University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Monthly ‘Health Matters’ Events Around Town


University Hostpitals St. John Medical Center nurses will take free blood pressure at the 2016 Relay For Life at Westlake High School indoor event, on April 30th from 1pm-4pm. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

Preventing Cancer, April 28: Do I have any control over preventing cancer? Are there any cancer protection firewalls?

This ‘Roundtable’ health talk will be held at UH St. John Medical Center on the 4th Thursday of the month in Building 2, Auditorium B at 6:00 p.m. Presented by Richard Chang, MD; Joel Elconin MD, and an interactive panel of health experts will speak on current cancer information, cancer prevention and cancer treatments. UH SJMC Community Outreach nurses will provide colorectal kits and instruction for home screening from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. before the Roundtable Program. Information tables on related topics from Joyce Forristell Breast health Coordinator, and The Gathering Place, will also be a part of the presentation. Please RSVP: 877-597-6348

Diabetes Education Day – Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

How do we achieve better blood glucose control? An update on the latest medications and insulin therapy for Type 2 Diabetes 

Presented by Lubaina S. Presswala D.O.

Presentation time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease. Multiple body systems can be affected by poorly controlled diabetes. Therefore, it’s crucial to achieve and maintain optimal blood glucose control. Get up-to-date on the latest medications and insulin therapy used for Type 2 Diabetes management Free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Doors for seating in the event room open at 9 a.m.

Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake

RSVP: 877-597-6348

Bring It On!

Senior Wellness and Walking Challenge and UH SJMC

Who has the best Senior Center Around? Find out and join the Senior Wellness and Walking Challenge! The Kick-off for the first Senior Challenge of the year is on April 29th, 2016. North Olmsted Senior Center will compete against Dwyer Senior Center and Rocky River Senior Center. The participants can be 50 years and older. Begin and end this 6 week walking challenge with free biometric screenings from SJMC Community Outreach nurses. Screenings include cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference. Participants will receive a pedometer to track their steps. Members will have the opportunity to warm-up with a SJMC PT health professional, and together walk around the UH St. John Medical Center campus track. Different health presentations from SJMC health professionals will be offered along the way of the competition. The program will end on the 6th Friday, finishing on June 10, 2016, with another biometric evaluation and an award ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for different categories including most steps taken, decreases in cholesterol, BP’s, and many more! Bring it on Seniors!

Call your Community Senior Centers to sign-up, or call SJMC Community Outreach for more information at 440-827-5440.

Safety and Wellness Fair

UH St. John Medical Center is partnering with Westlake Center for Community Services and the Westlake Recreation Center to hold the first annual Family Safety and Wellness Fair. This fair will have something for every age. A safe community doesn’t just happen. Learn about safety at home, emergency preparedness, fire safety, child protection and identification, safety at work, water safety, bike safety, just to name several informative safety displays and demonstrations. Emergency vehicles will be on the grounds, and weather permitting the UH helicopter will land. The SWAT Team and bomb squad may also be in attendance and available to explore. In addition, biometric health screenings will be offered by SJMC Community Outreach nurses as well as cancer screenings by health professionals. We want to increase the visibility of health, wellness and safety resources within the community for all ages. This safety and wellness fair will include awareness, screenings and demonstrations. We are thankful for the many community efforts, coming together to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake

Avon Lake Senior Center

Old Firehouse Community Center

100 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake

Tuesday, April 19

12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Avon Senior Center

36786 Detroit Road, Avon

Thursday, April 21

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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