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January Events at BestHealth®

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

Monday, Jan. 5
Parkinson's Disease Support Group
1 p.m. Join other patients and their families to increase learning and strengthen the network of resources across Forsyth County.

Monday, Jan. 5
Don't Take Your Organs with You
4:30 p.m. Beth Hinesley of Carolina Donor Services explains the process for becoming an organ donor and gives real life examples of how this simple gesture saves lives.

Monday, Jan. 5
Teen Speak Out
6 p.m. Group session for ages 13 to 17. Bring a friend and join others to learn more about the successes and challenges of anxiety, ADD, depression and ADHD. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association. For more information call 768-3880. This class will be held again on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
11 a.m. Motivational speaker Mike Wells shares why it’s important to focus on the important things in life and let the small stuff go.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Healthy Eating Series: Savvy Shopping
6 p.m. Do all the health claims on food packages confuse or persuade your food buying choices? Join BestHealth registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy to learn about nutrition marketing and what all the jargon really means.

Wednesday, Jan. 7
Raising Emotionally Healthy Children
4 p.m. Kids don’t come with an owner’s manual and each one requires a slightly different approach to successful parenting. Terri Merritt of Wake Forest Baptist Pastoral Care shares strategies for nurturing children, practicing positive discipline, effective communication and rendering positive attitudes.

Thursday, Jan. 8
Tai Chi for Self-Defense
3 p.m. Let Alan Graham and Sandy Seeber of Three Treasures Tai Chi show you how this exercise increases strength and flexibility, provides relaxation, and improves balance in your life. By improving stamina, endurance and discipline, Tai Chi also helps you defend against external forces that may threaten your health and safety.

Friday, Jan. 9
Healthy Super Bowl Snacks
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Chef Ernest Knight for recipes and samples of delicious, healthy snacks for your Super Bowl party.

Saturday, Jan. 10
CPR for Family & Friends
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This free, three-hour class taught by certified CPR instructor Gwendolyn Sinclair includes CPR for adults, children and infants. Cannot be taken for professional certification.

Monday, Jan. 12
Take it to Heart
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn ways to be heart healthier during this two-hour program that features a cardiac nurse, nutritionist, exercise physiologist and pharmacist. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Heart Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Osteoporosis and Calcium
3 p.m. Jennifer Brown of the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Service explains the importance of calcium intake and shares tips for getting enough, even if you don’t eat dairy products or suffer from lactose intolerance.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Healthy Eating Series: Labels Made Easy
6 p.m. Let BestHealth registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy help you learn how to dissect the nutrition fact label and crack the code on food additives.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Runner’s Clinic: Train for Your First 5K
7 p.m. If your New Year’s goal is to get in shape, then training for a 5K (3.1 miles) is a great way to reach it. Join Fleet Feet Sports to learn more about No Boundaries, a beginner 5K training program designed for those who are inactive or minimally active. All program participants will train to walk or run the Heart & Sole 5K on April 18. Wake Forest Baptist physical therapist Per Kristian Moerk will discuss the importance of activity for your bones, joints and muscles and what you can expect physically in your first few weeks of training.

Monday, Jan. 19
The 'Butt' Stops Here
12 p.m. Smoking contributes to a number of chronic illnesses and is a leading cause of death in our community. The addiction is a medical condition that is not easily overcome. Dr. John Spangler of Wake Forest Baptist Family and Community Medicine presents the latest proven strategies for smoking cessation.

Monday, Jan. 19
Massage Therapy for Psoriasis Patients
6 p.m. High levels of stress can often trigger painful flare-ups of psoriasis patches. Licensed massage therapist Suzanne Melcher of Wake Forest Baptist Recreational Therapy discusses how massage therapy can increase circulation, relax muscles, reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure. Learn simple massages you can do at home to soothe your sore muscles. Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Department of Dermatology and the Piedmont Triad Psoriasis Support Group.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Healthy Eating Series: Portion Distortion
6 p.m. Need to refresh your memory or learn about healthy portion sizes? Join BestHealth registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy to view and understand portion sizes of common food items.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Gentle Body Sculpting
6 p.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist 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, Jan. 22
Advance Directives
1 to 3 p.m. Learn how advance directives, such as a living will and healthcare power of attorney, can ensure your wishes will be met. Carol Ford of the Hospice and Palliative Care Center explains the terminology and procedures. Documents notarized free of charge.

Thursday, Jan. 22
Your Personal Economy - Getting Financially Fit in 2009
6 p.m. Join Linsey and Michelle Mills of The Mills Foundation for a discussion of managing your cash flow, reducing your debt, understanding taxes and getting financially fit in 2009.

Saturday, Jan. 24
New Year, New Pantry
2 to 3:30 p.m. Join Chef Barry Moody to learn how to take healthy staples from your kitchen pantry and whip up tasty meals in minutes. Recipes and samples provided.

Monday, Jan. 26
Caregiver Support Group
1 p.m. Monthly support group co-sponsored with the Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Monday, Jan. 26
Coping with the Death of a Spouse
2:30 p.m. Monthly support group co-sponsored with Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Healthy Eating Series: Eating on the Run
6 p.m. BestHealth registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy shows you how to fit healthy eating into your busy schedule.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Creative Cooking
6 to 7:30 p.m. Let Chef Nikki Miller-Ka show you how to change up your cooking style. Mix and match flavors and ingredients like never before to create delicious, hearty and healthy meals. Recipes and samples provided.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Heart/Stroke Screenings
10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Join the Wake Forest Baptist Heart and Stroke coordinators to identify your numbers and your health risks. Screening includes blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, cholesterol levels and glucose. The cost is $15 and an appointment is required.

Friday, Jan. 30
Heart/Stroke Screenings
5 to 8 p.m. Join the Wake Forest Baptist Heart and Stroke coordinators to identify your numbers and your health risks. Screening includes blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, cholesterol levels and glucose. The cost is $15 and an appointment is required


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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