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Living Well
January 2015

Try A Healthier Super Bowl App

Try this Sweet Potato Skins recipe for a great twist to a healthier appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday!

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron, high in protein and fiber, and low in sodium and carbs.  


Source: www.girlmakesfood.com

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Free Blood Pressure Checks at the Farmers' Market - this Sunday!

Sunday kicks off February's American Heart Month and to celebrate, Cardiac Rehab will be at the Farmers' Market offering free blood pressure checks, giveaways and heart health information!  






Click here to learn more!

AJH Welcomes New Doctors to Medical Staff

Maysabel Aponte, MD Joins Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare & AJH

Dr. Maysabel Aponte has joined Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare as a primary care physician. Along with BIDMC, Dr. Aponte is affiliated with Anna Jaques Hospital, where she is temporarily located at 21 Highland Avenue, Suite 9, while her permanent office is constructed in Haverhill.


Dr. Aponte has a clinical interest in women's health and preventative medicine and is fluent in English and Spanish.


"I look forward to building a relationship with my patients so that I can provide the best care and guidance to them," says Dr. Aponte.


"The opening of Dr. Aponte's practice marks the beginning of a great primary care affiliation with Anna Jaques Hospital," says Mark Goldstein, President and CEO of Anna Jaques Hospital.


Dr. Aponte is now welcoming new patients. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Aponte, call 978-373-4400 or visit bidmc.org/pcpaponte.


Dr. Barbier Joins Seacoast Medical Associates

Anna Jaques Hospital welcomes primary care physician Dr. Patrick Barbier to the hospital campus this month as he joins Dr. Guy Navarra at Seacoast Medical Associates at 21 Highland Avenue, Suite 24 in Newburyport.


Dr. Barbier has been practicing in the greater Newburyport community for the past 27 years and has also been on the active medical staff at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Haverhill since 1985.


Dr. Barbier is now accepting new patients. For more information, contact Seacoast Medical Associates at (978) 462-1555.

Preventing Falls for Senior Adults

By Dr. James J. DiResta and Dr. Angela Barnes

Dr. DiResta & Associates 


Did you know that one in three senior adults fall each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it? Falls result in millions of moderate to severe injuries each year and can increase the risk of early death for seniors.


The good news - falls can be prevented. The Podiatric Health Section of the American Public Health Association, chaired by AJH podiatrist Dr. James DiResta, has joined forces with other stakeholders to educate providers and patients on common risks and preventative measures.


Here is a simple tip when considering purchasing footwear that can help in preventing falls - the 1-2-3 test:


1: Press on both sides of the heel area to ensure the heel is stiff and won't collapse. 

2: Bend the shoe to check for toe flexibility. The shoe shouldn't bend too much in the toe box area, but it shouldn't be too stiff and inflexible either. 

3: Try twisting the shoe; it shouldn't twist in the middle.


A combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults including: physical activity with a focus on balance; talking to your doctor; having medications reviewed; getting eyes checked annually; having an annual hearing test; making sure your home is safe and supportive.


Source: CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

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