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Community Calendar Listings for September 2012

08/27/2012

Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) believes that we have 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 September. This listing is also available on the SMHC website under Community Health Education.


CANCER CARE PROGRAMS

 Creative Arts for Healing
Second Wednesday of each month (September 12), 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 (September 10, 17, 24), 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 (September 22), 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.

 Walk Away from Cancer
Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 11 to October 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Webber Building and Eastern Trail
Free to participants or their families
Walk Away from Cancer gives survivors, diagnosed during the last six-to-twelve months, the tools and motivation to begin and sustain a program of exercise, nutritional education,  emotional strength and coping skills. The program goal is to enable cancer survivors to maximize the quality of their lives. Walk Away from Cancer is hosted by the SMMC Cancer Care Program and funded by the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Physician referral and pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.


CLASSES/EVENTS

 Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR 
September 27, 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. 

 Breastfeeding Class
September 25, 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)  
September 29, 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 Travels - Car Seat Information
September 13, 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
September 17, 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.

 Be Tobacco Free Smoking Cessation Classes 
First non-Holiday Monday of the month (September 10) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (four-week session)
Location: SMHC Cardiopulmonary Wellness Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free

 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
September 4, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
September 18, 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 (September 12), 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 (September 12), 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 (September 6, 20), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: SMHC Webber Building, 2nd 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 the each month (September 12), 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: SMHC, 1 Medical Center 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 smmc.org/medical-staff or call 283-7323.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system including a medical center offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group. SMHC features one of Maine's leading Emergency Care centers as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient services at its 150-bed acute care medical center. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC's physician services offer high quality medical care through offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco and a wide array of outpatient services at its diagnostic and therapy centers in Saco, Kennebunk, and Biddeford. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.

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