BestHealth℠ of Wake Forest Baptist Releases May Events
All classes are held at BestHealth in Hanes Mall unless otherwise noted.
To register, call 336-713-BEST (2378).
Inclement Weather Policy:
When Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are closed due to weather, BestHealth events are cancelled. For more information visit: http://www.wakehealth.edu/BestHealth/
. Tuesday, May 1
Join BestHealth certified group fitness instructor Courtney Jackson for an unbelievable abdominal workout. Dress comfortably and wear supportive athletic shoes to participate. Surprising Facts about Potty Problems
Join Wake Forest Baptist pediatric Urologist Steve Hodges, M.D., for some straight-shooting information about potty problems among kids who are already toilet trained. Get practical advice on constipation and daytime accidents, and the causes of and treatments for bedwetting and urinary tract infections. Thursday, May 3
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Have a free, confidential and professional screening to find out if you suffer from anxiety and/or depression. Provided by the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County. Appointment recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Friday, May 4
AARP Safe Driving Course
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you're age 50 or older, 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; $14 for non-AARP members. Wednesday, May 9
Estate Administration Basics
Hear from local attorney Mike Wells about estate planning in terms you can understand. Learn simple strategies to make the paperwork manageable and meaningful. Sleep Apnea: Are You at Risk?
Join Mitch Yochum from Wake Forest Baptist diagnostic neurology to learn common risk factors for sleep apnea and when you should see a specialist. Saturday, May 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Join Chef Betty Morton to learn how to make typical Spanish cuisine – and brush up on your Spanish language skills while you’re at it! Monday, May 14
Why Do Migraines Prefer Women?
Significant evidence suggests there may be a connection between migraines and fluctuations in estrogen levels in women. Join Wake Forest Baptist Neurologist Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., to learn more. Telestroke: Improving Stroke Care in North Carolina
Living in the “stroke belt” of America, North Carolina residents are at high risk for having a stroke. Join Wake Forest Baptist Neurologist Charles Tegeler, M.D., to learn more about the video and audio teleconferencing technologies that have allowed us to develop a Telestroke Network across the state, and how this network is improving stroke care. Concussions
About every 21 seconds, someone in the US has a serious brain injury. Join Wake Forest Baptist pediatric Neurologist Alexander Powers, M.D., to learn more about brain injury, including common causes of and treatment for concussions. Tuesday, May 15
Mental Health Day: Family Awareness and Wellness Event
May is Mental Health Month. Come to BestHealth for special events sponsored by the Wake Forest Baptist Behavioral Health Nursing Leadership team. Registration is required for the following seminars. Update on Insomnia
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Join Wake Forest Baptist sleep specialist Vaughn McCall, M.D., for a brief discussion of how lack of sleep affects overall health. We See, We Hear, We Talk, We Think
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join advanced practice Registered Nurse Kim Hutchinson, RN, and Registered Nurse Ginger Howland, RN, to learn how motivation, positive video vignettes and movie clips are used during hospitalization to encourage thinking and discussion. Positive Praise and Behavior Modification Strategies with Children
11 a.m. to noon
Join Angela D. Tuttle, registered play therapist with Wake Forest Baptist, to learn specific techniques that help manage and structure positive behavioral responses in children. Bullying: Not a Rite of Passage
Noon to 1 p.m.
Join Andy Hagler, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Inc., for an interactive discussion on the differences between bullying and teasing, and the characteristics and traits of bullies and victims. Hear how bullying is linked to depression and suicide and what we can do to address this concern in our community. Stress Management Techniques
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Wake Forest Baptist Massage Therapists Suzanne Melcher-Thompson and William Fulp to learn about stress management techniques, including self-massage to promote mental health and well being. Panic Disorder
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Wake Forest Baptist Psychiatrist Donald Peters, M.D., to learn more about symptoms of panic disorder that can seem like a heart attack, and learn how panic disorder is identified and treated. Depression in Older Adults
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Nurse Practitioner Karen Byrd and Social Worker Cathy Wilson of Wake Forest Baptist to learn more about mental health bingo, an interactive game designed to help seniors learn about signs of depression and other mental illnesses. Get tips on health and caregiver support as well. Famous People with Mental Illness
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wake Forest Baptist Psychiatrist Amy Singleton, M.D., discusses how individuals from all walks of life have challenges with mental illness, including some who are well-known. Wednesday, May 16
Stroke Risk Screening
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Learn your risk for stroke with a simple finger stick and brief risk assessment. Get blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose results in only five minutes. To qualify, you must be between the ages of 40 and 65, have no prior stroke-related disorder, and have not participated in a past stroke screening offered by BestHealth. Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Neurosciences. Appointment required. Thursday, May 17
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn how advance directives such as a living will and health care power of attorney can ensure your wishes will be met. Have documents notarized free of charge. Arthritis and Physical Therapy
Join Wake Forest Baptist Physical Therapist Laura McKenzie to learn the benefits of physical therapy for people who have arthritis. Tuesday, May 22
Cardiac Rehab: How to Recover
Join Wake Forest Baptist Exercise Physiologist Theresa Addison, M.S., to learn more about cardiac rehabilitation, which helps people recover from heart attacks and heart surgery. Wednesday, May 23
Of people over age 65, five to eight percent have Alzheimer’s, and this percentage increases with age. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health Geriatrician Kaycee Sink, M.D., for tips on keeping your memory healthy as you age. Laugh Out Loud
Certified laughter leader Bob Plemmons leads a guided laughter workout that increases the oxygen in your body and leaves you feeling better than ever. Thursday, May 24
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, you must be age 18 or older and have not participated in a BestHealth heart health screening in the past three months. Appointment required. Friday, May 25
Heart Conditions in Student Athletes
Teen athlete deaths in recent years have given parents reason to think twice about their active child’s health — and have prompted school sports programs to provide screenings for undetected heart conditions. Join pediatric Cardiologist Derek Williams, D.O., of Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital to learn more. Tuesday, May 29
Food allergies affect nearly everyone at some point. Research suggests that three percent of adults and six to eight percent of children have clinically proven allergic reactions to food. Join Wake Forest Baptist Health Allergy Specialist Jason Caldwell, D.O., to learn more. Thursday, May 31
You Worry Too Much: Decreasing Worry
It’s estimated that people worry between 1.5 to 8 hours a day. Research shows that worry is unnecessary and a major contributor to stress. William McCann, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at Wake Forest Baptist Health, shares techniques to help you reduce the amount of time you spend worrying. Support Groups
BestHealth helps you connect with support group resources in our community. The following groups meet at BestHealth in Hanes Mall, unless otherwise noted. 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 Cancer Transitions Program
Sponsored by the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Baptist Health Diabetes Support Group
Held in the Education Center at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington Movement Disorders Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Neurosciences 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 Stroke Support Group
Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health Stroke Services Teen Speak Out
Sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County May Events at Other Locations
Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Blood Pressure Awareness
This free event includes a blood pressure screening, health advice and educational materials. Held at Walmart, 130 Lowes Blvd., in Lexington. Provided by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center. Registration is not required. For more information, call 336-238-4589. Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 23
Weight-Loss Surgery Information Session
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join Wake Forest Baptist Health 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 commitments and follow-up. Registration required. Held at The Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, 420 High St., Winston-Salem. Wednesday, May 23
Lunch & Learn: Meet the Surgeon
Meet Steven J. Muscoreil, M.D., who recently joined Davidson Surgical Associates, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Muscoreil specializes in cancer surgery, diverticulitis, gall bladder and hernia surgery using traditional and minimally invasive surgical methods. Held at the J. Smith Young YMCA, 119 West 3rd Ave., Lexington. Cost is $7 per person, lunch included, payable to the YMCA. Registration required by calling 336-238-4589. This event is part of the Healthier Lexington Initiative of Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center, and supported by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce and the J. Smith Young YMCA.
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