February 2012

Forks Over Knives - Free Documentary Screening
Sarasota Memorial's Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is hosting a free screening of the film "Forks Over Knives," a documentary examining research that demonstrates most degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by adopting a whole foods plant-based diet. The screening will be held 1-3 pm Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd. Please RSVP by Feb. 10: (941) 917-6139.

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Risks of Chronic Heartburn
If you or someone you know suffers from acid reflux or chronic heartburn, it can be more than an inconvenience. Heartburn, GERD and Barrett's esophagus are digestive disorders that if not treated can progress to more serious pre-cancerous conditions and esophageal cancer. Learn more at a free community education event presented by Sarasota Memorial Gastroenterologist Scott Corbett, MD, 6:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Waldemere Medical Plaza (second floor Jacaranda Room), 1921 Waldemere St., across from the main hospital. Please RSVP: (941) 917-7777.

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Schizophrenia, Depression & Brain Health
Join nationally recognized physician and researcher David V. Habif Jr., MD, for a series of free mental health seminars co-hosted by Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health and Mental Health Community Centers. Lectures will be held 9:30 am-12:30 pm (registration 9 am) in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota: Feb 25 – Schizophrenia; March 24 – New Frontiers and Depression, co-presented by Parlane Reid, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer and Psychiatrist at Sarasota Memorial; April 21 – Brain Health and Wellness: Practical Applications for You and Your Loved Ones. Three CEUs are available for $15. RSVP: (941) 953-3477 or register at: mhcci.com

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Heart Month at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare
If you're shopping for your Valentine and heartfelt gifts at Westfield Sarasota Square this month, be sure to stop by Sarasota Memorial's HealthSquare, located near Macy’s in the center of the mall, for a series of free presentations promoting heart health. Upcoming: Wednesday, Feb 15 (3-4 pm) – Managing Your Blood Thinners/Anti-Coagulation Medications; Tuesday, Feb. 21 (2-4 pm) – Hypertension & Cholesterol. For more topics and times, browse our online calendar at smh.com or contact our HealthSquare team at: healthsquare@smh.com or (941) 302-4271.

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Managing Chronic Pain
Meet one of Sarasota Memorial’s pain management physicians, Donald Erb, DO, at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare, located near Macy’s in the center of Westfield Sarasota Square, and learn about the latest strategies to manage chronic pain at a free presentation, 1-3 pm Friday, March 9. For information, contact our HealthSquare team at (941) 302-4271 or email: healthsquare@smh.com

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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
  • » 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
  • » Breast Feeding Support: Every Tuesday. Information: (941) 917-1700


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