published Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Chattanooga area health briefs

Myeloma meeting

The Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets tonight at 6 p.m. at Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza Building, Suite 307, 605 Glenwood Drive (next to Memorial Hospital). Will discuss the latest drugs under review by the FDA and services provided by Memorial Center for cancer support. Complimentary dinner served. For information, call Jack or Linda Huguelet at 886-3554.

Boot camp for dads

A boot camp for dads will be held at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road), 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. First-time dads can learn how to help the new mom. Topics include diapering, feeding, why babies cry and how to handle it. 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.

CHEO meeting

The Complimentary Health Education Organization meeting will be held Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at Eastgate Mall, 5600 Brainerd Road. Speaker is Dr. John Standridge, founder of Personal Medicine & Personal Wellness. Demonstrations given to show how nutrition, massage, Reiki and zumba contribute to improved health. For information, contact Donna McMillan at 629-1935 or DMReiki@yahoo.com

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Free screening for men and women 65 or older, to detect bulge in artery wall, with no previous diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and no abdominal CT in the past five years. Screenings Monday-May 25, at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital Hixson and Memorial Ooltewah. Registration and appointment required at 495-6000.

Autism camp

Creative Discovery Museum's "Friends Discovery Camp 2012: Tinkering Around" offers children ages 7-10, with or without autism, the opportunity to make new friends while having fun in a safe environment, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, June 4-15. Reservations required for camp; payment due upon registration. The $160 fee includes a free one-year membership or renewal of current membership through June 2013. An extended day option at Hunter Museum, 1-4 p.m., June 11-14, is offered for an additional $100. Visit www.cdmfun.org for information or call Nancy at 648-6045 or Beth at 648-6040 to register.

Weight-loss surgery

The Gastric Band Institute will hold a free seminar on gastric banding (Lap-Band and Realize Band) and the new sleeve procedure for people 75 pounds overweight, Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m., at the Gastric Band Institute, 7405 Shallowford Road (education room). Call 423-899-1000 for reservations. Free insurance verification.

Wellness summit

A wellness summit will be held June 10-11 at Southern Adventist University. Keynote speakers include Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, who lost 110 pounds through lifestyle changes, and Neil Nedley, author and medical director of the Nedley Depression Recovery Program. Visit southern.edu/wellnesssummit for event and ticket information.

Breast cancer seminar

Nutrition, fitness and lifestyle options for breast cancer survivors will be featured at a free seminar, Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-noon, at UTC University Center. Presented by Breast Cancer Support Services (formerly Y-ME Chattanooga) and sponsored by Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center. "Moving On After Breast Cancer: Mind, Body & Soul," will highlight ways to achieve optimum health and sustain remission. Light lunch free with advance registration. For information, visit www.bcss.chattanooga.org or call 629-2445.

Autism symposium

Lee University will host its 10th annual Southeastern Autism Symposium "Diamonds Are Forever ... So Is Autism: From Rough Cut to Precious Gem," 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, June 21, and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Helen DeVos College of Education. Keynote speaker is Dr. Vincent Carbone, noted for his autism research and treatment. A variety of breakout sessions will be offered. For information, contact Karen Brown at 614-8192 or karen brown@leeuniversity.edu

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; e-mail lweaver@timesfree press.com.

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