Health briefs/calendar 6/1/06

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Counseling center wins accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (known as CARF) has awarded the Community Counseling Center a three-year accreditation. This is the second consecutive three-year accreditation outcome that the international accrediting commission has awarded to Community Counseling Center. It represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. Community Counseling Center is a not-for-profit organization with offices in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties since 1974.

Community outreach clinics

The Scott County Health Department will hold community outreach clinics:

* June 7 at the Oran Jaycee building

* June 14 at the First Assembly of God in Scott City

* June 21 at the Elks Lodge in Chaffee

* June 28 at the Riverside Regional Library in Benton.

Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Services available are immunization, blood pressure screenings, family planning and TB testing. For more information, call (800) 471-4044.

Walk and Be Fit

Beginning today and on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. will be Walk and Be Fit, a 30-minute educational program for adult walkers in Southeast Missouri Hospital's Kids Be Fit/Walk And Be Fit room a West Park Mall.

The kickoff program will be on "The Wonders and Benefits of Walking" and will be presented by Wellness Services manager Debbie Leoni.

The Walk and Be Fit program is free to the community. For more information, call Leoni at 986-4406.

We Can Weekend

A weekend retreat for cancer patients will be held at the Sunnen Center at the YMCA of the Ozarks near Potosi, Mo.

We Can Weekend is an experience developed to met some of the special concerns of families learning to cope with cancer. The fee to participate includes lodging and meals from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The fee is refundable at the end of the weekend through the support of the Regional Cancer Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

The weekend will include planned activities for the special needs of patients, spouses and children, and will also include time to fish swim, boat, hike, play tennis or try archery or a ropes course.

For information, call 651-5550.



"Ask Your Doctor," 8 to 9 p.m., medical call-in program on cable Channel 5. This week dietitian Raina Childers will discuss weight management. To phone in a question, call 334-3095.

Free blood pressure screening at the Senior Center in Cape Girardeau, 10 to 11:15 a.m.


LiveSaver Class for New Parents: 1 to 4 p.m., Generations Center at Southeast Hospital. To preregister, call 651-5825.


Cancer Survivors Day, observed by more than 700 communities in the United States. For information or to register, call Saint Francis Outpatient Care Center at 331-5853.

Diabetes Basic Skills Class, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Fitness Plus Conference room. Physician referral required. For information, call 331-5897.


Free blood pressure screening at Grace United Methodist Church, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. For information, call 651-5825.


Super Sitter training, for youngsters age 11 to 16 who want to learn proper baby-sitting techniques and child care information. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southeast Missouri Hospital's Generations Family Resource Center. This class is full, but space is available for future classes in June and July. Call 651-5825 to register.

Brain Injury Resource Group annual picnic, 5:30 p.m., Cape County Park South Shelter No. 20. Members should bring non-alcoholic drinks, a favorite side dish, games and lawn chairs. In case of rain, a social will be held at Health Point Plaza. For information, call 651-5825.


Free blood pressure screening at Illmo Housing Authority. For information, call 651-5825.

Breastfeeding class, 3 to 5 p.m., Generation Family Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For information or to preregister, call 651-5825.

Mended Hearts Club picnic, 6 p.m., Cape County Park South Pavilion No. 20. Members should bring a heart-healthy covered dish. For information, call 651-5824.

Dr. Scott Gibbs, a local neurosurgeon, will speak about the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome during a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He will also discuss treatment options. To register for this free program, call 651-5825.


Our New Baby class for children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old and their families who are expecting an addition to the family. Preregistration is required at 651-5825.

-- From staff reports

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