Check it out: Hilltown Community Health Centers offers day of fun

Monday, August 07, 2017

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazetenet.com


Health center offers day of activities at Knightville Dam

Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc. will be celebrating National Health Center Week Aug. 15 at Knightville Dam in Huntington with activities aimed at promoting healthy living.

All Hilltown residents are invited..

Presentations and fun for all ages will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the activities, Huntington Dance will be leading an interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to make walking sticks and there will be a ”rolling parade” of strollers, bikes and wheelchairs. Those attending are encouraged to decorate their wheels and take part. Mother Goose will also make an appearance.

Health center staff will be available to help with scheduling mammograms at area hospitals. Hilltown Ambulance will give tours and a yoga class will be offered.

Group walks will start at 7 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

Representatives of the American Cancer Society, HeadStart, It Takes A Village, Huntington Fire Department, The Lions’ Club vision services, Behavioral Health Network, Jacob’s Ladder Business Association, MassHealth, Army Corps of Engineers, Hampshire County Council of Governments’ Tobacco Free Community Partnership for Hampshire and Franklin Counties, Healthy Hampshire and all departments of Hilltown Community Health Centers will be on hand.

Walk. Relax in the pavilion. Stretch out on the grass. Bring a picnic. Fish. Enjoy the beautiful landscape. For more information call 667-2203 x.320.

Seminar planned on sexuality and aging

Linda Manor Assisted Living in Leeds will host a sexuality and aging conference Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joan Ditzion, LICSW, one of the authors of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” will be the keynote speaker at the seminar which will be facilitated by Ashley Mader, Ph.D, LICSW of Amherst.

Lunch is included in the registration fee, and 4.5 social work continuing education credits will be offered.

Attendance is limited. Early-bird registration is offered through Aug. 11 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shine-summit-tickets-35048459887

Mader is a psychotherapist, sex therapist, educator and consultant who specializes in older adults. In addition to her private practice, she has a blog called SHINE: Sexual Health In a New Era (www.ourshine.org) and co-hosts the podcast Our Better Half.

Linda Manor, 349 Haydenville Road, is a non-profit organization affiliated with Berkshire Healthcare Systems.

Holyoke Medical’s weight program gains accreditation

The Holyoke Medical Center’s Weight Management Program, under the medical direction of Dr. Yannis Raftopoulos, has been accredited as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which is aimed at improving results and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.

“We are committed to supporting our patients for life, not just through the surgery process,” says Dr. Raftopoulos. “In the first year of service, our patients have lost more weight after six months post-surgery than patients do nationally at 12 months.”

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity, commonly associated with type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, increases the risks of morbidity and mortality.