published Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Health Briefs

Weight-loss surgery

Overweight and considering surgical options? Free insurance verification offered through July. Call 899-1000 or email

Memorial classes

Diabetes basics and diet class. This program provides an overview of diabetes including treatment, prevention of complications, meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Held 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today at Diabetes and Nutrition Center at Memorial Hospital and Monday, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m., at Memorial Hospital Hixson. Memorial's centers can help obtain physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration required. Call 495-7970.

Massage therapy for cancer patients. To reduce stress and promote healing, free massage therapy is available every Tuesday for cancer patients currently undergoing treatment at the Center for Cancer Support at Memorial Hospital Hixson, and every Wednesday and Thursday at the Center for Cancer Support at Memorial Hospital. Call 495-7778 for appointment.

Erlanger classes

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.

Breastfeeding class, Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m. at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road). Learn breastfeeding basics, what to expect the first few weeks and tips for success. Concerns about returning to work/school also discussed. Coordinated by a board-certified lactation consultant. Registration fee: $30. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.

PSA screening, 8-11 a.m., Wednesday, at Erlanger North (Morrison Springs Road). PSA test screens for prostate cancer in men before symptoms appear by a quick blood draw from the arm with results mailed later. Must be at least 50 years old, unless between ages 45-50 with family history of prostate cancer. Cost: $15. Registration required at 778-5465.

Diabetes education class, July 26, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. This class will explore ways to manage diabetes. Call 778-9400 for information on physician referral and insurance reimbursement.


Memorial's Health Care System's Mobile Health Coach will provide mammogram screenings for women age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months, with or without insurance. Location: SunTrust Bank, 1900 Gunbarrel Road, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment call Memorial's MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at 423-495-4040 or toll free 866-591-2254.

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

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