CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE
Tuesday, September 2 from 11:15 a.m. to Noon
The carotid arteries are two large blood vessels in your neck that supply blood to the brain. Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty, waxy deposits called plaques clog your carotid arteries. During this program, presented by Mark Hirko, M.D., board-certified vascular surgeon and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, will discuss the signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. This program, for those ages 60 and older, takes place at the Howell Senior Center located at 251 Preventorium Road in Howell. No membership necessary but registration is required by calling 732-938-4500 ext. 2554. Free.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS FOR REHABILITATION
Tuesday, September 2 at 4 p.m.
It can be overwhelming to choose the right level of therapy for yourself or a loved one during a hospitalization for a stroke, fracture or other life-altering event. During this one-hour session, Jill Garaffa, OTR/L, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, will discuss all levels of therapy including home therapy, in-patient acute and sub-acute rehabilitation and out-patient rehab and prepare you to make the best decision on rehabilitation for yourself or a family member. This program will take place at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, 1st floor conference room, located at 2 Centre Plaza in Tinton Falls. Registration is required by calling 732-460-5328. Free.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT SERIES
Fridays, September 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mondays, September 22, 29 & October 6, 13 from 5 to 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to manage your diabetes by attending this four-session diabetes education program focusing on diet, nutrition, glucose monitoring, medications, meal plans, prevention and treatment of diabetes complications, dining out and benefits of exercise. The program is taught by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator. It will be held at The Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For information and to register for classes, call 732-923-5025. Program attendees will need a doctor's prescription and will be billed to Medicare or your insurance carrier.
38th ANNUAL OCEANPORT SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Stop by The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center's Safe Kids Chapter table for child safety information. There will be food, music, demonstrations, balloon art, face painting, hot air balloon rides and fireworks at dusk. This fun-filled evening will take place at Blackberry Bay Park, located at 450 Port au Peck Avenue in Oceanport. The rain date is Sunday, September 7. Free.
NUTRITION AND CANCER
Wednesday, September 10 from 2 to 3 p.m.
This program, presented by Laura Allen, a registered dietitian at Monmouth Medical Center, will address nutritional concerns of the cancer patient before, during and after treatment. Refreshments will be provided. This program will be held at the Borden Auditorium at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6575. Free.
FREE GLUCOSE SCREENINGS
Thursdays, September 11 and 25 from 11 a.m. to Noon
A simple finger stick to test blood sugar to determine if glucose level is elevated. The test will be performed by a registered nurse. This program will be held at the Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center, Classroom #A001 in the Maysie Stroock Pavilion, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For information, call 732-923-5025. Free.
PLAYING IT SAFE: FREE CARDIAC AND CONCUSSION SCREENINGS FOR YOUNG ATHLETES
Saturday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to Noon
Experts recommend cardiac and concussion screenings for young athletes every two years. This event will feature cardiac screenings for young athletes ages 6 to 18, open to the first 130 athletes, and concussion screening for young athletes, 12 and older, open to the first 80 athletes. Screenings are sponsored by the Matthew J. Morahan, III Health Assessment Center. This event will take place at the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
CARDIAC SCREENING EVENT
Saturday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to Noon
The best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is to find out what risk factors you have through screening tests and regular doctor visits. Get free cardiovascular risk assessments (CVR), peripheral arterial disease (PAD) assessments, basic metabolic index (BMI), blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. The screenings will be held at the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Free.
CREATING HEALTH: HOW TO OVERCOME THE 10 MOST COMMON OBSTACLES TO LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Tuesday, September 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Statistically speaking, about 80% of chronic diseases and conditions can be prevented and managed through lifestyle choices. While most of us know intellectually that we need to eat healthier, get more exercise and manage stress, there's a gap between having good intentions and actually finding the time and energy to make it happen. Attend this empowering class to begin to shift your mindset and create momentum to transform your lifestyle behaviors to improve your health. During this program, Jill Garaffa, OTR/L, PCC, ELI-MP, will provide practical tools and strategies to get started. This program will take place at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, 1stfloor conference room, located at 2 Centre Plaza in Tinton Falls. Seating is limited and registration is required by calling 732-460-5328. Free.
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PHARMACIST – ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Wednesday, September 17 at 1 p.m.
What's the difference between brand and generic drugs? Should I get a vaccine? Are over the counter cold remedies effective? If you find yourself asking these questions, join Michelle Schork, PharmD, CGP, Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics at Monmouth Medical Center to learn answers to these questions and more. This program will be held at the Boscov's Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 and 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) at 732-542-1326. Free.
JOINT REPLACEMENT INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, September 17 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Do you have hip or knee pain? Join Mark Gesell, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, for a presentation offering the latest information on hip and knee replacements including robotic-assisted partial knee and total hip replacement. Learn what to expect before and after surgery as well as how to prepare yourself to achieve the best possible outcome and receive an overview of The Total Joint Replacement Center program. This informative session will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-7971. Free.
GETTING THE MOST OF "CARBS"
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Carbohydrate counting, otherwise known as "carb counting," is a meal planning technique for managing your blood glucose levels. If the most popular comfort foods seem to contain lots of carbohydrates and fat, how do you include them into a diabetes meal plan? This program, presented by Autumn Dempsey, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator at Monmouth Medical Center, will teach you helpful tips on getting the most from your carbs as well as teach you to make your each carb serving count. This program will be held at the Boscov's Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 and 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) at 732-542-1326. Free.
LIVE A HEALTHEIR LIFE COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR
Thursday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop by the Monmouth Medical Center tables and get a step up on your health this fall. This Health Fair, sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center, ABBA Medical Transportation, Chapin Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, will feature raffle prizes and refreshments. Obtain the latest health information and receive health screenings from community agency partners. The Health Fair will take place at Atria Tinton Falls located at 44 Pine Street in Tinton Falls. Please RSVP before September 10 by calling 732-918-1960. Free.
Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by certified Safe Sitter instructors, this program teaches 11- to 13-year-olds to be responsible, creative babysitters with special emphasis on how to handle emergencies. This course will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To register, call 732-923-6990. $50 per child.
Tuesday, September 23 from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Keyport Senior Center
Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Thompson Park
There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The Five Wishes document gives you a way to control something very important – how you are treated if you get seriously ill. This document is an easy-to-complete form that lets you say exactly what you want. Once filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states. During this program, presented by Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Claire Verruni, RN, CHPN, Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Liaison, will discuss the ins and outs of this valuable document. The Sept. 23 program, for ages 60 and older, will take place at the Keyport Senior Center, located at 100 Second Avenue in Keyport. While membership is not necessary, registration is required. To register for the Sept. 23 program, call 732-264-4916. The Sept. 30 program will take place at Thompson Park, located on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. To register for the Sept. 30 program, call 732-842-4000 ext. 1 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com."
THYROID HEALTH AND YOU
Wednesday, September 24 at 1 p.m.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck. During this program, Smita N. Kargutkar, M.D., Endocrinology, Monmouth Medical Center, will discuss the thyroid and how it can impact our lives. This program will be held at the Boscov's Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 and 36 in Eatontown. Registration is required by calling SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) at 732-542-1326. Free.
N.J. BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC INSTITUTE (NJBMI) AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER: NEW PATIENT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY LECTURE
Thursday, September 25 from 6 to 7 p.m.
If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you can't afford to miss this educational lecture which will explain everything you need to know about weight-loss surgery. For those considering a bariatric procedure, this program is presented by Frank Borao, M.D. and Steven Binenbaum, M.D., board-certified, laparoscopic-fellowship-trained surgeons who will offer the most up-to-date information on gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. Attendees are invited to join the monthly support group following the lecture. This program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. Free.
2014 SHORELINE HEART WALK
Saturday, September 27 - Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; Program starts 10 a.m.
Join the Monmouth Medical Center team for a community celebration encouraging people to get active while raising vital funds to support the American Heart Association's mission - building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The walk will take place at the First Energy Park, located at 2 Stadium Way in Lakewood. Register online at www.shorelineheartwalk.org.
SIXTH ANNUAL LONG BRANCH BLOCK PARTY AND POOCH PARADE
Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by the Monmouth Medical Center tent for this family-friendly event featuring crafters, children's activities, fire truck rides, touch the truck, soft play activities, scarecrow building, West End restaurants, a costumed pooch parade and more! The party and parade take place at Brighton Avenue, West End in Long Branch. For more information, call 732-222-0400.
LIVING SMOKE FREE
Tuesdays, September 30 and October 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This five-week, drug-free program, with a follow-up free support group, will help you stop smoking and develop nourishing ways to live smoke free with emphasis on stress management including meditation. Participants will learn calming techniques and craving control. This workshop will take place at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. $75 per person.
PEDIATRIC PRE-OPERATIVE TOURS
Call for schedule.
Tours are available for pediatric patients preparing to have a surgical procedure in the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center at Monmouth Medical Center. Tours are designed to reduce anxiety giving children a hands-on experience with medical equipment and visitation to areas they will encounter on the day of their surgery. Meet in the Pediatric Playroom of the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6525. Free.
NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS MEET AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER, 300 SECOND AVENUE, LONG BRANCH, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
For questions or more information, contact The Community Health Education Department at Monmouth Medical Center at (732) 923-6990.