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St. Vincent’s Medical Center is sponsoring a free talk, “Taking a Deep Breath: Treatments for COPD,” as a part of their 2012 Spring Listen & Learn Lecture Series Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m., Testos’s Restaurant, 1775 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. Buffet dinner, 5:30-6. for more information or to register, call 1-877-255-7847 or visit stvincents.org/listenandlearn.
Look good… Feel Better
Free American Cancer Society program that helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques, offered Friday, April 20, 1-3, first-floor Operations Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. to register, call 1-888-357-2396.
also offered by St. Vincent’s, Thursday, June 7, 1-3 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Reservations required. Call 203-576-6158.
Blood pressure screenings
Screenings offered by Bridgeport Hospital: Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, may 7 and 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Monday, may 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, may 29, noon-2; 1-888-357-2396.
Also offered by the South End Community Center in collaboration with the Stratford Health Department, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10-noon, South End Community Center; 203-385-4058; 203-377-0689.
The Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides free blood pressure screenings and information to the public every Tuesday, 11:30-3:30, in the main lobby of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).
First aid/safety classes
Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute offers the following self-care classes in the duPont Board Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. to register, call 203-384-4497.
Adult, child and infant CPR two-year certification, Wednesday, may 2, 6-9 p.m., $65; Administration of Medicine Class, Tuesday, may 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program (three-year certification); $25 injectable medications only; Pediatric first Aid & Safety and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/Defibrillator Training two-year certification, Saturdays, may 12 and 26, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $100 full class; $70 first aid portion only; Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, Wednesday, may 16, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).
Thirty minute “Spring Cleaning” Qigong class Mondays, April 23 and 30; may 7, 14 and 21, 7 p.m. at Sabita Holistic Center, 3519 Post Road, Southport. Class will focus on a different organ each week, and include basic Qigong warm-ups, a self-massage routine, healing sounds and visualizations for cleansing and strengthening. first class is free. five classes $75; individual class $15. to sign up, call 203-254-2633.
St. Vincent’s hosts “Hearts full of Spring,” a gala to benefit its Women at Heart Program Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m. cocktail hour, 7 p.m. dinner, Regina L. Cozza Center at the Inn at Longshore, Westport. for more information, call St. Vincent’s Foundation, 203-576-5451 or visit stvincents.org/heartsfullofspring.
Prostate cancer screenings
Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered by St. Vincent’s SWIM Prostate Cancer Institute Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Park City Primary Care Center, 64 Black Rock Ave., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 for appointment.
Cosmetic surgery lecture
A panel of Bridgeport Hospital plastic and reconstructive surgeons will discuss the latest treatments and advanced techniques in cosmetic procedures for men and women, including facial rejuvenation, breast contouring and tummy tucks, during the free lecture, “Take Time for You,” Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Reservations required. Call toll free 1-888-357-2396.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Merck co., are co-sponsoring the Journey for Control, a monthly Diabetes Education Workshop at the hospital. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room (next to the cafeteria). Upcoming: Thursday, April 26. to register, call 203-576-6168.
Better Breathing Club
Club meets Fridays, April 27 and may 25, 1:30 p.m., first-floor Administration Conference Room at the Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Support group meeting is open to anyone with chronic respiratory disease. to register, call 203-336-7375.
Hospice volunteer course
Breast cancer survivor support
St. Vincent’s Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Seton Room on Level C at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 203-576-5361; 203-576-5608.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers hosts a free Stroke Support Group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, may 1, 6-7 p.m., at its Shelton outreach site, 4 Corporate Drive. for information or to register, call 203-925-4201.
Bridgeport Hospital has launched a new free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, the first and third Wednesday of the month, may 2 and may 16, 10-noon, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. to register, call toll free 1-888-357-2396.
Cooking for heart health
Bridgeport Hospital registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager Andrea Valenti will discuss “Cooking for Heart Health” during a meeting of Heart Beats, Inc., the hospital’s cardiac patient support group, Wednesday, may 9, 6 p.m.,second-floor Fresh Inspirations Café at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served; 1-888-357-2396.
Nutrition for cancer survivors
St. Vincent’s is presenting “Nutrition for Cancer Survivors” the second Wednesday of every month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in its Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the hospital. Upcoming dates: may 9 and June 13. to register or for more information call 203-576-6158.
Senior driving course
AARP’s Senior Driver Safety Program Saturday, may 12, 9-1, first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Fee, $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members, covers handouts and instructional materials. to register, call 1-888-357-2396. Classes are taught by trained AARP instructors. Successful completion may entitle seniors to a discount on automobile insurance premiums.
Cancer survivor support
Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society will sponsor a free meeting in the Moving Forward support and educational series for cancer survivors, Wednesday, may 16, 5-7:30 p.m., 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. Topic is “Sexuality and Intamacy.” Light supper served. Registration required: 203-563-1523.
Cancer support group
Ongoing monthly group is focused on giving support to patients and families who have been diagnosed with lung, colon, head and neck, esophageal, GI cancers and other solid tumors. One-hour dialogue and discussion on medical issues and stress related issues regarding the medical, physical, and emotional effects concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Meetings are 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, third floor conference room, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next: may 16. Cal 203-576-6158.
Bridgeport Hospital will sponsor a free ostomy support meeting Sunday, may 20, 2 p.m., Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. Meeting is open to anyone/significant others who has had/or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Meetings are the third Sunday of the month except July and August. Information: Sharon Tilley, RN, 203-384-3209.
Ring for Your Rhythm
Bridgeport Hospital’s “Ring for Your Rhythm” line provides recorded, step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse reading, to help detect atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and possibly prevent a stroke. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-855-247-8573. A-fib, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, causes blood to pool in the heart’s chambers, which can lead to blood clots that may travel to the brain and trigger a stroke.
Led by licensed acupuncturist Gregor Wei, Mondays, 10-2, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Call 203-255-5300 to register. Advance registration requested. Private appointments available.
Yoga for cancer patients
Restorative yoga, chair yoga with breathing and meditation for patients in active treatment or post-surgery, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., the Watermark, 303 Park Ave., Bridgeport; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Yoga Room on Level 3 of St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. Gentle Yoga, for patients in treatment or recently finished, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Formal Yoga, for cancer survivors of five years or less, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., the Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport. to register call 203-576-6158.
Massage is offered to patients undergoing active treatment (chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy) and for survivors who have completed treatment. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointments. Program takes place on third floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers offers weekly fitness classes in Bridgeport and Stratford:
Boot Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 a.m., 226 mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Women’s Strength Training, Tuesdays, 11-noon; Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
Zumba, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.
All classes are conducted by certified fitness trainers. Cost is $8 per class or $75 for 10 classes. Tickets are available at all Ahlbin Centers locations, or before or after classes. for information or to register, call 203-336-7301 (Bridgeport) or 203-380-4672 (Stratford).
In addition to Bridgeport and Stratford, Ahlbin Centers has outpatient facilities at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 2600 Post Road, Southport; and 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull.
Health and wellness classes
Free exercise video program
A new online video program called A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness, designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity, is available at abeforfitness.com.
The program offers a library of more than 50 videos of guided physical activity routines, each of which may be done in 3 to 5 minutes. it offers a variety of options based on users’ time, interests, needs, and fitness levels.
Beginner and intermediate level, runs weekly, Fridays, 9:15 a.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300; bridgeporthospital.org. Yoga, restorative yoga and teen yoga classes also available. Call for full class schedule.
Weekly, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300.
St. Vincent’s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. the Wellness Booth, a project of the Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Fund, formerly was located at Westfield Shoppingtown, Trumbull. the booth offers a variety of health screenings and services to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-3:30. No appointment required for any of the screenings.
Free blood pressure screenings are performed every Tuesday. on Wednesdays, Cholesterol/HDL ratio/glucose screening, $18; a lipid panel requiring a four-hour fast, $25; blood sugar screening alone requiring a two-hour fast, $1.
For more information call St. Vincent’s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).
Heart-disease risk quiz
Bridgeport Hospital offers “Take 10 for Your Ticker,” a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the “Take 10 for Your Ticker” box.
For those without access to the Internet, a free printed copy of the quiz, with an explanation of results, is available by calling 1-888-357-2396.
Help for new movers
Bridgeport Hospital’s free Newcomer Concierge Service helps new residents of Bridgeport and surrounding towns locate physicians to meet personal and family health needs. Service also provides information on health-related events and activities. to reach the Newcomer Concierge Service, call 203-330-7462, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9-3.
Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help that is permanent through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship, 28 Hedgehog Road, Trumbull; Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Trinity Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield.
Also, Sundays 6-7:30 p.m., Stepney Baptist Chruch, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Christ the King Church at American Legion Hall, 21 Cedar St., Naugatuck; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., first Baptist Church,178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.
Atria Stratford assisted Living, 6911 Main St., offers a support group for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, living at home or in an extended care facility. Group meets first Wednesday of the month, 6-7; 203-380-0006.
Grasmere By the Sea: One Post Road, Fairfield, offers open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, first Thursday of month, 4 p.m.; 203-365-6470.
Jewish Family Service, 2370 Park Ave., Bridgeport, offers support group for family members or friends helping with the care of adults over 60, meets first Wednesday of month, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 366-5438, Ext. 219.
Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center, 720 Barnum Avenue Cut Off, Stratford, offers a support group for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 380-1228.
Prostate cancer survivors
Breast cancer wellness
St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Survivor Wellness program, intended for women who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and those further along in their recovery, 4:30-5:30, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. for dates, call 203-576-6158.
Breast cancer stories
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Breast cancer support
Woman-to-Woman, an American Cancer Society sponsored support group for women who have had breast cancer or who have been newly diagnosed, meets monthly, 2-4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Tpke., Fairfield; 1-800-889-3340.
Cancer resource library
St. Vincent’s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s. Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. A representative is available to assist visitors with navigation of web-based searches, cancer clinical trial searches and direct patient referrals to a variety of free resources Monday-Friday, 9-1.
Trumbull MS support group meets third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8, Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St. Ed, 445-0118; 1-800- FIGHT MS; ctfightsMS.org.
The American Society for Scleroderma Research has formed a support group for all afflicted by this disease. the group meets every second Thursday, 6:30-7:30, St. Vincent Medical Center, Main Street, Bridgeport; Aimee Turiano or Joy LoSchiavo, 203-273-2034.
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