April 2011


Youth Fitness: Fit 411
Sarasota Memorial offers a monthly fitness & nutrition program for youth (age 10-15), at our Healthplex Fitness Center, 5880 Rand Blvd. (½-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road). The next session (includes eight classes) begins April 5. Cost is $99. Information: (941) 917-7981.

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A Day with the Perinatologists
Health care providers and professionals who work with high risk pregnant women are invited to Sarasota Memorial's 5th annual "A Day with the Perinatologists" 7 am-5 pm April 9, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The continuing education event will provide a comprehensive look at current issues in the management of high risk obstetrical patients. CME/CEUs available. Call (941) 917-2173 or e-mail debra-boterf@smh.com for information. 

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ACS Relay for Life
Support cancer research and programs for local cancer patients and survivors at the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay for Life, Saturday & Sunday, April 9-10. The Downtown Sarasota Relay will be held at Sarasota High School (3 pm-9 am); the North Port Relay will be held at Heron Creek Middle School (2 pm- to 8 am). For more information or to join a team, call (941) 365-2858 or visit the event website: acsevents.org

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Victory Over Stroke
Join the Stroke Association of Florida at this free event promoting stroke awareness and prevention, Friday, April 15, 8:30 am-2 pm, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road. The event features
free health screenings and educational presentations, including “Can Stroke Be Prevented?” by Stroke Neurologist Mauricio Concha, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. RSVP: (888) 685-1596.

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Zumba & Beyond!
Experience the Healthplex difference during a free demonstration of Zumba – a fun fusion of Latin and international music with energetic routines for all fitness levels, noon-2 pm Friday, April 15, Sarasota Memorial Healthplex, 5880 Rand Blvd (1/2-mile west of I-75 off Clark Road). For information, call (941) 917-7000.

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National Healthcare Decisions Day
Join a panel of medical, legal and community experts for National Healthcare Decisions Day and learn more about ethical & living wills, advanced directives, health care surrogates and ways to make your wishes clear should an accident, injury or illness prevent you from expressing important decisions yourself, 10 am-noon Saturday, April 16, in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. CEUs available for qualified professionals ($10 fee). RSVP: (941) 917-1779.

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High Blood Pressure – A Silent Killer
Learn the risks of high blood pressure and how to protect your heart health in a free presentation by cardiologist Mahfouz El Shahawy, MD, 5-6 pm Wednesday, April 20 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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SMH Laboratory Tours
Sarasota Memorial's Medical Laboratory opens its doors to the public the week of April 25-29 to celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Lab tours will be given daily at 2 pm. Please meet at the front desk (first floor near gift shop), Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, or call (941) 917-7986 for information.

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