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Wake Forest Baptist’s BestHealth Releases September Events Calendar

Thursday, September 1

Become a Volunteer at the Medical Center

2 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Wake Forest Baptist Health, join Susan Washabaugh, director of volunteer services, to learn the benefits of volunteering, the opportunities available and how to become involved. 

Friday, September 2

Atrial Fibrillation

11 a.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health electrophysiologist Glenn Brammer, M.D., to learn the latest information related to diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation in patients of all ages. 

Tuesday, September 6

Prostate Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know

7 p.m. Prostate cancer affects 200,000 American men yearly and is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Join urologist and prostate cancer expert K.C. Balaji, M.D., to hear the newest evidence on screening, the pros and cons of treatment and details about an October prostate cancer forum.  

Wednesday, September 7

Awesome Abs!

2 p.m. Join BestHealth certified group fitness instructor Courtney Jackson for an unbelievable abdominal workout. Dress comfortably and wear supportive athletic shoes. 

Friday, September 9

Current Treatments for Spinal Stenosis

10 a.m. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, most often seen in patients age 50 and older. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health orthopaedic surgeon John Birkedal, M.D., to hear about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and latest treatments for this condition.

Monday, September 12

Athletic Shoe Screening

11 a.m. Have physical therapists from Wake Forest Baptist Health evaluate your foot type and make recommendations for the appropriate walking or running shoe. Appointment required. 

Tuesday, September 13

CANCELLED:Irritable Bowel Syndrome

4 p.m. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the colon. As many as one in five adults may have signs and symptoms, so how do you know when to seek medical care? Join Wake Forest Baptist Health gastroenterologist Nyree Thorne, M.D., to learn about diagnostic testing, treatments and lifestyle changes that may bring IBS relief.

Wednesday, September 14

How to Start a Walking Program

1 p.m. Walking is an easy way to achieve daily physical activity. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health physical therapist Rich Galinski for an overview of what to do before beginning a program. Learn about health considerations, developing a walking schedule and good walking locations in Winston-Salem.

Thursday, September 15

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. These documents notarized free of charge.

Meatloaf, Meatballs and More!

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join Chef Betty Morton as she shares recipes and tips for using your favorite ground meat. Recipes and samples provided.

Friday, September 16

AARP Safe Driving Course

Noon to 4 p.m. If you’re age 50 or older, come learn ways to improve your driving skills in this four hour workshop led by nurse and trauma/burn outreach coordinator Donna Joyner of Wake Forest Baptist Health. $12 per person for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Healthy snacks provided.

Tuesday, September 20

Improving Balance

11 a.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health physical therapist Pilar Condes to learn how physical therapy and strengthening exercises can help improve your balance.

Wrinkles Away

6 p.m. Hear Neal Goldman, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist Health facial plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic facial rejuvenation surgery, and Nicole Stowe, medical aesthetician, discuss non-surgical treatments to treat facial aging. 

Wednesday, September 21

Low-Impact Line Dancing

1 p.m. Dancing is a great way to get in shape. Join BestHealth group fitness instructor Courtney Jackson for a fun, aerobic workout featuring popular line dances.

Thursday, September 22

CANCELLED: The Chronic Disease Epidemic: Causes and Solutions

6 p.m. Pete Brubaker, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University Health and Exercise Science discusses common health risk factors, the impact they have on our health and simple ways to combat this global problem. 

Friday, September 23

Diabetes: The Heart and Brain Connection

11 a.m. Diabetes is a major area of research at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Learn about research into the effects of diabetes on the heart and brain from post-doctoral fellow Christina Hugenschmidt, M.D., of the Center for Diabetes Research and get information about the Diabetes Heart Study.

Saturday, September 24

French Cooking

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Chef Thomas Lantz takes us to France with his favorite recipes that are tasty and easy to prepare. Samples provided.

Tuesday, September 27

Heart Health Screening

11 a.m. to 2 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 five minutes. Fasting is not required. To qualify for the screening, you must be over age 18. Appointment required. 

How to Prepare for a 5k Race    

5 p.m. Wake Forest Baptist Health physical therapist Per Kristian Moerk presents the basics of developing, implementing and maintaining a medically safe training regimen. 

Thursday, September 29

Everyday Stress

6 p.m. Learn how to tackle everyday stress from Wake Forest Baptist Health clinical psychologist Stephen Rapp, Ph.D.

Friday, September 30

Electronic Devices as Assistive Technology

11 a.m. Today’s technology is smaller, smarter and sleeker than ever before. Join Paul Eklund, AT consultant with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Assistive Technology Center, as he compares these mobile devices: the laptop, the Apple® iPod touch and iPad and the Amazon Kindle 3G.


Support Groups

BestHealth helps you connect with support group resources in our community. The following groups meet at BestHealth in Hanes Mall. For specific dates, times and other information, or to register, call 336-713-BEST or visit WakeHealth.edu/besthealth.

Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health bariatric surgery.

Caregiver Support Group 

Cosponsored with Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

Coping with the Death of a Spouse 

Cosponsored with Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

Diabetes Support Group

Held in the Education Center at Lexington Medical Center. 

Movement Disorders Caregiver Support Group 

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health neurosciences.

NAF Ataxia Support Group

Sponsored by the National Ataxia Foundation.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health neurosciences.

Piedmont Triad Psoriasis Support Group 

Affiliated with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Wake Forest Baptist Health dermatology.

Sleep Support Group

Cosponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Health Sleep Lab.

Stroke Support Group

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health stroke services.

Teen Speak Out 

Sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County. 


September Events at Other Locations

Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 21

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Sessions, Winston-Salem

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health surgeons Adolfo “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 commitments and follow-up. Pre-registration required. Held at The Hawthorne Inn, 420 High St., Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, September 13

Upper Limb Spasticity Program

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you or someone you love is affected by upper limb spasticity, come meet actor and best-selling author Henry Winkler and hear his personal story about his mother’s struggle with upper limb spasticity. Wake Forest Baptist Health neurologist Allison Brashear, M.D., will discuss treatment options. For more information, call Brenda Moore at 336-716-3545. Held at The Hawthorne Inn, 420 High St., Winston-Salem. Space is limited; call 713-2378 to register.

Tuesday, September 20

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Session, Lexington

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you. Held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Vineyards, 351 Vineyards Crossing (at Hwys 52 and 64), Lexington.

Wednesday, September 28

Lunch & Learn: Shoulder Surgeries

Noon Join Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center orthopedic surgeon George Azar, M.D., to learn about the latest advances in shoulder surgeries, replacement, rotator cuff repair and advice on treatment versus surgery. Held at the J. Smith Young YMCA, 119 West Third Ave., Lexington. The cost of lunch is $7, payable to the J. Smith Young YMCA. Registration is required by calling 336-238-4214.

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