published Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Chattanooga area health news and events

Diabetes

Diabetes basics and diet classes are designed to provide an overview of diabetes, treatment, prevention of complications, meal planning and carbohydrate counting. It's set for 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital Hixson and from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Memorial Hospital. There is also a Diabetes Self-Management Program from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Memorial Hospital. Memorial's Diabetes and Nutrition Center can help obtain a physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration is required. Call 495-7970.

Foster/adoptive parents classes

Centerstone, a nonprofit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, announces the Parents as Tender Healers classes, required by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for all potential foster and adoptive parents in Tennessee. The 12-class certification course is scheduled Thursday evenings from Nov. 29 to Feb. 29, running 6-9 p.m. through Feb. 14 and 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. The classes will be at Centerstone at 6110 Shallowford Road, Suite B. For information or to register for the course, contact Michelle Snow at 710-5843 or michelle.snow@centerstone.org

Weight-loss surgery

• Free Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Seminar is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road. Those who are overweight and/or with health problems related to obesity can learn about the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erlanger. Registration required at Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465.

• Chattanooga Bariatrics will hold a free seminar on gastric banding -- Lap-Band and Realize Band -- and the new sleeve procedure for people who 75 pounds or more overweight. The seminar is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Chattanooga Bariatrics, 7405 Shallowford Road, Suite 160. Call 899-1000 for reservations. Free insurance verification will be provided.

Autism workshop

A free autism workshop is set for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Chattanooga Autism Center, 1400 McCallie Ave., Suite 100. The topic is "Comparing ABA Therapy and Behavior Therapy." Learn the differences and similarities between applied behavior analysis therapy and behavior therapy. Childcare will be available for those who RSVP to 260-1115 or buck.dave@gmail.com.

Breast-feeding class

Parkridge East Hospital's breast-feeding class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 is designed for first-time moms and veteran parents. Topics include the physiology of breast-feeding, advantages, successful techniques, returning to work and pumping. A support person is encouraged to attend but is not required. Cost is $15 per couple but is free with any Labor of Love Lamaze class. For information or to register, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com

Yoga

ClearSpring Yoga at 107 N. Market St. presents two "Sound as Therapy" classes Dec. 7-8, with musician/sound healer Thomas Anderson and energy movement healer Elisabeth Sunshine. On Dec. 7, the pair holds a "Healing Through Sound" class from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $30. On Dec. 8, they host a Sound Therapy Workshop from 3 to 5:30 p.m., with a cost of $35. Make reservations at www.clearspringyoga.com or at the studio.

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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