Health Notes: Help to stop smoking, driver’s safety and more

A smoking cessation class is scheduled in Stratford.

A smoking cessation class is scheduled in Stratford.

Health Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to [email protected]

Smoking cessation

Stratford Health Department and St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound sponsor a free smoking cessation program to all Connecticut residents.

Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye Street, Stratford: March 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 26, and April 2.

To register call 203-385-4090 or email [email protected]

 

Healthy skin lecture

“Naturally Healthy Skin from the Inside Out,” Thursday, March 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 2505 Main Street, Suite 224. Seminar will discuss internal and external natural medicine practices that support healthy skin — from acne to anti-aging. Fee: $20.

Call 203-895-5534 to register or for more information; naturesourcecare.com.

 

Senior driving course

Senior Driver Safety Program, Saturday, March 9, 9-1, first-floor Administration Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., $12 AARP members, $14 non-members, covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.

 

AARP driver safety

Griffin Hospital hosts an AARP Driver Safety Program Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms, 130 Division St., Derby.

While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to all interested persons.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP. To register, call 203-732-7584.

 

Mammography screenings

SWIM Women’s Imaging Center offers free and low-cost digital mammography screenings for women age 35 and older Monday, March 11, 1-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford; Tuesday, March 12, 10-2, Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Center, Fairfield; Wednesday, March 13, 10-2, Stop & Shop, 228 South Main St., Newtown; Wednesday, March 20, 10-2, South End Community Center, 19 Bates St., Stratford; Saturday, March 23, 10-1, St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave., Milford; Thursday, March 28, 10-2, St. Vincent’s Urgent Care, 2 Trap Falls Road, Shelton.

To schedule an appointment call 203-576-5505.

 

Healthy eating for diabetics

The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free forums about healthy eating for diabetics on Tuesday, March 12, 2:30-3:30 and 6:30-7:30, Griffin Hospital Dining Room Meeting Room 2, 130 Division St., Derby.

No registration required, 203-732-1137.

 

Dangers of sun exposure

Griffin Hospital’s Chief of Plastic Surgery John Reilly, MD, will present “Be Sun Safe” Tuesday, March 12, 6:30, hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division Street, Derby.

Light refreshments served.

To reserve a spot call 203-732-1511 or visit griffinhealth.org.

 

Prostate cancer survivor lecture

Free prostate cancer survivors educational lecture series offered by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound held second Tuesday of the month 5-6 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care Level 3, Medical Oncology Conference Room. Next: March 12.

No reservations required, 203-576-6158, [email protected]

 

Caregiver support

Group for family members and others responsible for the day-to-day care of elderly relatives meets first Friday of month, 10-11, Operations Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., April 5; and 5:30-6:30, second Tuesday of the month, Center’s offices, 95 Armory Road, Stratford, March 12 and April 9, 1-888-357-2396.

Free patient and caregiver support program last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers, family and friends. No reservations required, 203-576-6158, [email protected]

Also, hosted by Maefair Health Care second Tuesday of the month 2:30-3:30, 21 Maefair Court, Trumbull. Next: March 12. Meetings are open to all caregivers in the community. Light refreshments, 203-459-5152.

 

Genetic counseling

Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Yale Cancer Center provide genetic counseling services by appointment Wednesdays, March 13 and April 10, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, 203-764-8400.

 

Sinus pain lecture

Bridgeport Hospital ear, nose and throat specialist Bradford Chervin, MD and allergist Irena Veksler, MD, will discuss the causes of and treatments for sinus congestion and pain during the free lecture, “Wipe Out Congestion and Head Pain…For Good,” Thursday, March 14, 7, Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Doors open at 6:30. Reservations required, 1-888-357-2396.

 

Ostomy support

Sundays, March 17 and April 21, 2 p.m., Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. Open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses welcome. Meetings held third Sunday of month except July and August, Sharon Tilley, 203-384-3209.

 

Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer

Bridgeport Hospital hematologist/medical oncologist Justin Persico, MD, will discuss “Updated Hormonal Therapy for Prostate Cancer” during the next meeting of Man to Man, the hospital’s prostate cancer support group, Tuesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street, Trumbull, 1-888-357-2396.

 

Cancer nutrition and cooking

Free cooking course designed to help attendees prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition offered monthly 6-7:45 on March 21, April 23, May 29, June 26, July 23, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 22, Nov. 20, SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, stvincents.org.

 

Griffin Greetings

“Griffin Greetings” enables individuals to send a message to a patient via the hospital website, griffinhealth.org. There are several card options, including baby congratulations, get well soon and birthday wishes. The card is printed at the hospital and delivered to the patient’s room. The card will be delivered to the patient’s address if he or she is discharged before delivery.

To send a Griffin Greeting, visit griffinhealth.org and click on the “Patient Greetings” link on the left-hand side of the home page.

 

Heart smart recipes sought

The Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital invites the public to share recipes for their favorite comfort foods, to be transformed into heart-healthy dishes and possibly included in a new cookbook. Recipes and a note about their special meaning can be submitted online at bridgeporthospital.org/heartrecipes, mailed to the Bridgeport Hospital Marketing Department, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610, or faxed to 203-384-3943. Submission deadline is March 31.

 

Blood pressure screenings

Screenings offered by Bridgeport Hospital at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, March 18, April 1 and 15, 9:30-11:30; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Mondays, March 11 and April 8, 9:30-11:30; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Mondays, March 25 and April 26, noon-2. Call 1-888-357-2396.

Also offered by the South End Community Center in collaboration with the Stratford Health Department, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10-noon, South End Community Center; 203-385-4058; 203-377-0689.

The Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides free blood pressure screenings and information to the public every Tuesday, 11:30-3:30, main lobby of St. V’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 1-877-255-7847.

 

First aid/safety class

Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute offers the following self-care classes in the duPont Board Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. To register, call 203-384-4497.

Adult, child and infant CPR/AED two-year certification, Wednesdays, March 6 and April 3, 6-9, $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturdays, March 9 and 23 and April 13, 8:30-5:30, $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of Medicine Class, Tuesdays, March 12 and 19, April 9, 6:30-9:30, $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 for injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers, Wednesdays, March 20 and April 17, 6-10, $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).

 

Breast cancer survivor support

Meets first and third Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-7, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next: March 19, 203-576-6158, [email protected]

 

Breastfeeding support

Free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, first and third Wednesday of the month, 10-noon, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, 1-888-357-2396. Next: March 20, April 3 and 17.

 

Cancer survivor support

Moving Forward support and educational series for cancer survivors meets Friday, March 22, 1-3:30, Bridgeport Hospital Administrative Conference, first floor, 267 Grant Street. To register, call 203-384-3094.

A free patient and caregiver support program will be offered by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Program is open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers including family and friends, 203-576-6158,

 

Diabetes Alert Day

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is sponsoring free healthy living information sessions on Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 26 at the following locations:

Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA, 20 Trefoil Drive, 5:30 p.m.; Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road, Fairfield, 6 p.m.; St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, noon and 5:30 p.m.; United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford, 6 p.m.; Griffin Hospital, Division Street, Derby, 6 p.m.; North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven, noon; Soundview YMCA, 628 East Main Street, Branford, noon.

To register, contact Kelly Vaughan, 203-375-3844, ext. 32 or [email protected]cymca.org. For more information visit cccymca.org.  [email protected]

 

Better Breathing Club

Meets Fridays, March 29 and April 26, 1:30, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Open to anyone with chronic respiratory disease. To register, call 203-336-7375.

 

Stroke support 

Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will host a free Stroke Support Group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, April 2, 6-7, Shelton outreach site, 4 Corporate Drive, 203-925-4201.

Also offered third Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7, Seton Room, Level C, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-5361.

 

Free child car seats offered

The CT Department of Public Health awarded Griffin Hospital and Safe Kids a grant to purchase 20 booster car seats, which will be distributed in a free training event Thursday, April 11, 5:30-7:30, Griffin’s Dining Room, 130 Division Street, Derby.

To register, call Cathi Kellett at 203-732-1337. Please have the age, weight and height of your child.

 

Paint-A-Duck contest underway

Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts’ third annual “Paint-A-Duck” Contest is underway.

Participants may purchase a Paint-A-Duck” kit at Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts, located within Griffin Hospital at 130 Division Street, Derby, or at the Boutique at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness receives $1 for every paint kit. All entries must be dropped off at Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts by April 12.

Each entry will be displayed inside Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts as they are submitted. A panel of judges will decide the winning duck in each of the following categories: Best Children’s Entry (Age 5 & under); Best Children’s Entry (Age 6-10); Best Children’s Entry (Age 11-14); Best Adult Entry (Age 15-59); and Best Senior Entry (Age 60 & over). Each winning category will receive a $25 gift certificate to Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts.

 

Family support group

For adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s Disease, first Tuesday of every month, 4-5:30, St. V’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-6158; [email protected]

 

Addiction support

Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help that is permanent through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Also, Sundays 6-7:30 p.m., Stepney Baptist Chruch, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Christ the King Church at American Legion Hall, 21 Cedar St., Naugatuck; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia; Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Shelton, 178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton; and Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 400 Burnt Plains Road, Milford. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.

 

Look Good …. Feel Better

Free American Cancer Society program helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques Friday, April 19, 1-3 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street. To register, call 1-888-357-2396.

Also offered third Thursday of the month, 5-7, Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email [email protected]iffinhealth.org.

 

Cancer support 

Free Lunch & Learn Cancer Support Group is offered by St. Vincent’s the third Thursday of every month, noon-1, Oncology Conference Room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, [email protected]

 

Diabetes education 

Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168.

 

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism. For information about groups in Connecticut, call 1-888-825-2666. For more information about Al-Anon, visit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

 

Free HIV/HCV tests

The Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program and the Stratford Health Department will offer rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing with results in 20 minutes every first and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Stratford Health Dept., 468 Birdseye St., Stratford.

To schedule an appointment call 203-385-4058.

 

Healthcare and Medicare information

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free program of health insurance and Medicare information and counseling to the public every week. Individuals can meet with the health insurance specialist by appointment in the privacy of the Banks Library located on the third level of St. Vincent’s.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call St. Vincent’s Volunteer Office at 203-576-5111.

 

Bereavement support

Eight-week support group facilitated by Ximena Varas, certified lay minister and chaplain meets Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m at First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road. Registration required: [email protected] or 203-278-1568.

 

Breast cancer survivor support

St. Vincent’s free Breast Cancer Survivor support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations are required. Information: 203-576-6158; [email protected]

 

Yoga classes

“New ‘Mindful Flow’ yoga class series offered Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at 2505 Main St., Suite 224, Stationhouse Square, Stratford.

This class provides a foundation in learning yoga postures while incorporating mindfulness — ‘meditation in motion’. Instruction will be given on both inner and outer practices of yoga (postures, breathing, meditation) and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level students.

Information is available at naturesourcecare.com/yoga; 203-895-5534 or [email protected]

 

Weight loss support 

Interested in losing weight? Concerned about your weight? First Congregational Church, 44 South Cliff St., Ansonia hosts a night of mutual support Mondays, weigh in from 5:45-6:50 p.m.; meeting 7-8 p.m. First meeting is free. Call Tom, 203-308-3355 and leave a message.

 

Cancer support group 

Ongoing monthly group is focused on giving support to patients and families who have been diagnosed with lung, colon, head and neck, esophageal, GI cancers and other solid tumors. One-hour dialogue and discussion on medical issues and stress related issues regarding the medical, physical, and emotional effects concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month, 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, third floor conference room, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158.

 

Nursing moms support

Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby hosts a monthly Nursing Moms Support Group, facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Contact [email protected] for more information.

 

Massage therapy

Massage is offered for oncology patients undergoing definitive active treatment and for survivors who have completed treatment. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointments. Program takes place on third floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.

 

Ring for Your Rhythm

Bridgeport Hospital’s “Ring for Your Rhythm” line provides recorded, step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse reading, to help detect atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and possibly prevent a stroke. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-855-247-8573. A-fib, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, causes blood to pool in the heart’s chambers, which can lead to blood clots that may travel to the brain and trigger a stroke.

 

Yoga for cancer patients

Restorative yoga, chair yoga with breathing and meditation for patients in active treatment or post-surgery, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., The Watermark, 303 Park Ave., Bridgeport; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Yoga Room on Level 3 of St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. Gentle Yoga, for patients in treatment or recently finished, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Formal Yoga, for cancer survivors of five years or less, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport. To register call 203-576-6158.

 

Fitness classes

Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers offers weekly fitness classes in Bridgeport and Stratford:

Boot Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 a.m., 226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

Women’s Strength Training, Tuesdays, 11-noon; Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

Zumba, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

All classes are conducted by certified fitness trainers. Cost is $8 per class or $75 for 10 classes. Tickets are available at all Ahlbin Centers locations, or before or after classes. For information or to register, call 203-336-7301 (Bridgeport) or 203-380-4672 (Stratford).

In addition to Bridgeport and Stratford, Ahlbin Centers has outpatient facilities at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 2600 Post Road, Southport; and 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull.

 

Diabetes education 

St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Merck Co., are co-sponsoring The Journey for Control, a monthly Diabetes Education Workshop, held the fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room. To register, call 203-576-6168.

 

Gamblers Anonymous

Meets Saturdays, 7 p.m., 100 Bank St., Seymour. For more information, call Steve, 203-362-5234.

 

Overeaters group

Compulsive overeaters group meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC, 100 Bank St., Seymour. Group will address underlying attitudes and beliefs which affect eating behaviors. For more information or to register, call 203-888-0462.

 

Acupuncture

Led by licensed acupuncturist Gregor Wei, Mondays, 10-2, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Call 203-255-5300 to register. Advance registration requested. Private appointments available.

 

Genetic counseling

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers cancer genetic counseling services to individuals and families as part of the Center’s comprehensive model of patient-centered care.

Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting a patient’s detailed personal and family history, assessing their personal risk, and discussing their genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 203-732-1260.

 

Diabetes support

Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September -June, second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital, Derby. Open to diabetics and their families; 203-732-1137.

 

Weight-loss surgery support

Griffin Bariatrics, a new program of Griffin Hospital, will host weight loss surgery support group meetings the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Griffin Imaging & Diagnostics Center at Ivy Brook, 2 Ivy Brook Road, Shelton. Advance registration requested; griffinhealth.org; 888-657-9252.

To help bariatric patients bridge the gap between the time of surgery and reaching their healthy weight, Griffin Bariatrics has assembled a Clothes Closet with men’s and women’s clothing in barely worn or new condition, which has been donated by bariatric patients and hospital staff and family members. The Clothes Closet is open the second Wednesday of each month, 4:30-6:30 p.m., prior to monthly “On Track” support group meetings; 203-732-7108; [email protected]

 

Fibromyalgia support

Fibromyalgia Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month, 2 p.m., Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby. Information: Daun Barrett, 203-732-7584.

 

Health and wellness classes

St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport offers a variety of health and wellness classes. Most sessions run for 10 weeks with the exception of pilates, which is six weeks; and Y Diabetes Prevention Program and Weight Watchers program, 16 and 17-week sessions respectively. 10-week sessions: $90. Information/registration: 203-576-6267; [email protected]

 

Free exercise video program

A new online video program called A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness, designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity, is available at abeforfitness.com.

The program offers a library of more than 50 videos of guided physical activity routines, each of which may be done in 3 to 5 minutes. It offers a variety of options based on users’ time, interests, needs, and fitness levels.

 

Kripalu yoga

Beginner and intermediate level, runs weekly, Fridays, 9:15 a.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300; bridgeporthospital.org. Yoga, restorative yoga and teen yoga classes also available. Call for full class schedule.

 

Pilates

Weekly, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300.

 

OCD support

Yale Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Support Group meets first and third Thursday of the month, 3-4 p.m., CHMC, 34 Park St., 3rd floor conference room, New Haven. Information: psychiatry.yale.edu/ocd/patients; Suzanne Wasylink, 203-974-7523.

 

Wellness booth

St. Vincent’s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. The Wellness Booth, a project of the Mario and Irma D’Addario Hypertension Fund, formerly was located at Westfield Shoppingtown, Trumbull. The booth offers a variety of health screenings and services to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-3:30. No appointment required for any of the screenings.

Free blood pressure screenings are performed every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Cholesterol/HDL ratio/glucose screening, $18; a lipid panel requiring a four-hour fast, $25; blood sugar screening alone requiring a two-hour fast, $1.

For more information call St. Vincent’s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).

 

Help for new movers

Bridgeport Hospital’s free Newcomer Concierge Service helps new residents of Bridgeport and surrounding towns locate physicians to meet personal and family health needs. Service also provides information on health-related events and activities. To reach the Newcomer Concierge Service, call 203-330-7462, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9-3.

 

Heart-disease risk quiz

Bridgeport Hospital offers “Take 10 for Your Ticker,” a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the “Take 10 for Your Ticker” box.

For those without access to the Internet, a free printed copy of the quiz, with an explanation of results, is available by calling 1-888-357-2396.

 

Breast cancer support

Woman to Woman of the Valley group meets second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Griffin Hospital Cancer Center, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

Information: Midge Johnson, breast care coordinator at Griffin Hospital, 203-732-7566 or e-mail [email protected]; or Joyce Grohe, co-facilitator, 203-888-3993.

 

MS support

Derby MS support group meets third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30, Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby; Lisa, 203-231-4716; ctfightsMS.org.

The Shelton MS support group meets second Monday of the month, 2-3:30, Plumb Library, 65 Wooster St., Shelton; 1-800-344-4867; ctfightsMS.org.

 

Overeaters anonymous

Free 12-step program for compulsive eaters, meets Mondays, Fridays, noon-1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Shelton; 203-454-6607.

 

Caregiver support

Atria Stratford Assisted Living, 6911 Main St., offers a support group for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, living at home or in an extended care facility. Group meets first Wednesday of the month, 6-7; 203-380-0006.

Grasmere Eldercare Center: 240 Colony St., Fairfield, offers open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, last Friday of month, 1-2. RSVP Courtney: 203-259-6699 or [email protected]

Jewish Family Service, 2370 Park Ave., Bridgeport, offers support group for family members or friends helping with the care of adults over 60, meets first Wednesday of month, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 203-366-5438, Ext. 219.

Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center, 720 Barnum Avenue Cut Off, Stratford, offers a support group for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 203-380-1228.

St. Vincent’s SWIM family support group meets first Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required; 203-576-6158; [email protected]

 

Prostate cancer survivors

St. Vincent’s SWIM Prostate Cancer Survivors Educational Lecture Series and Support Group meets at Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 or e-mail [email protected] for dates and times of lectures. No reservations required.

 

Breast cancer wellness

St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Survivor Wellness program, intended for women who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and those further along in their recovery, 4:30-5:30, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. For dates, call 203-576-6158.

 

Breast cancer stories 

Bizymoms.com has helped many women with whatever information it is they may be seeking about breast cancer. A panel of cancer experts, women, wives, and mothers are waiting to share their expertise and stories while learning about yours. Visit bizymoms.com/cares/breastcancer.

 

Cancer boutique

St. Vincent’s partners with Saxon-Kent Lingerie of Orange to provide special products for women battling cancer. Boutique hours: Monday-Friday, 10-4. Fitting hours for wigs, prosthesis, mastectomy bras, lymphedema sleeves etc: Tuesdays, 2-4; Wednesdays, 10-noon; or by appointment; 203-576-6158; [email protected]

 

Breast cancer support

Woman-to-Woman, an American Cancer Society sponsored support group for women who have had breast cancer or who have been newly diagnosed, meets monthly, 2-4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Tpke., Fairfield; 1-800-889-3340.

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers a breast cancer survivor group “Circle of Friends” which meets the second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby. New topics and guest speakers monthly; 203-732-1300; [email protected]

 

Cancer resource library

St. Vincent’s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s. Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. A representative is available to assist visitors with navigation of web-based searches, cancer clinical trial searches and direct patient referrals to a variety of free resources Monday-Friday, 9-1.

 

Free hearing tests 

Offered in the office or at home, by Affordable Hearing Solutions, LLC, Orange Medical Center, 380 Boston Post Road #107, Orange, Monday-Friday, 9-5; free. Call 799-7775, for an appointment. Tests also offered at Waterbury office, 2457 East Main St.; call 203-574-5377.

 

Scleroderma support 

The American Society For Scleroderma Research has formed a support group for all afflicted by this disease. Group meets every second Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Vincent Medical Center, Main Street, Bridgeport; Aimee Turiano or Joy LoSchiavo, 203-273-2034.

 

Donate vehicles

RedcrossMotors converts donated vehicles into dollars to help support the local chapter. Most motorized vehicles including boats, trailers, trucks, motorcycles and motor homes are accepted, running or not. Information: 1-877-RCDONOR (732-6667).

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