ROCKPORT — “Food for Life,” a series of weekly nutrition and cooking classes presented by chef MiMi McGee, will be offered at the Picker Family Resource Center in Rockport starting Thursday, July 14. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 14, 21 and 28, and Aug. 4. Each class includes a nutrition video followed by a cooking demonstration and sampling of the food prepared.

These classes are sponsored by the Cancer Project,, and are open to cancer survivors, friends, family and anyone interested in cancer prevention and eating well.

McGee has been a professional chef for more than 20 years and is certified by the Cancer Project to present this program. There is a $60 fee per person for the four-class series. Register by calling Corinne Willis at 596-8950.

Home care beneficial

ROCKLAND — Pen Bay Healthcare’s Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice recently participated in a nationwide study of patients who underwent either a hip or a knee replacement. The researchers compared outcomes for patients who went directly home for their rehabilitation versus those who went either to a skilled nursing facility or a rehabilitation center.

This study concluded that home care rehabilitation is the best strategy for patients if they are healthy and have social support. For patients who are not as healthy or strong, medical and nursing support may be needed. The study was conducted through the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, and its findings were published in the May 2011 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine. Agencies were chosen based on their quality measures and the ability to be an active participant in the study, which required additional data collection by both nursing staff and physical therapy.

“This initial study and its findings seem to clearly confirm what we have already discovered,” said Mike Rich, director of home care and rehabilitation services for Kno-Wal-Lin. “While there will always be patients who require a more prolonged inpatient stay, we have always felt that addressing functional mobility, strength and range of motion in this patient population directly, in their own environment, not only makes sense but is also sound clinical practice.”