September 2010

The Doctor is In – Osteoporosis
Join Kyle Garner, MD, OB-GYN, for a free presentation on preventing and treating osteoporosis, 1-2 pm Sept. 14 in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online at

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Advances in Hip & Knee Replacement
Join Sean Dingle, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, for a free community education presentation on the latest options in hip and knee replacement, 5:30-6:30 pm Sept. 21 in the community education room at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online at

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Metabolic Syndrome & Heart Disease
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It affects one in five people, and prevalence increases with age. Learn how to reduce risk factors associated with the syndrome and safeguard your heart at a free education event by Cardiologist Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center and specialist in cardiovascular disease prevention. The event will be held 4-5 pm Wednesday, Sept. 22 in the Papaya Room, Waldemere Medical Plaza, 1921 Waldemere Street. Please RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online at

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Cheers to Chocolate!
Sarasota Memorial & the Neuro Challenge Foundation will host an annual tribute to caregivers on Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 am-noon (registration at 9:30 am), at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. The event will include entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and special surprises. Please RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online at

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Join TEAM SMH at Heart Walk
Join the SMH team at the 3K Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk, Saturday, Sept. 22, Payne Park, 2000 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Festivities begin at 7:30 am, followed by the 3K Walk/Run at 9 am. RSVP: (941) 917-2399.

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Heart Failure Exercise Program
People living with heart failure can increase their energy level and strengthen their hearts by making exercise part of their lifestyle. Sarasota Memorial's cardiac rehab exercise physiologists lead supervised programs for people living with heart failure who are starting a new exercise regime. Sessions are held every Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 pm, at Healthplex in Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. No physician referral is necessary. Cost: $20 for four sessions. Call (941) 917-6139 to register.

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Community Health Calendar
Upcoming events, classes, support groups. Register online or call
(941) 917-7777

  • » Caregiver Connection: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-4156
  • » Childbirth Education (free and fee-based classes); Mommies & Babies Get-Together - Every Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » Diabetes Education: 1st Monday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7468
  • » FREE Memory Screenings: (941) 917-7197
  • » FREE Mental Health Assessments: (941) 917-7760
  • » Living Well With Heart Failure: (941) 917-2114
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » Stroke Support: 2nd Wednesday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7048
  • » Parkinson Support: Sarasota - every 3rd Wednesday; Venice - every 4th Thursday; North Port - every 2nd Wednesday; Manatee - every 1st Wednesday. Information: (941) 917-4156


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How important is physical activity for long-term weight loss?

That was the focus of a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine that included 201 women in a weight-loss program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, separated into “high- exercisers,” “moderate- exercisers,” and “non-exercisers.” While all groups lost similar amounts of weight in the first 6 months, the difference after 2 years was remarkably different in those who continued their physical activity. They maintained most of their weight loss (7-11% of their body weight), while the non-exercising group regained most of their weight loss. The study points out the importance of not only changing eating habits, but also becoming more physically active for long-term weight management success.

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as nutritional counseling, personal training, and group exercise classes. To learn more about our programs, we invite you to come by for a tour. Visit or call (941) 917-7000 for more information.

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Upcoming Foundation Events

SMH EPIC Fun-Raising Party
Join SMH physicians and staff for an EPIC fun-raising party Friday, May 6, at Gecko’s “Hillview.” The popular physician band Dr. FeelGood will perform 4:30-8:30 pm, and those who donate $5 at the door will enjoy a buffet of free food and appetizers provided by Gecko’s. All donations benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s EPIC (Employee Partners in Caring) Campaign supporting advanced services, technology and staff education at Sarasota Memorial.

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