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Framingham Chosen for Healthy Aging Pilot Program

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Seniors by News Staff at 11:15 am on September 19, 2011
Hebrew SeniorLife / Tufts / Harvard Medical School

Hebrew SeniorLife awarded awarded $117k by Tufts Health Plan Foundation

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In a press release, Hebrew SeniorLife announced it has received a two-year grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to expand and implement healthy aging programs in Massachusetts and to develop two pilot "healthy aging program communities" in Framingham, and in Lawrence, MA. HSL was awarded $117,000 in funding for the first year of the grant.

"The nation’s rapidly growing senior population is currently confronting an array of debilitating and life-threatening diseases and disabilities," says Robert J. Schreiber, M.D., HSL’s chief medical officer. "Our goal is to help seniors continue to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life through increased exercise, improved nutrition, enhanced social engagement, and increased motivation to self-manage chronic illness."

With the Tufts grant, HSL will work with community agencies and ...[read more]

Running Club Elects Ed Stoll President

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 5:50 pm on September 12, 2011
Ed Stoll, President, Greater Framingham Running Club (2011)

Ed Stoll, recently elected President of the Greater Framingham Running Club, (GFRC).

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham resident Ed Stoll was recently elected President of the Greater Framingham Running Club, (GFRC).

Stoll takes over for club member Derek Perkins of Sudbury who served in the role for the past two years. The club serves members from eastern Massachusetts, with the majority being MetroWest residents.

Other newly-elected officers include: Eric Jacobsen of Framingham as Uniform Director, and Jeff Hattem of Natick as Activities Director.

Additionally, the following were re-elected: Arnie Pollinger of Holliston as Vice President; Barry Ostrow of Ashland and Marie Leigh of Hudson as Co-Treasurers; Jen Fields of Westborough as Web Director; Mike Gannon of Bedford as Membership Director; Bill Robertson of Ashland as Newsletter Editor; and Susan Richardson of Framingham as Secretary. Tom Abbott and Alison Black, both of Natick, will serve as Grand Prix race Co-Directors.

The Greater Framingham Running Club was formed in 1979 as ...[read more]

Framingham Sailing Program for Special Needs Kids

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 11:45 pm on September 6, 2011
(photo) F-SEPAC and Piers Park Sailing Program, (2011)

F-SEPAC and Piers Park Sailing Program, (2011)

FRAMINGHAM  & BOSTON, MA - Piers Park Sailing in East Boston is hosting a Framingham Sailing Program sponsored by the Disability Commission of Framingham for Framingham residents ages 10 to 21 who have an Individualized Education Program,  (IEP),  or a documented medical disability.

Sailing dates are all on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon starting September 17th, 2011 and the following four Saturdays; Sept. 24th, Oct. 1st, Oct. 8th and Oct. 15th. In addition, Saturday Oct. 22nd is reserved for a "makeup day" should any of the ...[read more]

Framingham Pharmacy Report Leads to Doctor Indictment

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 6:37 am on September 1, 2011
MetroWest Medical Center - Framingham / Natick (logo)

Dr. Kathleen Porter, who was affiliated with MetroWest Medical Center and had her medical license restricted regarding performing surgery has now been indicted on prescription drug related charges.

FRAMINGHAM, MA --- (Press Release by Middlesex D.A.'s Office) -- A Doctor was indicted today on nine counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Kathleen Porter, 59, of Needham Heights, was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances (9 counts) and furnishing false information in an application.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.

“We allege that Dr. Porter took advantage of her position and completely disregarded her patients’ obvious addictions by failing to address their pain needs in a medically responsible manner,” District Attorney Leone said.  “We further allege that the defendant acted in extremely bad faith, putting multiple peoples’ health in jeopardy by recklessly feeding their addictions with no legitimate medical purpose.”

“A license to prescribe is not a license to traffic in drugs and that is what Dr. Porter is alleged to have done with this indictment. The abuse of prescription ...[read more]

Sannicandro Moderates Single Payer Health Care Forum

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Politics by News Staff at 4:25 pm on July 25, 2011
MA Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - (From Press Release) - Rep. Tom Sannicandro, (D-Ashland), will be moderating a forum, "Spotlight on Health Care: Exploring Single Payer Option" from 6:30p.m until 9:30p.m., Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 in the Forum Room of the D. Justin McCarthy Center at Framingham State University, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA.

Rep. Sannicandro will moderate a four person panel featuring Senator Jamie Eldridge, the chief sponsor of single payer legislation in the Massachusetts legislature; Ben Day, the executive director of Mass-Care, a single payer advocacy organization; Dr. Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst; and Alex Robbins, a small business owner.

In advance of the forum, Tom will be accepting questions from the public via his Twitter account, @TSannicandro

Other "tweets" on the subject ...[read more]

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