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Community Calendar Listings for November 2012

10/25/2012

Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) believes that it has a responsibility not only to treat those suffering from acute illness or injury, but also to serve as a community resource for prevention and health management. The following health education programs will be offered by SMHC during the month of November. This listing is also available on the SMHC website at www.smmc.org under Community Health Education.

CANCER CARE PROGRAMS

Creative Arts for Healing
Second Wednesday of each month (November 14), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Physicians, 655 Main Street, Route One, Saco
Free
Facilitated by Barbara Johnson, RN. Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7320.

Healthy Steps
Non-holiday Mondays (November 5), 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Storer Street, Kennebunk
Free
Presented by Elizabeth Carlson. Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7320.
Come and rejuvenate your spirit!

Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class
Fourth Saturday of each month (November 24), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser, 50 Moody Street, Saco
Free
Macrobiotics is a natural approach to health and sickness. A macrobiotic diet consists of whole foods 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.
Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7320.

CLASSES/EVENTS

Medically Speaking Series
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free with light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7988.

Acid Reflux Disease: From Omeprazole to the OR
October 31, 6 to 7pm
Do you suffer from heartburn? Are you tired of waking up every morning with a foul taste in your mouth? Chronic cough? Hoarseness? Wheezing? Have you been told you have a hiatal or paraesophageal hernia? You could be suffering from acid reflux. General Surgeon Douglas Burka, MD, of SMHC PrimeCare Surgery, will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) including medical treatments and advances in modern surgery.

The Basics of Varicose Veins: What You Should Know
November 7, 6 to 7pm
More than 80 million Americans suffer from venous disease, including varicose and spider veins. Venous disease is a progressive disease that is not curable. Join Vascular and Interventional Radiologist Joseph Gerding, MD, of Spectrum Medical Group and SMHC’s Vascular Center, to learn how treatment can stop the progression of venous disease and its complications. Modern treatments are performed in an office with local anesthesia, and most individuals are able to return to work the next day

Eating Well for the Holidays
November 14, 6 to 7:30pm
Did you know that the average person will gain 7-12 pounds during the holiday season? For those managing Diabetes the holidays can also bring additional health risks, such as increased blood sugar. Diabetes Educator, Merle Westbrook, ANP, CDE, of SMHC PrimeCare Internal Medicine, will lead the discussion focusing on self-management skills for the diabetic population and maintaining control of blood sugar over the holidays including nutrition, exercise, alcohol, and stress. Come learn strategies for avoiding this "holiday trap"!

Breastfeeding Class
November 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
This class, presented by one of SMHC’s Board Certified Lactation Consultants, will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what's normal, and where to get help if needed.
Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

Childbirth Preparation Class (Lamaze)
November 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Cost: $75
This class is designed to prepare you and your partner for childbirth and instructs you on relaxation techniques to facilitate delivery. You will cover anatomy and physiology of birth, pain control, positions, breathing and enjoy a tour of the birthing suite. Great for both first time and experienced parents. Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester. Please bring a mat, sleeping bag or blanket, two pillows and a watch with a second hand.
Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

Maine Child Passenger Safety Seat Program
SMMC is a Maine Voucher Site, providing income-eligible families with free car seats, in addition to instruction on proper car seat use and installation. For more information, please call SMHC's Certified Passenger Safety Technician at 283-7352.

Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR
November 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Cost: $25/couple; $15/person
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. Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

Safe Travels - Car Seat Information
November 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
This class is designed to help parents/grandparents understand the importance of proper car seat use. Please bring your car owners manual/car seat manual and car seat (if you have already purchased a car seat). Pre-registration is required, please call 283-7350.

The "Grand" Parent
November 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
A class for grandparents-to-be. Grandma/Grandpa, Nana/Pop, Mémère/Pépère, what's your name going to be? Information to prepare you for your baby's baby. So many changes and so many choices. Come join us to learn basic Infant CPR, Car Seat Safety and review new information since your child was a newborn. Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

Heartsaver CPR
Location: Kennebunk Fire & Rescue
Cost: $35
Courses include instruction, textbook and a two-year certification card from the American Heart Association. For more information, please call 985-2102.

Free Total Joint Replacement Education Class
November 6, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
November 20, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
This educational session is 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. For more information and to pre-register (this is NOT a requirement), please call 283-1126.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Session
Second Wednesday of each month (November 14), 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free.
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 gastric bypass 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. For more information, call 283-7987.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Better Breathers Club (Pulmonary Rehabilitation)
Second Wednesday of each month (November 14), 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford
Free
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. For more information, please call 283-7773.

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Every other Thursday (November 1, 15, 29), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC, Webber Building, second floor conference room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
For more information, please contact Helene Langley at 283-7805.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
Second Wednesday of each month (November 14), 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: CSI, 2 Springbrook Drive, Biddeford
Free
Information will be presented about nutrition, resources, and other topics to help with the lifestyle and emotional adjustments you may face. Talk with others who have faced similar challenges. For more information, please call 283-7987.

Need a Physician? Visit www.smmc.org or call 283-7323.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.

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