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December Events at BestHealth®

Inclement weather policy: When Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are closed due to weather, BestHealth events are cancelled.

Monday, Dec. 1
Retirement Income: Where to Put It and How to Spend It
11 a.m. Saving money throughout your career is vital to financial stability in retirement. Certified financial planner Forrest Childers presents strategies for successfully securing, investing and spending your hard-earned dollars.

Monday, Dec. 1
Holiday Stress Screening
1 to 7 p.m. Don’t let the holidays get the best of you. Take a break from the hustle and bustle to learn ways to better cope and deal with holiday stress. Talk with a mental health professional from the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, and take a free, confidential screening for depression and anxiety.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Heart Disease: Inherited from Birth
2 p.m. Though we often think of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits as leading to heart disease, some people are actually born with congenital heart problems that have nothing to do with health-related behaviors. Wake Forest Baptist pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ethridge Lovett explains the diagnosis and latest advances in treatment for patients of all ages.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Pelvic Fractures
10:30 a.m. The pelvis is a very painful bone to break and rehabilitation can be a lengthy challenge. Wake Forest Baptist orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Eben Carroll offers tips for preventing pelvic fractures and shares the latest surgical and therapeutic options available.

Friday, Dec. 5
Your Family Legacy: Tales and Treasures
2 p.m. Knowing when, why and how to share your most precious family memories can be a difficult and emotional decision. Carol Eickmeyer and Leigh McMillan, experienced organizers and moving coordinators, discuss how to organize, maintain and distribute family heirlooms.

Monday, Dec. 8
Are You Flatfooted?
1:30 p.m. Having a lowered or flat arch in one or both feet can be inherited or it can be due to an injury or illness. Wake Forest Baptist orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Aaron Scott explains the causes, symptoms and treatments for people suffering from pain and discomfort due to flatfoot deformities.

Monday, Dec. 8
Organic Produce and Farming: Explore the Possibilities
6 p.m. Join registered dietitian Dayle Fitzgibbons for a discussion about the benefits of organic farming and community-sustained agriculture.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Promoting Mental Health in Women – Naturally!
2 p.m. When nature offers medical benefits, it’s easier for women to enjoy their lives and take care of themselves fully. Dr. Kathi Kemper, pediatrician and director of Wake Forest Baptist’s Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program, presents ways women can maximize their mental health the natural way.

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Yoga for Fibromyalgia
4 p.m. Yoga brings you flexibility, strength, balance and peace. Valerie Kiser, registered and certified yoga teacher with Sunrise Yoga, shows how this form of low impact exercise may be just what’s needed to calm the aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia.

Wednesday, Dec. 10
What is Mechanical Link?
6 p.m. Do you suspect your headaches, stomach problems, neck pain or hand numbness could have their origins elsewhere in your body? Mechanical Link is a gentle, hands-on therapy that locates the source and restores the body to balance. Get an introduction to this unique practice from Nancy Crooks, licensed massage and bodywork therapist, of HandSpring Bodywork.

Thursday, Dec. 11
Gentle Body Sculpting
1 p.m. Join BestHealth health educator and certified group fitness instructor Laura Oakes for this introduction to basic resistance training. Learn how these easy take-home exercises can benefit your muscles and bones.

Thursday, Dec. 11
I’m Lovin’ Leftovers!
6 p.m. Learn how to maximize your holiday leftovers from Chef Nikki Miller-Ka as she presents tasty samples of recipes that are easy to make.

Friday, Dec. 12
Cholesterol Screening
12 to 4 p.m. Get your total cholesterol, HDL and glucose checked with a simple finger stick. Results in five minutes; fasting not required. Free for BestHealth members; $25 for non-members. Appointment required.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Women’s Self-Defense
1:30 p.m. Learn the moves needed to better defend yourself in a variety of situations. Join certified martial arts instructor Michael Joyce for a review of the basic elements of self-defense, including escapes, holds, striking points and more. Ideal for females ages 16 and up.

Wednesday, Dec. 17
Pleasing the Picky Eater
6 p.m. Getting kids to eat healthily can be a challenge for many parents. Wake Forest Baptist pediatrician Dr. Samina Taha explains how to train kids to eat what they should, what to expect nutrition-wise at various developmental stages, and the health consequences of nutrition deficits throughout life.

Friday, Dec. 19
Advances in the Treatment of Heart Attacks and Coronary Artery Disease
11 a.m. Though the number of people suffering from heart disease and related disorders has increased significantly over the past decade, the medical care available to patients has improved. Wake Forest Baptist cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Gandhi explains the latest advances in diagnosis and treatments.

Friday, Dec. 19
A Fatty Heart Attack
1:30 p.m. When it comes to risk for a heart attack, having excess fat around the heart may be worse than having a high body mass index or a thick waist. Dr. Jingzhong Ding of Wake Forest Baptist Gerontology explains how the distribution of fat can determine a person’s likelihood to suffer from severe heart disease as they age.

All seminars and screenings are held at BestHealth in Hanes Mall unless otherwise noted and require preregistration unless otherwise indicated. To register for any of these seminars, please call Health On-Call® at 716-2255 or 1-800-446-2255 or visit the website at www.besthealth.com.

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Media Contact Only: Lisa Long (336) 716-4588, lclong@Wake Forest Baptist.edu; Bonnie Davis (336) 716-4977, bdavis@Wake Forest Baptist.edu; or Shannon Koontz (336) 716-2415, shkoontz@Wake Forest Baptist.edu.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.Wake Forest Baptist.edu) is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest University Physicians, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeast in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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