Ahwatukee Heath and Wellness class celebrates past year
Every second Saturday of the month a health and wellness education class highlights local experts who explain how various wellness choices can make a positive difference in our healthy lives.
The next class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Lilo’s Coffee Haus at 4747 E. Elliot Road, Suite 34 (in the Safeway Plaza). The class will review the past 12 helpful classes and celebrate one year of wellness classes offered to the public.
“This special health class is my way of helping our great nation with the health care reform by having wellness experts share their knowledge with anyone who is interested about the topic,” said Christine Marek, organizer and the host of the monthly event. “I believe it’s time we all took a responsibility for our own wellness and this class offers education for us to hear ‘first hand’ what is available for optimal health.”
The class is free and includes drinks, prizes and demonstrations. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are appreciated to Christine at (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
Spooner Physical Therapy offers free fitness lecture series
Heidi Ligouri Melendez, MC, LPC, MGCP, will present “Focus on Fitness: Brain Training” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12, at Spooner Physical Therapy, 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 130.
The free presentation will cover staying focused on fitness, motivation, goals and objectives versus expectations, fitness “setbacks” and building a mindset for success. Learn to grow confidence in your fitness abilities.
The presentation follows the 10 a.m. yoga class, and guests are welcome for both (a $10 fee applies for the yoga class).
For more information, call (480) 706-1199 or visit www.spoonerphysicaltherapy.com
Complimentary home safety inspections
Preferred Care at Home has dedicated the month of June as “Home Safety Month” to educate and empower both seniors and their families to take actions to better enjoy the comfort and security of their home.
Throughout Home Safety Month, Preferred Care at Home encourages the senior community to consider their home’s danger areas and take simple steps to minimize their risk from potential injuries or even death. Local Preferred Care at Home offices across the nation will personally walk homeowners through a home safety checklist to safeguard against injury, with a focus on preventing falls.
Call (480) 699-0203 for your complimentary home safety inspection checklist and additional tips from senior health experts.
Jazzercise summer fun
Cindy Schulze of Ahwatukee Jazzercise is offering free classes for children 10 and older who are accompanied by a paying adult 18 years and older. New classes will start at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 15 in the gym at Ahwatukee Foothills Prep, 10210 S. 50th Place. Schulze is a certified Jazzercise Instructor and a member of the Presidential Council on Fitness.
Jazzercise is a 60-minute group fitness class combining cardio, strength and stretch moves for a total body workout. Movements include hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing and resistance training.
Jazzercise Low Impact (Lite) provides an effective way to get a great workout safely regardless of where you are in your fitness. Low impact and high intensity combine with great music to make you want to move. Work out to your favorite artist and have fun doing it.
Classes are fun and require no experience.
No contract is required, the walk-in fee is just $8 and children 10 to 17 are free with a paid adult (one child free per paid adult). Monthly and weekly pass options are also available.
For more information contact Cindy Schulze at (602) 292-7521 or email@example.com.
New support group for Graves’ Thyroid Disease Foundation
The Graves’ Thyroid Disease Foundation has established a new support group in Arizona, open to all patients with thyroid disorders and their family members.
The first meeting will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Scottsdale Public Library’s Mustang branch book discussion room, 10101 N. 90 St., Scottsdale. The featured presenter will be Heather Chapple, community liaison with Hospice of the Valley, who will address “Living with Chronic Disease: Programs and Resources.” Hospice of the Valley offers programs for people with serious and chronic illnesses that are not at a terminal stage as well as providing end-of-life care throughout Maricopa County.
Support group meetings are free, but RSVPs are requested to Kimberly at (480) 661-1169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.NGDF.org.
June blood donors get a pint of ice cream
United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in the training room at Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160.
All June blood donors will receive a voucher for a free pint of ice cream, courtesy of Blue Bell Creameries.
To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your Zip Code).
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night Returns Aug. 30
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and friends will don their aprons and serve a hungry crowd during the second annual Larry Fitzgerald and Friends Celebrity Waiter Night at Morton’s, set for Aug. 30 at Morton’s The Steakhouse at The Shops at the Esplanade, 2501 E. Camelback Road.
The intimate gala will benefit the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund. Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner served by Fitzgerald and his teammates while participating in silent and live auctions benefitting the fund. The fund was set up in memory of Larry’s mother, who throughout her career as a state worker in Minnesota helped victims of AIDS, breast cancer and other diseases. This fund’s proceeds continue her work, and the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Foundation also supports the education of urban youth.
The fundraiser opens with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6:30 to 7:30, the program and live auction.
Tickets for this exclusive event start at $300. VIP packages featuring a special pre-event reception start at $400 and corporate sponsorship packages are also available.
For more information, call (602) 955-9577.
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.
Teen cancer survivors exhibit art showcase
The “Great Expectations and Dreams: Arizona Youth Speak Up For Our Eyes” exhibition will showcase art selections designed by Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder patients. Eight teens have been selected to showcase their creative designs through The Art Project at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
One-of-a-kind art creations from the art project will be on display through Aug. 30 at Arizona State University Downtown, University Center Building, Main Lobby, 411 N. Central Ave. Viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. An artist reception and free public event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.
For more information, contact Elaine Falkner at (602) 546-2659.
Bedmart Charity Cares Program selects Phoenix Children’s Hospital as beneficiary
Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation has announced Phoenix Children's Hospital as a beneficiary. Through Dec. 31, Bedmart will donate five percent of the purchase price of any Tempur-Pedic or ComforPedic mattress set for any customer that mentions Phoenix Children's Hospital at purchase.
Funds raised through the Bedmart Cares Charity Foundation will support charitable healthcare at Phoenix Children’s. Approximately half of the patients treated at Phoenix Children's have little or no private medical insurance. Each year, Phoenix Children's provides tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care to Arizona's most vulnerable children. PCH relies on community to provide the very best medical care to all patients, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
The nearest Bedmart store is at 4902 E. Ray Road, Suite G-1.
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.
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 July 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Massage Envy hosting ‘Massage for the Cure’ event
Massage Envy will host its sixth annual fundraiser event, Massage for the Cure, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. The event offers one-hour therapeutic massages for $49 to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Of that, $15 from each massage will be donated to the Phoenix and Southern Arizona Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.
The event is open to the public and appointments are recommended. Reservations for appointments will be accepted by phone or in person beginning Aug. 14. You do not have to be a Massage Envy member to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
The nearest location is at 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 16.
For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
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.