Takoma to host health lectures in January

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville has several health-related lectures scheduled in January.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the hospital’s stroke support group will host a game night for their monthly meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the hospital’s Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center.

“The holidays are so busy, we just want to have a fun, relaxing meeting in January,” said group host Jamila Darwish. “We will keep it informal, but we will also talk about resolutions for the New Year.”

Reservations are requested, but not required. For more information, call Jamila Darwish at 423-636-0453.

At 6:30 p.m., also on Jan. 7, internal medicine physician Dr. Daniel Castro of Morristown, will present Part 2 of a lecture he gave in November about preventing — and even reversing — diabetes.

The lecture will be held at the Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church on Asheville Highway. A light supper will be served. Donations for the meal will be accepted.

“In our November meeting, Dr. Castro laid the groundwork for understanding the complex problem of diabetes,” said host Lynda Nelson. “We invited him back to share more information. Dr. Castro’s lecture will target not only those wanting to reverse diabetes, but those wanting to avoid it altogether.”

This free community class is part of an ongoing series called “New Start to Health,” offered by Takoma’s Complete Health Improvement Program.

For more information, call 423-638-6633 or 423-620-9652.

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, women’s health physical therapist Elizabeth Fiser will discuss urinary incontinence during a lecture at the Greeneville YMCA.

“Bladder problems can be embarrassing and limit what we do socially, but help is out there,” Fiser said of a condition which affects both men and women of all ages and is not a normal part of aging. “We are excited to offer this program that can teach you how to manage or eliminate your symptoms, which may improve your quality of life.”

The lecture runs from 10 to 11 a.m.

For more information, call Community Relations Coordinator Tina Chudina at 423-798-8110.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and is a leading cause of long-term adult disability.

From 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, Takoma Regional Hospital’s Jamila Darwish will present a lecture on “Signs of Stroke.” The lecture takes place at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center on the hospital campus.

“About 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented,” Darwish said. “We will talk about ways to reduce risk factors.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Community Relations Coordinator Tina Chudina at 423-798-8110.

The beginning of a new year is the time many individuals place losing weight on the top of the New Year’s Resolutions list.

Setting achievable weight loss goals will be the topic of a lecture planned for Monday, Jan. 13 in the Volunteer Conference Center on the hospital campus with dietitian and certified diabetes educator Joanie Scott.

“I will help everyone set at least three individual goals with action plans to reach their desired weight in 2014,” Scott said. “The New Year is always a great time to make healthy changes.”

The lecture takes place from 11 a.m. until noon. Healthy foods and beverages will be provided. Door prizes will also be awarded, including the book, “The Calorie King, Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter.”

Reservations are requested, but not required.

To register or for more information, call Louisa Hammer at 423-636-0308.

-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer

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