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Princeton Health Community Wellness: Virtual Classes in February

Penn Medicine Princeton Health will be holding the following classes virtually where you can participate from the comfort and safety of your home.
 
Registered participants will receive a link to view the class and can access the live stream via computer or mobile device.
 
Below is a list of our latest virtual classes.
 
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.
 
 
 
Gentle Yoga
Monday Series (6 - 6:55 p.m.) 
Wednesday Series (3 - 3:55 p.m.)
Click the day of week above for more information. This is now a monthly series.
This slow-paced class includes breathwork, stretching, and seated postures which will help to improve flexibility and reduce stress. A gentle flow, balancing, and a cool down are also incorporated into the class. This is ideal for those new to yoga and those who desire a relaxed practice of yoga.
 
Chair Yoga
Tuesday Series (8:30 - 9:25 a.m.)
Thursday Series (8:30 - 9:25 a.m.) 
Click the day of week above for more information. This is now a monthly series.
This gentle form of yoga incorporates standard yoga poses while sitting on or standing next to a chair. This class is an adaptation of a standard yoga class and will improve flexibility, concentration, and strength while reducing stress and joint strain.
 
Prenatal Yoga
Tuesday Series (9:30 - 10:25 a.m.) 
Click the day of week above for more information. This is now a monthly series.
Expectant mothers will learn how to use gentle postures, stretching, breathing, toning, relaxation and meditation to help them 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.
 
Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group
Wednesdays (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) 
Click here and search keywords "PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM" for upcoming dates and to register.
During these uncertain times, parenting may cause anxious feelings. So we are offering a virtual support group to give parents-to-be and new parents an opportunity to safely connect and share experiences. This group will be moderated by a registered nurse and lactation consultant from Penn Medicine Princeton Health who can answer any questions you have. Parents of babies up to 6 months old are welcome.
 
Mindful Movement
Thursdays (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.) 
To register and for a link to join, please call 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 cancer treatment with an effective workout for the body and the mind, helping them reduce stress and focus on taking care of themselves.
 
Labor Fundamentals
SAT. February 6 (10 - 11 a.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
$25 per couple.
This program will include a virtual maternity tour and parents will learn the signs of labor, warning signs, and when to go to the hospital.
 
Birthing Basics
MON. February 8, 15, 22 & March 1 (7 - 9 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
$125 per couple.
This multi-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.
 
Ask the Lactation Consultant
MON. February 8 (12 - 1 p.m.) 
MON. February 15 (7 - 8 p.m.)
MON. February 22 (12 - 1 p.m.)
Click the date above to register. This is now a weekly group on Mondays.
Join our weekly group anytime you need breastfeeding support. This interactive discussion group will give pregnant and breastfeeding families an opportunity to ask questions of a Penn Medicine Princeton Health Community Wellness board certified lactation consultant.
 
Disordered Eating: More Than Meets the Eye
TUE. February 9 (12 - 1 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
How do you know when dieting and weight-loss pursuits have become serious and potentially life-threatening problems? Join Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with Princeton Medical Center, for this invaluable discussion on the warning signs of disordered eating, risk factors for developing an eating disorder, and steps to take in seeking help and support.
 
Breast Cancer Support Group
TUE. February 9 (6 - 7:30 p.m.)
To register and for link to join, please call 609.853.6787.
The Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month. The group welcomes breast cancer patients in all phases of their journey 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 co-facilitated by Lois Glasser, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, CancerCare of New Jersey, and a breast health navigator from Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s Breast Health Center.
 
Prepare for Cesarean Section
TUE. February 9 (7 - 9 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
$30 per couple.
Learn what to expect during your scheduled Cesarean section. Topics include preparation, surgery, anesthesia and post-operative recovery.
 
Understanding Voice and Swallowing Changes
WED. February 10 (9 - 10 a.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
Swallowing problems (called dysphagia) and voice issues (called dysphonia) are common conditions people often think they have to live with, but the truth is there are ways to help improve both conditions. Feeling as if food is stuck in your throat, finding certain foods are difficult or hard to swallow, or noticing your voice has gotten weaker or raspier are all signs of these conditions, which often occur as we age. Join Jenny E. Cowell, MS, CC-SLP, Certified Speech and Language Pathologist with Princeton Medical Center, for this informative session on dealing with swallowing and voice disorders.
 
Journey Back: Stroke Support Group
WED. February 10 (2 - 3 p.m.)
To register and receive the link to join virtually, 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 Rehabilitation Social Worker with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, the group helps those touched by stroke work toward increased independence, adjust to life after stroke, and provide support and hope to one another. There will be occasional presentations by experts in stroke and rehabilitation.
 
Prostate Cancer Support Group
WED. February 10 (2:30 - 4 p.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
This support group welcomes those with prostate cancer, their loved ones, and family members to attend. Programs are facilitated by Lois Glasser, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, CancerCare of New Jersey, and a healthcare professional from Penn Medicine Princeton Health.
 
Hypertension Series: Spice Up Your
Dishes with Seasonings, Not Salt
THU. February 11 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
Cooking with less salt doesn't have to mean less flavor. Learn which, herbs, spices, and other ingredients to use to create delicious, flavorful meals that are lower in sodium. This class will be led by Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with Princeton Medical Center.
 
What Did You Say? Hearing Loss and Advances in Hearing Aid Technology
THU. February 11 (12 - 1 p.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
Tired of missing out in social activities because your hearing is failing? Audiologist Jaime Taylor, AuD, CCC-A, with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, will discuss hearing aids and recent advancements in hearing aid technology.
 
Why Is It So Difficult to Lose Weight?
THU. February 11 (7 - 8 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Medicine at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, for an informative discussion about obesity. This lecture will cover the reasons why obesity is such a difficult disease to treat and why losing weight and maintaining weight loss is a struggle for so many.
 
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
THU. February 11 (7 - 9:30 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
$25 per couple.
Expectant parents will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, getting started, positioning, nutrition, pumping, and avoiding common problems at this informative program. This class is taught by an internationally board certified lactation consultant.
 
Daddy Boot Camp
SAT. February 13 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
$40 per person.
This men-only course is designed for fathers-to-be to gain knowledge in parenting skills and develop skills for caring for their newborns. Greg Barron, Daddy Boot Camp™ master coach, along with new dads, will demonstrate how to hold, comfort, diaper, and play with their babies, including these tips and tools: how to calm a crying baby, planning for baby’s arrival, pets and babies, car seat safety, and the importance of parental teamwork. Feel comfortable, ask questions, and express your concerns and joys about fatherhood.
 
Diabetes Support Group
TUE. February 16 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
To register and for link to join, please call 609.853.7890.
This group provides resources and support for those living with diabetes, and their loved ones. A certified diabetes educator with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s (PMC) Diabetes Management Program facilitates meetings.
 
Cancer Support Group
TUE. February 16 (2:30 - 4 p.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is pleased to partner with CancerCare of New Jersey to bring 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, CancerCare of New Jersey, and a healthcare professional from Penn Medicine Princeton Health.
 
Twins and Multiples
TUE. February 16 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
$40 per couple.
Designed for parents expecting more than one baby, this class will cover antepartum, preterm labor, nutrition, exercise, breastfeeding multiples babies, what to expect immediately postpartum, and the first couple weeks at home. Parents are encouraged to take our Birthing Basics series as well for a more comprehensive program.
 
Head & Neck Cancer Support Group
WED. February 17 (12 - 1:30 p.m.)
Click here to learn more or to register.
Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s Head & Neck Cancer Support Group of Central Jersey meets the third Wednesday of the month and provides encouragement, 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.
 
Stroke and Your Heart
WED. February 17 (2 - 3 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
You may not realize it, but certain heart conditions can lead to a stroke. Discover what you can do to lower your risk for stroke at this invaluable program led by Philip Tran, 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.
 
Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It Right for Me?
WED. February 17 (6 - 6:30 p.m.) 
To register and receive the link to join virtually, please email donna.post@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
Severe obesity is a serious health condition. Those considering surgical weight-loss options can join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, Director of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 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.
 
Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group
WED. February 17 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
To register and receive the link to join virtually, please email donna.post@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.
This supportive community welcomes individuals who have had weight-loss surgery, as well as those considering the surgery. Join us to discuss and share strategies for dealing with the physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes related to weight-loss surgery. Group sessions are facilitated by Bariatric Coordinator/Nurse Navigator Donna Post, RN-BC, in conjunction with our board certified bariatric surgeons Wai Yip Chau, MD, board certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery, and Lisa Dobruskin, MD, Director of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Princeton Medical Center, or other healthcare professionals from Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. The support groups are sponsored by the Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.
 
Restorative Yoga
WED. February 17 (7 - 8 p.m.)
To register and for link to join, please call 609.853.6787.
This class is open to both current patients and those who have completed cancer treatment. Restorative Yoga provides healing for the body and mind. Prior experience is not necessary.
 
Hospice Program of Princeton HomeCare Bereavement Support Group
MON. February 22 (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
For information to join, click here and search keywords “Bereavement Support.”
This support group meets the third Monday of the month unless the date falls on a holiday. Led by Sherri Goldstein, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator with Penn Medicine Princeton Hospice Program, this group welcomes community members who need support and assistance coping with grief and loss.
 
Baby Care
TUE. February 23 (7 - 9:30 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
$50 per couple.
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.
 
Hypertension Series: Open Your Heart to Beginner Yoga
THU. February 25 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
Yoga can help relax the body and mind, and lower blood pressure. This beginners' class focuses on breathing technique, as well as stretching/warm up, basic yoga poses, balancing and cool down.
 
Is COVID-19 Stressing You Out?
THU. February 25 (1 - 2 p.m.) 
Click here to learn more or to register.
Is COVID stressing you out? You can be sure you are not alone. COVID-19 has increased depression and anxiety for many. Join Jeffrey T. Apter, MD, board certified psychiatrist and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton Medical Center, for a discussion on signs, symptoms and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one.

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