Health calendar 3/11/08

Tuesday, March 11, 2008



* La Leche League: 10 a.m. at 1301 N. Kingshighway, Suite F. The league is a monthly community-based support group for breast-feeding mothers. For directions or information, call 579-4196.

* Sibling class: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center. Children, ages 3 to 6, learn about the birthing process, toy safety and the proper way to hold infants, and also explore the emotional issues of a growing family. Call 877-231-2229 to register.

* Diabetes self-management support group: 1 to 2 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital's Diabetes Center. The program is "Family Tree of Health." To register or for more information, call 339-0121.

* Refresher childbirth class: 6 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 102 of Southeast Missouri Hospital. One-session review of labor, delivery, interventions and sibling rivalry issues. To register, call 651-5825.

* Mended Hearts Club: 6 p.m. in the Harrison Room of Southeast Missouri Hospital. The program will be on "Chest Pain: The Differences between Men and Women." For more information, call 331-7950.

* Share support group: 7 p.m. in meeting room 108 in Southeast Missouri Hospital. For parents, grandparents and other family members who have lost children due to miscarriage, still birth, neonatal death and ectopic pregnancy. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month.

* Grief support group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Includes a separate group for grieving parents. For more information, call Pastoral Care at 651-5519 or Social Services at 651-5549.


* Flu shot clinic: 7 to 10 a.m. at Fitness Plus. There is a fee. Medicare and insurance not accepted. Call 331-5316 for more information.

* Sibling class: 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Generations Center. The class teaches children, ages 4 to 8, what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Children learn how to hold a baby and help with diapering and feeding. To register, call 651-5825.

* United Ostomy Association support group: 4:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Wayne Elfrink will discuss the services of the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence. The association's goal is to reduce the practical and emotional burdens of those who have undergone ostomy surgery. Call 651-5844 for more information.


* Glaucoma screenings: 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cape Area Family Resource Center. The screening open to all ages. There is no charge and no appointment is necessary.

* Asthma education: 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Generations Center. Free asthma education program for children, adults and their families. Call 651-5844 for more information.


* Childbirth preparation class: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital. For expectant parents, eases participants' concerns and gives them a positive, confident attitude toward labor and delivery. To register, call 651-5825.

* Breast-feeding support group: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Center. Provides the opportunity to meet and talk with other breastfeeding moms. Each session starts with a 15- to 20-minute educational component followed by an open forum.

* Breast-feeding class: 9 to 10:30 the Generations Center. Covers topics such as the benefits and techniques of breastfeeding, family involvement and support. To register, call 651-5825.


* Love & Logic parenting program: 6:30 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 102 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. The parenting program provides simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible children. There is a fee for the class manual. To register, call 651-5825.

* "Nutrition: It's a Matter of Fact": noon in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center conference room 1. The presentation, following the American Dietetic Association's theme for National Nutrition Month (March), will be about nutrition facts and fiction and how to distinguish reliable sources of information from poor sources of information. There is a cost. To register, call 331-5880 or 888-216-3293.


Saint Francis designated as training center

Saint Francis Medical Center has been designated a training center by the American Heart Association for basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support. Training centers are responsible for the proper administration and quality of emergency cardiovascular care courses as well as the day-to-day management of their local training network. This includes providing all instructors and training sites with consistent and timely communication of any new or updated information about national, regional or training center policies, procedures, course content or course administration. The Saint Francis training center has served as a BLS center since 1997 but will now offer ACLS and PALS training as well. This training center serves more than 350 Missouri instructors from Festus to Kennett and as far west as Poplar Bluff.

— From staff reports

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