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July 2018 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 7/20/2018

Be Sun Safe this Summer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. The best way to avoid trouble? Block harmful rays with sun protection when you're out during the day - even during cloudy days as sunrays can penetrate light clouds, mist, and fog.

Click here for more tips on how to stay sun safe.

Looking for Easy Summer Recipes?

Looking for some fresh, delicious and healthy ways to add the best of summer to your diet? We've put together a few of our favorite recipes that will keep you energized and feeling great all summer long! Click here and get ready for some good eats!

Keep Your Kids Safe this Summer

The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital will host a free talk about child safety on Tues, July 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Coalition Coordinator Cathi Kellett will present “Keeping Your Kids Safe,” a discussion about water safety, car seat safety, and poison prevention (medication safety). This program is part of a series of free, educational forums hosted by the Community Health Resource Center in an effort to help improve the health of the community. To register or for more information, call Kerry or Deborah at 203-732-7399.

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital 5K Celebrates 10 Years with a Xenathlon!

The Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital will celebrate its 10th year with events for the mind, body and spirit.

This non-competitive, family-friendly event is set for Sat., Sept. 22 at the Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, and will feature a “Xenathlon” of ways to improve one’s well-being.

The event begins with an all levels yoga practice at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Walk/Run kicking off at 9 a.m. Following the kickoff, there will be an on-site spin class.

Click here to register or for more information.

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.

Learn about Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery at Griffin

WTNH Channel 8 recently featured Griffin caregivers on its CT Style program, profiling how the hospital is leading the way in population health management and the delivery of high quality, consumer-focused care.

The series highlighted Dr. Abe Fridman, Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, sharing how weight loss is not the only thing that encompasses bariatric surgery. There are many benefits to surgery than just weight loss. Some of the biggest medical problems go away with surgery diabetes, high blood pressure away, sleep apnea goes away, and a much lower risk for cancer.

Griffin Bariatrics offers a wide range of weight loss services, including surgery, support groups, nutritional counseling, exercise programs, therapy and more.

Click here to watch the interview.

Interested in a Career As A Medical Assistant?

Griffin Health has joined with one of the nation’s most innovative training program for medical assistants, the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), to offer affordable, cutting-edge training to those seeking a career in health care. Applications are being accepted now for the class that will begin this September. For more information and to apply online, visit nimaa.org.

Help Provide Peace of Mind for Our Patients

Griffin Hospital is looking for volunteers to help provide patients and caregivers peace of mind about future healthcare decisions.

The hospital’s new Advance Care Planning Volunteer Program will train individuals to help guide others in developing a plan for their care in the event they are unable to speak for themselves. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine one's healthcare wishes and assign a healthcare representative to make decisions on his or her behalf.

The program includes an online learning component and interactive classes.

For more information or to register, contact Lynn Aiksnoras at 203-732-1255 or laiksnoras@griffinhealth.org.

Griffin Hospital, United Way Celebrate New Community Garden

Griffin Hospital and the Valley United Way recently celebrated the opening of a new community garden at the hospital that aims to grow good health in community.

Located at the intersection of Division Street and Seymour Avenue, the 2,000 square foot Griffin Hospital Community Garden is part of the Valley United Way’s Grow Your Own initiative, which helps bring fresh produce to residents who need assistance getting healthy food. The garden has 12 raised beds to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs, including broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, chard, collards, onions, eggplant, thyme, basil and parsley.

Griffin sponsored the construction of the garden, but the project was a community effort with donations of funds, supplies and labor from Haynes Group, RD Scinto, Nicolock Paving Stones, The American Heart Association, Ion Bank, and Aetna. Valley United Way volunteers filled the beds and will tend to the plants.

Get Free Support to Quit Smoking

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Aug. 1.

“That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. The program consists of Wednesday night meetings from 5:30-7 p.m. scheduled for Aug.1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.

Through group discussion and interactive activities, participants learn how to develop a quit plan that addresses their personal behaviors and habit. Strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal, behaviors, triggers, and urges are all discussed as well as weight control and stress management.

Participants must be prepared to attend all four sessions. To register for “That’s It – Learn to Quit,” call 203-732-7106.

D’Addario of Shelton Donates $50,000 for Breast Wellness

D’Addario Automotive Group of Shelton recently donated $50,000 to the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness in Derby to support breast health in the area.

The donation will be used for diagnostic breast imaging for uninsured/underinsured women in the community who would otherwise tend to forego this important test.

Ansonia Dad Wins iPad in HiM Father’s Day Card Drawing

Robert Klein Jr., of Ansonia, recently won a brand new iPad 6 in the Griffin Hospital’s Health Initiative for Men (HiM) Father’s Day drawing.

Klein’s daughter, Cameron, gave her dad a HiM Father’s Day card which encourages men to get an annual physical and talk to their physicians about preventative health screenings. The card also directed recipients to a short online health survey which entered them into a drawing for the iPad and Home Depot gift cards.

The cards were distributed to elementary students in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour Shelton and Oxford. Cameron attends Mead School in Ansonia.

Take Control of Your Chronic Health Conditions

Griffin Hospital will host a free six-week workshop this summer to help individuals suffering from health conditions take back control of their lives.

The Live Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop provides health information and strategies to help those with health conditions like pain, anxiety, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and arthritis increase their energy and take control of their health.

Along with clinical care, participants will learn ways to cope with difficult emotions, depression, and stress/anxiety, reduce pain, improve mobility, increase energy, increase physical activity, eat healthier, use medications appropriately, and solve everyday problems and communicate effectively with family and health care providers.

The workshops will be held at the hospital at 130 Division St. in Derby. Dates and times of the workshop are being finalized. For more information, call Esther Jones at Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach and Valley Parish Nurse Program at 203-732-1523.