August 2012

Upcoming HealthSquare Events
Join our physician and health care experts at Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare, located near Macy’s in the center of Westfield Sarasota Square mall, for free lectures focused on preventing and managing chronic disease:

  • Saturday, Aug. 11 (10 am-2 pm) – Ready, Set, Grow at Westfield Sarasota Square mall. Join United Way and Sarasota Memorial’s Women’s & Children’s team for family health education and fun.
  • Friday, Sept. 7 (1-2:30 pm) – Meet Donald Erb, DO, Pain Medicine Physician and Medical Director of Sarasota Memorial’s Pain Medicine Services.
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 (2-3 pm) – Meet Sarasota Memorial OB-GYN Kristen Shepherd, MD, one of the most recent physicians to join Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group. Shepherd will offer tips on how to stay healthy through open, comfortable conversations with your OB/GYN about family planning and intimate women’s health issues.

NEW Wellness Walks: Stop by and check out our new mall walking program, a free 10-week “wellness journey” for walkers of all abilities. The program runs Sept. 6-Nov. 8. All HealthSquare walkers receive a free pedometer and journal to log miles/steps toward their daily distance goal. Along the way, our HealthSquare team will provide you with information from our healthcare professionals, a place to check in regularly, and a support system of new friends. No cost to join. For more information, contact or call (941) 302-4271.

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School Sports Physicals
Sarasota Memorial is offering $20 school sports physicals at its three urgent care centers: Heritage Harbour, 1040 River Heritage Blvd., Bradenton (941-917-6440), University Parkway, 2401 University Parkway (941-917-1234) and Stickney Point, 6331 S. Tamiami Trail (941-917-5678). No appointments necessary. Note: On Sept. 12, our urgent care center on University Parkway will be moving to a new, larger facility just up the street at our health care campus on the corner of Honore Avenue. The new address will be 5360 University Parkway, but the phone number will remain the same.

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Sweet Summer Rates at HealthFit
The best of health and fitness combine at HealthFit, powered by Sarasota Memorial: health club style amenities, professional fitness expertise and the resources of one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals at your service. HealthFit is the only medically integrated fitness center in our area. Let our health & fitness professionals help you get healthy and fit for life – now at summer rates too sweet to pass up. No enrollment fee – just $35.99/month. Visit HealthFit or call (941) 917-7000 for information or a tour.

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Perfect Prescription for Weight Loss
If you're having difficulty getting your weight under control, Sarasota Memorial offers a number of programs – from nutrition counseling to weight loss surgery – to suit diverse schedules, budgets and needs. Call (941) 917-7777 to find a program that's right for you.

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Join TEAM SMH at Heart Walk
Join the SMH team at the 3K Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk, Saturday, Sept. 22, Payne Park, 2000 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Festivities begin at 7:30 am, followed by the 3K Walk/Run at 9 am. RSVP: (941) 917-2399.

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September is Pain Awareness Month
Be sure to browse Sarasota Memorial’s online health calendar at for our annual pain symposium (CMEs and CEUs will be available) and other health education events.

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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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