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Princeton Health Community Wellness: Virtual Classes in September

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 - 6:50 p.m.) 

Wednesday Series (3:30 - 4:20 p.m.)

Click on the weekday above to register for this 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 - 8:50 a.m.)

Thursday Series (8 - 8:50 a.m.) 

Click on the weekday above to register for this 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 - 9:45 a.m.) 

Click here to register for this 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 to register for an upcoming group.

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.

 

Ask the Lactation Consultant

Mondays (7 - 8 p.m.)

Click here to register for an upcoming group.

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.

 

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.

 

Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group

TUE. September 7 (7:15 - 8:15 p.m.)

WED. September 15 (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.

 

Bariatric Support Group (for Alumni)

TUE. September 7 (6 - 7 p.m.)

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

Bariatric patients who completed surgery two or more years ago and are seeking additional support are welcome to join our alumni group, in addition to the other weight-loss surgery support groups. We will delve deeper into issues unique to patients beyond the two-year mark. This group will be tentatively held virtually. Please check our website for the latest updates.

 

Journey Back: Stroke Support Group

WED. September 8 (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.

 

All About Hypertension

THU. September 9 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, puts you at risk for many other health conditions,

including heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. Join us to learn what you can do

to manage your blood pressure, and the importance of taking control of your health. Srujana Polsani, MD, board certified nephrologist and a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, will lead this informative discussion.

 

Recognizing the Signs of Anaphylactic Shock

THU. September 9 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Click here to learn more or to register.

Anaphylactic shock — an extreme response to an allergen, which can be life-threatening — can happen to anyone at any time. Join us for this invaluable session presented by Regan Tuder, MD, specializing in emergency medicine and a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, to learn the signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock, what you can do to improve your outcome, and what to expect in the emergency room.

 

Constipation Management for Kids:

A Class for Parent and Child

THU. September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7 & 14 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

Click here to learn more or to register.

$45 per parent/child.

This six-week class is designed for children ages 6-12 (and their parent/guardian), who have had issues managing constipation. Children and their parents will learn exercises and lifestyle management strategies to reduce constipation. Sessions will also include: stretching and movement; positioning for toileting; yoga and postural exercises; relaxation fo pelvic floor; breathing techniques; and awareness of bowel/bladder habits.

 

Breast Cancer Support Group

TUE. September 14 (6 - 7:30 p.m.) 

To register and for a link to join, please call 609.853.6787.

This group meets the second Tuesday of the month and 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 Mary Kiensicki, RN, CBCN, Breast Health Navigator at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s Breast Health Center, and Karen Davison, RN, BSN, OCN, a nurse with the Penn Medicine Princeton Cancer Center.

 

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

WED. September 15 (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.

 

Cancer Support Group

WED. September 15 (2:30 - 4 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

This group meets the third Tuesday 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.

 

Restorative Yoga

WED. September 15 (7 - 8 p.m.) 

To register and for a 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. No prior experience is necessary.

 

Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It Right for Me?

WED. September 15 (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.

 

Tacos, Tortillas, and More: Cooking with

Fruits and Veggies

WED. September 15 (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Click here to learn more or to register.

Join us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Princeton Medical Center, discusses a variety of fruits and vegetables and demonstrates how to incorporate them into Latino-influenced cuisine that is both healthy and tasty.

 

Who Turned Up the Heat? Understanding Peri-Menopause

THU. September 16 (7 - 8 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

The years before menopause are filled with many surprises, including irregular periods, hot flashes, and night sweats. Neha Deshpande, MD, board certified gynecologist, will discuss what you can expect as you approach menopause and offer strategies on how to meet these new challenges. Dr. Deshpande is a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

Hospice Program of Princeton HomeCare

?Bereavement Support Group

MON. September 20 (3 - 4:30 p.m.)

Click here to sign up. You will be redirected to Princeton Senior Resource Center's website.

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.

 

Diabetes Support Group

TUE. September 21 (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.) 

MON. September 27 (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)

To register and receive the link to join virtually, 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. For more information on PMC’s Diabetes Management Program and its full range of educational services, including monthly day and evening classes, glucose monitoring, and one-to-one counseling with a nurse and dietitian, who are certified diabetes educators, please call 609.853.7890 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.

 

Healthy Living: Planting the Seeds for

Good Nutrition in Childhood

TUE. September 21 (12 - 1 p.m.)

Click here to learn more or to register.

It can be quite a challenge convincing your children to eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats, and conflicting information about good nutrition only complicates matters. Join Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Princeton Medical Center, for this informative program to learn the facts about nutrition and weight, and how to help your children cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

 

Beginner Yoga

WED. September 22 (9 - 10 a.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Join us for this beginner’s yoga class, which introduces students to yoga postures through step-by-step demonstration. Alignment and breathwork are emphasized in this slow, gentle practice led by a certified yoga instructor.

 

Heart-Healthy Cooking

THU. September 23 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

The first step to healthy eating is knowing what to put on the menu. Join Heather Bainbridge, EdM, MA, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Penn Medicine

Princeton Medical Center, and learn to identify heart-healthy recipes and make dishes that are nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare.

 

Resolving Elbow Pain

THU. September 23 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Overuse is just one of the things that can cause elbow pain. Join Daniel Bronsnick, MD, specializing in orthopaedic surgery and member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, to learn what may be behind your elbow pain and what you can do to help alleviate the problem.

 

Getting the Facts on COVID-19

THU. September 23 (7 - 8 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

You may be feeling confused with all of the various information out there about COVID-19. Join Craig Gronczewski, MD, MBA, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and David Herman, MD, specializing in infectious disease for the latest on COVID-19 as well as updates on current state regulations and guidelines. Dr. Gronczewski and Dr. Herman are both members of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

 

Addressing Pelvic Pain

THU. September 23 (7 - 8 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

There are a number of reasons why you could be experiencing pelvic pain. Join Becky Keller, PT, MSPT, PRPC, a Princeton Rehabilitation physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health, for this discussion about physical therapy interventions for a variety of pelvic pain disorders.

 

Shoulder Problems and Solutions

THU. September 23 (7 - 8 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Join William Rossy, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, at this informative session to learn about common shoulder problems and injuries, how to prevent these injuries, and what treatments are available.

 

Mental Health First Aid Training

TUE. & THU. September 28, 30, October 5 & 7 (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

An estimated one out of every five people will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Recognizing a mental health problem and knowing how to address it are invaluable skills. The training will help you identify and understand signs and symptoms of individuals who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, trauma, psychosis, and deliberate self-injury. You will also learn how to respond in a mental health crisis, offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress and, if necessary, guide the person to appropriate services.

 

What We Know About Suicide

TUE. September 28 (4 - 4:45 p.m.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

Any individual - regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity - can be at risk for suicide. Join us for an invaluable session on what we know about suicide with Robbi Alexander, PhD, APN, PMHCNS-BC, Administrative Director Psychiatric Services, and Director Princeton Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Alexander is also a member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. Learn more about: Why and when suicide may happen; warning signs to look for; and treatment options that are available.

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