Healthy Life Series Continues in February at Phelps Hospital

Phelps HospitalPhelps Hospital’s Healthy Life series offers the community a wide range of programs on health-related subjects as well as numerous health screenings and support groups. All events are free and take place on the Phelps campus, 701 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow unless otherwise noted. The Phelps Healthy Life Calendar for February is as follows:

Wednesday, February 6 – Never too young to start assessing your cancer risk Join us for a panel discussion on how family history and certain risk factors can increase your chances of getting cancer at an earlier age, alarm signs and symptoms to look out for and how to be properly screened. Speakers: Dr. Thomas Weber, Surgical Oncologist, Dr. Peter Stein, Gastroenterologist, Tawanna St Lewis. 6pm-7pm in Phelps Auditorium. Register online at, call 914-366-3470 or email

Wednesday, February 6 – Mind Games is a way for seniors to stimulate various cognitive functions memory, problem-solving, and focus. If you are having trouble remembering things or feel that you are easily confused, come join the fun! 2:00 pm in the Boardroom. Please call 914-366-3937 or email to register.

Friday, February 8 – Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Alzheimer’s disease is life changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group provides a safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 755 Building, Room 545. Call 914-366-3937 or email  to register.

Thursday, February 14 – The Breakfast Club, designed especially for seniors, includes a free breakfast, a presentation on a healthy lifestyle topic and a light exercise program. The group meets monthly. 8:30 – 10:30 am. Cafeteria at Phelps Hospital (G Level). For more information or to register call 914-366-3937 or email

Thursday, February 14 – Osteoporosis Program (Dietitian) Osteoporosis Education and Support Program is for people concerned about bone loss and fractures. Physicians, therapists and dietitians meet to discuss risk factors, causes, proper body mechanics and medication options. The lecturer is from NYSOPEP (NYS Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program). The sessions are held from 10:30 to 11:30 am the second Thursday of the month in the Phelps Boardroom (C Level). Closest parking is near the Auditorium entrance. Enter at the Auditorium entrance and take the elevator to the C level. Call 914-366-3937 or send an email to to register.

Tuesday, February 19 – Senior Steps (Hearing Screening) Senior Steps is a program offering health screenings. Once a month, seniors can attend one of the following screenings: hearing, cognitive, balance, hand and incontinence or receive Medicare counseling. Appointments are required. 10:00 – 11:30 am. Call 914-366-3937 or email to register.

Wednesday, February 20 – Functional Medicine – An individual Approach to Health Phelps’ Functional Medicine Program will host monthly lectures where we discuss the many intricate topics along a continuum of health that affect overall functionality. There will be a physician lecture followed by exercise or meditation. Each lecture will be immediately followed by an exercise or an introduction to alternative medicine. What is Functional Medicine? It is a holistic, patient-centered approach to preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease by identifying and understanding the root causes of the individual’s symptoms and conditions, including genetic predispositions, environmental contributors, and lifestyle factors. Chronic disease is almost always preceded by a period of declining function in one or more of the body’s systems. Restoring health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state. By addressing the root cause, rather than symptoms, Phelps Functional Medicine practitioners can identify the complexity of disease.  They may find one condition has many causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, treatment targets the specific manifestations of an individual condition. 9:00 am 755 Building, 4th floor. For more information, please contact Ellen Woods at 914-366-3937 or email

Diabetes Educational Program for Adults This educational program for adults with diabetes is held periodically at Phelps. Learn what diabetes is, different medications available, how to prevent and manage complications, blood sugar targets, what foods to eat, how to count carbs and much more. Pre-registration and a physician referral are required. There may be a charge for this class, depending on insurance coverage. Please note that attendance at both classes is required. For 2018 Diabetes Education Information call 914-366-2270.

The following classes for expectant parents also take place at Phelps Hospital unless otherwise indicated. There are fees associated with each class.

Thursday, February 21 – ABCs of Baby Care This class for expectant parents is to help you prepare for your new baby’s arrival. Topics covered included how to diaper and bathe a baby, equipment needed such as a car seat, crib safety, guidelines for safe sleep, newborn characteristics and appearance, general baby care and more. This class is offered once a month. Classes are held at 7 pm. Please see registration form for details. $50 per couple. Full refund for cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the start of class; 50% refund after that date. If you need additional information, please call (914) 366-3382 or email

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class This class for expectant parents offers information on how to initiate successful breastfeeding. Topics include milk supply and how milk is made, what to expect from your newborn, latch and positioning, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk and more.

Couples are encouraged to come together. Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). $50 per couple. Full refund for cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the start of class; 50% refund after that date. This class is offered Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm once a month. Please see registration form for details. If you need additional information, please call 914-366-3382 or email

The Childbirth Experience/ LaMaze Method This series of classes is designed to cover all aspects of the childbirth experience. We offer information on the following topics: pregnancy, labor, delivery, caesarean section, the newborn, and the techniques of Lamaze childbirth preparation – including exercise, relaxation, breathing, and pharmacologic pain management. Tour and childbirth films are included. Taught by Certified Childbirth Educators on the Phelps Birthing Center nursing staff. If you have already taken the course and wish to sign up for a Lamaze refresher course, call 914-366-3382 for scheduling information. $150 per couple. Classes are offered Wednesdays 7:30-10:00 pm and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 10 am-3 pm. Full refund for cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the start of class; 50% refund after that date. Please see registration form for details. If you need additional information, please call 914-366-3382 or email

Totsaver Program This 3-hour class includes the pediatric component of the American Heart Association CPR for Family and Friends. Due to the physical demands of the class, pregnant women in their third trimester may wish to consult their physician for advice on participation. A CPR handbook is mailed out upon registration.1st Saturday of each month, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Hoch Center for Emergency Education. 755 North Broadway, Suite 200. $55 per person. Full refund for cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the start of class; 50% refund after that date. To register for this class, please call 914-366-3698.

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