for a "smelly" session where simple-to-complex sachets can be created from a variety of herbs, fragrances, and spices.

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Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night

The Connection: Mind Your Body

Please join us for a viewing of the documentary The Connection: Mind Your Body.

This movie is about the remarkable link between your mind, body, and health.

"Whether its by reducing stress, practicing meditation, understanding diet, or nurturing relationships, the good news is we now have the evidence based proof that you can change your mind to change your health." Shannon Harvey

Q&A to follow with:
Dr. Jen Phelps

Phelps, MD
Integrative Medicine
Georgetown, CT

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Jun
18
5:30 PM17:30

I Wish I Knew-Honoring Your Wishes

On June 18, Ann’s Place, in collaboration with the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital, hosted “I Wish I Knew…  Honoring Your Wishes” a panel presentation regarding advanced care planning.  Panel members were:

  • Julia MacMillian APRN, ACNS-BC,  ACHPNA, - Palliative Care Coordinator, Danbury Hospital
  • Jo-Ann Frank, MD, Ann’s Place Volunteer & Peer Mentor
  • Paula Boa Sousa, Esq.Attorney from Collins Hannafin, PC and Ann’s Place Board Member

This wide ranging presentation included advance directives and the difference between hospice and palliative care, ethical wills, narrative end of life planning – taking into consideration the story of people’s lives in making end of life decisions -, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, and elder law.  Over 60 guests attended this well received presentation.  

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