Health calendar 12/10/07

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


* Grief support group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. The meeting will include a separate group for grieving parents. The focus will be on holiday rituals. For more information, call Julie Metzger or Vicky Hyslop at 651-5549 or Connie Griswold at 651-5519.

* Diabetes self-management support group holiday celebration: 1 to 2 p.m. at the Diabetes Center, 60 Doctors Park in Cape Girardeau. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite diabetic recipes.


* Flu shot clinic: 7 to 10 a.m. at Fitness Plus. There is a fee. Medicare and insurance not accepted. No appointment necessary. Call 331-5316 for more information.

* United Ostomy Association annual Christmas party: 5 p.m. at Delmonico's in Jackson. UOA's goal is to reduce the practical and emotional burdens of those who have undergone ostomy surgery so they may function as fully as possible, socially and physically. Call the Patient Education Department at 651-5844 for more information.

* Sibling class: 6 to 8 p.m. in the Generations Center. Discuss and understand what it means to become a big brother or sister. Children learn how to hold a baby and help with diapering and feeding. Refreshments are served, and at the end of the class, sibling class graduates receive diplomas. Preregistration is required. Call 651-5825 to register. Online registration is available at


* Asthma education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Generations Center. Free asthma education program for children, adults and families who deal with asthma. Topics include a medical description of asthma and what triggers it, medications, peak flow monitoring, managing asthma episodes and exercise-induced asthma. Participants are encouraged to bring flow meters, spacers and a list of their medications. Registration is required. Call the Generations Center at 651-5825 or go online to


* Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis: Registration 7 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. at Saint Francis Fitness Plus. Preregistration is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Fitness Plus. Costs vary. Sign up online at

* Breast-feeding class: 9 to 10 a.m. at the Generations Center. Covers the benefits and techniques of breast-feeding, family involvement and support. To preregister, call 651-5825 or go online at

* Breast-feeding support group: 10 a.m. in the Generations Center. Provides the opportunity to meet and talk with other breast-feeding moms. Each session will start with a 15- to 20-minute educational component followed by an open forum. Partners and support persons are also welcome. For more information, call the Generations Center at 651-5825 or go online at

Blood drives


* Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


* West Park Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


* Metro Business College, Cape Girardeau, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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