Wellness at a Glance/Events for Community Outreach

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St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Nurses’ Health Tip:

It is not too late to get a flu shot; your best defense against the flu this season! – Marian Buzzard RN BSN

Health Talk

Where can you seek healing of the mind, body, and spirit? Where can you go to become centered and strengthened as you confront a stressful time. Where can you focus on the positive and be grateful? Where can you find a needed peaceful moment? The answer is in a labyrinth. The process of mindfully walking a labyrinth can bring peace, relaxation or answers to all these concerns. Join Kris Austin from the Gathering Place as she discusses Gratitude, then walk the labyrinth, and experience the benefits of stress management, relaxation, gratitude and peace.

Tuesday, December 8

Westlake Center for Community Services, 29694 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. RSVP: 440-899-3544

Sponsored by The Westside Health Organization (WHO)

This is your one stop destination for the area’s Senior Living options. Come talk to representatives from Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities in a relaxed environment.

St John Medical Center, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Auditorium A & B

Monday, December 14 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Open to the Public (Refreshments provided)

Smoking Cessation

Make a New Year’s Resolution for your health! Freedom From Smoking® – a Smoking Cessation Program

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. This program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Lynn Gorton RT, SJMC Cardio/Pulmonary Rehab, in conjunction with the American Lung Association, will facilitate this six week class.

Start date is Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 10 – 11 a.m. End date is February 23, 2016. Also be prepared to meet 2 days the third week of the program, on Tuesday morning and Thursday January 28 at 4 p.m.

Class meets at SJMC Community Outreach, 29160 Center ridge Rd. Westlake, Suite R. Please call 877-597-6348 for reservations

Support Groups

Gamblers Anonymous Support Meeting

Twelve-step meeting for people who think they have a gambling problem. Gamblers Anonymous is a worldwide organization committed to help compulsive gamblers. To attend all you need is a desire to stop gambling.

Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R , 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. For more information call Matt at 440-752-3315 or Gamblers Anonymous at

626-960-3500 for a meeting in your area, or go to gamblersanonymous.com.

Food Addicts Anonymous

Offers hope and recovery for the disease of food addiction. Support group for obesity, anorexia and bulimia.

Fridays, 7 p.m., Auditorium B • Sundays, 6 p.m., Auditorium A

SJMC, Building 2, 1st Floor, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. For more information call Kay at 216-548-3366 or Gloria at 440-327-9492.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.

Sundays, 10 – 11 a.m.

SJMC, Building 2, 1st Floor, Auditorium B, 29000 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. No dues or fees for members.


New Beginnings

Facilitated by Hospice of the Western Reserve. A monthly support group for young widows and widowers (age 55 and younger). This group is open-ended and ongoing.

2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Call Elizabeth Prentiss Bereavement Center at 216-486-6838 or JoDee 440-892-6680.

Grief Recovery Program

Moving Beyond Loss to a Richer Quality of Life

Facilitated by John Monnin, M.Ed. Sponsored by Crossroads Hospice and SJMC. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss. This 11-week program will guide those who wish to resolve their loss. Program is free to the community.

Wednesdays, January 13 – March 30 • 12:30 – 2 p.m.

SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. RSVP: 216-654-9300

 Who am I?

Grief challenges us to take a new look at our roles in life. In this six-week program you will rediscover personal interests, explore new opportunities, and identify support systems and tools to help you through. Come and brainstorm, share and discover new ideas and resources with the group. There will be independent assignments most weeks.

Thursdays starting February 4 – March 10 • 6:30 – 8 p.m

SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R, 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. RSVP: 440-892-6680 Registration required. For more information, contact JoDee Coulter, MT-BC, Bereavement Coordinator Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Hope Group

Facilitated by Joyce Forristell, CBPN-IC. A support group for newly diagnosed breast cancer individuals and for breast cancer survivors.

1st Wednesday, every month, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SJMC Community Outreach, Suite R , 29160 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. RSVP to Joyce at 440-827-5459

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