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Monmouth Medical Center Presents July Community Health Education Programs


Wednesday, July 1 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 is co-sponsored by SCAN and takes place in the SCAN auditorium in the lower level of the 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.

Thursday, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 1 to 2 p.m.

By integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention, Qi-Gong can help to reduce stress, build stamina and increase vitality. Join Maxine Guenther as she guides attendees to restore balance and re-establish the body/mind/spirit connection. This event takes place at Monmouth Medical Center's Cancer Support Community Meeting Room, ST-007, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For more information or to register, please call 732-923-6090. Free.

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 6 p.m.
Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 11 a.m.

This group is for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis, offered every Tuesday evening. Learn to relax the nervous system and rebalance the body and mind through breath work and restorative postures. The group will be held at the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center, Suite ST-007, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Please call 732-923-6090 to register. Free.

Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Join Monmouth Medical Center, a corporate sponsor of Oceanfest, for one of the biggest Independence Day Celebrations at the shore! Stop by the Monmouth Medical Center Center for blood pressure screenings and giveaway. The Monmouth/Ocean Chapter of Safe Kids will also host a tent with games, prizes and safety information. The event will include entertainment, food, crafters, master sand sculpting exhibitions, a giant fireworks display, free giveaways and more. This event takes place on the promenade in Long Branch. For more information, visit Free.

Monday through Friday from July 6 through July 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp Jinka, a free summer day program offered in collaboration with the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center, has announced its open registration for summer 2015. This unique summer camp is offered to kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by a loved one's diagnosis of a brain tumor. Children attending camp have a loved one who is battling a brain tumor or has passed away from one. The camp offers specialized indoor and outdoor camp activities to encourage expression and connections with others who share similar life experiences. Camp Jinka will take place at the Middletown Arts Center located at 36 Church Street in Middletown. Campers will have the choice of coming to individual weeks or all three. For more information, please contact Jessie Chism, Camp Director by calling 732-995-5315 or email

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fridays, July 24 & 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Once your baby arrives, join other new mothers to talk about what you are experiencing. Discussions will be led by a registered nurse on topics including infant behavior, feeding, sleeping patterns and crying, as well as recovering from childbirth. Newborns up to age 6 months and fathers are welcome. The program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6992. Free.

Monday, July 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

During this program, grandparents will have the opportunity to meet with a prenatal educator and discuss current trends in childbirth and infant care so they can help support their own children as they become parents. A tour of The Eisenberg Family Center is included. This program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To register, call 732-923-6992. $40 per person, $50 per couple.

Thursday, July 7 from 11:15 a.m. to noon

Commonly known as acid reflux, GERD is often associated with many gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. It can also be a symptom experienced from medications we take. The best way to manage GERD is through dietary, lifestyle and stress management techniques. This program will highlight those techniques. This program, for those ages 60 and older, will take place at the Keyport Senior Center, located at 110 Second Avenue in Keyport. Registration is required by calling 732-264-4916. Free.

Wednesday, July 8 from 1 to 2 p.m.

For many adults, the experience of sleep changes as we age. To help get a better night's sleep, join Sunil Kumar, MBBS, RPSGT, Polysomnographer at The Sleep Disorders Center at Monmouth Medical Center, to learn about age-related changes and how sleep-related disorders can be evaluated. This program, for ages 50 and older, will take place at SCAN in the Monmouth Mall located at Routes 35 & 36 in Eatontown. To register call 732-542-1326. Free.

Wednesday, July 8 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Do you have hip or knee pain? Join Mark W. Gesell, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, for this free program 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, how to prepare yourself to achieve the best possible outcome and receive an overview of The Joint Replacement Center program. This program will take place at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-7971. Free.

Wednesday, July 8 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus are hosting Physicians' Night at the Lakewood Blue Claws. Meet MMC and MMCSC physicians while learning more about Monmouth Medical Center's services and programs. Stop by The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center's Safe Kids Chapter table for sports safety information to keep your young athletes active, healthy and injury free this summer. Night will take place at the Blue Claws Stadium, First Energy Park located 2 Stadium Way in Lakewood.

Thursday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental illness characterized by dramatic mood swings, often with normal moods in between highs (mania) and lows (depression). Learn more about this complicated disorder and current treatment options. This program, for ages 60 and older, will take place at the Howell Senior Center, located at 251 Preventorium Road in Howell. Membership is not required. Registration is required by calling 732-938-4500, ext. 2554. Free.

Saturday, July 18 - On-Site Registration at 7 a.m., Start Time at 8 a.m.

Join team Monmouth Medical Center as the Colon Cancer Alliance and local partners in a 5K fundraising run/walk raise funds for local prevention efforts, research initiatives and patient support services of colorectal cancer. Help celebrate and create a supportive community for survivors of colorectal cancer and their families, caregivers and others impacted by this disease and encourage people to get screened for colorectal cancer. Participants are encouraged but not required to draw attention to their bottoms – and colorectal cancer – by running in their underwear. This event will take place at the Great Lawn at Pier Village in Long Branch. Register online at

n.j. bariatric and metabolic institute (NJBMI) at monmouth medical center: NEW PATIENT weight loss surgery Lecture
Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 7 p.m.
If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you can't afford to miss this physician-led educational lecture which will explain everything you need to know about weight-loss surgery. For those considering a bariatric procedure, this program, presented by Frank Borao, MD and Steven Binenbaum, MD, board-certified, laparoscopic-fellowship–trained surgeons, 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 or by emailing Free.

Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during the course of their lifetime. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention and educate the public about its signs and symptoms, Monmouth Medical Center will provide free skin cancer screenings under a tent on the Great Lawn, on the Boardwalk in Long Branch, no appointment necessary. These screenings are sponsored by the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance. Free.

Saturday, July 25 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 732-923-6992. $50 per child.

Call for schedule.

Tours are available for pediatric patients preparing to have a surgical procedure in the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center at Monmouth. 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.


For questions or more information, contact The Community Health Education Department at Monmouth Medical Center at (732) 923-6994.

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