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Western Connecticut Health Network to Offer Community Health and Wellness Programs

By Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN)

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Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) in collaboration with the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut will host a free health and wellness program regarding the new AHA Blood Pressure Guidelines on Tuesday, February, 6 from 1-2 pm at the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut Greenknoll Branch in Brookfield. Featured speaker will be Harvey Kramer, MD, a board certified, fellowship trained specialist in cardiology who maintains his full-time practice with Western Connecticut Medical Group in Southbury. He serves as director of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Danbury Hospital’s Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center where an extended team of physicians, nurses and other professionals offer advanced expertise and the latest technology for patients with cardiovascular disease. A blood pressure self-monitoring information session will follow. To register, please call Debbie Nichols at 203-775-4444, ext. 136.

WCHN will present a free health seminar on Cardiac Risk Factors and Heart Disease Prevention on Thursday, February 15, from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Riverbrook Regional YMCA Meeting House, 404 Danbury Road in Wilton. The speaker will be Mary Boudreau, MSN, APRN, Cardiac Rehabilitation coordinator at Norwalk Hospital. To register for this program, please call 1-866-NHB-WELL (1-866-642-9355).

The Goldstone Caregiver Center at Danbury Hospital offers free Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance on Thursday, February 15, and on the third Thursday of the month from 4:15-5:00 pm. Tai Chi is a research-based balance training, developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., designed for older adults as well as anyone (of any age) who is looking to strengthen their balance. This program moves the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to promoting health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits. No experience necessary! The Goldstone Caregiver Center is located in the Buck Pavilion Lobby at Danbury Hospital.  

New Milford Hospital’s Plow to Plate Program in collaboration with The Pratt Nature Center will host a “Walk and Talk: A community conversation for families and individuals,” on Sunday, February 18, from 2-3 pm. Each month a special guest from an array of professions including fitness, medical, mental health, education, substance abuse, nutrition, farming, veterinary and political, will lead families and individuals in an outdoor “adventure” around the lower fields of the Pratt Center. To learn more, call the Pratt Nature Center at 860-355-3137.

New Milford Hospital will offer Strong Women™ Strong Bones (SWSB) fitness classes at the hospital on Mondays and Wednesdays *February 26-April 13 from 10 to 11:15 am, and Tuesday evenings *February 27 to April 10 from 4:45 to 6 pm (*pick two classes within the same week). Strong Women™ Strong Bones will also take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Saint Andrews Church located at 1 North Main Street in Kent, February 27 to April 12 from 10 to 11:15 am.  Cost is $85. Certified instructor Lisa Maria Lee leads the classes.

SWSB is a nationally recognized fitness program designed to prevent and reverse osteoporosis/osteopenia and promote general health and wellness. Health and wellness benefits include arthritis relief, restoration of balance and flexibility, strengthening of bones, proper weight maintenance, and improved glucose control and heart health. For more information, or to register for the Strong Women™ Strong Bones fitness programs, call Lisa Marie at 860-614-1737.

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