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March 31 Valley's View to focus on wellness

March 25, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and Northern Maine Medical Center monthly public affairs television program "The Valley's View," will feature a discussion on wellness and how the St. John Valley community is responding to the nation-wide call for a healthier population, when the program airs on WAGM-TV, Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

The half-hour show, which takes an in-depth look at contemporary issues using local experts as guests to address the selected topics, is broadcasting from "The Lodge", UMFK's new residence hall.

The issue of wellness continues to make state headlines as recent studies cite both positive and alarming statistics on the status of Mainer's health.

Maine recently ranked relatively high in the federal "Healthy States Index".

At the same time, statistics show over half - 56 percent of Maine adults are either obese or overweight, a figure which has jumped 20 percent in only ten years.

The Valley's View program will feature four guests, who are all experts in the areas of healthcare and wellness.

Joining program host Jason Parent in the first segment will be Dr. Rodney Lahren, a general surgeon at Northern Maine Medical Center and Peter Sirois, NMMC associate administrator.

In the second segment, John Labrie, director of education at NMMC, and Rachel Charette, director of the St. John Valley Partnership will speak about the wellness opportunities available to St. John Valley residents through their respective organizations.

The final segment will feature a discussion with Labrie and Caro Williams, UMFK wellness coordinator on the programs offered to employees of the two large Valley employers.

"I am certain this will be a very interesting and informative program," said Jason Parent, Valley's View host and director of university relations at UMFK. "As more people are concerned about their overall health and wellness, the information provided on this program will be both timely and important to residents of Northern Maine."

Also part of the program will be the "College Question," a segment that will look at new and exciting developments on the UMFK campus, and "Your Healthcare Connection" which will look at concerns in healthcare, using professionals from NMMC.