Make Your Heart Healthier

One out of every four deaths in the United States each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Luckily, there are some simple changes you can make to lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Quit Smoking, and if you don't smoke, don't start. Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to increase heart health. Even if you've smoked for years, your heart can repair the damage done after you quit. Also try to avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible.
  • Reduce Saturated Fat Intake. A few simple food switches will greatly reduce your daily saturated fat consumption. Switch from butter to olive oil. Instead of drinking whole milk, use 1% or skim milk. Choose to eat egg whites without the yolk in your omelets or scrambled eggs. Swap ground beef for ground turkey. Red meat is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, so the switch to ground turkey is very beneficial.
  • Know your numbers. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. If your numbers are too high, work with your doctor to create a proactive plan to reduce your numbers to a healthy level.
  •  Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per day. Alcohol in moderation is not detrimental to your heart health, but drinking too much alcohol takes a serious toll on your heart and your liver.
  • Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and wild salmon into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in saturated fats and sodium, and are loaded with heart-friendly vitamins. Aim for at least 5 servings per day. Wild salmon is chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce heart disease.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim to exercise at a moderate level for 30 minutes or more each day. The heart is a muscle, and like all muscles in your body, benefits from regular exercise and toning. Moderate exercise includes brisk walking, dancing, swimming, and yoga, among others.
  • Sleep Well. People who get adequate sleep each night have up to 33% fewer heart-related issues.

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Tree Street Youth Drive

Bedard is excited to hold a donation drive to benefit the Tree Street Youth Center, a non-profit organization located in downtown Lewiston, Maine.

The mission of Tree Street Youth is to support the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts & athletics, while providing a safe place that encourages healthy physical, emotional and academic development, while building unity across lines of difference.

Tree Street Youth could not exist without the support of community donations. Please consider donating new or gently used art & music items, sports equipment, cleaning supplies, and office supplies. You can also make a monetary donation at any Bedard checkout counter.

Bedard thanks you for supporting the Tree Street Youth Center and our community youth.

Drop off donations to any Bedard Pharmacy or Medical Supplies location from February 3rd to February 15th, 2014. Donations will be delivered to Tree Street Youth Center on February 17, 2014.


Bedard - Part of the Community for 115 Years

Since 1898, Bedard has offered personalized medical service to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area.

Bedard Pharmacy started as "Jordan Pharmacy", and was founded by Ernest Jordan. In 1931, Jordan Pharmacy was bought by Dr. Robert Wiseman, who was also a former Lewiston mayor. Wiseman changed the company's name to the College Pharmacy, and upgraded the facility to be what was then considered state-of-the-art. The pharmacist of the College Pharmacy was Louis A. Bedard, who bought the company in 1939 and changed the name to Bedard Pharmacy.

Pharmacist Alcide Nadeau bought Bedard Pharmacy in 1967 and elected to keep the name the same. Since 1967, Bedard Pharmacy has remained in the Nadeau family, currently owned by Michael and Annette Nadeau.

Today, Bedard Healthcare Group includes Bedard Pharmacy, Bedard Medical Supplies, and Bedard Senior Care Pharmacy.

Bedard pharmacy: Supporting the health of our community for more than 110 years. (2012, Januray 13). Sun Journal, pp. 3-4.

Did you Know...

We carry specialty brassieres!

Transitions at Bedard, a division of Bedard Medical Supplies, is known for carrying bras for post-mastectomy patients. But, did you know that we also carry bras for every woman?

Transitions carries hundreds of quality stylish bras in stock from size 36AA to 52G, and may be able to order additional sizes.

Our fitters can determine which bra size is the proper fit for you. Call Transitions at Bedard for more information and to schedule a bra fitting at (207)784-3700.

Eve Organics Makeovers Available

Danielle Marquis, our newest Transitions staff member, is a licensed cosmetologist, and is now taking appointments for makeovers!

Danielle uses Eve Organics makeup in her makeovers. Eve Organics makeup is made of pure minerals, and doesn't include the fillers and dyes that cause irritation and clog pores.

Pure mineral makeup foundations are actually anti-inflammatory and soothing to skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.

The most challenging part of using mineral makeup is choosing the right colors for your skin tone. Schedule an Eve Organics makeover with Danielle to find out which colors work best with your skin tone. Call (207)784-3700 today to schedule your appointment.

Fashion Alert Medical ID Bracelets

Medical ID bracelets can be fashionable and affordable! Bedard Medical Supplies carries Fashion Alert bracelets in many different designs and colors.

People with diabetes, epilepsy, autism, Alzheimer's, food allergies, drug allergies, and more benefit from medical ID bracelets. These bracelets alert emergency responders, EMT's and medical staff of any existing conditions you may have in the event that you are not able to tell them yourself.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and stylish with a Fashion Alert medical ID bracelet.
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