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Wake Forest Baptist’s BestHealth December Events Calendar Released

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Developmental “Red Flags”

11 a.m. Kurt Klinepeter, M.D., developmental and behavioral pediatrics specialist at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist, discusses normal childhood development, common developmental delay warning signs that parents should look for and how early screening and intervention improve outcomes. 

Dry Eye Syndrome

3 p.m. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments of dry eye syndrome from Vincent Ray, M.D., cornea and external disease fellow in the Wake Forest Baptist Department of Ophthalmology.

Pelvic Pain Syndrome

6 p.m. Pelvic pain and urinary urgency can be symptoms of painful bladder syndrome, or interstitial cystitis. This condition affects millions of people and is often misdiagnosed as endometriosis or urinary tract infection. Join Wake Forest Baptist urologist Robert Evans, M.D., to learn more about symptoms and treatments, including a new clinical study that shows promise for pain control.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Nursing Home Planning

11 a.m. Local attorneyMike Wells discusses nursing home planning in terms you can understand.              

Friday, Dec. 3


10 a.m. Join BestHealth certified group fitness and Zumba instructor Courtney Jackson as she demonstrates a high intensity, high energy fitness system like no other. Dress comfortably and wear supportive athletic shoes to participate.

Monday, Dec. 6

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors

6 p.m. Suzanne Danhauer, Ph.D., associate professor of Epidemiology and Prevention, discusses yoga and some of its benefits, particularly for cancer survivors. Certified yoga teacher Lynn Felder leads you through an abbreviated gentle yoga class. Ideal for cancer patients, post-treatment survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in the benefits of gentle yoga.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

AARP Safe Driving Course

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults ages 50 and older learn ways to improve driving skills in this 4-hour workshop led by Donna Joyner, R.N., Wake Forest Baptist trauma/burn outreach coordinator. $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Healthy snacks provided.

Sleep Support Group

6 p.m. For current users of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) for the treatment of sleep apnea. Co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Sleep Lab.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Heart Health Screening

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn your risk for heart disease with a simple finger stick and brief risk assessment. Get cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) and glucose results in only 5 minutes.  Fasting is not required. To qualify for the screening, you must be over the age of 18 and have not participated in a cholesterol screening offered by BestHealth in the past 6 months. Appointment required by calling 336-713-BEST (2378). 

The Art of Conversation through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers

6 p.m.Richard P. McQuellon, Ph.D., with the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and author of The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers, discusses how to be an encouraging caregiver and friend under the most difficult circumstances when the serious illness has arrived and possibility of death is all too real. 

Thursday, Dec. 9

Gentle Yoga

1:30 p.m. Learn a form of low impact yoga from Valerie Kiser, certified yoga teacher with Sunrise Yoga.

Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Holiday Treats

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents and children ages 10 and older are invited to join Chef Betty Morton to have some fun making healthy treats in the BestHealth kitchen. Held at BestHealth in Hanes Mall.

Friday, Dec. 10

Look Good, Feel Better

11 a.m. Women undergoing cancer treatment learn ways to enhance their appearance and feel better about themselves. Participate and receive a free makeup kit valued at more than $150. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Belly Dancing

6 p.m. Instructor Paula Stump provides information on toning and firming muscles as well as diagrams of steps. Dress comfortably to participate.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Physical Therapy after Orthopaedic Surgery

1 p.m. If you’re considering any type of orthopaedic surgery, such as knee or hip replacement, join Wake Forest Baptist physical therapist Brad Fowler to learn what to expect during your post-surgery physical therapy.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Advance Directives

1 p.m. Learn how advance directives, such as a living will and health care power of attorney, can ensure that your wishes will be met. Documents notarized free of charge.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Safe Sitter Basic®

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taught by certified Safe Sitter® instructors, this nationally recognized program teaches 11 to 13-year-olds how to be safe, nurturing babysitters. Students learn safety precautions, basic first aid and choking relief skills and more before taking a final exam to earn a completion card.The cost is $40 per student for the one-day class which includes a Safe Sitter manual and baby sitter kit. Students need to bring a healthy bag lunch; drinks provided. Space is limited. Held at BestHealth in Hanes Mall.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Cardio Blast

11 a.m. BestHealth group fitness instructor Courtney Jackson leads an aerobic exercise class and demonstrates advanced, high impact exercises designed to raise your heart rate. Consult with a physician prior to participating if you have any illnesses or injuries. Dress appropriately and wear supportive athletic shoes.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Stroke Caregiver Series

4 p.m. Caregivers play a critical role in stroke recovery, but often have questions and concerns related to helping patients adapt to everyday living situations. Join us for support and information related to post-stroke lifestyle. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Other Locations

Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 21 

Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join Wake Forest Baptist surgeons “Fuzz” Fernandez, M.D.,  and Stephen McNatt, M.D., to learn about the process for weight loss surgery including evaluation, risks and benefits, nutritional needs, exercise commitment and follow up. Pre-registration is required by calling 336-713-2378. Held at The Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, 420 High Street, Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Weight Loss Surgery Information Session, Lexington

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist surgeons “Fuzz” Fernandez, M.D., and Stephen McNatt, M.D., to learn about the process for weight loss surgery including evaluation, risks and benefits, nutritional needs, exercise commitment and follow up. Pre-registration is required by calling 336-713-2378. Held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Vineyards, 351 Vineyards Crossing, Lexington (at the intersection of Highways 52 and 64).

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