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Magee offering interactive health programs through Healthy Community program

 

November 20, 2007



The Healthy Community Outreach Education Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is offering interactive health programs that are age-appropriate and suitable for group participation. Most classes are about 45 minutes to one hour in length, except as noted, and can be adapted to meet a group's needs.

Program coordinators are Diana Chiaverini and Ebony Hughes and they can reached at 412-641-4482 or 412-641-1047 for information and scheduling.

Programs for Adults

Breast Health - Includes discussion of the importance of early detection as the best protection in combating breast cancer successfully. Facilitators use breast models and videos to advance the discussion. When available, breast cancer survivors tell their stories.

Healthy Lifestyles for Women - A basic review of what contributes to the health of a woman's mind, body and spirit. Topics include: good eating habits, coping with stress, feeling fit, safety concerns and beating the blues.

Intimate Partner Violence - An overview of the dynamics of intimate partner violence (also referred to as domestic violence). Defines in depth what domestic violence is, recognizing risk, decreasing risk to self and family, and how to safely seek help.

Label Reading and Smart Shopping - Learn the latest tips for comparison shopping for food items. Using product information labels and recognizing store marketing strategies can help you get to the checkout counter.

Methods of Family Planning -The reasons for seeking effective methods of birth control will be discussed. The advantages and drawbacks of the various methods available will be illustrated with models and examples of each method.

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Safer Sex - Includes information on prevention, recognition, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Risky behaviors and the long-term consequences to health and reproduction will be reviewed, including a frank discussion about HIV and AIDS. Protecting oneself, partner and unborn child from this serious threat to health and life is addressed.

Stress Management - A basic review of what stress is, how it can affect individuals both emotionally and physically, and some of the various ways of coping successfully. Recognizing signs of depression in oneself or a loved one and seeking treatment are included.

The Second Half: A Unique Experience - Health goals change as lifestyles change in the second half of life. Beginning with menopause, this discussion will focus on adjustments in diet, rest and recreation for well-being. The importance of continuing with women's healthcare check-ups will be addressed. Bone health and heart health for women can be included or addressed separately in greater depth.

Programs for Parents

Healthy Origins—Childbirth Preparation - Offered as a series, this program covers pregnancy, birth, and parenting with each topic-centered session. Facilitated by a certified childbirth educator (Lamaze, International), a wide variety of videos, models and posters will add to the discussions and practice sessions. Tours of the Magee-Womens Hospital Womancare Birth Center may be arranged. Review sessions for parents who attended classes with their first children, and are now welcoming a second (or more) child, may also be arranged.

Prenatal, Postpartum and Early Parenting Support - From the joys and discomforts of pregnancy to the roles of parents in rearing healthy children, new parents have questions. These informal groups can set meeting times to learn and share in the offices of any of the Magee-Women's Neighborhood Centers.

Confident Parents: Safe Baby, Safe Home - A review of home safety tips and information. Topics include: recognizing and preventing common causes of death and injury for infants and children, coping with the stresses of parenthood, infant stimulation, nutrition for infants and children, and resources for young parents.

What Parents Need to Know: Talking to Your Children About Growing Up - Growing up is hard for both young people and their parents. Topics for discussion: how and when to approach the subject of sexuality, what information should be conveyed to children, how a parent can tell when certain information is appropriate based on a child's age and development, and how a parent can combine facts with family morals and ethics. This program is approximately 90 minutes presented in one or two sessions.

Programs for Kids

Babysitting Basics - Practical tips for 10-14 year olds on getting started with babysitting, working with babies and children and minor home emergency situations including relieving choking and making an emergency phone call. Approximately three hours presented in one or two sessions. Suggested class size limit: 20 students.

Brain Power - A lighthearted overview of the body's control center. Using optical illusions, memory games, and the senses, students learn how this three-pound organ keeps the body and mind in motion.

Feeling Good, Inside & Out - Provides students with the opportunity to explore the meaning and importance of self-esteem. Students will learn about what influences our feelings about ourselves, as well as participate in various self-esteem improvement activities.

Germ Attack - Gives students a basic understanding of germs and how they are spread, through various activities. Students will also learn proper hand-washing techniques and other ways to reduce the spread of germs.

Healthy Lifestyles for Kids - A basic review of what contributes to the health of a young person's mind, body and spirit. Topics include: good eating habits, smoking, alcohol & drugs, coping with stress, exercising, and safety.

Planet Future - Planning and following a course for the future is not always easy—especially for a young person. Through small group activities, informal mentoring, and a little self-expression through art, youngsters can raise their awareness of the possibilities for their personal goals.

Weighing the Facts: Making smart decisions - Studies have found that, without guidance, young people lack the ability to make healthy decisions when put in new or challenging situations. Teaching kids that they have choices in every step of a situation through weighing the facts, and ultimately making a decision, is the key to providing our youth with a life long skill.

Programs for Teens

Healthy Lifestyles for Teens - A basic review of what contributes to the health of a young person's mind, body and spirit. Topics include: good eating habits, smoking, alcohol & drugs, coping with stress, exercising, and safety.

Healthy Relationships - Defines what a healthy relationship is, recognizing the signs and risks of unhealthy relationships and learning how to seek help or help someone in need. Addresses the issues of dating violence among young people and the importance of being safe and aware.

Managing Every Day Stress - A basic review of what stress is, how it can affect individuals both emotionally and physically, and some of the various ways of coping successfully. Recognizing signs of depression in oneself or a loved one and seeking treatment are included.

Planet Future - Planning and following a course for the future is not always easy—especially for a young person. Through small group activities, informal mentoring, and a little self-expression through art, teens can raise their awareness of the possibilities for their personal goals.

Birth Control Methods in the 21st Century - Participants will be provided with information to help them in making personal birth control choices, with regard to abstinence and other methods of protection. The reasons for seeking effective birth control methods will be discussed. An update on the various methods available will be illustrated with models of each one.

Straight Talk About: Body Image - Growing up is hard enough without having to worry about your image. This program will discuss the media's influence on how we look, act and feel about ourselves, eating disorders, and being supportive to friends about their own body images.

Straight Talk About: Safer Sex - Sexual decision-making, with regard to abstinence and methods of protection, will be reviewed. Risky behaviors and the long-term consequences to health and reproduction will be discussed, including a frank discussion about HIV and AIDS. Includes information on recognition, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Weighing the Facts: Making smart decisions - Studies have found that, without guidance, young people lack the ability to make healthy decisions when put in new or challenging situations. Teaching teens that they have choices in every step of a situation through weighing the facts, and ultimately making a decision, is the key to providing our youth with a life long skill.

Programs for Parents/Guardians and Children Together

Baby on the Way: Children welcoming new brothers and sisters - Becoming a big brother or sister is a special event. This program can help children adjust to their mothers' hospital stays and to the new baby. Parents and children can hold and diaper soft cloth dolls and see a special video for “Big Kids.”

Growing Up Together for Daughters & Sons - Parents who want to be involved in helping their daughters/sons with the confusing changes of growing up are invited to attend this program with their kids. Facilitators encourage communication between parents and children regarding the normal processes of early adolescent sexuality. Suggested for ages 8 through 12 years. Suggested class size limit: 12 families.

Sexual Responsibility for Daughters & Sons - A second program may be offered to young teens and their parents, dealing with issues of sexual responsibility, dating, decision-making, and pregnancy prevention. Participants will be provided with information to help them in making personal choices. Facilitators encourage communication between parents and their teens regarding these issues. Suggested for ages 13-16. Suggested class size limit: 12 families.

Special Programs

Infant/Child CPR for Family and Friends - This American Heart Association program, taught by an approved instructor, will offer the basics of home safety as well as recognizing and treating life-threatening events involving infants and children. This program is hands-on and all participants will practice each life-saving skill. This program is approximately four hours presented in one or two sessions.

The Healing Space - In partnership with Nurture Clubs, The Healing Space is a place for females who are hurting or have been hurt, due to being victimized in intimate relationships via domestic/dating violence, rape, sexual assault or incest. The Healing Space offers empowering activities including motivational workshops, writing and reciting poetry, quilting and other art projects, field trips, and talking to others about similar experiences. Referrals for counseling and legal advice are available. Currently, the two-hour workshops take place on a monthly basis at Magee-Womens Hospital. Those who are interested should call Roxanne Epperson, Community Outreach Worker for Magee-Womens Hospital and founder of The Healing Space, at 412-641-7904.

The Social You, The Sexual You (For youth with special needs) - A series of three programs for parents/guardians and their young people with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities. The programs focus on puberty and the changes of growing up, relationships and social skills for teens, and sexual responsibility for older teens and young adults. (Fees and registration for these three programs are handled through the Education Department at Magee-Womens Hospital at 412-641-4492).

 

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