October 2010

Fact vs. Fiction
Sarasota Memorial dietitians host free monthly nutrition classes. Upcoming: Organic – Fact vs. Fiction, Oct. 5 (5-6 pm), Sarasota Memorial Hospital classroom 3C, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and Start Now to Slim Down the Holidays with Style! Nov. 3 (12-1 pm) at Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex/Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online. Click here to learn more about our outpatient nutrition counseling services.

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Breast Health Dance-A-Thon
Join Sarasota Memorial's dance-a-thon fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event starts at 8 am Saturday, Oct. 9 at Sarasota Memorial's Healthplex/Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Donation of $15 includes T-shirt, prizes and refreshments. Call (941) 917-7000 or register at: sarasotahealthplex.com.

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An Ounce of Prevention – Hypertension
Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects one in four Americans and is one of the leading risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Learn more about this risk factor and others during a series of free educational presentations by Cardiologist Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, cardiovascular disease prevention specialist and medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center. The Hypertension lecture will be held 5-6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Sarasota Memorial Hospital auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Register at smh.com or call (941) 917-7777.

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Boot Camp for Breast Health
Join Sarasota Memorial’s fitness experts for a special Making Strides for Breast Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16. Choose from three sessions (8 am, 9 am or 10 am). Donation of $20 includes performance tee, refreshments and prizes. Call (941) 917-7000 or register online at: sarasotahealthplex.com

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Sarasota Memorial invites former patients, family members and friends to join our team 9 am on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event (registration 7:30 am) at the Sarasota Polo Club (east of I-75, off University Parkway). Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. To join the SMH Superheroes team, register at call (941) 917-3377 or visit makingstrides.acsevents.org.

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Bone Builders
Join Sarasota Memorial fitness professionals in a supervised exercise program designed to fight bone loss and osteoporosis. Sessions are held twice weekly along with monthly osteo education and support group meetings. A home exercise program also is available. A physician referral is not necessary. Call (941) 917-7000 or register online at: sarasotahealthplex.com 

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Insurance Advice for Seniors
Sarasota Memorial is teaming up with the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida to provide free insurance advice and counseling to seniors and caregivers. Funded through a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, trained volunteers from SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will be available at Sarasota Memorial’s Memory Disorder Clinic each Friday 9 a.m. – noon beginning Oct. 8. to offer assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drug Plan options, Medicare Plan Choices, and other health insurance issues. The volunteer counselors provide information, answer questions and help Medicare beneficiaries reach informed decisions about their health insurance options. The clinic is located in Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. Suite 211. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. For more information about Sarasota Memorial's Memory Disorder Clinic, visit our website or call (941) 917-7197.

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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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Make Interval Training Your Exercise Solution

Lack of time is the number one reason people give for not exercising. And lack of results once they do start exercising isn't far behind. Interval training is a great solution for both of these common problems. Interval training involves alternating short bursts of intense activity with what is called active recovery, which is typically a less-intense form of the original activity. Not only is it an efficient training method, interval training can help you avoid injuries that often accompany non-stop, repetitive activity, and provides the opportunity to increase your intensity without burning yourself out in a matter of minutes.

Interval training utilizes the body's two energy-producing systems: the aerobic and the anaerobic. The aerobic system is the one that allows you to walk or run for several miles and uses oxygen to convert carbohydrates from various sources throughout the body into energy. The anaerobic system, which does not require oxygen, draws energy from carbohydrates stored in the muscles for short bursts of activity such as sprinting, jumping or lifting heavy objects.

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are there 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 www.SarasotaHealthplex.com 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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