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June 2021 Health e-Connection

By Griffin Hospital on 6/30/2021

Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, making it a good time to remind men that staying healthy means eating well, exercising, and keeping current on routine health exams and screenings.

In an effort to help inspire men to have an annual physical and to raise awareness about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, Griffin Hospital launched the “Health Initiative for Men” (HiM), a community-wide preventive healthcare effort.

This newsletter includes articles and videos that can help you and the men in your life improve their health this month, including an article regarding the importance of HiM by Dr. Shaun Najarian, a Griffin Faculty Physician champion for HiM, information about Griffin Faculty Physicians’ Urology specialists, important health screening exams for men, healthy recipes for the grill, the myths of sexual dysfunction for men, and backyard exercises to improve fitness in the sunny summer weather.

Gift the Gift of Good Health (and a free game!)

Griffin's Health Initiative for Men (HiM) is giving away “Free Play” cards at SportsCenter Connecticut to promote men’s health awareness. Learn how you can share important health information and some free fun this month! Learn more.

The Importance of HiM

Primary Care Physician and Health Initiative for Men (HiM) Physician Champion, Dr. Shaun Najarian, explains the goal of HiM and why it’s critical to men’s health. Learn more.

Griffin Faculty Physicians Urology Services

Griffin Faculty Physicians provides a full range of urologic needs from prevention and diagnostics to therapeutic treatments, surgery, maintenance and support. Learn more.

Myths of Dysfunction

Dr. Joseph Camilleri explains the myths around sexual dysfunction, and how it can be a sign of hazardous diseases. Watch the video.

5 Screenings Men Need to Know about

Screening can identify diseases early. Identifying health issues early can lead to better outcomes. We’ve selected the top five screenings men need to ensure overall wellness. Learn more.

Recipes for Guys That Grill

Most men - and dads in general - love to grill and what better time of year to grill than summer! Here are some tasty summer grilling recipes dad will love to make. Learn more.

Get Fit with this Backyard (Mini) Bootcamp

Summer is around the corner and you may want to lose that winter layer or just improve your overall fitness. Getting back into a workout routine can be tough with the kids out of school and a hectic summer schedule - here’s a workout for any fitness level that you can do right in your own backyard or at a nearby park. Learn more.

Griffin Offers Mobile COVID-19 Vaccinations and Passes to Quassy Amusement!

Connecticut’s COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Teams provide no-cost, walk-up vaccinations across the state in addition to its vaccination centers in Shelton and Naugatuck.

The highly visible yellow Mobile Vaccination SUVs, provided by the CT Department of Public Health and run by Griffin Health, can administer 100-125 shots per day in a six-hour window of time. The shots are available to individuals 12 years and older without an appointment. It is not necessary to have health insurance or a state-issued ID. All residents are welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of insurance or ID.

Griffin is giving out free day passes to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury for everyone who comes to a Griffin Mobile Vaccination Clinic to receive their first dose COVID-19 vaccination. Day passes include all of the rides as well as the waterpark.

Visit griffinhealth.org/Coronavirus-COVID19-Information/COVID-19-Vaccination for a schedule of upcoming mobile vaccination clinics. Additionally, Griffin’s COVID-19 vaccination center at 10 Progress Drive in Shelton is currently open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The Naugatuck vaccination center at 727 Rubber Ave. in Naugatuck is currently open from 12 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Starting July 6, the Shelton location will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The Naugatuck location will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Virtual Presentations on Joint, Hip Replacement

Griffin Health will offer a free virtual presentations joint replacement options and on minimally invasive hip replacement surgery in July.

On Tues., July 13 at 6 p.m., Orthopaedic Surgeon Gary R. Richo, M.D., PhD, will present “Advances in Joint Replacement, an open discussion of the causes of joint pain, conservative treatment options, total joint replacement techniques, post-surgical recovery and the return to normal activities. The presentation will also include information about Griffin’s advanced surgical technology, including 3D Mako SmartRobotics™ which provides unmatched precision in knee procedures.

On Wed., July 21 at 6 p.m., Orthopedic Surgeon Philip Minotti, MD, will discuss the advanced direct anterior approach for hip replacement, which offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. Direct anterior hip replacement patients generally experience less pain along with a shorter length of stay in the hospital and faster recovery.

These seminars are offered monthly. For more information about joint replacement or to get log-in information for the virtual presentation, contact Vivian Ramia at vramia@griffinhealth.org.

Griffin Celebrates Pride Month

For more than 100 years, Griffin Health has been committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community. As our community grows and evolves, we remain dedicated to our mission of providing exceptional care for everyone we serve.

Because we’re committed to the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ members of our community in our caregiving efforts, we were recently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a Top Performer on their Healthcare Equality Index. We strive to empower individuals to take an active role in decisions affecting their care and well-being and to deliver personalized care to all who need it. Our community thrives when individuals are encouraged and inspired to make choices that improve their well-being and maximize their quality of life.

To learn about the LGBTQ services available at Griffin, visit https://www.griffinhealth.org/centers-departments/lgbtq-services.

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