May 2011


March for Babies
The local March for Babies – a 4-mile March of Dimes walk to raise awareness and help prevent birth defects and premature babies – will be held 8 am Saturday, May 7 (registration starts at 7 am) at J.D. Hamel Park (corner of Gulfstream & Marina Jack Plaza). To join the SMH team, call (941) 917-1056.

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Accelerated Joint Replacement Surgery
Join William Bennett, MD, for a free seminar – Accelerated Recovery from Joint Replacement Surgery – 10-11 am Monday, May 9, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, Healthplex Fitness Center Education Room A, 5880 Rand Blvd, Sarasota. The presentation will include the latest advances in cartilage treatment, from cartilage regeneration techniques to growth factor therapy. Learn how the body’s own healing abilities can accelerate recovery and reduce downtime associated with joint replacement surgery. Call (941) 953-5524 to RSVP or for more information.

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Stroke Prevention & Support
Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Learning how to reduce your risk factors and what to do in an emergency is your best protection against death or disability from stroke. Sarasota Memorial’s free Stroke Education & Support Group can help. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30 am in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s 4A-B meeting room (4th floor near Windows Cafeteria). Free valet parking is provided. Upcoming topics: May 11 – Paula Falk, Director Caregiver Resource Center & Adult Day Services from the Senior Friendship Centers; June 8 – general support session. No registration necessary. Information: (941) 917-7048. Or for more information about Sarasota Memorial's Comprehensive Stroke Program, visit our website at smh.com.

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Yoga for Everyone
Join Healthplex fitness professionals for a sampling of free yoga/stretching techniques, 11 am-2 pm Friday, May 13. Call (941) 917-7000 for information.

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Obesity: Types & Treatments
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a free seminar that explores the psychological challenges in preventing and treating obesity. The lecture will be held Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am) in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. CEUs available. RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or MHCCI.com

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National Cancer Survivors Day
Sarasota Memorial is proud to co-present National Cancer Survivors Day, 2-4 pm Sunday, June 5, at Michael’s on East, Midtown Plaza,1212 East Ave., Sarasota. This event is part of an annual celebration held in hundreds of communities around the world. The Sarasota event is free and open to all cancer survivors and one guest. Seating is limited. Please register by calling (941) 917-7777.

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Indoor Summer Sports Camp
Sarasota Memorial’s Healthplex Fitness Center will provide indoor sports summer camps for youth (age 7-12) each week through Aug. 8. Camps feature all indoor sports, including swimming, basketball, wiffle ball, dodge ball, soccer, kickball, volleyball and more. Cost is $99/week for members or $129/week for non-members. Early drop off and late pick-up available. Call (941) 917-4623 for information.

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Struggling with Substance Abuse?
If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, Sarasota Memorial’s licensed mental health professionals are available 24 hours a day to provide free assessments, referrals and advice. Call our Bayside Center at (941) 917-7760.

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