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SMHC Health Education Programs for April 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 April. This listing is also available on the SMHC website at www.smhc.org under Community Programs.

CANCER CARE

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 (April 25), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetser School, 50 Moody Street, Saco
Free
Pre-registration required, please call 283-7320.

Cancer Support Group
All individuals in treatment, caregivers, and survivors are welcomed.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity to share our individual journeys and offer each other hope and strength.

Second and fourth Thursday of each month (April 9, 23), 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Martha’s Church, Route 1, Kennebunk
(Please park in the rear of church and enter using the rear door entrance.  Group meets in the second room on the left.)
No pre-registration required
For more information, please call Peggy 283-7320.
 
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Childbirth Education Class
        
This class will cover a variety of birth information, including 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 (April 25), 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 (April 28), 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 (April 16), 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.

Friday, April 7, 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 (April 2), 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and third Thursday (April 16), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. of each month.
Location: 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, 1st floor, Classroom 1
Free
To register (not required), please call 283-1126.

Sanford Medical Center
Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m.
Location: 25 June Street, Sanford
Free
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 (April 8), 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, April 23, 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

Cancer Support Group
All individuals in treatment, caregivers, and survivors are welcomed.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity to share our individual journeys and offer each other hope and strength.

Second and fourth Thursday (April 9, 23) of each month, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Location: St. Martha’s Church, Route 1, Kennebunk (Please park in the rear of church and enter using the rear door entrance.  Group meets in the second room on the left.)
For more information, please call Peggy at 283-7320.

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, (April 13, 27), 10:30 a.m. to 11:30am
Location: SMHC Walk-In Care, 655 Main Street (entrance on Ross Road), Saco - 2nd floor Conference Room
Free
Registration required. Please call Peggy at 283-7320.

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 (April 1), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and third Wednesday (April 15), 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 (April 8), 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 (April 9, 23), 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

Diabetes Support Group - The Beat Goes On
This program provides participants with invaluable information and education about basic diabetes care and is certified by the American Diabetes Association.

First Wednesday of each month (April 1), 6:00 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 25 June Street, Sanford - Hospital Conference Room
For more information, please call 490-7828.

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 (April 7, 21), 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford
Free
For more information, please call 240-8638.

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

Second and fourth Friday of each month (April 10, 24), 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.

Cancer Support Group
First and third Friday, (April 3, 17), 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Cancer Care Center of York County, 27 Industrial Avenue, Sanford
Free
For more information, please call 459-1600.

Memory Café
If you or someone you know is struggling with memory problems, come and enjoy a cup of coffee as we share and learn from each other. The Memory Café is open to those with memory problems, family members, and caregivers.

Third Wednesday of each month (April 15), 1:00 p.m.
Location: HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco
For more information, please call Carol at 205-5779.

Need a Physician?  Visit www.smhc.org or call (866) 436-6168.

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