Health briefs 10-28-19 | Healthy Living – Uniontown Herald Standard

Events

n Medicare’s annual open enrollment period runs now through Dec. 7. The APPRISE Program can help answer questions. Those interested in having a free, confidential plan comparison done can contact a local Area Agency On Aging’s APPRISE Program to meet with a certified Medicare counselor to discuss needs. For a list of enrollment centers and their dates and times open for enrollment or contact information about local Area Agency on Aging offices, call Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. at 724-489-8080.

n Natalie Furgiuele, breast surgeon and director of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Breast Care Center, will speak from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Marilyn’s On Main, 30 E. Main St., Uniontown from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Ladies Night Out. Enjoy appetizers and a beverage at this free event while Furgiuele discusses what you need to know about breast cancer. Required registration: 724-258-1333.

n A fundraiser AMRAP workout is scheduled to be held at Crossfit U-Town, 542 Morgantown St., Uniontown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 to benefit Amy Tungate who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Pre-registration and shirt orders can be made at http://tiny.cc/y2o0dz. All Fitness Levels are welcome. There will be a Chinese auction, food and refreshments for sale and a 50/50 raffle. This is a cash only event. Information: AMRAPforAmy@gmail.com.

Courses

n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 26 in the education conference center. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host “American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED” 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29 and 9-11 a.m. Nov. 26 in the Simulation Center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.

n Monongahela Valle Hospital will host the program “Managing your Diabetes” from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 6, 13 and 20 in the education conference center. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the program “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?” at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the education conference center. Bariatric surgery is an option for people who want to lose 100 pounds or more. This free information session is designed to give those individuals struggling with weight loss the facts to choose their best option. To learn if you are a candidate for this surgery, join Dr. Hiram Gonzalez as he discusses this topic in detail. Registration: 724-258-1333 or https://www.monvalleyhospital.com/registration.asp.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the program “Advanced Carbohydrate Counting” from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in the education conference center. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host Anthony Cuneo, a physician with The Orthopedic Group, at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conferece Center to give a free talk about non-surgical treatments for low back pain. He will discuss how low back pain can occur, as well as various non-surgical treatment options. The session will include light refreshments and free parking. Registration: monvalleyhospital.com or call 724-258-1333.

n As part of their Innovations in Medicine series, Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer a free talk on Irritable Bowel Syndrome at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. Dr. Jungmin L. Lee, a physician with the Pittsburgh Gastroenterology Associates, will host the free talk titled “The ABC’s of IBS.” Lee will discuss irritable bowel syndrome and various treatment options for the conditions. The session will include light refreshments and free parking. Registration: monvalleyhospital.com or call 724-258-1333.

Support groups

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.

n Caregiver support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new physical therapy department. Light refreshments are provided. Open for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or 877-771-1234.

n Mon Valley Hospital will host a Suicide Bereavement Support Group 1–2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 25 in the education conference center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month and is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Required registration: 724-678-3601.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s Support Group from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in the education conference center. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the families, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations are requested by calling 724-258-1333.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a Prostate Cancer Support Group from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the education conference center. All prostate cancer patients, families and caregivers are invited to attend this free support group. Information: 724-292-9404.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host a Weight Control and Wellness Support Group at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in the education conference center. The bariatric support group activities are designed to reinforce key principles of success and help participants learn concepts that are sometimes difficult to grasp after bariatric surgery. Professionals such as dietitians, psychologists and fitness instructors may be invited to speak. Other presenters may discuss topics such as grooming, dating and cooking. The sessions are designed to educate, inform and provide a well-rounded foundation of knowledge for long-term success. Registration: 724-258-1333.

n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.

n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity Church parlor, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown. Please enter at the handicapped ramp entrance. A second is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone else’s drinking. Information: al-anon.alateen.org or pa-al-anon.org.

n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information: peopleofcourage@gmail.com siawso.org, or healingfriends8@gmail.com.

n Missing Piece of My Heart support group, 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Crime Victim’s Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.

n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.

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