published Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Health Briefs

Vitamin D/cancer


Memorial Health Systems will sponsor a free on-line/telephone seminar to explain the connections between vitamin D and cancer on Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m., as part of the Strong and Smart: Living Well With Cancer dial-up seminar series. Participants listen via phone, view presentations online and ask questions of presenting experts. To register for this one-hour event, call 800-278-7837.

Gluten meeting

The Tyner United Methodist gluten group meeting will be held Sunday, 6 p.m., in Wesley Hall at Tyner United Methodist Church, corner of Standifer Gap and Hickory Valley Roads. Guest speaker is Dr. Charles Adams, director of The Full Circle Medical Center. Those who struggle with gluten intolerance and related health symptoms are invited to this free meeting. For information, call 892-0444, ext. 26.

Blood Assurance

During February, Blood Assurance will host several "What's Your Type" events. The first 20 visitors at each location can have their blood typed with a finger stick and learn blood type within minutes, and donate blood if you wish. Scheduled dates at these Blood Assurance locations are: Today at Cleveland, 10 a.m.-12 noon and Dalton, 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, at Chattanooga (main office), 2-4 p.m.; Wednesday, at Erlanger, 10 a.m.-12 noon; Feb. 17, at Rome, Ga., 10 a.m.-12 noon and Cartersville, 2-4 p.m.; Feb. 21, at Tullahoma, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. CST and Cookeville, 1-3 p.m. CST; Feb. 24, at Fort Oglethorpe, 10 a.m.-12 noon. For directions and information, visit or call 1-800-962-0628.


Memorial's Mobile Health Coach will be at SunTrust Bank, 1900 Gunbarrel Road, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2-6 p.m., providing mammogram screenings for women age 40 and over who haven't had a mammogram in the last 12 months, with or without insurance. Women must know their doctor's name. Those with insurance bring insurance cards and photo ID. To schedule a mammogram call 495-4040.

Baby care and safety

From 6:30-9 p.m. Monday at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel). "Baby Care" provides you with helpful items on caring for your baby at home and will help you plan and prepare for a safe home environment. Registration fee is $25. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.


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.

Boot camp for dads

A boot camp for dads will be held at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road), 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 18. First-time dads can learn how to help the new mom. Topics include diapering, feeding, why babies cry. Learn about postpartum depression and hands-on infant care. A new "veteran" dad is invited (along with his baby) to the class for question-and-answer time. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.

Weight-loss surgery

* Gastric study. If you are more than 75 pounds overweight and want to participate in a research study with the new sleeve stomach plication, call 899-1000 or visit for information.

* Overweight and considering surgical options? Free insurance verification offered through March. Call 423-899-1000 or e-mail

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

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