March 2011

Mental Health Series – ADHD, Addictions
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a series of free seminars on the biological, social and economic challenges in the mental health system. Lectures will be held 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am) in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. CEUs available for a fee. Upcoming: March 19 – Depression: How We Change Our Brains and March 26 – Bi Polar Age Differences. RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or

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High Cholesterol & Heart Health
Learn how high cholesterol affects your heart health and how to manage your risks in a free presentation by Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, cardiovascular disease prevention specialist and medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center. The lecture will be held 5-6 pm Wednesday, March 16, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Call (941) 917-7777 to register or for information.

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Carotid Artery Disease
Join Pareena Bilkoo, MD, board-certified interventional cardiologist and internal medicine specialist, for a free community presentation, 11 am Wednesday, March 9, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. (off Clark Road, 1/2-mile west of I-75). Please call (941) 917-7777 to make a reservation.  

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Sarasota Springfest
Join the Healthplex team at Palmer Ranch (corner of Sawyer Loop & Clark Road) for a free day of family fun and a business expo, 9 am-4 pm Saturday, March 19. Healthplex Zumba class demonstration 11:30 am-noon. Call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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A Day with the Perinatologists
Health care providers and professionals who work with high risk pregnant women are invited to Sarasota Memorial's 5th annual "A Day with the Perinatologists" 7 am-5 pm April 9, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The continuing education event will provide a comprehensive look at current issues in the management of high risk obstetrical patients. CME/CEUs available. Call (941) 917-2173 or e-mail for information. 

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Giving Hunger the Blues
A benefit for All Faiths Food Bank featuring music, food, kids' games, Sunday, March 27, noon-8 pm, Hillview Street. Admission is $5 for adults (children free). Free parking in Sarasota Memorial's South Garage off Hillview. 

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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: 

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Perfect Prescription for Weight Loss
If you’re having difficulty getting your weight under control, Sarasota Memorial offers a number of programs – from nutrition counseling and medically supervised weight loss programs to weight loss surgery – to suit diverse schedules, budgets and needs. Call (941) 917-7777 to find a plan that's right for you.

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Moms in Motion
Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex Fitness Center offers free exercise, conditioning and pre/post natal yoga classes for pregnant and new moms for any three months during pregnancy and three months after delivering at Sarasota Memorial (up to 2 years). Information: (941) 917-7000 or

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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
  • » 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
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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Reduce illness with a little exercise!

Exercise may not be able to stop a cold in its tracks, but it can greatly reduce your chances of getting a cold if you make exercise part of your daily life, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Studies have shown a 25-50 percent decrease in sick time for active people completing at least 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) most days of the week. Here are some Do's & Don'ts:

  • DO exercise if your cold is confined to your head, such as illnesses with runny noses and sore throats.
  • DON'T overdo it. If you have a cold, keep exercise to a moderate-intensity level (i.e., walking). Studies have not shown any negative effects of moderate exercise for those suffering from common colds.
  • DO stay in bed if your illness is "systemic" – that is, beyond just the sniffles of a regular cold. Respiratory infections, fever, swollen glands and extreme aches and pains are all good reasons to rest up instead of work out.
  • DON'T jump back in too soon. If you’re recovering from a more serious bout of cold or flu, gradually ease back into training after at least two weeks of rest.

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, stop by for a tour, visit or call (941) 917-7000.

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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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