Health Briefs

Health Briefs

November 29th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Life Entertainment

Children's safety fair at Kohl's

Kohl's and T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger's Safe and Sound Program are presenting a holiday safety fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kohl's on Highway 153 in Hixson. Included are programs on bike and helmet safety, fire safety, car seat demonstrations, holiday hazard prevention, children's activities and more.

Medicare options

A team of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare advocates will hold a community meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Country Inn and Suites, 5000 New Country Drive in Hixson, to help beneficiaries find out more about Medicare options available to them. For information about Medicare Advantage and drug coverage or reservations, call 888-696-1275 between 8 a.m.-9 p.m. ET, seven days a week. TTY/TDD users call 877-664-6422. Special needs people should request accommodations in advance.

Breast-feeding basics class

A breast-feeding class is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road. Learn breast-feeding basics, what to expect during the first weeks and tips for success. Concerns about returning to work/school also will be discussed. The class is coordinated by a board-certified lactation consultant. Registration fee is $30. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.

Pancreatic cancer

The Chattanooga Affiliate of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital's Community Room to discuss plans for the coming year and hear reports from PurpleStride Chattanooga 2012. For information, call Edith Snider at 240-5282.

Car seat safety checks

Free car seat safety checks are being held at Parkridge East campus from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 11. Come before or after your baby arrives. Conducted by Christy Smith of the Hamilton County Health Department. Meet in the parking lot between the hospital and the doctor's office building off Spring Creek Road, weather permitting. Registration not required. Call 855-3645 for information.

Memorial offerings

• Memorial Health Care System's Mobile Health Coach will provide mammogram screenings for women 40 and older, with or without insurance, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, the coach will be at Piney Woods Family Resource Center at 702 Hooker Road. To schedule an appointment, call the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at 495-4040 or toll free at 866-591-2254.

• Free information about congestive heart failure is available every Thursday at Chattanooga Heart Institute, 2501 Citico Ave., on the second floor. Call 495-7764 for information.

Gastric study

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

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@timesfree