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February 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 2/12/2019

Get Heart Smart this Month

February is American Heart Month, when we remember that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. As with many things - knowledge is power. Knowing your cholesterol, triglycerides, body mass index (BMI) and glucose levels are important for managing your heart health. Click here to learn all your important heart health numbers.

Eat Smart for Your Heart

Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a powerful way to prevent heart disease and improve your overall health. Click here to learn important tips.

Do You Need a Cardiac Stress Test?

A cardiac stress test monitors your heart's response during physical activity. Learn why you may benefit from a stress test.

Lifestyle Habits to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Your lifestyle is your best defense against heart disease. Click here to learn about changes you can make to protect yourself.

Recipes for Romance

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, or simply opting to have a date night, these healthy and delicious recipes will wow your sweetheart!

Need Extra Support Managing Heart Disease?

The Sharing Hearts of Griffin Hospital is a support group associated with the Griffin Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department for those who live with heart disease. Evening meetings are held in the Center for Cancer Care Conference Room on the 1st and 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. For further information, call Maria Cantito at 203-732-7106, or Jane Mezzatesta at 203- 736-2128.

Resolve to Live a Healthier with Wellness for Life

Griffin Hospital is helping individuals make the change for a healthier life in 2019 with its Wellness for Life program. Wellness for Life is a 12-week, evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases. According to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of chronic diseases, like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, can be prevented with better lifestyle choices in nutrition, activity and emotional health. Click here for more information.

Nominations Sought for Caring Heart Award

The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee is seeking nominations for its Annual Caring Heart Award. This award is presented to an individual who lives or works in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, or a Valley-area organization, that has made significant contributions to the heart wellness of an individual or the community at large, and demonstrates a “Caring Heart” through actions and/or volunteerism. Click here for more information.

Free Smoking Cessation Starting Feb. 13

Griffin Hospital offers free education, advice and support to help individuals prepare to quit smoking with its four-week smoking cessation program starting Feb. 13. “That’s It – Learn to Quit” teaches a variety of methods to help individuals quit smoking. Click here for more information.

Become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant!

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers will offer a new Certified Clinical Medical Assistant training program starting in April. The program prepares students to become multi-skilled healthcare professionals that specialize in outpatient settings. Click here for more information or to apply, call 203-732-1276 or 203-732-7578 or visit griffinhealth.org/allied-health.

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., Feb. 20 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!

Save the Date! 2019 Greater New Haven Heart Walk

Save the date for The Greater New Haven Heart Walk and come out to help fight heart disease and stroke.  Last year, Griffin raised over $35,000! This year, we want to surpass that goal! Funds will go toward lifesaving science that will help us live longer and healthier! Click here for more information about the walk.

AARP Driver Safety Program March 2

Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Sat., March 2 at the hospital. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to everyone. Click here for more information.

Shelton Robotics Team Try Their Hands at Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Members of the Shelton High Robotic Team got a feel for robot-assisted surgery recently. Griffin Hospital invited the team to special demonstration of its new da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System at Enterprise Corporate Towers in Shelton on Jan. 17, allowing the students to operate the state-of-the-art machine that has revolutionized surgical medicine. Read more.

Start a Fulfilling Career - Become a CNA

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering an evening session of its Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program starting March 4 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 5-9 p. m. Course content includes infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communications, body mechanics, moving and positioning residents, personal care skills, nutrition, measuring vital signs, and restorative care.

The CNA course tuition fee includes the course book, CPR training, and malpractice insurance coverage for the clinical rotation. The CNA clinical experience will be at Griffin Hospital and a long-term care facility from 5-10 p.m. for 40 hours. 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.

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.

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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