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Did you know that February has been designated American Heart Month?  According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (2022) heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States!  Heart healthy living encompasses understanding your risks, making healthy choices, and taking steps to lower your chances of developing heart disease including heart attack and stroke.  In lowering your risk of heart disease, you also are improving your overall health and well-being.


There are several ways that you can help your heart.


The first is to be more physically active – MOVE MORE!  Regular physical activity has many benefits.  It can help with weight loss, improve physical fitness, lower many heart disease risk factors like bad LDL cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, lower stress, improve mental health, and lower your risk for other conditions such as type 2 diabetes and depression.  The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2022) recommend that adults participate in at least 150 minutes (30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity such as brisk walking, swimming, or bicycling and including strength training. Unable carve out a lot of time in your day?  Do not skip it; just break it up into segments!  Try 10 minutes of brisk walking three times a day 5 days a week.  Some physical activity is better than none.

The second is to aim for a healthy weight.  Being overweight is hard on your heart as it increases your risk of having heart disease, a stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.  Choosing foods that are heart healthy will help you attain and maintain a healthy weight.  Even a small weight loss of 5-10 percent helps your overall health.  This leads to our third aim… to eat a heart healthy diet.


What does a heart healthy diet consists of?  Actually many ingredients.  The first ingredient are vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and carrots.  The second ingredient are fruits such as apples with the skin, bananas, oranges, pears, grapes, and prunes.  The third ingredient are whole grains such as plain oatmeal, whole grain or wheat flour breads, and barley.  The fourth ingredient includes fat free or low fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.  The fifth ingredient are protein rich foods such as fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, trout), lean meats (95% lean ground beef, pork tenderloin, skin turkey or chicken), eggs, nuts (walnuts, almonds), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), soy products (tofu), and legumes (kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, lima beans).  The sixth ingredient is to use oils that are high in monounsaturated fats such as canola or olive oils.


As part of a heart healthy diet, you also want to limit your salt intake.  Most people in the United States consume more sodium than recommended (Million Hearts, 2022).  Try to eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day.  Choose products that are low in sodium, reduced sodium or no salt added.  Choose fresh, frozen or no salt added foods instead of pre seasoned, sauce marinated, brined or processed meats, poultry and vegetables.  Eat at home more often so you can cook from scratch therefore controlling the amount of salt added to your meals when cooking and eating. Instead of salt, flavor your food with herbs and other spices in place of salt.  


Did you know that in the United States, sweetened drinks, snacks, and sweets are the major source of added sugars?  Sweetened drinks include soda, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, energy drinks, alcoholic drinks, and flavored water.  Sweetened drinks account for about half of all added sugars consumed.  Can you believe that the amount of sugar that is in soft drinks/soda is equal to one cup of granulated sugar!  Limit added sugars in your foods – avoid foods containing white flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, sucrose, dextrose, raw sugar, and glucose.

The last thing you want to limit in your diet is saturated fats - bad fats that come from animal sources such as butter cheese, fatty meats, and animal skin. Eat leaner, lower fat and skinless meats, consume lower fat dairy products, and use certain vegetable oils such as olive and canola instead of butter, coconut and palm oil.


Finally yet importantly, it is vital to get plenty of sleep and reduce your stress level to promote a healthy heart and blood pressure as well as to bolster your immune system.  Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Reducing your stress by doing a relaxing activity such as yoga, walking, meditation or exercise can help promote better sleep habits.  Take a walk outside in the fresh air and sunlight instead of a late afternoon nap. Adhere to a regular wake up and bedtime routine and time. Instead of looking at your phone, computer or TV screen before bed, relax by listening to calming music, reading a book, or taking a warm bath or shower.


In reflection, taking time to care for your heart can be challenging as you go about your daily life.  It is simpler than you think to show your heart the love that it deserves each day.  Small acts of self-care such as taking walks outside, getting regular quality sleep, and cooking heart healthy meals all help your heart.

From The Desk of  Dr. Amy:

February is "Heart Health" Month

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Transformative Healthcare Stories:
 The Martinez Family's Journey

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In 2021, the Martinez family from Honduras, embarked on a transformative healthcare journey in the wake of the Covid Pandemic. Their story, a poignant blend of challenges and community support, underscores the profound impact of collaborative healthcare initiatives.

The Martinez children's frequent complaints of pain brought them to Perkasie, seeking medical and dental care. Compounded by cultural beliefs and a lack of experience, their mother navigated uncertainties surrounding baby teeth issues, trusting they would naturally resolve.

A beacon of hope emerged as the community, in collaboration with Dr. Alice Moore and Dr. Lorna Petersen's dental office in Perkasie, rallied to assess and address the family's extensive dental needs. The children received personalized care, including extractions, root canals, and restorations.

The middle child, facing severe infections, required specialized care. A call to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children facilitated comprehensive treatment under general anesthesia, totaling over $35,000.00 in donated services. A testament to the impactful collaboration between healthcare providers.

Beyond the dental chair, the Martinez family embraced education and nutrition sessions integral to their ongoing care. It's not just about treating symptoms but empowering families for holistic well-being.

Today, the Martinez family stands resilient, their smiles a testament to the transformative power of collaborative healthcare. Routine dental care, education, and community support continue to shape their journey towards lasting well-being.

The Martinez family's journey exemplifies the collective impact of healthcare professionals, community initiatives, and collaborative efforts. It's a story of resilience, compassion, and the tangible difference we can make when we come together.

As we reflect on stories like the Martinez family's, let it serve as a reminder that transformative healthcare extends beyond treatment—it's about building a supportive ecosystem that fosters healing, resilience, and a healthier community. It's a testament of what Ann Silverman Community health Clinic can do in partnerships with other organizations and private ownerships.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Meri L Gaumond 
Executive Director 
Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic

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Grateful for this New Grant:
ASCHC Expresses Gratitude for $10,000 Grant from Foundations Community Partnership

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Bucks County, 12/14/2023


The Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic is thrilled to extend heartfelt thanks to Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors for their generous grant of $10,000. This funding, specifically designated for capital improvements within the ASCHC administrative and behavioral health offices, marks a significant stride toward enhancing the clinic's facilities.

The grant from FCP plays a crucial role in supporting the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic's mission to bring health and hope to the low-income, uninsured eligible residents of Bucks County. This financial support enables the clinic to better serve the community by improving its administrative and behavioral health offices.

Over the past year, the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic has demonstrated its commitment to the well-being of the community. The clinic facilitated 645 eligibility and case management visits, conducted 302 counseling sessions, and provided a total of 1,146 behavioral and social work visits. This impact is a testament to the clinic's dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Dr. Tobi Bruhn, CEO of FCP came and presented the check in person. Meri L Gaumond, Executive Director, expressed gratitude, stating, "Your trust and partnership empower us to fulfill our commitment to the community. FCP’s grant allows us to enhance our facilities, ultimately improving our ability to serve those in need."

The Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic looks forward to continuing collaborative efforts with FCP to positively impact the lives of individuals and families in Bucks County. Once again, the clinic extends its sincere appreciation for the generous support and belief in its mission.

Photo caption: Members of the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic team, posing in front of a portrait of Ann Silverman. From left to right: Pre-Med Student Amal Thalody, Executive Director Meri L. Gaumond, Clinic Coordinator Susan Hartsock, , Dr. Amy Ruesch, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Patricia Heckenberger and CEO of FCP Dr. Tobi Bruhn.


For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Meri L Gaumond 
Executive Director 
Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic

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Gifts of Compassion:
Doylestown Hospital Finance Team's Thoughtful Impact on ASCHC Family

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Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic is thrilled to highlight a beautiful partnership with the compassionate Finance Department at Doylestown Hospital. This dynamic team of 17, driven by generosity, came together to support a hardworking family of six facing economic challenges. What makes this story truly special is the thoughtful and personalized touch the finance team added to their gift selections.


Each of the four children received meticulously chosen age-appropriate clothing, tailored to meet their unique needs and interests. Essential items like blankets, jackets and grocery gift cards were also included, addressing immediate needs with care and attention. The hardworking father, humbled by the giving spirit, tearfully expressed his gratitude, saying, "I've never had this many gifts. I'm overwhelmed by the love of these kind people."


A heartfelt thank you to the Finance Department at Doylestown Hospital for not only providing material support but for creating a meaningful and unforgettable experience for a family in need. Your dedication to personalizing these gifts truly embodies the spirit of community kindness. 

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Meri L Gaumond 
Executive Director 
Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic

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 Good Stuff Thrift's $75,000 End-of-Year Donation

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Good Stuff Thrift's $75,000 End-of-Year Donation Empowers Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic's Mission for Care of Children and Residents of Bucks County

Doylestown, December 1st, 2023 - Good Stuff Thrift, a stalwart in philanthropy dedicated to helping children, is leaving an indelible mark this holiday season with a generous end-of-year donation of $75,000 to Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic.

Fueled by a mission to operate the most efficient thrift stores to provide the highest level of funding for aiding kids in need, Good Stuff Thrift's commitment to sustainable giving and local initiatives seamlessly aligns with the values of Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic.

Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, known for its commitment to providing accessible healthcare services, extends heartfelt appreciation for Good Stuff Thrift's substantial contribution. This $75,000 donation will play a pivotal role in ensuring the clinic continues to deliver essential healthcare services to those in need, especially during this festive season.

Meri L Gaumond, Executive Director of Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, expressed, "Good Stuff Thrift's commitment mirrors our own mission of providing accessible healthcare. This generous donation underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in creating a healthier and more compassionate community."

Steve Fortner, Board Member of Good Stuff Thrift, stated, "Good Stuff Thrift is pleased to provide this year-end donation to further support Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic's dedication to healthcare for children in our area. Our joint commitment to events like back-to-school health checks, immunization clinics, and ongoing wellness for kids is affirmed with this action. We look forward to continued collaboration with Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic in the future."

Good Stuff Thrift's mission, "to operate the most efficient thrift stores possible so they can provide the highest level of funding for helping kids in need in our community," underpins their ongoing dedication to fostering community well-being.

Good Stuff Thrift is also celebrating a significant milestone in giving for 2023. This year, they were able to provide $1 million in total to all the charitable organizations they support in the community. This achievement, set as a goal in 2022 with the opening of their fourth thrift store, underscores their continued dedication to community well-being.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Meri L Gaumond 
Executive Director 
Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic

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Welcome to our new Executive Director:


​Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic is thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director.  As we get to know her in the halls of the clinic and at events in the community, let us also get to know a little more about what she did prior to ASCHC.

For more info on Meri, click on the link below!  

Meri L. Gaumond

ASCHC - 2024 - Fundraising Fun!

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Our new Executive Director's Seminar - 2023

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ASCHC - Caring For Our Patients During COVID

ASCHC - Caring For Our Patients During COVID

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