You and Your Health and Safety
Health Awareness Fills April With
Fill your April days wisely with fitness activities sponsored
by the Health Awareness Program.
Unless otherwise noted, you can register for all classes at the Health Awareness
Program offices, Suite 100, 1015 Chestnut Street, or call 5-6319 to reserve
Registration for new 12-week fitness classes takes place Monday, April 1,
through Friday, April 12, at the Health Awareness Office or Activities Office,
"Preview week," Monday through Friday, April 8 through 12: sample
a free class such as aqua exercise, yoga and conditioning. Classes begin
Monday, April 15.
Walk Around Town
Registration for Jefferson's employee walking program is Monday through
Friday, April 1 through 5, at the Health Awareness Program offices. The
program, which costs $2, begins Monday, April 8, and runs until Friday,
June 28, at both Center City and Ford Road campuses. Prizes will be awarded
based on participation.
The March of Dimes annual "Walk America" will take place at various
locations in the Delaware Valley on Sundays, April 21 and 28.
Eat and Learn at Carolina's Restaurant
Carolina's Restaurant, one of Jefferson's "Dining With Heart"
restaurants, is sponsoring a monthly speaker's series from 7 to 9 p.m. at
Carolina's suburban location, 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor. Preregistration
is required, and there is a fee for the meal. The series includes:
For more information or to register, call Carolina Restaurant's Denise Bennett
at 1-610-293-1000 or the Health Awareness Program at 5-6319.
- "The New Lasers"­p; Hear Eric F. Bernstein, MD, assistant
professor of dermatology at Jefferson Medical College (JMC) and director
of laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology, explain how breakthroughs in
today's lasers can enhance your appearance, on Tuesday, April 2.
- "SleepWell!" Program ­p; Allow Karl Doghramji, MD, director
of the Sleep Disorders Center and associate professor, department of psychiatry
and human behavior, JMC, help you learn what "normal" sleep is,
determine whether you have a sleep problem, give you simple self-care techniques
and tell you when to seek professional help, on Tuesday, April 16.
"The Weigh to Go"SM Weight Management Program
The program is taught by registered dietitians who will work closely with
your personal physician.
The focus is on gradually changing your eating habits and attitudes and
on making healthier choices with more lasting results. Classes meet weekly
for 10 weeks and, in addition, include two one-on-one sessions with a dietitian.
A free information session takes place Wednesday, April 3, from noon to
1 p.m., in M100 (Mezzanine), 1015 Chestnut Street.
The class meets Wednesdays April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June
5, 12, 19 and 26.
The fee for employees and students is $70. Employees who attend 9 of the
10 sessions and one session with a dietitian receive a $35 rebate. Community
members' fee is $140.
"Heart-Healthy Eating and You ­p; Eating to Your Heart's Content"
Dietitians from Jefferson's Dining With Heart Program show you how to eat
properly wherever you are.
The class will meet three Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, and May 7 from 7 to
8 p.m. in the Boardroom at Ford Road Campus, 3905 Ford Road. The fee for
employees and students is $25; for community members, $35. The program will
also be offered in center City in May.
"What Every Older Adult Should Know" ­p; free seminar
Learn the latest treatments for three conditions that often affect the mental
health of older adults: depression, delirium and dementia. The seminar,
presented by Emily Massara, PhD, director of community relations at the
Wills Geriatric Psychiatry Program, meets Thursday, April 11, from noon
to 1 p.m., 203 JMC.
"The Anti-Cancer Diet" ­p; free seminar
Come learn the latest facts about antioxidants, fiber and fat and their
role in cancer prevention. Maureen Boccella, RD, outpatient nutrition services,
department of nutrition and dietetics, will present this seminar Tuesday,
April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at 203 JMC.
"Common Sports Injuries" ­p; free seminar
This lecture will give you an overview of the prevention and treatment of
the most common sports injuries. The speaker, John McShane, MD, clinical
assistant professor of family medicine, JMC, and team physician for the
Philadelphia Eagles, will discuss this topic on Tuesday, April 30, from
noon to 1 p.m., in 203 JMC. Call 6319 to reserve your seat.
Visit Ford Road Health Fair
Come to a free health fair on Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Park Plaza Medical Offices, located at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital-Ford Road Campus. Physicians and other health professionals will
be available to provide information on a variety of health topics. For information
or to pre-register, contact the Healthy Neighbors/Health Awareness Program
Loss of Bowel Control Is Common and Treatable
Jefferson's Program for Bowel Dysfunction provides sophisticated diagnostic
testing and treatments for men and women who are experiencing bowel incontinence
and sphincter disruption. For men, the condition generally occurs from previous
surgery or from nerve damage. In women, it's a common consequence of childbirth,
says Deborah Nagle, MD, division of colorectal surgery.
Dr. Nagle notes that most bowel dysfunction patients do not need surgery.
Many patients can have improved function with dietary education and modification
and bowel training biofeedback.
In cases where sphincter disruption is a result of childbirth, there is
an 85 to 90 percent success rate, even if the woman delivered her last child
decades ago. For patients with neurological incontinence in which traditional
surgery offers no improvement, Jefferson offers treatments that use artificial
sphincter implants and muscle transfers to create new sphincters.