Winchester Hospital to Hold Health and Awareness Program


Winchester Hospital partners with Winchester Soccer Club

Winchester, MA (May 18, 2015) Winchester Hospital has partnered with the Winchester Soccer Club to provide youth athletes and their families with a four-part health and awareness program. This program, which is open to the community, will hold its next discussion on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the NextDoor Theater (40 Cross St., Winchester).

The second installment of the program entitled “Nutrition for the Young Athlete” will feature Helen Long, a registered dietitian at Winchester Hospital as the key presenter. The evening will focus on preventing and reducing injury to players, while enhancing their performance. Proper nutrition ensures that young athletes can play at their best.

“We are very excited to partner with the Winchester Soccer Club and the Winchester community to offer this robust health and wellness program,” said Gerald MacKillop, director of community relations at Lahey Health. Youth sports can be an enjoyable form of exercise and helps develop balance, agility, coordination and a sense of teamwork, but players must be aware of the risks for injury. Injury prevention, early detection and treatment can keep children and adults on the field and out of the doctor’s office.”

In the fall, the program will focus on “Coping with Sports Related Stress”. Stress can undermine a child’s confidence and success, and hurt their performance and happiness. Furthermore, stress can manifest itself physically, causing digestive problems, stomachaches, fatigue and irritability, making a player more prone to accidents and injury. This program will help students and parents identify the signs and symptoms of sports related stress, understand the causes, and learn strategies for coping with stress in young athletes.

And later in the fall, the final discussion will revolve around “Concussion Prevention and Treatment”. This program will provide information to coaches, parents and players about preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.

Participants can have theirs questions about nutrition, stress and concussions answered by Winchester Hospital specialists.

To register for any of the sessions, please email or call 781.570.9083.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit


Dan Marra
Lahey Health Media Relations