Health Briefs:

Surgeons host bariatric surgery lectures
In January, Blount Memorial Hospital’s ongoing Bariatric Lecture Series program features two presentations by Blount Memorial surgeons who will discuss the surgical and laparoscopic treatments of obesity.

Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray are the speakers at a presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms 1 and 2, second floor.

To register for the free community programs, call 1-866-300-8644.

Support offered for people with breathing disorders
Better Breathers will meet this month on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom on the 2-east floor.

The program is presented by fitness specialist Kimberly Mowell, and is open to anyone with a breathing disorder.

A new approach to diet and exercise
Blount Memorial Hospital’s Good Health Connection program offers participants a session focused on a new approach to diet and exercise on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Medical Fitness classroom on the hospital’s
2-east floor.

Blount Memorial psychiatrist Dr. Brent Coyle will present the free program. For more information, call Medical Fitness at 865-977-5636.

The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter meets
The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. It next meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.

The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

Clinical trials lunch and lean
The Blount Memorial Cancer Center will offer a free Lunch and Learn program focused on Clinical Trials on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference rooms One and Two on the center’s second floor.

Learn what a cancer clinical trial is and if you should sign up for one if you have cancer.

The program will be presented by Blount Memorial board certified oncologic pharmacist Aubrey Waddell. It is made possible by a generous grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

For more information or to register, call 865-981-3983.

Class in session for joint replacement patients
Blount Memorial Hospital’s "Joint School," an educational program for people scheduled to undergo total joint replacement surgery, is being offered at the hospital during January. Classes meet from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 24 and 31.

Sessions let participants know what to expect during their total joint replacement experience, and information covers all phases from pre-op to full recovery.

Reservations are required and must be made by calling Maryville Orthopedic Clinic at 865-984-0900.

Wellness Center offers kids programs to community
The Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook’s "Especially for Kids" program is open to both members’ and non-members’ children.

The center’s program is filled with fitness-based classes for 6- to 12-year-olds. Members’ kids pay the WellKid rate per class, and for non-members’ kids, the cost of each class is $5.

"WellKid Swim" starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 23 and 30. The class also meets on Thursdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. Kids swim for one hour and accumulate mileage in the pool, which has one lane marked off in an effort to teach kids how to swim with others.

BMH presents "Quick Brown Fox"
Blount Memorial Senior Services’ monthly "Caregiver Connection" program will present Quick Brown Fox – An Alzheimer’s Story a film by Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson, at its Thursday, Jan. 18 gathering from 6-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Senior Services coordinator Edward Harper and Susan Keller, caregiver and Blount Memorial Hospital board member, are organizing the presentation.

Quick Brown Fox is a documentary of a family and its struggle to understand and fight Alzheimer’s disease. This film is a must-see for anyone over the age of 45. An introduction and post-screening discussion also will be included. For more information, call 865-977-5744.

Kids gymnastics classes offered
A beginner six-week gymnastic class that teaches basic fundamentals will be offered on Thursdays, Jan. 18 – Feb. 22. A "Mommy & Me" class for children 18 months – 2 years old will meet from 6:45-7:30 p.m.; "Totnastics" for 3-4 year olds meets from 4:30-5:15 p.m.; and "Kidnastics" for children 5-7 years old meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for members’ children and $60 for non-members’ children.

For more information or to register your child for the program, call 865-980-7100.

Two locations for caregiver support
The Caregiver Support Group at Blount Memorial Hospital meets at two different locations each month. The group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on the hospital’s Three-east floor. The group also meets from 10-11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday at the Everett Senior Center at 702 Burchfield St. in Maryville.

The Caregiver Support Group is a free service for any adult who is caring for another adult. There are no membership requirements.

For information, call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744.

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