January 2010

New Year's Rx for Weight Loss
If you’ve vowed to lose weight as your New Year’s resolution this year, you’re not alone. Year after year, it’s one of the most popular – and hardest – resolutions to maintain.  Sarasota Memorial offers a number of programs – from healthy cooking and exercise classes to medically supervised weight loss programs and weight loss surgery – to suit diverse schedules, budgets and needs. Call (941) 917-7777 to find a plan that's right for you.

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Sunshine from Darkness
Free mental health research symposium, "Journey to Wellness: Lifelong Recovery from Mental Illness," 9 am-1pm Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Featured speakers include: Hollywood producer of the movie "The Soloist" Gary Foster, Thomas Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Tyrone Cannon, PhD, of UCLA. CEUs are available for Physicians, Pharmacists (no fee for FSHP members), Nurses, LCSWs, LMHCs and LMFTs for $20. Doors open and CEU registration begins at 8 am. Community information tables will be on display 8 am-1 pm. For information or to register, call (941) 917-7777.

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Advances in the Treatment of Parkinson Disease
Join us for a free community event featuring physicians and health care providers discussing the latest treatment and research for Parkinson Disease. The program will take place 10 am-noon (registration & refreshments starting at 8:30 am) Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., ½ mile west of I-75 off Clark Road, Sarasota. Convenient parking & drop off. Parking lot shuttle and patient escorts available. Fee: $20/person (scholarships available). Call (941) 917-7777 for information.

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Winter Warnings
Winter brings not only colder weather, but also a number of health hazards to our homes – fires from unattended space heaters and fireplaces, increased exposure to poisonous carbon monoxide gas and a number of cold and flu viruses, to name just a few. Should an emergency happen, Sarasota Memorial’s Emergency Care Centers in Sarasota and North Port stand ready 24/7, offering the greatest depth and breadth of specialty care in the region. For urgent but less serious conditions, including fractures and minor burns, Sarasota Memorial’s two urgent care Walk-In Medical Centers are open extended evening and weekend hours. Most insurance plans are accepted and discounts are available for self-pay patients. For information, call (941) 917-1234 (University Parkway near U.S. 301) or (941) 917-5678 (U.S. 41 near Stickney Point Road & Gulf Gate).

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Many Dimensions of Loss & Making the Transition to Palliative Care
Join Sarasota Memorial clinicians and internationally recognized author Ken Doka for a free community education event on loss, grief, bereavement and end-of-life decisions. Continuing education credits are available (see below). Both sessions will be held in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to presentation. RSVP: (941) 917-1779.
• Thursday, Jan. 28, 8:30-11:30 am
   Dimensions of Loss (3 CEUs $15)

• Friday, Jan. 29, 8-9 am
  Palliative Care (1 CEU $5)

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Cardiovascular Symposium
If you are a health care provider or concerned about a personal or family history of heart disease, don't miss this free educational presentation that explores advances in early detection, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The annual symposium offers a full day continuing education event for physicians and qualified health care providers (8 am-5 pm), and a half-day presentation (2-5 pm) for the public, on Saturday, Feb. 6, in Sarasota Memorial’s first floor auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. For information or to RSVP, call (941) 366-9800.

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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
  • » 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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Lack of time is the number one reason people give for not exercising. And lack of results once they do start exercising isn’t far behind. Interval training is a great solution for both of these common problems.  Interval training involves alternating short bursts of intense activity with what is called active recovery, typically a less intense form of the original activity.  Not only is it an efficient training method, interval training can help you avoid injuries that often accompany non-stop, repetitive activity and provides the opportunity to increase your intensity without burning yourself out in a matter of minutes.

Interval training utilizes the body’s two energy-producing systems: the aerobic and the anaerobic. The aerobic system is the one that allows you to walk or run for several miles and uses oxygen to convert carbohydrates from various sources throughout the body into energy. The anaerobic system, which does not require oxygen, draws energy from carbohydrates stored in the muscles for short bursts of activity such as sprinting, jumping or lifting heavy objects.

The exercise professionals at Healthplex are there to answer your health and fitness questions. We offer many options to help meet your goals, including services such as nutritional counseling, personal training, and group exercise classes. To learn more about our programs, we invite you to come by for a tour. Visit www.SarasotaHealthplex.com or call (941) 917-7000 for more information.

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Upcoming Foundation Events

Physician Golf Tournament

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s Physician Golf Tournament will be May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, with a 1 pm Shotgun Start and Step Aside Scramble. Proceeds support education for hospital staff. Information: (941) 917-1286 or smhf.org.

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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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