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September 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 9/27/2018

How’s Your Cholesterol?

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so it's a good time to get your cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. It's also a good time to learn about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals.

Even, young, healthy people may face a lifetime risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease if they cannot keep their cholesterol levels in check, according to new research by the American Heart Association. Nearly half of all Americans have high cholesterol. It's easy to miss the symptoms of high cholesterol, so you likely don't know you have it unless you get a cholesterol test.

CLICK HERE to learn more about high cholesterol and if you should get tested.

What to Eat (and Avoid!) to Manage Your Cholesterol

The phrase “you are what you eat” certainly holds true when it comes to your cholesterol.

CLICK HERE for a guide of what foods to eat – and what foods to avoid – when you're trying to lower or manage your cholesterol levels.

CLICK HERE for easy recipes that are low in cholesterol and taste great!

Win Big with the Griffin Gala Auction!

The 2018 Griffin Gala Auction is open! Everyone is invited to bid on our trips, jewelry, sports memorabilia and many more exciting and unique items.

You don’t have to attend the Gala to win! CLICK HERE to view all the items and start bidding.

Proceeds will advance the development of Griffin’s next-generation population health management capabilities which focus on preventive services, chronic disease management and care coordination to enhance the health and well-being of individuals that live and work in the community we serve.

Valley Goes Pink Offers Fun Ways to Support Breast Health

The 9th Annual Valley Goes Pink Campaign invites the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities to enjoy a variety of events featuring great food, drink and fun for a good cause throughout October.

The next event is Waiters Go Pink on Oct. 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Wellingtons Restaurant, 51 Huntington St., Shelton. Volunteer waiters will serve guests at, and tips will go to the cause. Reservations required at 203-929-0336.

For more information about Valley Goes Pink and additional events, visit the Valley Goes Pink on Facebook or griffinhealth.org/pink.

Women Making a Difference to Honor Five Outstanding Women in the Valley Oct. 4

The Valley Women's Health Initiative will recognize five outstanding women at the 18th Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Tribute Luncheon and Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Thurs., Oct. 4 from noon-2 p.m. at the Inn at Villa Bianca, 312 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour.

This year’s honorees are: Arlene Greco, of Naugatuck, formerly of BHCare and currently with United Methodist Homes in Shelton; Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Griffin Hospital Eunice Lisk, of Stratford; Operations Manager for Access Information Management Business Jennifer Magri, of Seymour; and TEAM Inc. Administrative Assistant Silvia Paytas, of Oxford.

Special recognition will be given to Longaberger Private Consultant Maria Ammar.

Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, call 203-734-6945 or email nvbv1952@gmail.com.

Griffin Hospital to Host Program for Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Griffin Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host a free two-part series for caregivers of those with late-stage Alzheimer’s on Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 at the hospital.

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. This 2-part series will feature stories of caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

All talks will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in the hospital Dining Room. A light dinner will be served.

Space is limited and registration is required for each talk. To register, call Esther Jones, of Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nursing Program, at 203-732-1523.

Griffin Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Griffin Hospital will host a free prostate cancer screenings with a sports tailgate feel from 4-6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 17 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should receive be tested at age 40. In addition to the screenings, participants and family members can enjoy a tailgate party buffet at the Center for Cancer Care.

The screening will take 10-15 minutes. Space for the free screenings is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, call 203-732-1280.

Hip Pain? We can help!

Learn how minimally-invasive surgery can relieve your pain and get you back in action!

Join Orthopedic Surgeon Philip Minotti, MD, for a free seminar about the anterior hip replacement surgery at Griffin Hospital on Wed., Oct. 17 at 5:45 p.m.

These seminars are offered monthly at Griffin Hospital. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Griffin Hospital Orthopaedic Care Specialist Amy Gagne at 203-732-7524.

Dr. Minotti will explain the advanced Direct Anterior Approach, which offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. There is generally less pain, it decreases the length of stay in the hospital, and can have you enjoying better comfort and mobility in as little as a few days!

Join the 1 Billion Step Challenge!

Get fit and help Griffin meet its community goal of one billion steps!

Griffin Hospital and News8-WTNH have challenged Connecticut to get up, get moving and improve their well-being by taking one billion steps. Sign up for free at OneBillionStepsCT.com, create a profile and follow the directions to start tracking steps.

Click here for more information.

Be On the Lookout for the Mobile Health Center

Griffin Hospital’s Mobile Health Center will be making several appearances at the Shelton Farmers Market on Canal Street over the next few months, providing free blood pressure readings as well as health information on a variety of topics including breast cancer awareness and sun safety.

The Mobile Health Center is a custom built Winnebago that travels to various locations throughout the Valley, such as senior centers, shopping plazas, companies and community events to offer free preventative health services and promote well-being in the community.

It is scheduled to be at the farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13, and Nov. 3 Health information offered by the Mobile Resource Center will focus on a specific topic each week, but staff will be available to discuss any health questions.

Healthy Treats and Fun Highlight Halloween Hoopla on Oct. 26

The 17th Annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be a Halloween treat for families on Fri., Oct. 26 from 3-7 p.m. at Warsaw Park on Pulaski Highway in Ansonia.

Griffin Hospital Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program, Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley, and Griffin Faculty Physicians, encourage families to put on their Halloween costumes and come to a “Halloween Hoopla,” featuring free healthy treats, games, and information on a variety of health, wellness and safety programs. The event will be held rain or shine.

Interactive health, wellness and safety displays at the event will include poison prevention, hand washing, pedestrian, pet, car seat, and Halloween safety, as well as how to call 9-1-1 and more. There will also be a bike helmet clinic and a safety house exhibit to teach about safety features in homes. Free, fitted bike helmets will be available for the first 300 children.

For more information, call 203-732-1337 or 203-732-7371.

Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in 6 Weeks

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering a fall session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting Nov. 5 to help individuals start a fulfilling career in healthcare. The CNA course offers students an affordable and condensed 6-week schedule with classes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. After successfully completing the course and clinical experience, students will be qualified to take the State exam for certification as a Nursing Assistant in Connecticut. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

Do You Know about Advance Care Planning?

Did you know Medicare covers Advance Care Planning services like help creating an Advance Directive (living will)? Contact Griffin Hospital’s Advance Care Planning services at 203-732-1255 or acp@griffinhealth.org to find out how we can help. CLICK HERE for an explanation of Advance Care Planning and resources to help you get started. We’ve also created a list of questions to help you prepare.

Volunteers Wanted for Innovative Hospital Elder Life Program at Griffin

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) at Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to provide additional support for elderly patients.

HELP is designed to offer special services to older adults while hospitalized at Griffin Hospital. Between 30 and 50 percent of seniors can experience a decline in their physical and cognitive abilities during a hospital stay.

Training and supervision will be provided. No previous medical experience is required. Volunteers have a choice of working various weekday shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Scholarship incentives are also available for eligible college students.

The next HELP training is scheduled to begin in the spring. To learn more about this exciting program or to become a HELP volunteer, please call Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466.

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