Healthy and Delicious Options for Thanksgiving

You can indulge and excite your taste buds on Thanksgiving without completely sacrificing your diet and your healthy living goals.


We can help.

Each month, we highlight a selection of meals, desserts and snacks that check off our two favorite boxes: delicious and healthy. Here are some great recipes to keep in mind as you plan your Turkey Day menu.

Turkey Stuffing

This heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly stuffing is a quick and easy recipe for Thanksgiving or when you want to dress up a chicken or pork dish.

Roasting a Healthy Turkey

The center of your Thanksgiving dinner can be prepared with less salt, lower fat and reduced cholesterol.

Creamed Cauliflower

So good that you’ll want to skip the mashed potatoes, this gluten-free recipe is both easy and delicious.

Sweet Potato Pie

Southern sweet potato pie is a Thanksgiving favorite, and we’ll show you how to make it with less sugar and eggs than traditional sweet potato pie for a light, creamy and delicious dessert.

Green Beans with Shallots

Whether you’re looking for the perfect trimmings for your turkey, or you’re just searching for that perfect side dish, this recipe will not disappoint.

Roasted Vegetables

Simple, healthy side dishes don’t get much easier than this. Gluten free and delicious, this medley of roasted vegetables is the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Butternut Squash Soup

This seasonal soup is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly fall night or a great way to get your Thanksgiving dinner started off right.

Christmas Tree of Life Celebrates Those Who Light Up Our Lives

We all have someone whose influence has made our lives better, made us better people.


UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s Christmas Tree of Life is a celebration of those loved ones and an opportunity to let their lives shine even brighter.

Donate a light in recognition of someone, living or deceased, who has touched your life. Then join us for the Illumination Ceremony on December 9 at 5:30 pm. After the tree is lit and our hospital’s healing garden is shining brightly, we’ll host a dessert reception with holiday music.

A light for the tree is $15 and a Healing Garden luminary is $50. Or you could reserve an Angel Perpetual Light for a $100 one-time gift to ensure that a light shines each year to honor your special person.

Gifts raised through these contributions also helps our hospital provide the very best care for our community. Funds raised this year will support our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs, including physical, speech, occupational and respiratory therapy, as well as cardiac and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

As in previous years, the Christmas Tree of Life will be illuminated by members of our community in memory of their family members and loved ones. Below are the Illuminators who are participating this year:

  • The Lewis, McCawley and Warden families — In loving memory of Sam and Mercy McCawley, the grandchildren of CRMC Foundation Board Member Carole Lewis and her husband, Marvin.
  • Holly Simpson — In loving memory of her late father, Charles R. “Skippy” Simpson.
  • The Hancock, Fallin and Mancuso families — In loving memory of their parents, Mary Tilghman and Raymond Tilghman, former mayor of La Plata.

We look forward to seeing you as we illuminate our campus and celebrate so many wonderful people.

Taking Our Best Shot at Beating Diabetes

Imagine a world without diabetes.


November is
American Diabetes Month, and it’s a great time to focus on turning this vision into a reality.

Nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with diabetes, and managing the disease costs $245 billion a year, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Take time this month to learn about diabetes and the work that’s being done to defeat it. Look for ways that you can help.

UM Charles Regional is also a great resource if you or someone you love is living with diabetes. We offer regular diabetes education classes that cover overall management of diabetes, lowering HbA1C levels, diabetes medications, diabetes nutritional strategies and blood sugar testing. The instructor is a certified diabetes educator. It’s a great resource for the community. Our next class is December 11. Register today and learn how to thrive while living with diabetes.


Let’s Kick the Habit Together

Every year in November the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout event to encourage smokers to kick the habit for good. Making the decision to quit may help reduce your risk for cancer and help you live a healthier life. 


According to the 2015 Charles County Health Needs Assessment in 2013, approximately 13.2% of Charles County residents were current smokers. The survey also found in children the latest trend in tobacco usage is flavored products.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

We are here to help.

We’re hosting a free Great American Smoke Out event here at UM CRMC on Thursday, November 19, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to help you begin the quitting process. If you’ve been putting it off, now is a great time to “Quit Like a Champion.” We’ll help you get started, so you can go the distance.

It won’t be easy. That’s why the Charles County Department of Health offers a FREE 8-week quit smoking program to help you see this fight through to the end.

8-week sessions begin in January April, August and October each year. Pre-registration required.

Call (301) 609–6932 for class details or to request a Smoking Quit Packet or click here for more information.

Do it for yourself. Do it for the people who love you.

It’s National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month and it’s a great chance for us to recognize the outstanding physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work so hard to help you overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve your independence.


For us, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the amazing team at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation. Our new center in La Plata offers a wide range of treatments with a personal focus to help you get back to living your best life. Conditions include:

  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint Replacements
  • Herniated Discs
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Knee Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Muscles Strains
  • Knee Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Give UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation a call today to learn how we can help you move beyond injury.


Flu Season Is Here — Get Vaccinated!

Flu season is upon us.

The seasonal flu is an extremely contagious virus that puts senior citizens, young children and people with existing medical conditions at risk for serious complications. It’s a debilitating illness for everyone who experiences it. 


Fortunately, you can protect yourself. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to prevent sickness this flu season, and the Charles County Department of Health will be hosting several free flu immunization clinics through October and November. Click here to see the full list of 2015 immunization clinics.

If you do get sick with the flu this year, UM Charles Regional Urgent Care is now open and is here to help. It features extended hours with no appointment necessary, so you can start feeling better sooner. Learn more about the new urgent care center on the official website.

The flu can spread from person-to-person even before any symptoms are present, and it remains contagious for several days after symptoms have started.

Here are the primary symptoms that an infected individual will usually experience:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dry Cough
  • Muscle Aches
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Nasal Congestion

While these are less common symptoms, an infected individual may also experience the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The best way to avoid any of these symptoms, especially if you’re among those most at risk, is to get immunized today. Take charge of your health and stay flu-free this season!


Last Call for 21st Annual Crab Feast Tickets!

You can almost smell the all-you-can-eat crabs already! We’re less than a week away from our 21st Annual Crab Feast, and time is running out to reserve your tickets!


Join us at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Popes Creek on Thursday, October 15, from 2:00-8:30pm for this highly anticipated event. Choose from five different ticket levels, each with its own menu options, starting at $35 per person (child’s meal tickets starts at $8). Today is the last day to purchase your tickets before prices go up, so don’t miss out!

Proceeds from this year’s Crab Feast will help fund important rehabilitation and therapy programs at UM Charles Regional Medical Center by equipping patients with the resources they need to build strength, reduce stress and enjoy healthier lifestyles. The following services will directly benefit from funds raised at this event:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

For more information about the 21st Annual Crab Feast or to purchase tickets, visit the official event page or call 301.609.4132. Bring your appetite!

2 Local Events Highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and it’s estimated that more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year in the United States alone. In addition, an estimated 2,150 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 15% of those diagnosed die every year. *Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation


These staggering statistics don’t have to be something that we accept as a reality—that’s why UM Charles Regional Medical Center invites you to arm yourself with awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some vital facts that you need to know to understand the disease.

Breast Cancer Facts

Your learning and involvement doesn’t have to end there. UM Charles Regional Medical Center encourages you to take part in two local events this October. These upcoming events will educate the public about breast cancer as well as raise funds to support the search for a cure. Check out details for these events below.

Mission Pink Walk
October 10 | 8:30am-11:00am
Join the Sisters at Heart Cancer Survivors of Charles County at the St. Charles Towne Center on Saturday, October 10, for the Mission Pink Walk. Register online or at the event for $25 (cash only) and help support the mission to find a cure. In addition to the mall walk, the event will feature zumba, a Chick-fil-A breakfast, guest speakers, raffles, live music and much more. For more information, visit the official event page today.

Breast Cancer Luncheon
October 22 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Mark your calendar to attend this annual event, sponsored by UM Charles Regional Medical Center, on Thursday, October 22 at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata. This luncheon is designed to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate the general public about the disease. Pre-registration is required to attend this FREE event, so call 301.934.5423 or 301.870.2015 for more information and to register.

Early detection is crucial. In addition, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the
5-year relative survival rate is 100%. As a result, regular breast cancer screenings and exams are highly recommended by the American Cancer Society. Call (301) 609-4413 to schedule a mammogram today.

Learn more about breast cancer, treatment options, cancer myths and more from the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Feeling Better is Closer: UM Charles Regional Urgent Care is Now Open

We’ve just opened the doors our brand new urgent care facility, right here in La Plata!

Developed as an alternative to the emergency room for patients with non-life-threatening conditions, University of Maryland Charles Regional Urgent Care is less than a mile from the hospital and offers extended hours, seven days a week, to ensure that patients can receive care when they need it. No appointment is needed.


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Located at 500 Charles Street, our staff of health care professionals treat a variety of ailments, including:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Allergic reactions
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Mild fevers
  • Minor burns
  • Animal or insect bites

Patients with more serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries should call 911 or go to the emergency room at the hospital.

Want to learn more about the brand new UM Charles Regional Urgent Care? Visit our new website or call 301.609.4699.

Bring Your Appetite to Our 21st Annual Crab Feast

Fresh off the heels of our successful Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, where over $153,000 was raised in support of our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Programs, comes our 21st Annual Crab Feast at Captain Billy’s on Thursday, October 15.

Like the Wine Tasting, proceeds from our Crab Feast will help provide patients with resources they need to build strength, reduce stress and enjoy a healthier lifestyle so they can return to physical and emotional health after participating in our comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

The Crab Feast will be held at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg from 2:00pm to 8:30pm and will feature a range of menu options, including all-you-can-eat-crab, as well as your choice of platters featuring shrimp, stuffed chicken breast or crab cakes.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $35 per person (children’s tickets start at $8 each). Sponsorships are also available. It’s a boost for your business and for a great cause. Find out more now.

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