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SMHC Health Education Programs for February 2015

Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) mission is to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve. We are pleased to offer the following health education programs during the month of November. This listing is also available on the SMHC website at www.smhc.org under Community Programs.

CANCER CARE

Look Good, Feel Better Program

Offered by the SMHC Cancer Care Program and the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better is designed to lift the spirits of women who are experiencing the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments.

BIDDEFORD (even months)
Fourth Monday of each even month (February 23), 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Pre-register required, please call 283-7320

Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class
Macrobiotics is a natural approach to health and sickness. A macrobiotic diet consists of whole foods and cooking techniques brimming with health giving qualities. Should you be facing a serious illness or simply looking for better health, we encourage you to explore the possibilities. Presented by Macrobiotic Master Chef Connie Arnold.

Fourth Saturday of each month (February 28), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.


CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Childbirth Preparation Class (Lamaze)  
         
This class will cover a variety of the birth information, as well as pain control, stages of labor, positions, breathing and much more. Let us help you become more informed so you can create realistic goals and expectations for your most perfect day. Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester.

Every 4-5 weeks on a Saturday—February 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Cost: $75
Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

Breastfeeding Class
SMHC’s board certified lactation consultant will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what's normal, and where to get help if needed.

Last Tuesday of each month (February 24), 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR  
This class provides a non-certificate course by the American Heart Association to family and friends, as well as basic home safety for your baby as they grow.

Third Thursday of each month (February 19), 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 283-7350.  
Fee: $35/couple; $20/person. Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

Big Brother/Big Sister School
Introduce your children, ages three to seven years old, to their new role as a sibling to a newborn. They’ll visit our birthing suite, watch a video, and talk about becoming big brothers or sisters. Please bring a stuffed animal or doll for holding and diapering.

February 10, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

CLASSES/EVENTS

Heartsaver CPR

Course includes instruction, textbook and a two-year certification card from the American Heart Association.  

Location: Kennebunk Fire & Rescue
Cost: $35
For more information, please call 985-2102.
 
Total Joint Replacement Education Class

Designed for those considering total joint replacement. Participants will learn what to expect before, during and after their procedure and stay in the hospital. Open to anyone interested.

Biddeford Medical Center
First Thursday (February 5, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and third Thursday (February 19, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) of each month.
Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1
Free
To pre-register (not required), please call 283-1126.

Sanford Medical Center
Wednesday, February 18, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 25 June Street, Sanford
Free
Pre-registration is required, please call 490-7957.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Session
Is weight loss surgery the right decision for you? Have you tried the other weight loss methods and nothing seems to work? If you're considering weight loss surgery, then this introductory class is for you. Information will be presented about nutrition, resources, and other topics to help with the lifestyle and emotional adjustments you may face.

Biddeford Medical Center
Second Wednesday of each month (February 11), 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Registration is required. Please call 284-2630.

Sanford Medical Center
Thursday, February 26, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 25 June Street, Sanford
Free
Registration is required. Please call 284-2630.

Be Tobacco Free
SMHC’s “Be Tobacco Free” program is a comprehensive 4-week course designed to offer the tobacco user with all the information and tools required to become tobacco free. Our Certified Tobacco Treatments Specialists will offer insights into smoking habits, stress and the relationship it has to smoking, as well as nicotine replacement options available. On¬going support is also valuable in guiding the tobacco user to become tobacco free.

Individualized Sessions
Location: SMHC Medical Center, Cardiopulmonary Gym, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
Please call 283-7908 to schedule an appointment with Deborah Brown, RN, RRS-C who is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Lung Cancer Support Group

We welcome those affected by lung cancer and their family/friends.  Support, information, and networking will be provided by skilled facilitators.

Monday, February 9, 10:30-11:30am
Location: SMHC Saco Walk-In Care, 655 Main Street (entrance on Ross Road), Saco - 2nd floor Conference Room
Free
Pre-registration required, please call Kathy at 283-7324.

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Open to anyone that has a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia. The group helps participants understand the process of the disease and allows for sharing and questions. Those attending the daytime support group are able to bring their loved one with them who will attend the Pavilion’s Activity group during the support group. The group is supported by the Alzheimer Association of Maine.

First Wednesday (February 4), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (February 18), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. of each month.
Location: Pavilion Conference Room, 35 July Street, Sanford
Free
For More information, please call 490-7650.

Better Breathers Club of Southern Maine (Pulmonary Rehabilitation)
Open to anyone interested in learning more about pulmonary disease and improving their quality of life. Small group sessions allow participants to share experiences and learn in a comfortable and caring environment.

Second Wednesday of each month (February 11), 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.    
Location: SMHC Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford
Free
For more information, please call 283-7789.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Second and fourth Thursday of each month (February 12, 26), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, Webber Building, 2nd floor conference room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.

Mom's Circle Support Group
SMHC’s Birthing Suite hosts a weekly Mom’s Circle, facilitated by Katherine O'Connor, RN, IBCLC. This group allows mothers to meet for support, play dates, friendship and fun! The group provides mothers with the opportunity to share ideas, vent frustration and compare notes. In this group mothers share their experiences to help other new moms and discuss the normal, and not-so-normal, emotions during their postpartum journey. Mom's Circle is free and babies are always welcome.

Every Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Panera Bread at Biddeford Crossing
Free
For more information, www.momscirclesouthernmaine.com

Mature Women’s Support Group
This group discusses issues pertaining to life as we grow older. This is a 50+ age group.

Every other Tuesday (February 10, 24), 4:00p.m. to 5:15p.m.
Location: Biddeford Medical Center
Free
For more information call 240-8638.

Young Widow & Widowers Support Group
Hosted by Center for Grieving Children

Second and fourth Friday of each month (February 13, 27), 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford
Free
Registration is required. Please call 775-5216.

Ostomy Support Group
This program is for patients, families and caregivers of those having or having had ostomy surgery. Sessions will include discussion with ostomy nurses and visits from recommended vendors. This group is in affiliation with the United Ostomy Association.

Wednesday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC, Biddeford Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive (classroom D), Biddeford
Free

Cancer Support Group
First and third Friday, (February 6, 20), 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford
Free

Healthy Hearts Support Group
This group covers cardiovascular diseases, atrial fibrillation, pacemaker therapy, stress management, congestive heart failure, hypertension, diet exercise and heart failure.

First Wednesday of each month (February 4), 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Glass Conference Room, 9 Healthcare Drive, 2nd floor, Biddeford
Free


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