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Smyrna-Vinings Health News You Can Use

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and the New Year is the perfect time to take charge of your health.

Beginning Thursday evening, will be conducting a series of diabetes education classes. Whether you have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or have had to live with diabetes for a while, this class is for you.

The class is conducted by a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a podiatrist and a pharmacist. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, exercise, medications, a personalized meal plan, carbohydrate counting, label reading, eating out and sick day management.

The classes are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. The cost of all three classes is $45 payable the first night by check or cash. A support person, without diabetes may attend with you at no charge. Tonight’s class begins at 6 p.m. and for more information, see here or call 770-437-6913 or 770-438-4373

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First Aid/CPR anytime is a course provided by the and Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna free of charge to the community. Attendees will learn basic steps to manage emergencies such as bleeding and heat related problems as well as basic CPR.

Knowing how to respond in the first few moments of an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. This free training opportunity is part of the Citizen Preparedness initiative co-sponsored by SuperSmyrna, Emory-Adventist Hospital, and the .

The next two classes will be on Jan. 16 and March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. each night. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact Barbara Kilgore at 770-436-3162, Ext. 6606 or at cpranytime@nfiweb.com.

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Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna along with PT Solutions wants to help you get fit in 2012. Getting fit means getting healthy with this series of classes that will help guide you and your family from couch to 5K in only 12 weeks. 

The series, which begins on Jan. 24, will offer tips on staying motivated, proper stretching, warm-ups, and preventative exercise techniques. Attendees can also look forward to learning nutrition to fuel your body and how to select the correct running shoes for running and activity. Classes are free and will be offered in a series of four classes.

Attendees are encouraged but not required to attend each class as a whole. For more information, check out our website at www.emoryadventist.org or call 770-319-2025.

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Did you know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month? Do you want to lose weight in 2012? If so, be sure your thyroid is functioning adequately. On Jan. 26 from 4 - 6 p.m., Emory-Adventist will be conducting a thyroid function screening.

TSH is a blood test used to determine thyroid function. An underactive thyroid can cause symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry-skin and more. An overactive thyroid can cause a number of symptoms, including weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness and diarrhea. 

Cost is $10 by cash or check, and the screening will be held in the hospital cafeteria. Call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment time.

Note: If you are currently under the care of a physician for a thyroid condition, this screening should in no way substitute the monitoring of your condition through your physician. 

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