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April 2019 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 4/22/2019

Exercise More and Stress Less this April

April is here and it's a great time for springing into a new exercise routine to help cut down on stress. With so much going on around us, it’s easy to overlook stress management, but stress can be extremely detrimental to our health. Here are 8 stress-busting techniques you'll be stress free and able to enjoy the spring weather.

Spring Training Guide: Tips for Easing Back into Working Out

Exercise can be a wonderful stress reliever, but it’s not something you can jump right into. Try these tips and tricks to ease back into an exercise routine injury-free.

Advance Care Planning: What It Is and Why EVERY Adult Needs It!

April is home to National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16). This is a good reminder to think about Advance Care Planning, which is a process of reflecting on and discussing individual goals, beliefs and values in order to determine your healthcare wishes and assign a healthcare representative to make decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated. "Do you have an Advance Directive?" It’s a question many of us have been asked more than once. Yet, we know most adults don’t have one and don’t think about creating one.

Griffin Health offers free Advance Care Planning information and services.  Contact the ACP office at 203-732-1255 with any questions or to schedule a meeting with one of our certified ACP facilitators. Read more about Advance Care Planning

Join Us For a Free Hernia Screening April 25

Griffin Hospital will host a free hernia screening event on Thurs., April 25 from 5-8 p.m. The screenings will be conducted by area surgeons specializing in hernia treatment.

The test takes about 10 minutes and participants will receive information and referrals if there is a suspected hernia. Interested individuals must make an appointment, which will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an appointment, call 203-732-3443. Click here for more information.

Come to Our Annual Baby Fair April 27

Expectant parents, new parents and their families can get a good feel for the area’s maternity and child care resources from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27 at Griffin Hospital’s Annual Baby Fair. Held at The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby, this free event features more than 30 exhibitors, door prizes, tours of the Childbirth Center and information about the Center’s classes and support groups for before and after childbirth.

Start the Path to a Fulfilling Career in Healthcare

The Griffin Hospital School of Allied Health Careers is offering classes for its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Phlebotomy programs. The school will host two CNA program, with one starting May 13 and another starting July 15. The PCT and Phlebotomy programs begin May 14. Read more.

Recipes to Aid Digestion

Many digestive issues can be prevented by eating a healthy balanced diet. Check out our recipes for great digestive health.  They are delicious and help improve digestion. Download the Recipes.

Tea Fundraiser to Benefit Breast Health Care Fund

Calling all tea lovers! The Women’s Health Initiative invites the community to its Annual Tea Fundraiser on Sun., April 28 from 2-4 p.m. at Griffin Hospital.

The event is open to everyone and will feature a sophisticated assortment of teas and savory foods. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite hat for a parade where the person with the best hat will be awarded a “best in show” prize. There will also be door prizes and raffles. Lori Murphy, Director of The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, will be the featured speaker and will present “New Year, New Capabilities in Radiation Oncology.”

The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Valley Breast Health Care Fund, which aims to ensure that no person, regardless of age or socio-economic condition, is denied screening mammograms or diagnostic testing for breast cancer, or financial assistance with diagnosed breast cancer related services such as wigs, transportation and groceries. Reserve your seat by contacting Nancy at 203-734-6945 or nvbv@hotmail.com or Shayne at 203-732-7274. Donations are also welcome.

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., May 15 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.

Griffin Hospital will be participating in The Great Give!

On May 1 and 2, Griffin Hospital will be participating in The Great Give. This annual 36-hour online fundraising event is an easy way to give locally and enrich the lives of our patients. Mark your calendar and visit our page to make a gift between 8AM on May 1 and 8PM on May 2.

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.