published Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Health Briefs

Senior Learning Sessions

Rehab South is hosting a free four-part Senior Learning Session Series, including lessons on balance impairment and fall prevention. The first session is set for 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Soddy-Daisy Senior Center, 190 Depot St. in Soddy-Daisy. The sessions will have question-and-answer segments. For information, call Rehab South 877-4599.

Boot Camp for Dads

The session for dads (rookie and veteran) discusses the challenges that new fathers face such as uncontrollable crying (from baby and mom), in-laws and living on little or no sleep. Led by a First Things First instructor. This is a guys-only event. Call First Things First at 257-5383 for information.

Weight loss surgery

Chattanooga Bariatrics will hold a free seminar on gastric banding (Lap-Band and Realize Band) and the new "sleeve" procedure for people who are 75 pounds or more overweight. The seminar is set for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Chattanooga Bariatrics, 7405 Shallowford Road, Suite 160. Call 899-1000 for reservations. Free insurance verification is available.

Memorial offerings

• Abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings are free during the month of January for men and women 65 or older to detect bulge in artery walls. Patients must have no previous diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and no abdominal CT in the past five years. Screenings will take place at Memorial Hospital Glenwood, Memorial Hospital Hixson and Memorial Ooltewah. Registration and appointment are required. Call 495-6000 for information or appointment.

• Mammograms: Memorial Health Care System's Mobile Health Coach will provide mammograms for women 40 and over who haven't have a mammogram in the last 12 months, with or without insurance. Locations: Dunlap Senior Center, 103 Heard St., Dunlap, Tenn., on Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CST; Belk at Hamilton Place mall, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For appointments, call Memorial's MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at 423-495-4040 or toll free 866-591-2254.

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