published Thursday, August 18th, 2011

HealthBriefs

Immunizations

Sports/college physicals

MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVs/pharmacy stores are offering vaccinations and sports physicals seven days a week. No appointment necessary. Vaccinations offered for secondary school and college are pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), among others. Check to see if your insurance covers the specific vaccination. Sports physicals are also offered which provides an overall assessment of physical condition to be sure child isn't at risk for illness or injury. Physicals offered to college students as part of pre-admission requirements. Cost without insurance is $39 through Sept. 30. Visit these MinuteClinics: 8034 E. Brainerd Road; 8530 Hixson Pike, Hixson; 6802 Lee Highway; 1150-a Hixson Pike (Riverview); 796 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain.

Alzheimer's free driving assessments

The Alzheimer's Association has driving assessment grant money available for Georgia residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease to assist families in paying for the driving assessment by a driver rehabilitation specialist at Siskin Hospital. Money awarded on a first- come, first-served basis. Registration to receive grant money available through August. Contact Kim Franklin at 404-728-6064 or kim.franklin@alz.org for information.

Cancer: Look good, feel better

Free service by American Cancer Society teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Held Monday, 1-2:30 p.m., at Parkridge Medical Center, Sara Cannon Cancer Center, 2205 McCallie Ave. Call 267-8613 or 800-227-2345.

Myeloma meeting

The Multiple Myeloma Networking Group will meet tonight, 6 p.m. at the Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza Building, #307, 605 Glenwood Drive (next to Memorial Hospital). Complimentary dinner will be served. Roundtable discussion. Hear research update from this year's Group Leader Summit. For information call Jack or Linda Huguelet at 886-3554.

Walk From Obesity

The 2011 Walk From Obesity will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. at Memorial Atrium off Gunbarrel Road. Open to anyone who supports the fight against obesity. Visit www.walkfromobesity.com to register or call 899-1000 for details.

Fibromyalgia meeting

Free Community Fibromyalgia meeting, Tuesday, 12-1 p.m. at Rehab South Physical Therapy, II Northgate Park, Suite 102 (beside Red Lobster). Light snacks. Call for reservations 877-4599.

Weight loss surgery

  • Free surgical weight management seminar. Learn about The Weight Loss Program at Erlanger, Monday, 6-8 p.m. at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road). This seminar is for area residents at least 100 pounds overweight and/or with health problems related to obesity. Registration required. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465.

  • The Gastric Band Institute will hold a free seminar on gastric banding (Lap-Band ad Realize Band) and the new "sleeve" procedure for people who are 75 pounds overweight. The session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Roosevelt Room, 1400 Market St. Call 899-1000 for reservations. Free insurance verification.

Diabetes

Diabetes basics and diet class. This program provides an overview of diabetes and treatment/prevention of complications, diabetes meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Classes 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital and 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital Hixson. Memorial's Diabetes and Nutrition Center can help obtain physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration required. Call 495-7970.

Breastfeeding

Parkridge East Hospital's breastfeeding class tonight, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-12 noon, is designed for first-time moms or veterans. Topics include physiology of breastfeeding, advantages, successful techniques, etc. Explanation of support services will be discussed. Products available for sale includs bras, pumps, and accessories. Father/support person encouraged to attend but not required. Fee: $15/couple. For information or to register, call MedLine at 622-6848 or visit www.parkridgeeasthospital.com.

Items for this column are due the Friday before Thursday's publication date. Write to Linda Weaver, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401-1447; fax 668-5071; email lweaver@timesfreepress.com.

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