June 2010

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 smh.com

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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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Heart Failure Exercise Program
People living with heart failure can increase their energy level and strengthen their hearts by making exercise part of their lifestyle. Sarasota Memorial's cardiac rehab exercise physiologists lead supervised programs for people living with heart failure who are starting a new exercise regime. Sessions are held every Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 pm, at Healthplex in Sarasota Memorial's Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. No physician referral is necessary. Cost: $20 for four sessions. Call (941) 917-6139 to register.

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Why Wait?

Join nurse educator and motivational speaker Marilyn Tait for a special weight management program based on self-empowerment and support (not a diet and exercise program). The group meets every second Wednesday (1-2 pm) and third Wednesday (6-7 pm) in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. No registration necessary. Information: (941) 924-5071 or marilyntait@comcast.net

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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


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When exercising in the summer heat, you need to protect your body from overheating. The following precautions will keep your summer workout safe.

  • Stay hydrated before, during and after your workout
  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing
  • Avoid exercising in the middle of the day
  • Take short breaks

Better yet, get out of the heat and into shape at the Healthplex Fitness Center! Upon becoming a member, we will evaluate your health and fitness levels, design an individualized program, and set you up on the computerized system called FitLinxx that provides continuous feedback on your workout and tracks your progress.

We offer many options to help meet your goals, including nutrition counseling, personal training, and group exercise classes. To learn more about our programs, we invite you to come by for a tour and experience the Healthplex difference. Visit www.SarasotaHealthplex.com 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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