Banner Health offers free screenings for stroke
Banner Health, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, is offering a free stroke check from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. The screening event assesses an individual’s risk factors for having a stroke and includes a written stroke risk assessment, evaluation of the neck arteries, blood pressure check, pulse check, cholesterol screening (four-hour fast is recommended) and review of results by a physician.
Reservations are required by calling (602) 230-CARE (2273).
Scoliosis screening offered for all ages
Dr. Mike Henriksen and Spinal Correction Center will offer free scoliosis screenings for girls and boys of all ages from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday May 25, at 1327 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106.
Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine and nervous system of many children, teenagers and adults. If detected early, the chances for stabilization and correction are very high. If left undetected, it may result in long term health issues.
Greg Geryak with Farmers Insurance will also be doing complimentary ID kits and m.i.l.k. (Managing Information on Lost Kids). Designed at the request of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, m.i.l.k. provides law enforcement with the proper data to initiate an Amber Alert in the event of an emergency.
For more information, call (480) 460-1177 or visit www.spinalcorrectioncenter.com.
Chandler girl receives life-saving transplant
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. In Chandler, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local girl Alissa Cassidy.
Born March 11, 2007, Cassidy was diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome and severe dysmotility with liver failure, and doctors at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA performed a life-saving multivisceral transplant on Dec. 14, 2009. An estimated $80,000 is being raised by Chandler volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities. Individuals and groups interested in more information may contact Sandra Cassidy at (480) 635-0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be made in person at any Wells Fargo Bank branch location using account number 352356163 or mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Alissa C.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforAlissaC.com.
Poison and Drug Information Center issues statewide alert
Medical toxicologists at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center are reaching out to physicians statewide to warn about an increase in a deadly trend that can easily be missed.
The new concerns is over levamisole, a drug no longer used in humans, but which is a deworming agent used in animals. The drug is increasingly showing up as an adulterant in cocaine - adding new concerns for those who may be using the illicit drug - and for doctors who may not know what to look for.
Dr. Steven Curry, a medical toxicologist with the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center, says cocaine laced with levamisole can cause persons to develop agranulocytosis, which means that a person’s white blood cell count becomes dangerously low, compromising the ability to fight infection. If doctors confronted with a patient suffering from low white blood cell counts do not know to look for levamisole exposure as the cause, they may perform unneeded diagnostic tests and treatments.
The Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center may be reached at (800) 222-1222. The center provides a free, 24-hour emergency telephone service for both residents and medical professionals of Maricopa County.
Residents encouraged to vote for ‘No More Childhood Obesity’
Kicks R Us, a Valley non-profit organization that teaches martial arts skills to children in underserved communities, has partnered with FiVI.com, a Web-based company, to combat childhood obesity. The No More Childhood Obesity Pepsi Refresh Project has been selected as one of the 1,000 ideas for the month of May, and voting by the public will determine the top two recipients of the $250,000 grant money. With the Pepsi Refresh Project, applicants submit ideas that will have a positive impact on the community, and those ideas are posted online to be voted for. Voting for No More Childhood Obesity began May 1 and continues through May 31.
To vote for the No More Childhood Obesity program, visit www.nomorechildhoodobesity.org.
If selected, FiVi will collaborate to build a series of online portals that will be accessible to all nonprofits and community organizations to provide toolsets of logging and tracking a child's physical activity. The free social media platform will also assist local communities to encourage schools and government officials to provide healthier alternatives in schools.
Women invited to retreats at Camelback Mountain
Women are invited to reflect, engage and connect in the intimate setting of one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s private mountainside estates during a series of four destination weekend retreats. The retreats will be led by Dena Patton, CEO of the award-winning events and inspiration company, Chat, Chew & Chocolate, and are planned for the weekends of June 25, Aug. 20 and Oct. 1.
Celebrity speakers include Ali Vincent, first female winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and Martha Beck, The New York Times best-selling author, life coach and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. The retreats vary in theme designed for today’s busy “Superwoman,” addressing Health and Wellness, Business Boot Camp, Glam in the City and Mind, Body, Spirit. The retreats include pampering and spa time, along with inspirational sessions.
For details visit www.CCCretreats.com.
Send in your bra for a worthy cause
Help Athena’s Home Novelties build a bra chain and raise money for breast cancer awareness. The national campaign, called Athena’s Cup, aims to collect and hook together 169,000 donated bras, which would break the current bra-chain Guinness world record. Athena’s Cup will collect a $5 donation with each bra in an effort to raise half a million dollars. Donors are encouraged to write the names of a loved one or other meaningful inscriptions on the bras prior to sending them in. Gently worn bras will be donated to battered women shelters following the campaign, which will run through October.
Send bras, with a $5 donation, to Athena’s Home Novelties, attn: Katherine Newiger, 7541 E. Toronto St., Tucson, AZ 85730. To donate online, visit www.athenascup.org.
For more information, call Newiger at (520) 272-9706.
ASU, Triple R collaborate to offer program on schizophrenia
Arizona State University and Triple R Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness, are collaborating to offer training in the Hearing Voices that are Distressing program. The program offers an opportunity to walk a mile in someone’s shoes and experience what life is like with schizophrenia.
Triple R realizes the importance of educating the community and decreasing stigma – encouraging people seek help and assuring services are available. If you or your group (churches, schools, workplaces, foundations, etc.) would like to participate in this special training, call Alicia at (602) 995-7474.
New monthly support group offered for adult children caring for a parent with dementia
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a new caregivers support group for adult children which will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the first floor conference room at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta St.
The group will be facilitated by a social worker who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and will provide an opportunity for adult children to network and problem-solve with others who face similar challenges.
Participation is free, and registration is not required. For more information, call (602) 839-6850.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure offers opportunity to get involved
April is National Volunteer Month, and an impactful way to make a difference in the community is to volunteer for the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Crew. As a member of the medical Crew, licensed professionals are available to provide medical assistance and evaluation to participants.
Last year, more than 5,700 dedicated men and women volunteered as crew members for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a three-day, 60-mile walk that takes place in 15 cities nationwide.
While the all-volunteer crew provides services essential to the event, such as medical assistance, food service, camp setup and route logistics, they often go above and beyond, exemplifying the event’s Keep Going spirit by cheering on the walkers and even fundraising.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is coming to Arizona Nov. 12 to 14.
For more information on Crew requirements or to register as a volunteer Crew member, visit The3Day.org or call 1-800-996-3DAY. Additionally, visit komenphoenix.org for year-round volunteer opportunities with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Phoenix Affiliate.
Urgent Care Center uses iTriage to connect with Mobile users
Desert Valley Urgent Care in Chandler has partnered with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage. Smartphone users may download iTriage applications at no cost for their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphones through the app stores, or log onto www.iTriageHealth.com from any Internet-enabled device to access healthcare information.
Built by emergency room physicians, iTriage aggregates healthcare information in a structured and actionable way and closes the information gap between doctors and patients. As the healthcare landscape changes, iTriage continues to provide technology to empower healthcare consumers. With this addition, the Chandler community and the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area now has on-the-go access to Desert Valley Urgent Care details like contact information, mapping, quality reports and facility capabilities.
Joyful Yoga Studio adding family yoga class to support Singleton Moms
Beginning June 2, Joyful Yoga Studio at 3900 W. Ray Road in Chandler is adding a Wednesday afternoon Family Yoga Class which will benefit Singleton Moms and their Gimme Five movement. Every Wednesday in June and July from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of exploring delightful stretches and relaxation tools together while helping support a good cause.
The class - for ages 5 to 105 - is suitable for all experience levels and provides a great way keep the kids active during summer break. The $10 class fee covers the entire family, with $5 from every fee collected going directly to Singleton Moms, a non-profit organization that helps single moms with cancer by providing them with emotional support, healthy meals, house cleaning and financial assistance toward utility bills so that they may focus on their cancer treatment and recovery.
For more information on Singleton Moms and the Gimme Five movement, visit .
For more information about the studio or a complete class schedule, visit or call (480) 726-6399.
Seminar offered on heart health and calcium scoring
Dr. James Ganem, cardiologist and medical director for Heart and Vascular Services at Banner Desert Medical Center, will give an informative discussion on cholesterol levels and calcium scoring from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Banner Desert’s Rosati Education Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa.
Learn what you need to know to keep your heart in top shape. Calcium scoring is a non-invasive screening test used to detect calcification in the coronary arteries and can determine future risk of coronary artery disease before symptoms develop.
The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested to (602) 230-CARE (2273).
For more information on heart care, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Heart.
Summer Line Dance, Muscle Mania classes start in June
Carrie McNeish is offering Line Dance and Muscle Mania classes at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.
Line Dance classes will meet Tuesdays, June 8 through July 27 - beginners (course no. 67437) at 5:30 p.m. and intermediates (course no. 67438) at 6:30 p.m. Muscle Mania classes (course no. 67459) will meet 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 9 through July 29. Registration is available in person at the center, by calling (602) 534-5252 or online at www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration.
McNeish is also offering line dance classes thru South Mountain Community College at the Ahwatukee Community Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. These classes will meet Wednesdays, June 9 through July 28 - beginners (course no. cont. ed. 15976) at 3:30 p.m. and intermediates (course no. cont._ed. 19896) at 4:30 p.m. Call (602) 243-8393 to register for these classes.
A new Line Dance Lite class is offered at noon on Tuesdays at the Pecos Senior Center.
For more information, contact McNeish at (480) 221-9090 or visit www.dancemeetsfitness.net.
St. Joseph’s needs volunteers
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W. Thomas Road, is looking for people interested in volunteering. Volunteers work side by side with hospital staff, develop camaraderie with other volunteers and have a sense of pride as donate their time to help others. Several opportunities are available.
For more information, call (602) 406-3020.
Lower West Band offers free album downloads to benefit PCH
Members of Lower West, a new low-fi folk pop band out of New York with roots in the west, recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.
The band wanted something good to come out of their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity.
From now through Dec. 31, music lovers may visit http://thelowerwest.com, donate $10 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and download Lower West Band’s unveiling album for free. Funds raised will help provide vital services and programs for children facing serious illness or injury at the hospital.
Band members explain their plan is simple, but the goal is lofty: donate $10,000 to charity in 2010. Each month for 10 months the band will announce another charity that it supports.
For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation at (602) 546-2650.
Healing Emphasis Yoga classes offered
Inner Vision Yoga at 725 E. Guadalupe Road in Tempe is hosting a new series of yoga classes called Healing Emphasis Yoga at 5 p.m. Mondays. The class is taught by master level certified instructor Donna DiNunzio and is designed to rehabilitate the lower back using strengthening and flexibility techniques.
For more information, call the studio at (480) 839-1006, Donna at (480) 330-2015 or visit innervisionyoga.com.
21 days to a leaner, healthier you
Paula’s 21 Day Transformation Program starts June 5 and offers three challenging calorie-burning exercise programs; photos of all exercises; a detailed teleconference with a step-by-step explanation of the exercise program; and all the exercises, daily educational e-mails for 21 days on Winning Formula diet and nutritional strategies, sample diet and menu, recipes, recovery tips, injury prevention and healthy lifestyle tips to motivate and inspire you to the next level.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.PaulaOwens.com.
Links Fore Leukemia golf tourney coming up
Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Sixth Annual Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament on Monday, June 7, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.
For details, visit www.lls.org/linksaz or call Cameron at (602) 567-7605.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group
Sunrise of Chandler Assisted Living, 5757 W. Chandler Blvd., hosts an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association lead the meetings along with Sunrise of Chandler coordinators. Food and beverages will be provided.
Meeting dates and topics: June 8, (Partnering with your doctor), July 13 (Research and Treatment), Aug. 10 (general discussion), Sept. 14 (general discussion), Oct. 12 (When is the right time for hospice?), Nov. 9 (general discussion) and Dec. 14 (general discussion).
For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 786-4998
Grief and Divorce Support Groups
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, is hosting Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids and Grief Share support groups.
For more information, call (480) 963-4127 or visit www.htlutheran.com.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service opens new clinic
Jewish Family & Children’s Service has opened a new behavioral health clinic at 2017 N. Seventh St., Suite A100. Only adults will be served at the new site. The other three clinics (Glendale, Mesa and South Phoenix) serve adults, children and youth.
Adult Behavioral Health programs at JFCS include counseling, psychiatric care, outpatient mental health services, HIV/AIDS services and medication services.
For more information about JFCS programs and services, visit www.jfcsaz.org or call (602) 279-7655.
Chamberlain College of Nursing announces ‘Nurse of the Month’ Award
In an effort to pay tribute to outstanding nurses, Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced a “Nurse of the Month” award to recognize exceptional nurses making a difference in the lives of their patients on a daily basis.
Nominations of outstanding nurses across the country will be accepted through June. Each month a nominee will be chosen to receive the award, which includes a $250 salon and spa gift card or two Universal Studios Park Hopper passes. Monthly winners will be eligible for the “Nurse of the Year” award. The “Nurse of the Year” will receive a grand prize vacation getaway from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
For complete contest details or to nominate a nurse who has made a difference, visit www.chamberlain.edu/nurseofthemonth.
Satisfaction Ratings High for Highway Christian Hospice
Families receiving Highway Christian Hospice services have rated multiple domains as “Excellent,” “Always” or 100 percent in the Family Evaluation of Hospice Care Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009. Highway Christian Hospice participates in the performance measures managed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The collected data is compiled and compared with other hospices across the nation.
Highway Christian Hospice is a state licensed and Medicare Certified hospice and is a member of the National and Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call (602) 274-1952.
Band offers free downloads to make a difference at PCH
Lower West is a new low-fi folk pop band out of Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the west that recently completed their debut album, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.
Band members wanted to do something good with their music and decided to give away the record for free to anyone who will donate the cost of an album to charity.
From now through Dec. 31, music lovers are invited to visit http://thelowerwest.com, donate $10 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and download Lower West Band’s unveiling album for free. Funds raised will help provide vital services and programs for children facing serious illness or injury at PCH.
For more information, visit the Web site above or call Leah Fischer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, at (602) 546-2650.
Stimulate your child’s brain development
The New Directions Institute (NDI) for Infant Brain Development has partnered with Chandler Regional Medical Center to offer a series of Wired for Success workshops which provide interactive training and education on optimal brain development for infants through children age five.
The program has received grant funding for three years through First Things First. Wired for Success is a free four-hour workshop for new and expecting parents, caregivers, and interested community members. This workshop is fun-filled, with hands-on experiences that demonstrate how critical a caregiver’s role can be in wiring up a child’s development. The NDI curriculum concentrates on Security, Touch, Eyes (vision), Play, and Sound (S.T.E.P.S.). Participants will learn how to encourage a child’s learning through interactions in these areas.
One of the free workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in the community room at Ahwatukee Foothills Urgent Care, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd.
Registration is required by calling 1-877-728-5414 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Alzheimer’s Institute offers educational workshop for caregivers
Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia can be overwhelming. That’s why Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has created a full day workshop to help caregivers be more effective and resourceful in their day-to-day roles. The nationally-recognized staff from Banner Alzheimer’s Institute will help caregivers develop a roadmap for successful caregiving in this Memory Assistance and Planning Services (MAPS) class.
The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25, in the Juniper Room at Banner Desert Hospital, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Participants will gain an understanding of the progression of dementia, treatment options, communication strategies, techniques for coping with challenging behaviors, community resources and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and share ideas with other caregivers.
The $25 fee includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
Reservations and prepayment are required by calling Veronica at (602) 839-6850 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to “Connect Memories through Music” in the GPS for Memory Lectures Series
GPS for Memory (Giving People Strategies for Memory) is a program offered by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute on the second Friday of each month. Participants are invited to attend a free 60-minute lecture on various aspects of dementia, caregiving and brain health.
July’s lecture brings Robin Rio, a Board Certified Music Therapist and Professor at Arizona State University, to speak on Connecting Memories through Music. Her discussion will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 9, in the Webster Auditorium at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway.
Rio has been working with people with dementia since the late 1980’s. Her book, Connecting through Music with People with Dementia: A Guide for Caregivers, helps caregivers to learn simple and effective ways to use music as a form of communication and social interaction.
Following the lecture, participants are welcome to enjoy the lovely surroundings of the Desert Botanical Gardens free of charge.
The lecture is free, but registration is required by calling (602) 839-6850.
Arts Engagement helps those with dementia
Arts Engagement is an innovative arts program that actively engages adults with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. This series of interactive talks and activities helps promote social interaction, creative expression, and overall quality of life. Sessions start in January at several locations.
For more information about the program, call Vicki at (602) 839-6928.
Racing for Recovery offers support
A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.
Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction – addict, family member or friend – and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.
24-hour help hotline
The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.
Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.
More information is available online at www.cir.org.
La Leche League meets 1st Thursdays
Join like mothers from around the Valley at La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, are welcome to attend the meetings from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month at The Center for True Harmony Wellness and Medicine, 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa.
Children are always welcome. Space is limited, and RSVPs are requested to (480) 539-6646.
Group offers support for depression, anxiety
Sun Lakes resident Deb Ralston has formed a new Peer Support Group offering support for men and women experiencing symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays (except first Mondays) in the Phoenix Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Meetings are earmarked by confidentiality and respect for the participants’ integrity and privacy.
Ralston has worked as the clinical director of a shelter for abused children and is presently coordinator of volunteers with Neighbors Who Care, a nonprofit agency that assists the home-bound elderly. She offers her guidance to the Monday support group at no cost.
For further information, call Ralston at (480) 334-8671 or Allan at (480) 895-8671.