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Princeton Health Community Wellness Classes in January

Below is a list of both our in-person and virtual classes.

 

IN-PERSON classes are limited in size. Masks and social distancing are required.

 

VIRTUAL classes are accessible via computer or mobile device and registered participants will receive a link to join.

 

Please register online or leave a message at 1.888.897.8979. A Community Wellness staff member will return your call during regular business hours.

 

 

GENERAL PROGRAMMING

 

Protect Yourself Against Glaucoma

SAT. January 14 (9 - 10 a.m.)

Community Wellness

731 Alexander Road, Suite 103, Princeton

Click here to register.

Glaucoma—a leading cause of blindness in the United States—can easily go undetected. Fortunately, simple diagnostic testing can catch the condition, and treatment can help preserve your vision if caught in the early stages. Join David Mostafavi, MD, board certified in ophthalmology, to learn about the importance of taking care of your vision and getting screened. Dr. Mostafavi is a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

Freedom from Smoking & Vaping

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 28* (6:30 - 8 p.m.)

Community Wellness

at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch

1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton

$99 per person. Click here to register.

Join us for this eight-session program led by American Lung Association-trained facilitators to learn proven skills and techniques to help you quit smoking or vaping. The small group setting is the perfect place to learn how to create a personalized plan to overcome your nicotine addiction so you can start enjoying the benefits of better health. The program will prepare you to quit smoking or vaping, offer ideas on lifestyle changes that make quitting easier, and provide ways to manage stress and avoid weight gain. Participant workbooks and other informative materials will be provided. *Please Note: February 9th is a Thursday.

 

Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It Right for Me?

WED. January 18 (6 - 6:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

To register and receive the link to join virtually, please email donna.post@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Obesity is a serious health condition that can impact every aspect of your life. If traditional weight-loss methods have failed, surgery may be an option. Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, Director of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, for an overview of traditional and minimally invasive surgical weight-loss options, including laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic stomach banding, to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

 

Glaucoma Screenings

SAT. January 21 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Mostavi Eye Princeton

300 Witherspoon Street, Suite 203

Princeton

Please call 1.888.897.8979 for an appointment.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Join us for a free glaucoma screening, provided by David Mostafavi, MD, board certified ophthalmologist, and his staff. Dr. Mostafavi is a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

AARP Smart Driver

WED. January 25 (1 - 7 p.m.)

Princeton Fitness & Wellness

1225 State Road, Princeton

$20 for members/$25 for non-members (Payment collected at the door).

Click here to register.

The techniques learned in this course could result in a reduction in insurance premiums (consult your insurance company for details), and New Jersey drivers may be eligible to have up to two points removed from their driving record. Participants will learn: defensive driving techniques; new traffic laws and rules of the road; how to deal with aggressive drivers; how to handle potential problem situations such as left turns, right-of-way, interstate highway traffic, trucks, and blind spots; and how to safely use anti-lock brakes and safety belts. You must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license to be eligible for this course. You do not need to be a member of AARP to attend. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate to send to your insurance company. This course will be presented by an AARP instructor.

 

 

WOMEN'S WELLNESS

 

RED HOT MAMAS®:

Meeting Menopause...Unraveling the Mystery

TUE. January 10 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

$15 per person. Click here to register.

Menopause can be a difficult and confusing time–but it doesn’t have to be if you are properly prepared. Just as menstruation and pregnancy are a natural part of a woman’s life, so is menopause, which often begins around the age of 45. Join Shyama Mathews, MD, MD, FACOG, NCMP, board certified gynecologist and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner, at this informative session for a better understanding of menopause. Dr. Mathews is a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. (You can also attend this session in-person at Princeton Medical Center by registering here).

 

 

Self-Defense for Women:

Personal Empowerment Safety Program (Basic)

THU. January 12, 19 & 26 (6 - 9 p.m.)

Plainsboro Recreation Center

641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro

$40 per person. Click here to register.

Empower yourself with a new sense of awareness and confidence through RAD Women®, a national self-defense course for women. Learn to be more aware of potential danger and how to protect yourself. RAD Women® is a multi-session, activity-based program that includes lectures, safety drills, muscle memory work, and physical defense techniques. This course is designed for every woman regardless of physical fitness and age. Dress in sneakers and comfortable clothing. *No prior experience necessary.

 

 

CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

 

radKIDS® (Ages 8-12)

MON. & WED. January 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 (4 - 5:30 p.m.)

Community Wellness

at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch

1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton

$30 per child. Click here to register.

This multi-session national program is designed to provide children with personal empowerment and practical skills to recognize, avoid, and, if necessary, escape an unsafe situation. Dress in comfortable clothes and sneakers.

 

Girl Talk: What to Expect at Your First GYN Visit

TUE. January 24 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

It’s normal to feel nervous or embarrassed about your first visit to the gynecologist, but it’s an important part of taking care of your health. Join Shyama Mathews, MD, board certified gynecologist, and Emily Anderson, APN-C, board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, to learn what to expect at your first appointment; what may be causing painful, heavy, and irregular periods; and how to prevent cervical cancer. Both Dr. Mathews and Anderson are members of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

 

HEART-HEALTH

 

Heart Health & Stroke Prevention

THU. January 19 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Mercer County Connection

967 Route 33, Hamilton

Click here to register.

Discover what you can do to lower your risk for heart attack and stroke at this invaluable program led by Megan Yellareddigari, RN-BSN, Stroke Coordinator with Princeton Medical Center (PMC). Learn the early warning signs of a stroke, when to seek medical attention and prevention methods, as well as which heart conditions can lead to a stroke. PMC is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center.

 

Preparing Heart-Healthy Foods

TUE. January 24 (1 - 2 p.m.)

Mercer County Connection

967 Route 33, Hamilton

Click here to register. Limited spots left.

The first step to healthy eating is knowing what to put on the menu. Heart-healthy cooking will be the focus of this demonstration, led by Beth Young, MS, RDN, CSOWM, a registered dietitian nutritionist. Learn to identify recipes and make dishes that are delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare.

 

 

HEART FAILURE SERIES

 

Sodium Reduction Strategies That Work

WED. January 11 (4 - 5 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

Join Beth Young, MS, RDN, CSOWM, a registered dietitian nutritionist, for this informative program and learn where sodium can be hiding in foods, sodium reduction strategies, and how to follow the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) eating plan.

 

Medications & Heart Failure Exacerbation

WED. January 18 (2 - 3 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

Recognizing signs of a heart failure exacerbation can help prevent future hospitalizations for those with cardiac issues. Join Vanessa Clergeau, PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, for this informative discussion on what may cause a heart failure exacerbation, how to treat it, and what you can do to prevent it.

 

Monitoring Symptoms of Heart Failure

WED. January 18 (4 - 5 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

Join Tejal Narkhede, MPT, a physical therapist with Princeton Medical Center Princeton Rehabilitation, and learn how to identify and monitor symptoms of heart failure, what to do when you are experiencing symptoms, and how to modify activities of daily living.

 

Living with Heart Failure Support Group

WED. January 25 (4 - 5 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

This support group, led by Kat Dombrowski, RN, a registered nurse with Princeton Health Community Wellness, will focus on helping participants set, track, and achieve both personal and team goals related to improved heart failure management. Participants will be receive practical day-to-day tips to help keep heart failure from disrupting their everyday lives.

 

 

MIND & BODY

 

Self-Honoring Goals for 2023

WED. January 11 (7 - 8 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

We make new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions, but when we go off course it’s easy to be hard on ourselves and even give up. Setting smart goals, having self-compassion, and knowing how to bounce back can make all the difference. Learn more about setting self-honoring goals at this informative program led by Jamie Benjamin, LPC, NCC, ACS, a licensed counselor with Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health.

 

Chair Yoga

THU. January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 & 16 (8 - 8:50 a.m.)

VIRTUAL

$30 per person for the series. Click here to register.

This gentle form of yoga incorporates standard yoga poses while sitting on or standing next to a chair. The class, taught by a certified yoga instructor, is an adaptation of a standard yoga class and will improve flexibility, concentration, and strength while reducing stress and joint strain.

 

Gentle Yoga

TUE. January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28 & March 7 (8:30 - 9:20 a.m.)

VIRTUAL

$21 per person for the series. Click here to register.

This gentle form of yoga incorporates standard yoga poses while sitting on or standing next to a chair. The class, taught by a certified yoga instructor, is an adaptation of a standard yoga class and will improve flexibility, concentration, and strength while reducing stress and joint strain.

 

Mindfulness to Reduce Stress

WED. January 25 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Mercer County Library System - Hopewell Branch

245 Pennington Titusville Road, Pennington

To register, please call the library at 609.737.2610.

Practicing mindfulness — experiencing the present moment without judgment — can help you manage stress and improve your quality of life. Attend this informative session led by Carolyn Schindewolf, health educator with Penn Medicine Princeton Health Community Wellness, to learn how mindfulness can help reduce or stop brain chatter and habitual reactions, improve mood and energy, increase focus and mental clarity, and deepen your enjoyment and appreciation of life.

 

Yoga for Fertility

WED. January 25 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

Community Wellness

at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch

1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton

$5 per person. Click here to register.

This workshop is designed to introduce yoga practice to women who are trying to conceive naturally without assisted reproductive technology. Yoga for Fertility uses specific yoga postures and practices to stimulate and tone the reproductive system, and enhance the flow of energy and circulation. The class is led by Maria Benerofe, a certified yoga instructor with Princeton Health Community Wellness.

 

Yin Yoga for a Healthy Heart

MON. January 30 (6 - 6:45 p.m.)

Community Wellness

at the Hamilton Area YMCA John K. Rafferty Branch

1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton

$5 per person. Click here to register.

Yin yoga is a slow, soothing, meditative style of yoga that targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, and ligaments in the body. Holding poses in this style of yoga relaxes both the body and the mind. Join Maria Benerofe, certified yoga instructor, and learn the basics of yin practice. Please bring a mat and a water bottle.

 

CHILDBIRTH & FAMILY

Prenatal Classes & Preparing for Baby's Arrival

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group

WED. January 11 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

WED. January 18 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

WED. January 25 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click the date above to register.

It is no surprise that parenting can leave you feeling anxious and unsettled. Join us for this virtual support group, designed to give parents-to-be and new parents an opportunity to safely connect and share experiences. This group is moderated by a registered nurse and lactation consultant from Penn Medicine Princeton Health, who can answer your questions. Parents of babies up to 6 months old are welcome. Support provided by Central Jersey Family Consortium.

 

Labor Fundamentals

SAT. January 14 (10 - 11 a.m.)

VIRTUAL

$20 per couple. Click here to register.

If you are approaching your due date but haven’t had a chance to take a full childbirth preparation class, this program is for you. In one hour we will cover the essentials including a virtual maternity tour, going over the signs of labor, and when to go to the hospital.

 

Practicing MindFETALness

SAT. January 21 (10 - 11 a.m.)

VIRTUAL

$5 per person. Click here to register.

Pregnant mothers and unborn babies have a unique and innate connection. MindFETALness is a method of tapping into that connection by focusing on fetal movement patterns during pregnancy. Join us to learn a simple way to use mindfulness to help monitor your baby’s fitness and well-being.

 

Birthing Basics

THU. January 26, February 2 & 9 (7 - 9 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

$125 per couple. Click here to register.

This three-week, comprehensive program for expectant parents provides information and answers to questions concerning labor and delivery. Parents will learn the signs of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, and comfort measures to promote a positive birth experience.

 

Baby Care

MON. January 30 (7 - 9:30 p.m.)

Princeton Medical Center

1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro

$50 per couple. Click here to register.

How will we care for our baby? What does it mean when a baby cries? How do we bathe our baby? This program is designed to help create confidence in your parenting skills with an in-depth discussion of infant care, feeding choices, soothing techniques, safe sleep practices, choosing a pediatrician, and more.

 

Prenatal Yoga

TUE. January 31, February 7, 14 & 21 (3 - 3:45 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

$12 per person for the series. Click here to register.

Expectant mothers will learn how to use gentle postures, stretching, breathing, relaxation, and meditation to help keep fit and feel good during pregnancy. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Please bring a yoga mat or large towel, two pillows or cushions, a yoga tie or a regular tie for stretching. This class is taught by a certified prenatal yoga instructor.

 

 

CHILDBIRTH & FAMILY

Postpartum & Parenting Classes

 

Bright Beginnings (Birth to Crawling)

WED. January 11 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

WED. January 18 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

WED. January 25 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Princeton Fitness & Wellness

1225 State Road, Princeton

Registration not required. Click here to learn more about weekly topics in January.

This informative, relaxed group is for parents and caregivers of infants. Each week focuses on a different topic of interest to new parents. Infants and children under 4 years of age are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver.

January 11 - Music Together

January 18 - Staying Organized as a New Parent

January 25 - Gross Motor Milestones

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group

WED. January 11 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

WED. January 18 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

WED. January 25 (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click the date above to register.

It is no surprise that parenting can leave you feeling anxious and unsettled. Join us for this virtual support group, designed to give parents-to-be and new parents an opportunity to safely connect and share experiences. This group is moderated by a registered nurse and lactation consultant from Penn Medicine Princeton Health, who can answer your questions. Parents of babies up to 6 months old are welcome. Support provided by Central Jersey Family Consortium.

 

Breastfeeding Support Group

FRI. January 13 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

FRI. January 20 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

FRI. January 27 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Breast Health Center

300B Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor

Registration not required.

Are you currently nursing your infant or toddler? Our support group can answer your questions and allow you to share your experiences with other nursing mothers. This group is meets every Friday morning and is facilitated by an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Mothers are encouraged to bring their infants. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, participants are limited to mom and baby only.

 

Infant Massage

SAT. January 21 (12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

$20 per family. Click here to register.

Join us to learn how to skillfully provide calm and soothing touch for your infant and other children as well. Prepare a warm and quiet space with a blanket, exercise mat or large towel. We recommend the use of grapeseed or sunflower oil (test on baby's ankle or wrist 24 hours before class to ensure there are no skin sensitivities). Please wait at least one week after baby's most recent immunization to join this class.

 

CPR & FIRST AID

 

Pet CPR & First Aid

TUE. January 24 (6 - 9 p.m.)

Community Wellness

731 Alexander Road, Suite 103, Princeton

$25 per person. Click here to register.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health is offering Pet First Aid & CPR. Designed by the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), the Pet First Aid course teaches participants how to give immediate care to an injured or suddenly ill pet until veterinary care is available. Basic emergency care, CPR, common illnesses and medical emergencies will be covered using pet manikins. This program will focus on first aid for dogs; however, first aid applications for most pets are similar. Participants will receive a course completion certificate.

 

 

CANCER LECTURES & SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Breast Cancer Support Group

TUE. January 10 (6 - 7:30 p.m.)

Breast Health Center

300B Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor

Click here to register.

The group invites breast cancer patients in all phases of their journeys to attend, along with their family members and/or caregivers. Share experiences and triumphs, solutions for coping with treatment side effects, effective communication with your healthcare team, and concerns about recurrence in a supportive and problem-solving environment. This support group is facilitated by Mary Kiensicki, RN, CBCN, Breast Health Navigator at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s Breast Health Center.

 

Post-Treatment Cancer Support Group

WED. January 11 (6 - 7:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

To register, please call Karen Davison at 609.853.6787.

This support group is for individuals who have completed their cancer treatment. Led by Karen Davison, RN, BSN, OCN, a nurse navigator with Penn Medicine Princeton Cancer Center, the group offers participants an opportunity to share personal experiences and offers helpful resources and methods of coping with feelings of anxiety and distress sometimes associated with the transition from active treatment to living beyond oncology treatment. (You can also join this group in person at the Princeton Medical Center).

 

Prostate Cancer Support Group

WED. January 11 (12 - 1:30 p.m.)

Princeton Medical Center

1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro

Click here to register.

This support group held on the second Wednesday of every month, welcomes those with prostate cancer, their loved ones and family members to attend. Programs are facilitated by Lois Glasser, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, and a healthcare professional from Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

Mindful Movement (for Oncology)

THU. January 12 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

THU. January 19 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

THU. January 26 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

VIRTUAL

To register, please call Karen Davison at 609.853.6787.

This rejuvenating class combines gentle exercises with yogic breathing, guided imagery, and meditation. The low-impact program provides patients who are undergoing or have completed cancer treatment with an effective workout for the body and the mind, helping them reduce stress and focus on taking care of themselves. (You can also join this group in person at the Princeton Medical Center).

 

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

WED. January 18 (12 - 1:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

To register and for a link to join, please email amy.heffern@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health's Head & Neck Cancer Support Group of Central Jersey meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month and provides: encouragement for fellow members; a safe setting for sharing concerns and problems related to life after cancer; education; and a social outlet for cancer patients, their families and loved ones. This support group is facilitated by Amy Heffern, MS, CCC, SLP, Speech Pathologist at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

Cancer Support Group

WED. January 18 (2:30 - 4 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

This group meets the third Wednesday of the month and brings individuals with cancer the support, education, and empowerment they need to move along the path to recovery. Topics discussed include coping with the emotional impact of cancer, communicating effectively with your healthcare team, adjusting to changes during and after treatment, maintaining healthy relationships personally and professionally, and managing concerns about recurrence. This program is facilitated by Lois Glasser, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, and a healthcare professional from Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Journey Back: Stroke Support Group

WED. January 11 (6 - 7 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

To register, please call Jenny Bestwick, LCSW, at 609.853.6359.

Journey Back welcomes individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, to attend this peer support group that meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Facilitated by Jenny Bestwick, LCSW, Acute Rehab Social Worker with Princeton Medical Center, the group provides a supportive environment to help individuals adjust to their lives and work toward regaining independence after experiencing a stroke.

 

Bereavement Support Group

(Hospice Program of Princeton HomeCare)

MON. January 23 (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Click here to register.

Led by Sherri Goldstein, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator with Penn Medicine Princeton Hospice Program, this group welcomes community members who need support and assistance in coping with grief and loss.

 

Diabetes Support Group

TUE. January 17 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

MON. January 23 (6 - 7:30 p.m.)

VIRTUAL

Please call 609.853.7890 to register.

This VIRTUAL group provides resources and support for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. Sandra Byer-Lubin, RD and Louise Gross, RN, certified diabetes educators with Princeton Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program facilitate meetings.

 

Diabetes Support Group

WED. January 18 (2 - 3 p.m.)

Monroe Township Senior Center

12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township

Please call 609.853.7890 to register.

The IN-PERSON diabetes support group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month and provides resources and support for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. Led by Sandra Byer-Lubin, RD and Louise Gross, RN, certified diabetes educators with Princeton Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program facilitate meetings.

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