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: 

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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

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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
  • » Men to Men Prostate Cancer Support Group: 4th Monday of the month. Information: (941) 309-7473
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700
  • » 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


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Promote health through world's oldest forms of exercise

Tai Chi is one of the oldest forms of exercise, and now research confirms its many health benefits. Researchers reviewed 77 randomized controlled trials about Tai Chi published between 1993 and 2007 and included a total of 6,410 participants. Study authors found a "stronger evidence base" that Tai Chi offers benefits for bone health, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical function, balance, quality of life, fall prevention and mental health.  Tai Chi is a more specific form of exercise that focuses on a series of 24 to 108 postures and transitional movements.

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are here to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as personal training, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and group exercise classes. We offer Tai Chi classes on land and in water!  To learn more about all of our programs, we invite you to come by for a tour. 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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