Health calendar 9/9/0

Tuesday, September 9, 2008



* La Leche League series: 10 a.m. in Southeast Missouri Hospital, meeting room 102. An informal way to get information about breast feeding as well as support from other breast-feeding mothers.

* Sibling class: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center Registration Center. Include children (ages 3 to 6) in the birthing process while preparing them to become better siblings. They will learn the proper way to hold infants, to play with toys safely and explore emotional issues of a growing family. Register by calling 877-231-2229.

* Diabetes self-management support group: 1 to 2 p.m. in the Diabetes Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Heart health is important because having diabetes increases your risk for heart disease. Learn how to identify and reduce your heart risk factors. To register, call 339-0121.


* Childhood vaccines: 6 p.m. in Saint Francis Conference Center. Presentation on questions regarding childhood vaccines. Call 331-5877 to register.

* Fall 2008 coaches clinic: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center. Free clinic focuses on sports psychology, team building and coaching philosophies. For more information or to register, call 331-5877 or e-mail


n 9/11 memorial: 9 a.m. in the Healing Garden. Saint Francis Medical Center will hold a time of remembrance and prayer in the Healing Garden in the front of then Medical Center to remember those lost on Sept. 11 and honor those who survived. The brief program will include prayers for peace and the presentation of the American flag.

* Neck pain: When is surgery the right choice?: 6:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Discussion of the causes of neck pain and nonsurgical treatment options as well as the latest, minimally-invasive surgical solutions. Free. Seating is limited. To register, call 651-5825.

* Asthma education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. meeting room 106 in Southeast Missouri Hospital. Respiratory Care practitioners will provide a free asthma education program for children, adults and their families. To register, call 651-5825.


* Infant care class: 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Saint Francis Medical Center. A caregiver's manual for parents, grandparents and other care providers. Covers feeding, daily care, infant sleeping patterns, and valuable health and safety information. Free. Call 877-231-2229 to register.

* Breast-feeding class: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Saint Francis Medical Center. For expectant mothers in their eighth or ninth month. Covers breast physiology, milk production, positioning, diet, pumping and storing breast milk. Call 877-231-2229 to register.

* Childbirth preparation class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room. Free class eases expectant parents concerns about labor and delivery. To register, call 651-5825.


Website gives children ideas to get moving

September is Go Healthy Month, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is challenging children in Missouri to celebrate their health by pledging to eat healthier and be more physically active. The organization has unveiled "myGo Healthy Challenge," at The interactive, online tool offers a customized learning experience about healthy eating and active living. The free program offers children an educational alternative to playing video games by taking them on a Go Healthy adventure. The site also offers downloads of dietary recommendations for children and ways to turn their room into a personal gym.

— From staff reports

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