February 2010

Cardiovascular Symposium
If you are a health care provider or concerned about a personal or family history of heart disease, don't miss this free educational presentation that explores advances in early detection, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The annual symposium offers a full day continuing education event for physicians and qualified health care providers (8 am-5 pm), and a half-day presentation (2-5 pm) for the public, on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. For information or to RSVP, call (941) 366-9800.

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Resources & Support for Families Affected by Stroke
Holly Dykema, program director for the Stroke Association of Florida, will be the guest speaker at Sarasota Memorial's Stroke Support Group, 10-11:30 am Feb. 10. Topics include: education, support and resources for families affected by stroke. The group is free and open to the public. The meeting will take place at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail (Meeting Room 4A&B (take "B" elevators to 4th floor past cafeteria).

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Improve Your Heart Health
Learn how to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, reach and maintain a healthy weight and stop or even reverse heart disease with a few simple strategies and heart healthy recipes in this free community presentation by Sarasota Memorial’s cardiac rehabilitation experts, 11:30 am-12:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 18, at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Information and registration: (941) 917-6139.

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Journey Toward Wellness
Trying to lose weight and get in shape? Sign up for 1-on-1 counseling and coaching – scheduled at your convenience – with Sarasota Memorial’s nutrition and fitness specialists and let them customize a plan that helps you achieve your health and wellness goals in 2010. Program fee is $200 and includes two sessions with a registered dietitian, one session and a personalized exercise prescription from a Healthplex exercise specialist, a fitness tracking device and monthly wellness lectures. Information: (941) 917-7468.

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Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group
If you are considering weight loss surgery, often the hardest question is the very first one, “How do I get started?” Sarasota Memorial offers free personal evaluations to help you take the first step to find out if weight-loss surgery is right for you. It’s part of an easy-to-navigate 7-step Bariatric Program that equips you with the tools you need to attain your goal. Call (941) 917-4571, attend a free education & support group for people who have had or are contemplating weight loss surgery or visit our website at: visit  www.smh.com/weightlossprogram.

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Sarasota Memorial's Healthplex Fitness Center will host a free educational seminar – “AGE-U-CATION” – especially for seniors, 10-11:30 am Wednesday, Feb. 24. The event will explore the positive effects of exercise on aging. Healthplex also will host a free open house and "Birthday Brunch" to celebrate its third anniversary 12:30-3 pm Sunday, Feb. 21, with food, entertainment, prizes and more. Call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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Pain Management Symposium
Sarasota Memorial is hosting a continuing education event for physicians, nurses and other pain care-related health care providers. Topics include: Co-Morbid Conditions in Chronic Pain, Non-Opioid Management of Chronic Pain; Basic NCS/EMG Use in Pain Management; migraine pain, and upper and lower extremity pain syndromes, among others. The event is free for Sarasota Memorial physicians and staff. Fee is $100 for non-staff physicians and $50 for non-staff nurses, allied health professionals and occupational/physical therapists. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road). Please RSVP to (941) 917-4500.

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5th Annual Neonatal Conference
Caring for premature and critically ill newborns is a complex and emotional profession. Caring for drug-exposed babies complicates care further. Health care professionals who work in obstetrics, neonatology and newborn care are invited to learn about current research and interventions addressing challenges in drug-exposed neonatal care, in a continuing education presentation 7:45 am-5 pm Feb 20, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (1st Floor Auditorium) 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee for Sarasota Memorial staff is $35; fee for non-SMH employees is $45. Fee includes breakfast, lunch and 7 CEUs. Registration required: Call (941) 917-2173 for information or register online.

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

That was the focus of a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine which included 201 women in a weight loss program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. The women were separated into "high- exercisers," "moderate- exercisers," and "non-exercisers." While all groups lost similar amounts of weight in the first six months, the difference after two years was remarkably different in those who continued their physical activity. They were able to maintain 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 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

Physician Golf Tournament

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s Physician Golf Tournament will be May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, with a 1 pm Shotgun Start and Step Aside Scramble. Proceeds support education for hospital staff. Information: (941) 917-1286 or smhf.org.

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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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