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Achieving Health & Wellness in 2012

December 20, 2011

Hospital’s Six-Month Catalog Provides Schedule of Upcoming Classes, Events

Do you have your New Year’s resolutions set for 2012? Is one of them to make the coming year your healthiest yet—or maybe to try something new? If so, then Washington Hospital can help.

From support groups and seminars to health screenings and wellness massage, the hospital’s January to June 2012 Health & Wellness Catalog provides you with a roadmap to better health. (Unless otherwise noted, classes and seminars are held in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium, located on the first floor of 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont.)

Preventing stroke

According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. And on Tuesday, Jan. 3, you can get the tools you need to help prevent stroke during the latest Stroke Education Series seminar: “Stroke Prevention and Other Disease Processes/Healthy Lifestyle – Be Smart and Avoid Stroke.”

Get the facts about diabetes

On Thursday, Jan. 5, get the truth about dietary supplements and diabetes. During a free Diabetes Matters education class, a Washington Hospital registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator (CDE) will discuss supplements and how they should fit into your care plan. “Dietary Supplements: What You Should Know” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., and make sure to stay for the Diabetes Support Group from 8 to 9 p.m.

Learn about your cancer risk

Certain types of cancers can run in families, putting some individuals at greater risk. But this doesn’t mean you have to feel helpless. Be proactive and arm yourself with the facts by finding out more about these heritable cancers. The “Cancer in the Family … Am I at Risk?” class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Washington Women’s Center, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 150, in Fremont.

Brain health—what’s normal and what’s not

If you can’t remember where you parked the car, keep forgetting the neighbor-across-the-street’s name and you want to learn about normal changes in brain functioning as we get older—as well as symptoms to be concerned about—then mark Tuesday, Jan. 17, on the calendar. From 1 to 3 p.m., a specialist will present a free seminar entitled “How Does Aging Affect Your Brain?”

Get the skinny on healthy exercise for women

Chances are you know that exercise is good for you, but where do you start? And what are the specific benefits of different types of exercise—like strength training, cardio, and stretching—for women? Find out on Wednesday, Jan. 18, during “Exercise for Your Health,” which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Women’s Center, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 150, in Fremont.

Try something new

For women looking to add a gentle, meditative exercise class to their routine, it’s time to check out the Washington Women’s Center’s new “Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program.” The program incorporates gentle Sun-style tai chi routines that are appropriate for all levels of fitness. This ancient practice is proven to reduce pain while improving physical and mental wellness.

The fee is $48 for a six-class series or $80 for a 12-class series. The Tuesday series meets once a week from 10 to 11 a.m. The Thursday series meets once a week from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Tuesday and Thursday series meets twice a week at the previously listed times. All classes take place in the Washington Women’s Center Conference Room, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 150, in Fremont.

For details, call the Washington Women’s Center Wellness Line at (510) 608-1301.

Your ticket to better health

The January to June 2012 catalog will be available in early January. To receive your free copy, call (800) 963-7070, visit www.whhs.com to download a digital copy, or pick one up at various locations throughout Washington Hospital's campus.

Health and Wellness Catalog