Health briefs for September 15th-21st

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BMH program aims to help smokers quit

If you long ago broke your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, now is the time to get back on track with the “Freedom from Smoking” program being offered by Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services beginning Monday, Sept. 19.

Developed by the American Lung Association and considered the “gold standard” in smoking cessation programs,” Freedom from Smoking” consists of  eight sessions in seven weeks, offering participants the best chance at kicking the habit for good.

“Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable disease,” said Mark Senn, senior director of LifeFit Wellness Services. “Here’s a way to quit the habit and improve your health.”

The Freedom From Smoking program’s first class will be at 5:45 p.m. in BMAC conference room 451 at 990 Ribaut Road (across the street from the main hospital campus).

The cost is $30, which includes a workbook, a relaxation CD and handouts. Topics covered include stress management techniques, what to do when a craving comes, controlling your weight while quitting and much more. Participants will also receive a free two-month membership to the LifeFit Wellness Center. Call 843-522-5570 for information and to register.

BMH to offer seminar on knee, hip pain

Do you suffer from hip and knee pain?

Beaufort Memorial will host a free seminar at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Room 364 of the hospital’s Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Road (directly across the street from the main hospital campus). Orthopedic Care Coordinator and Physical Therapist Andrea Sadler will provide information about normal knee and hip anatomy, signs and symptoms of joint-related problems, and treatment options to relieve or resolve pain.

The seminar is free but registration is requested. To learn more or make a reservation, call 843-522-5585.

Mobile meals program to receive plaque

HELP of Beaufort’s Mobile Meals Program will be presenting Beaufort Memorial Hospital/Sodexo with a plaque to commemorate 40 years of working together to deliver meals to the homebound in the Beaufort area. During the past 40 years, Beaufort Memorial/Sodexo has supplied Mobile Meals with over 730,000 meals to deliver. These meals are paid for by HELP of Beaufort and some paying clients who receive the meals. Everyone is invited to attend this presentation, which will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Cafeteria.

Bishop Eye using Symfony lens

Bishop Eye Center is now using the Symfony Toric Intraocular Lens from Abbott Medical Optics. The Symfony lens was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July and has gained approvals in more than 50 countries around the world. Bishop Eye Center is a Hilton Head Island- and Bluffton-based leader in refractive cataract surgery that is internationally recognized for patient outcomes.