May 2010

Balance Your Life - Go With the Flow

Join Acupuncturist Dr. Brenda Yanofsky for free wellness lectures 9:30-11 am May 5 (Meridian Pathways & the Movement of Qi) and 9:30-11 am June 2 (pain management), in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7000.

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Understanding Personality Disorders

Free community presentation by John Oldham, MD, president of the American Psychiatric Association, 1-3 pm May 8, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Two CEUs available for qualified professionals for $10 fee. Please RSVP: or (941) 953-3477.

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Innovations in Medicine

OB-GYN Daniel Watts, MD, will present a free lecture on advanced technology and treatments transforming health care, 11 am-noon, May 12, in Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine education room, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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Advances in Hip & Knee Replacements

Join Orthopedic Surgeon Vance Askins, MD, for a free education presentation, 11:30 am-12:30 pm May 25, in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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National Cancer Survivors' Day

Cancer survivors and a guest are invited to a special National Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration – an afternoon celebrating the music of life. This year’s event will be held 2-4 pm June 6 at Michael's on East Ballroom, 1212 East Ave. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Please RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register on

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Healthy Pregnancies

Join Washington Hill, MD, Perinatalogist and Medical Director of Sarasota Memorial’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, for a free presentation, What You and Your Family Need to Know About Having a Healthy and Successful Pregnancy, 4:30-5:30 pm June 9 in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7000.

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Healing Arts

Relax at Sarasota Memorial’s free expressive arts studio, a weekly program to promote creative expression, relaxation, health and healing, every Monday, at Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Supplies provided. RSVP: (941) 917-7293.

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Coping with Anxiety or Depression?

If you or someone you care about is struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse, Sarasota Memorial’s licensed mental health professionals are on call 24 hours a day to provide free mental health assessments, referrals and advice. Call our Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760.

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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
  • » MS Friends of Hope: 3rd Thursday of the month. Information: (941) 917-7777
  • » 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
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473


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Preventing the Plateau Effect
The initial improvements that come from starting an exercise routine can be very motivating. Many people are able to improve their endurance, lose weight, and become stronger over the first 30 to 60 days of their workout program. However, after this initial period, many people also experience the “exercise plateau effect” and become discouraged. To prevent the plateau, keep these three concepts in mind: consistency, intensity, and variety.

Consistency: To stay consistent, you should aim for at least 20-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on at least 3-5 days per week.

Intensity: For intensity, make sure you are using your heart rate training zone. A simple way to calculate it is to subtract your age from 220, then multiply that number by 60 percent and 85 percent for the lower and upper ends of the zone. For a 40-year old, the heart rate zone would be 108-153.

Variety: Incorporating variety in your routine will also help sustain improvements. To do this, cross train among a few different exercises so that your body does not adapt too much to one form of exercise.

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, stop by for a tour and experience the Healthplex difference. Visit or call (941) 917-7000 for more information.

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Upcoming Foundation Events

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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