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Wake Forest Baptist's BestHealth Releases April Events Calendar

Saturday, April 2

Women’s Self-Defense

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Coach Michael Joyce describes the core principles of self-defense and two exercises to enable women to better handle a violent encounter. Recommended for women ages 16 and older.

Monday, April 4

Anxiety, Sadness and Hope during Cancer Survivorship

6 p.m. Richard P. McQuellon, Ph.D., of the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and author of The Art of Conversation through Serious Illness: Lessons for Caregivers, discusses how to stay encouraged under the most difficult circumstances. 

Tuesday, April 5

Grief Education Workshop

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Grief is an appropriate and healthy response to death-related loss. This workshop, led by a counselor from Hospice & Palliative CareCenter's Grief Counseling Center, is designed to help those who have experienced loss normalize their experiences, determine where they are in the process, develop coping skills and more.

Freedom from Smoking®

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This seven-week course is taught by a certified smoking cessation facilitator from Wake Forest Baptist, and is held Tuesdays, April 5 through May 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at BestHealth. Cost: $50. Payment is due by March 29 to reserve a seat. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Wednesday, April 6

National Start! Walking Day

6 p.m. BestHealth staff will lead a fun one-mile walk in Hanes Mall to celebrate National Start! Walking Day. Participants receive a free pedometer while supplies last. Call 336-713-BEST or visit www.wakehealth.edu/Start for details. Registration is not required. Start! is a national program that encourages people to move more, eat better and live longer, healthier lives. On National Start! Walking Day, the community is encouraged to take at least 30 minutes during the day to get up and walk. Locally sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist.

Thursday, April 7

Cataracts: What You Need to Know

Noon Paul Dickinson, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist ophthalmologist, discusses symptoms of cataracts and the latest advancements in treatments. 

Friday, April 8

Look Good, Feel Better

11 a.m. Women undergoing cancer treatment learn ways to enhance their appearance and feel better about themselves. Attendees receive a free make-up kit valued at over $150 for participating. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, April 9

The ABCs of Fun in the Sun

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Children get most of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18 and even a few serious sunburns can increase risk of getting skin cancer later in life. In this hands-on program, children ages four to 10 and their parents learn about sun protection through fun games, crafts, trivia, prizes and more. Registration is required.

Monday, April 11

Great Grains

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rich in fiber, nutrients and vitamins, whole grains are essential to eating healthy. Chef Betty Morton shares easy ways to cook varieties of whole grains such as quinoa and millet. Samples and recipes provided.

Tuesday, April 12

Carpal Tunnel Screening

10 a.m. to noon Hand pain, numbness or tingling in the fingers could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. Physician assistant Frank Caruso of Wake Forest Baptist orthopaedic surgery provides this free basic screening.

Wrinkles Away

6 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon Neal Goldman, M.D., explains non-surgical treatments to enhance appearance.

Wednesday, April 13

What’s New in Hearing Aids

2 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist Audiologist Linda Mock discusses what’s new in digital hearing aids, the latest technology to help with hearing conversations more comfortably and clearly, and new devices to assist with TV and cell phone usage.

Thursday, April 14

The Sun and Your Skin

11 a.m. Registered Nurse Robin Petro of Wake Forest Baptist surgical oncology shares sun safety facts and preventive tips, the ABCD’s of melanoma detection, how to shop for sunscreen and more.

Tai Chi to Improve Heart Health

6 p.m. Research studies have shown Tai Chi to be a form of aerobic exercise, which can improve heart health. Certified Instructors Sandy Seeber and Alan Graham provide an introduction to a form of light aerobic Tai Chi. 

Friday, April 15


Noon BestHealth certified group fitness and Zumba Instructor Courtney Jackson demonstrates a high intensity, high energy fitness system like no other. Attendees should dress comfortably and wear supportive athletic shoes to participate.

Saturday, April 16

Head and Neck Cancer Screening

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist oncologists and otolaryngologists provide a free basic head and neck cancer screening. Participants learn their risk for these cancers and how they can lower it. Appointment required. 

Monday, April 18

Tax Day Stress Relief: Free Chair Massages

Noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage to relieve tax day tension, courtesy of Wake Forest Baptist licensed massage therapists. An appointment is required.

Tuesday, April 19

The Latest in Stroke Care

2 p.m. Neurosurgeon and Director of the Endo/Cerebrovascular and Interventional Stroke Program Rashid Janjua, M.D., discusses new stroke treatments available at Wake Forest Baptist.

Radon and Lung Cancer

6 p.m. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S., claiming 20,000 lives each year. Mike Lunsford of the NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources and Dusty Donaldson of the Dusty Joy Foundation share information about the national effort to take action against radon and how to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Wednesday, April 20

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

1 p.m. Hand pain and numbness or tingling in your fingers could be symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome or another muscular-skeletal problem. Wake Forest Baptist orthopaedic hand surgery fellow Ryan Patterson, M.D., discusses symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. 

Sensational Seafood

6 p.m. to 7:30 pm Chef Barry Moody cooks up light and healthy seafood dishes that are perfect for spring. Recipes and samples provided.

Thursday, April 21

Advance Directives

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

Tuesday, April 26

Meet the Expert: K.C. Balaji, M.D., Discusses Prostate Cancer

6:30 p.m. Men who have prostate cancer, their family members, and anyone interested in learning the latest about prostate cancer screening and treatment can join K.C. Balaji, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist urologist and prostate cancer expert, for an informal discussion and Q & A session. Meet the expert seminars are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at BestHealth through June.

Wednesday, April 27

Stroke Caregiver Series

4 p.m. Caregivers to those who have had a stroke are invited to join Wake Forest Baptist stroke program manager and registered nurse Rayetta Johnson for support and education about post-stroke lifestyle. The series is held at BestHealth the fourth Wednesday of each month through July. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Saturday, April 30

Clinical Research Expo and Health Fair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Wake Forest Baptist, important studies are underway in cancer research, blood pressure control, prevention of kidney disease in African-Americans, and more. At this event, the Clinical Research Unit of the Wake Forest University Translational Science Institute shares ways to become involved in research that advances the health care of everyone. Free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and more will be offered.


Other Locations

Wednesday, April 6

Bone Density Screening

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff from the Wake Forest Baptist Outpatient Imaging Center offer those with a family history of osteoporosis a free bone density heel scan to evaluate bone strength and risk for osteoporosis. Held at the Davie Education Center, 120 Kinderton Blvd., in Advance. An appointment is required.

Wednesday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 19

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Sessions

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist surgeons “Fuzz” Fernandez, M.D., and Stephen McNatt, M.D., explain the process for weight-loss surgery including evaluation, risks and benefits, nutritional needs, exercise commitments and follow up. Pre-registration is required. Held at The Hawthorne Inn’s Poplar Room, 420 High St., in Winston-Salem.

Saturday, April 9

Skin Cancer Screening

9 a.m. to Noon The Wake Forest Baptist Department of Dermatology provides a free skin cancer screening in the Outpatient Center at Lexington Memorial Hospital, Emergency Drive, in Lexington. An appointment is required by calling 336-238-4213.

Tuesday, April 19 

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Session, Lexington

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist staff explain the process for weight-loss surgery including evaluation, risks and benefits, nutritional needs, exercise commitments and follow up. Pre-registration is required. Held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Vineyards, 351 Vineyards Crossing (at Hwys 52 and 64) in Lexington.

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