published Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Health Briefs

Labor Day Soiree

Parkridge East Hospital's annual Labor Day Soiree will be at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25. The event includes a tour of The Birth Place, First Things First parenting class, panel discussion on pregnancy and newborn health, and a special "Labor Day" baby shower for expectant moms. Cost: $10 per person, limit of one guest. For information and to register by Aug. 20, call MedLine at 800-242-5662.

Autistic children safety outing

Autistic children and their families are invited to tour the Chattanooga Police Service Center, 3410 Amnicola Highway at 10 a.m. on Aug. 2. Kids will learn about police officers and get fingerprinted for free child ID kits. Attendees must complete a child ID sheet prior to tour. RSVP to Cynthia Joyner at cynjoyner@gmail.com.

Cancer prevention study

Enrollment for the American Cancer Society's third Cancer Prevention Study will be Aug. 21-25 in Chattanooga at several locations. To enroll, visit cps3chattanoga.org. Individuals between ages 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. For more information, visit cancer.org/cps3 or call toll free, 888-604-5888.

Diabetes classes

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

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

Mammograms

Memorial's Health Care System's Mobile Health Coach will provide mammogram screenings for women age 40 and older, with or without insurance, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. , Saturday, North Georgia Health Care, 6120 Alabama Highway, Ringgold, Ga. To schedule an appointment, call Memorial's MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at 423-495-4040 or toll free 866-591-2254.

Parkridge classes

• Infant/child CPR class, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, at Parkridge East Hospital. American Heart Association class is taught by a Basic Life Support Instructor. This course includes what to do if your infant or child stops breathing or begins to choke, discussion of injury prevention and practice time on mannequins. This class is not certification for health care or day care workers. Call MedLine at 800-242-5662 to register.

• Tour of the Birth Place at Parkridge East Hospital, 1-2 p.m., Saturday. See the labor and delivery area and mother/baby area (based on availability). Parental services and classes discussed with Q&A time. Meet in the Rowe Conference Room. For information or to register, call MedLine at 800-242-5662.

Vascular screening

Get an ultrasound of the carotid artery and abdominal aorta, and have the circulation in your legs measured in an attempt to prevent arterial disease, stroke and aneurysm. For ages 50 and over with one of following risk factors: family history of heart disease, vascular disease or stroke; high cholesterol or taking cholesterol medication; high blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication; diabetes; and/or current or previous smoker. Screening held Wednesday at Memorial Ooltewah Imaging Center, 6401 Mountain View Road. Reservations required. For screening dates, cost or appointment, call 495-2273, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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 press.com.

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