December 27, 2012
The 2013 schedule of Basic Life Support or BLS classes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese has been announced.
The first three Heartsaver BLS classes are set for 6 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18, in the Heritage Room; the first Healthcare Provider class will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, also in the Heritage Room.
Heartsaver is for anyone who needs BLS certification to meet job requirements or for personal interest. Healthcare Provider is for medical professionals including physicians, nurses or nursing students, paramedics and others who care for patients in a variety of venues in or out of the hospital setting.
Cost is $40 per class; fees include the instruction manual.
Seating is limited; please call to confirm dates and class availability. Those registering may be referred to a later session. Groups are welcome.
For details or to register (required), contact 526-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 6, 2012
Too much merry Christmasing this year? Waistband a little tight? Want to feel better? Registration will continue through Friday, Dec. 28, for the St. Joseph-Breese HealthPlex Challenge 2013.
Although the program can accommodate 100 participants, the HealthPlex reserves the right to cancel the Challenge if a minimum of 50 people have not registered by Dec. 28.
Those participating in the multi-month program, scheduled from Monday, Jan. 7, through Friday, April 26, will have access to the general exercise area in the 26,000-square-foot, $5 million HealthPlex.
Also planned are nutrition talks and tools and monthly weight and body composition screenings. An advanced exercise program will be available.
Monthly and overall prizes for men and women will be based on percentage of body weight lost but the real reward will be a healthier lifestyle.
Following the introductory session, participants will exercise at their convenience. The HealthPlex is open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays.
Current or new HealthPlex members are encouraged to register for this year’s Challenge. Cost is a one-time fee of $50 plus $30 per month for use of the HealthPlex exercise facilities.
HealthPlex membership is required and new members must complete a prescheduled orientation and a PAR-Q form to determine if a physician’s release is necessary.
For information or to register (required), contact Marion at 526-5628 or email@example.com..
December 4, 2012
Jamie Wagner, certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at St. Joseph’s in Breese, is the instructor for Boot Camp classes.
The next session of Boot Camp, a fast-paced, high-energy exercise class offered by the St. Joseph-Breese HealthPlex, may be just the thing to keep those New Year’s Resolutions.
Registration opens Monday, Dec. 17, for the next eight-week sessions set for Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26, and/or Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28.
Classes, which feature a rigorous circuit workout with body weight activities and cardiovascular challenges, are held from 5:30 to 6:15 a.m. at the Mater Dei High School Gym in Breese.
Jamie Wagner, a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at St. Joseph’s in Breese, is the class instructor. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and a master’s degree in education with a specialization in exercise physiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Cost is $40 for either the Tuesday or Thursday series and participants need to register for and only attend that specific day. Cost is $80 to attend Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Classes are limited to 24 participants and registration is required.
For more information or to register (required), contact Marion at 526-5628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2, 2012
St. Joseph’s in Breese will host blood pressure checks from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, in the hospital Heritage Room.
Between one-quarter and one-third of all those having their blood pressure checked at the hospital’s recent health fairs had elevated readings. Screenings such as those offered Dec. 11 and throughout the year, help identify potential problems or monitor an existing situation.
According to the American Heart Association, the higher the blood pressure, the greater the chance of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. Early identification can prompt lifestyle changes and focused treatment options resulting in less cardiovascular and kidney disease later in life.
At one time, readings in the 140/90 range were acceptable but now, those with a reading of 120 to 139 over 80 to 89 are considered pre-hypertensive, at higher risk and more likely to required medication.
The hospital hosts a free blood pressure check the second Tuesday of each month. Screenings are free and there are no dietary restrictions.