Medical Center announces support groups for July 8-21

July 12, 2007

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers the following support groups to provide networking and educational opportunities for people with a variety of needs. Prior registration is required.

Prepared Childbirth Series: This class prepares expectant women intellectually, emotionally and physically for the childbearing experience and also helps prepare partners to be active, effective support persons. Weeknight series: five-week course, Wednesday or Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., or weekend series: three Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information on when the next available series begins and to request a registration form, call (717) 531-6981. A $63 fee is required with your registration form.

Teen Parents:This group provides support for teenagers with children. For more information, call (717) 531-1298. This program is free to the public.

July 8-14

Prenatal Exercise Class: This class teaches expectant women to incorporate good body mechanics and exercises into daily life and includes specific, nonstrenuous physical conditioning exercises designed to contribute to fitness and comfort during pregnancy and childbirth. The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 16, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Room C3621, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 19, at the University Fitness Center, located on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus. Thursday's class is combined with the Postnatal Exercise Class. For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6981. This class is free to the public.

Infant Loss Support Group: For families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillborn birth or the death of an infant younger than one month old. Meeting will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 16, Penn State Women's Health Center, Room 206, 670 Cherry Drive, Hershey. For more information, call (717) 531-8123. This program is free to the public.

Postpartum Breast-feeding: Mothers & Babies Together. Topic: Helpful breast-feeding hints for the family. This class focuses on common concerns of the breast-feeding mother. Babies and fathers are welcome. Meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 17, at Penn State Women's Health Center, Community Health Library, second floor, 670 Cherry Drive, Hershey. For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6981 or visit http://www.hmc.psu.edu/womens online. This program is free to the public.

Fathers' Class: This class helps new fathers adjust to parenthood. Babies are welcome. Class meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, at the Mohler Senior Center, 660 Cherry Drive, Hershey. For more information, call (717) 531-6981. This class is free to the public.

Infant Safety and CPR: This class provides parents with basic information on infant and child safety and CPR. Individuals practice on infant and child mannequins. The class meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, at the Mohler Senior Center, 660 Cherry Drive, Hershey, and costs $21. For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6981.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma Support Group: For patients who have leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma and their families. Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dining Room C. For more information, call the patient service coordinator at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at (717) 652-6520 or Tom Edmunds at (717) 531-4291 or log onto http://www.hmc.psu.edu/cancer online. This program is free to the public.

Stroke Support Group: This group provides monthly programs of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers as well as an opportunity for support and socialization. Group meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at the Mohler Senior Center, 660 Cherry Drive, Hershey. Call Pamela Carr at (717) 531-0003, ext. 285032, for more information. This program is free to the public.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group: This group allows an opportunity for support, socialization and education for those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support persons. Meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, third floor rehabilitation dining room. For more information, call Cindy Hulse, C.R.R.N., at (717) 531-7522. This program is free to the public.

Postnatal Exercise Class: This free class teaches new mothers specific, physical conditioning exercises designed to facilitate physical rehabilitation after pregnancy and delivery. Class meets from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 19, at the University Fitness Center, located on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus, and is combined with the Prenatal Exercise Class. Call (717) 531-6981 for more information or to register.

Carbohydrate Counting for 2s (Type 2 Diabetes): Meeting will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 19, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Room H1059, near Starbucks. To register, call (717) 531-8406; for more information, call (717) 531-5178. This program is open to the public. Cost is billed to insurance.

Diabetes Support Group (Adult): Meetings consist of speakers and group discussion. Two free sessions are scheduled for Thursday, July 19. Afternoon session will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Mohler Senior Center, 660 Cherry Drive, Hershey. Evening session will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dining Room C. For more information, call (717) 531-6892.

New Dimensions Support Group (Gastric Bypass): Topic: Caribbean Fiesta Picnic. Provides peer support and resources to individuals researching, awaiting or adapting to weight loss surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Friends and family are welcome to attend. This month's meeting will feature a special presentation from the surgeons as well as a healthy cooking demonstration. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or side dish. Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 19, in the University Fitness Center's multipurpose room. For more information, call Janelle McLeod at (717) 531-6321. This program is free to the public.

July 15-21

Prenatal Exercise Class: This free class teaches expectant women to incorporate good body mechanics and exercises into daily life and includes specific, nonstrenuous physical conditioning exercises designed to contribute to fitness and comfort during pregnancy and childbirth. The class meets from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 23, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Room C3621, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 26, at the University Fitness Center, located on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus. Thursday's class is combined with the Postnatal Exercise Class. For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6981.

Infant Care Class: This class covers key information such as bathing, dressing, comforting and feeding the newborn. Class meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at the Mohler Senior Center, 660 Cherry Drive, Hershey. For more information, call (717) 531-6981. Cost is $16.

Sibling Class: This class helps future big brothers and sisters ages 3 to 10 prepare for the arrival of a new baby. A parent must accompany children attending the class. Class meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Room C3621. For more information, call (717) 531-6981. Cost is $11.

Cancer Support Group: Meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, cafeteria dining room A. For more information, call (717) 531-4291. This program is free to the public.

Postnatal Exercise Class: This free class teaches new mothers specific, physical conditioning exercises designed to facilitate physical rehabilitation after pregnancy and delivery. Class meets from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 26, at the University Fitness Center, located on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus, and is combined with the Prenatal Exercise Class. For more information or to register, call (717) 531-6981.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009