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December 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 12/18/2018

Healthy Holidays Start with Good Food

Don't let unhealthy eating and unwanted weight gain interfere with your holiday plans! Studies have shown that people who eat a poor-quality diet are more likely to show symptoms of depression. Click here for tips on healthy eating.

A Healthy Spin on Classic Holiday Recipes

The holidays increase temptation to eat treats that contain excess calories. These recipes offer a healthy spin on holiday foods! Click here to see the recipes.

School of Allied Health Careers Offers New Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers will offer a new Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training program starting Jan. 14. The program prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in outpatient settings. The program will run for 28 weeks with classes five days a week from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., including 160 clinical hours at Griffin Faculty Physicians’ primary care offices and specialty offices such as gastroenterology, OB-GYN, surgical and cardiology.

Anyone 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED may apply for admission. Early application is encouraged for all courses, as space is limited. For more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

Tips for Avoiding Colds and the Flu This Winter

The cold and flu season is here. Here are some tips to help you avoid illness this winter by building up your immune system.

Maximize Your Safety Through Fall Prevention

December is Fall Prevention Month. If you or your loved ones are over 65 years old, you should be aware of fall risk factors. Falls are the leading cause of injury, hospitalization, and death in older adults. Learn how we can help with Fall Prevention.

The Benefits of a Medical Alert Service

As we age, we may need to invest in extra support. Explore reasons why you or a loved ones may need a medical alert service. Learn more about this service.

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., Jan. 16 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!

Griffin Provides Free Prostate Cancer Screenings to 23 Men

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital and the Health Initiative for Men (HiM) recently provided 23 free prostate cancer screenings to help encourage men to get checked for the disease and to increase men’s health awareness. This is the second year Griffin has offered these free screenings to the community. Participating physicians included Dr. Joseph Cardinale, of the Center for Cancer Care, and Drs. Grace Biggs and Joseph Camilleri, of Griffin Faculty Practice Urology, and residents at Griffin Hospital. As a result of the screenings, two men were referred for further testing. Read more.

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.

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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