2014-01-09 / Healthy Living

Health Briefs

Dr. Joseph Lee Dr. Joseph Lee Bend, stretch, breathe better

Certified instructor Jean Erlbaum leads a gentle yoga class from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. Participants of all ages are welcome to work on gentle stretches, yoga breathing and deep relaxation. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and towel or small blanket. Cost is $7 per class.

Ms. Erlbaum also teaches chair yoga from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursdays in the Ole Movie Theater at Lely Resort. Cost is $7.50. The workout includes moves for stretching muscles, building bone strength, releasing the joints and enhancing balance.

All stretches are done on a chair or with the support of a chair, making the class great for people who can't get down on a yoga mat (or back up from one). Those in wheelchairs and beginners are most welcome. No special equipment is needed. Wear loose, comfortable clothes.

For more information, call (413) 230-1518 or email jean.erlbaum@verizon.net. ¦

‘Frankly Speaking’ series starts

The first program in Hazelden addiction treatment center’s 2014 “Frankly Speaking” community speaker series takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Hodges University. Guest speaker Dr. Joseph Lee will discuss “Adolescents, Young Adults and Risk: What Parents Need to Know.”

The medical director for Hazelden’s youth services, Dr. Lee is a psychiatrist, author and adolescent addiction and mental health expert who works with families across the country and abroad helping them deal with drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression and eating disorders that teens struggle with today.

“All too often, parents gain knowledge and access help too late in the process,” he says. “I will share an honest look at what parents need to know to guide their teens through these critical years.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Teachers, law enforcement and mental health professionals can earn one free CE credit. A “meet and greet” with Dr. Lee will begin at 6:30 p.m., and he will sign copies of his newest book, “Recovering My Kid,” following his presentation.

For more information, call Mary Campbell at 659-2351 or email marycampbell@hazelden.org.

Dr. Lee will present “Parenting, Family Culture and Addicted Youth,” a program for addiction and recovery professionals, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Hodges University. Registration is required at www.hazelden.org/naples.

Also at the Hazelden center in Naples, the next smoking cessation classes are offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Feb. 20. RSVP by emailing Theresa Feller at tfeller@hazelden.org.

Alumni of the Hazelden program are invited to an alumni gathering at 7 p.m. every Thursday, also at the Hazelden center. The center also hosts an Al-Anon meeting at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Hazelden in Naples is at 950 Sixth Ave. N. ¦

Adopt a healthy lifestyle for 2014

Purely You Spa invites the public to a “New Year … New You!” healthy lifestyle class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 11, at the spa at 3066 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples. Attendees will hear from spa owner Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi about ways to get on the path to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Among the topics are food as fuel and medicine, useful shopping strategies, antiaging skin care techniques and reducing and coping with stress. Jon Bates of Addicted to Fitness will make a presentation, and antioxidant green tea will be served.

Cost is $25 ($12.50 for spa members). Attendees will receive a $50 gift certificate toward a facial, massage or annual membership at Purely You Spa.

Advance registration is required. Call 331- 8266 or visit www.purelyyouspa.com. ¦

Clinic will benefit from Bargain Box sales

All proceeds from sales at the Bargain Box Thrift Store on Saturday, Jan. 18, will go to help fund programs that serve low-income, uninsured, working patients who receive medical care at Neighborhood Health Clinic. The “Bargain Box Benefits” sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes 50 percent off all merchandise and an hourly drawing for an additional discount.

An outreach mission of Naples United Church of Christ, the Bargain Box provides more than $200,000 each year to programs and charitable endeavors in Collier County and abroad. More than 100 volunteers help run the thrift store.

“These one-day special events help us connect with our local charity partners and build awareness of their role in the community,” says William Anderson, volunteer committee chair. “As people begin to view our store as a mission destination where their purchases help local organizations do good, we are hopeful that this connection will help our charity partners reach beyond those already in their care.” ¦

Edison offers class for medical technicians

Edison State College is offering clinical medical assistant and phlebotomy technician class Feb. 4-May 29 at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Students receive training that prepares them for the National Comprehensive Certification Test.

The 14-week course provides 180 hours of classroom instruction and a 220-hour externship that will be coordinated by Edison State College.

Participants must provide proof of CPR completion and health-care screenings. Space is limited; registration and payment are required in advance. Call 433-6963 or visit www.edison.edu/ce/institutes. ¦

Alateen meetings every week on Marco

Young people who are affected by someone else’s drinking are invited to find support and hope at weekly Al-Anon Alateen meetings on Marco Island. Meetings are at 4 p.m. Thursdays at Wesley United Methodist Church. For more information, call 389-1635 or visit www.alanon.alateen.org. ¦

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