November 2010


Free Nutrition & Fitness Classes
Sarasota Memorial dietitians host free monthly nutrition classes. Upcoming: Start Now to Slim Down the Holidays with Style! Wednesday, Nov. 3 (12-1 pm) at Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex/Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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The Positive Journey of Caregiving
Join us for a free educational forum developed for caregivers of all types and professionals in allied fields, 9:30 am-3 pm Friday, Nov. 5, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Speakers include: Christopher Cortman, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist presenting “Understanding the Value of Forgiveness”; Wendy Jacobs, J.D., Ph.D., a clinical psychologist; and Ira Wiesner, J.D., elder law attorney and founder of the elder law firm Advocates in Aging. Jacobs and Wiesner will present “Mindfulness as Respite, Positive Psychology.” A free lunch will be served. RSVP: (941) 917-1779.

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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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The Doctor is In – Robotic GYN Surgery
Join Gary Easterling, MD, OB-GYN, for a free presentation on minimally invasive robotic surgery for gynecological conditions, 11 am Monday, Nov. 8, in the Healthplex Education Room, Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Hyperlipidemia
Hyperlipidemia is a significant risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Learn about this risk factor and others during a series of free presentations by Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, cardiovascular disease prevention specialist and medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Cardiovascular Disease Assessment Center. The Hyperlipidemia lecture will be held 5-6 pm Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Call (941) 917-7777 to register or for information.

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Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group
If you are considering weight loss surgery, often the hardest question is the very first one, “How do I get started?” Sarasota Memorial offers free personal evaluations to help you take the first step to find out if weight-loss surgery is right for you. It’s part of an easy-to-navigate 7-step Bariatric Program that equips you with the tools you need to attain your goal. Call (941) 917-4571, attend a free education & support group for people who have had or are contemplating weight loss surgery or visit our website at: visit  www.smh.com/weightlossprogram.

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