October 2010


Fact vs. Fiction
Sarasota Memorial dietitians host free monthly nutrition classes. Upcoming: Organic – Fact vs. Fiction, Oct. 5 (5-6 pm), Sarasota Memorial Hospital classroom 3C, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and Start Now to Slim Down the Holidays with Style! Nov. 3 (12-1 pm) at Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex/Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777 or register online. Click here to learn more about our outpatient nutrition counseling services.

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Breast Health Dance-A-Thon
Join Sarasota Memorial's dance-a-thon fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event starts at 8 am Saturday, Oct. 9 at Sarasota Memorial's Healthplex/Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. Donation of $15 includes T-shirt, prizes and refreshments. Call (941) 917-7000 or register at: sarasotahealthplex.com.

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An Ounce of Prevention – Hypertension
Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects one in four Americans and is one of the leading risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Learn more about this risk factor and others during a series of free educational presentations by Cardiologist Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, cardiovascular disease prevention specialist and medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center. The Hypertension lecture will be held 5-6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Sarasota Memorial Hospital auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Register at smh.com or call (941) 917-7777.

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Boot Camp for Breast Health
Join Sarasota Memorial’s fitness experts for a special Making Strides for Breast Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16. Choose from three sessions (8 am, 9 am or 10 am). Donation of $20 includes performance tee, refreshments and prizes. Call (941) 917-7000 or register online at: sarasotahealthplex.com

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Sarasota Memorial invites former patients, family members and friends to join our team 9 am on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event (registration 7:30 am) at the Sarasota Polo Club (east of I-75, off University Parkway). Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. To join the SMH Superheroes team, register at call (941) 917-3377 or visit makingstrides.acsevents.org.

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Bone Builders
Join Sarasota Memorial fitness professionals in a supervised exercise program designed to fight bone loss and osteoporosis. Sessions are held twice weekly along with monthly osteo education and support group meetings. A home exercise program also is available. A physician referral is not necessary. Call (941) 917-7000 or register online at: sarasotahealthplex.com 

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Insurance Advice for Seniors
Sarasota Memorial is teaming up with the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Florida to provide free insurance advice and counseling to seniors and caregivers. Funded through a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, trained volunteers from SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will be available at Sarasota Memorial’s Memory Disorder Clinic each Friday 9 a.m. – noon beginning Oct. 8. to offer assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drug Plan options, Medicare Plan Choices, and other health insurance issues. The volunteer counselors provide information, answer questions and help Medicare beneficiaries reach informed decisions about their health insurance options. The clinic is located in Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. Suite 211. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. For more information about Sarasota Memorial's Memory Disorder Clinic, visit our website or call (941) 917-7197.

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