Tomorrow Is Dress in Blue Day; Get 50 myHealth Matters Points!

Join us as we kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 2! We are encouraging a systemwide caregiver engagement in Dress in Blue Day. Show your support by going blue from head to toe! Those who participate are eligible to receive a 50-point wellness reward through myHealth Matters. Help us raise awareness for this preventable, curable disease through education and conversation. Be sure to use #timetotalkaboutit and #dressinblueday when submitting or posting your photos to our Medical Center Facebook page. View the flyer for a full list of this month’s activities including, information tables in campus cafeterias, Facebook Live Ask the Experts series, #strongarmselfie campaign and employee screenings,

It’s Time to Talk about It: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Team members from the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery (top photo) and Eastern Avenue Endoscopy (bottom photo) get ready for Dress in Blue Day.

Colon and rectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, making it #timetotalkaboutit. We are kicking off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Friday, March 2 with Dress in Blue Day and the lighting of the Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond. Show your support by dressing in blue and posting individual and team pictures to our Medical Center Facebook page. Be sure to include #timetotalkaboutit and #dressinblueday. For some extra fun, our Marketing and Communications Department can provide your team with temporary blue star tattoos to keep the conversation going all month long. Contact the Marketing and Communications Department to request yours. Check out our flyer to view the full list of activities including information tables in campus cafeterias, Facebook Live Ask the Experts series, #strongarmselfie campaign and employee screenings.

Look Who Wore Blue to Support Colon Cancer Awareness!

blue-day-eastern-aveA big thank you to everyone who dressed in blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Be sure to check out all the photos posted on Facebook. Our “Dress in Blue Day” may be over, but March is going to be full of colorectal cancer facts. Join us on Facebook to follow us through the month and learn about our contest to win a special prize for colon health. Remember: #timetotalkaboutit. Pictured: Kanishka Bhattacharya, MD, gastroenterologist, and the Eastern Avenue endoscopy team dressed in blue for colorectal cancer awareness.

Join the Fight for Colon Cancer; Dress in Blue Day Is Friday! 

wear-blue-marcomUMass Memorial Health Care is participating in Dress in Blue Day, Friday, March 3. This nationwide event was established by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Employees, “go blue” on Friday by wearing as much of the color as you can (UMass Memorial fleeces count too!) and snapping a photo with your colleagues. Post your team photos on our Facebook page with #dressinblueday and then check back throughout the month of March for tips and information on colon cancer prevention and treatment. According to CCA, colon cancer is 90 percent beatable when caught early.


#timetotalkaboutit: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Almost Over!

Colorectal_March_30There’s one more day of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you learned all you need to know? Some of the early warning signs include a change in bowel habits that last more than a few days, bleeding or blood in the stool, cramping or stomach pain, vomiting, unexpected weight loss and the feeling of fullness that does not go away after you have a bowel movement. Although there are other available options, a colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening for most patients. Take advantage of our employee screening program that will reimburse you for the copay of your first colonoscopy!

Health Watch: Dr. Nompleggi Discusses Colonoscopy Screening Prep

For most patients, the most dreaded aspect of colonoscopy screening is not the procedure, but the required preparation. In this Health Watch, Dominic Nompleggi, MD, chief, Division of Gastroenterology, discusses some common concerns regarding colonoscopy prep and the changes that are making it easier to swallow. Don’t forget about our employee colonoscopy screening program that will reimburse you the copay for your first colonoscopy!

It’s Fiber Friday: How Can You Increase Fiber Intake?

Colorectal_March_25It’s almost time to unwind for the weekend. Are you feeling a snack attack approaching? Reach out for something full of fiber! Did you know research now shows that for every 10 grams of fiber consumed daily – slightly less than a cup of beans – can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 10 percent? A great starting step is to fill two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts. Follow our #timetotalkaboutit campaign on Facebook to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and learn more about prevention through conversation and education. Also, don’t forget about our employee screening program that will reimburse you the co-pay for your first colonoscopy!

Oh Poop! Everything You Need to Know about Your Number 2

Oh-Poop-NewsViewsDid you know paying attention to your bowel movements is a great way to keep an eye on your health? Our experts in colon and rectal surgery want you to pay attention the next time you sit down for a number two. A bowel movement is what’s left after your digestive system absorbs the nutrients and fluids your body needs to function properly so things like texture, color, and frequency can all be good indicators of possible digestive issues or dietary needs. Check out our infographic. Learn about our employee screening program that will reimburse your copay for your first colonoscopy!

It’s Fiber Friday and It’s #timetotalkaboutit

Colorectal_March_11Colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if detected early. In addition to regular colonoscopy screenings, you can look out for your colon with a well-balanced diet. Legumes are very rich in fiber, making them a great choice for your digestive tract. Visit our Facebook page to find today’s #timetotalkaboutit post and let us know your favorite: black, pinto or red beans or lentils? We’ll share a fiber-ific recipe featuring the winning legume, perfect to try out this weekend in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month. Like, comment or share any of the posts marked #timetotalkaboutit for your chance to win a special prize that your colon will love. Don’t forget about our employee colonscopy screening program that will reimburse you the copay for your first colonoscopy!

#timetotalkaboutit during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

colorectal month 2016Help us raise awareness for colorectal cancer and prevention through education and conversation! Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths with over 50,000 people dying from colon cancer each year in the United States alone. Early screening is the best way to detect and prevent colon cancer.  Visit our Facebook page throughout March to learn about colon-related health information including prevention and diet. Each week we’re giving away a special prize to one randomly selected Facebook follower who likes, shares or comments on any of our posts hashtagged #timetotalkaboutit.