Health Notes is a weekly feature that highlights health and wellness news in the area. Hospitals and other health related agencies may e-mail items to scappetta@hersamacorn.com.

Expectant parent classes

Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including Birthplace Tours, Thursday, Oct. 30, 6-7 p.m.; Infant CPR Anytime, Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:15-8:15 p.m. To register, call 888-357-2396.

Enchanted Castle at Burr Homestead

The Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers Auxiliary will present “The Enchanted Castle: A Magical Storybook Experience,” Saturday, Oct. 18-Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield.

With its colorful storybook-theme rooms and friendly costumed characters, the Enchanted Castle provides a non-threatening, entertaining Halloween experience for children and adults. This year’s theme rooms include Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizard of Oz and Candy Land; 203-384-3600; enchantedcastle.org.

Blood pressure screenings

Bridgeport Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Monday, Nov. 3 and 17, 9:30-11:30; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Monday, Nov. 10, 9:30 - 11:30; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler Street, Monday, Nov. 24, noon-2; 1-888-357-2396.

Free caregiver support

A free patient and caregiver support program also offered the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers, family, friends; 203-576-6158; tmclaugh@stvincents.org.

Stroke support

Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers hosts a free support group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6-7 p.m., at its Shelton location, 4 Corporate Drive. To register, call 203-925-4201.

Also offered the third Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7, Seton Room, Level C, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-5361.

Breast cancer survivor support

St. Vincent’s free Breast Cancer Survivor support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next: Nov. 4. No reservations are required. Information: 203-576-6158; tmclaugh@st.vincentss.org.

First aid and safety classes

Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute offers the following American Heart Association self-care classes at the hospital, 267 Grant St. Registration required. Call 203-384-4497.

Adult, child and Infant CPR/AED two-year certification, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-9, $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturday, Nov. 15,  8:30-5:30, $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of Medicine Class, Tuesday, Nov. 11 and 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers two-year certification, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card).

Breastfeeding support group

Bridgeport Hospital’s free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers meets Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 19, 10-noon, at the hospital’s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull. Mothers can attend as many meetings as they wish and are welcome to bring their babies. To register, call 888-357-2396.

Skin cancer talks

Talks held 6-7 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield; 203-255-1011.

Upcoming lectures: Nov. 5, Supplements: Are they Really Working for You? Dr. Veronica Waks; Jan. 7, Sleep Solutions: Regain Your Rest! Dr. Mary Jo Vasquez; Feb. 4, Strategies for a Healthy Heart, Dr. Stuart Zarich; March 4, Good Nutrition: It Can Save your Life! Amy DiCioccio, RD; April 1, Balancing Stress: Life & Work, Dr. Mindy Hersh; May 6, The Truth About Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shareef Jandali.

Senior driving course

AARP’s Smart Driver Course, Saturday, Nov. 8, 9-1, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, $15 AARP members, $20 non-members, covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 888-357-2396.

Hip and knee pain lecture

A discussion on surgical and non-surgical options for hip and knee pain will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1-3, Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. Registration required. Call 888-357-2396.

Genetic counseling

Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Yale Cancer Center provide monthly genetic counseling services by appointment, including Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the hospital’s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull; 203-764-8400.

Dementia support group

George’s Hill social engagement group for persons with memory problems or Dementia and their caregivers meets Thursday, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 11:30-1, Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Road, Trumbull; includes lunch. Group meets the second Thursday of the month.

To register, call 203-374-8822 or email unityhillucc@snet.net.

Caregiver support

Group for family members and others responsible for the day-to-day care of elderly relatives meets second Friday of month, noon-1, Operations Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street. Next: Nov. 14; 1-888-357-2396.

Also, hosted by Maefair Health Care second Tuesday of the month 2:30-3:30, 21 Maefair Court, Trumbull. Meetings are open to all caregivers in the community. Light refreshments, 203-459-5152.

Gala supports children with cancer

In celebration of 10 years helping families of children affected by cancer, Wilton-based Circle of Care is hosting “Celebrating 10... Roaring to 20,” gala event Saturday, Nov. 15, 7-11 p.m., Dolce, Norwalk. Tickets are $200; thecircleofcare.org.

Ostomy support

Bridgeport Hospital will sponsor a free ostomy support group meeting Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.,Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 12 Cambridge Drive, Trumbull. Open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses welcome. Meetings are held the third Sunday of the month; 203-384-3209.

Food for Life cooking demo

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering “Food for Life: Kickstart your Health” live cooking class, a cancer survivorship program designed to advance cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education, research and live cooking demonstration Monday, Nov. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Hawley Conference Center, 4th floor of St. Vincent’s new Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the main hospital; 203-576-6158.

Perinatal grief support

St. Vincent’s “We Care” Perinatal Grief Support Group for those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Ambulatory Infusion Center waiting area, level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Next: Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

No registration is required. Information: 203-576-5110; 203-576-5716.

Bereavement support

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers an ongoing bereavement support group every Friday, 10-11 a.m., at the VITAS Office, 99 Hawley Lane, suite 1204, Stratford. To register or for more information call 203-455-3300 or email Esmail.Dezhbod@vitas.com.

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? A 10-week program meets at St. Stephen’s Parish, 6948 Main St., Trumbull, Wednesdays, 4-5:30. Registration required: 203-268-6217.

Yoga classes in Easton

Overworked? Stressed out? Need a change? Escape the noise of daily existence by treating yourself to a yoga session at “A New Earth Yoga.” All levels welcome. Daily classes are by donation at 9:30, 12:30 and 6:30. To reserve a space, call 203-268-9516 or email anewearthyoga@gmail.com; anewearthyoga.com.

Health insurance help

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free program of health insurance and Medicare information and counseling to the public every week. Individuals can meet with the health insurance specialist by appointment in the privacy of the Banks Library located on the third level of St. Vincent’s.

To schedule an appointment, call 203-576-5111.

Nutrition for cancer survivors

Class provides information and resources for healthy eating during and after treatment in addition with dietary tips and modifications to help improve overall wellness and health, the second Wednesday of every month, 5-6 p.m., St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to the hospital, 203-576-6158.

Overeaters self-help group

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-Step self-help group for compulsive overeaters. The group meets every Sunday, 8:45-9:45 a.m., at St. Vincent’s Hospital, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the Seton Room on Level C.

There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information, visit swctoa.org or call Bill M., 203-455-7766.

Family support group

For adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s Disease, first Tuesday of every month, 4-5:30, St. V’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-6158; tmclaugh@stvincent.org.

Hospice volunteer training

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is sponsoring its fall volunteer training this October. The course will inform and prepare prospective volunteers in all aspects of Hospice Care for patients in lower Fairfield County, 203-315-7510, 1-800-8-HOSPICE ext. 510, jcullen@hospice.com.

Lunch & learn cancer support

A free Lunch & Learn Cancer Support Group offered by St. Vincent’s third Thursday of the month noon-1, Oncology Conference Room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, tmclaugh@stvincents.org.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism.

Al-Anon meets Sundays, 6:30 and Wednesdays, 7:30, St. Ann’s, old convent behind church, Brewster Street, Black Rock; Sundays, 7, St. Charles Church, (Spanish meeting), 391 Ogden Street, Bridgeport; Fridays, 8, Bridgeport Mental Health Center, 1635 Central Avenue, first floor (park & enter from parking deck off Mead Street); Monday at 7:30 a.m., and Thursday at 11:30 a.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main Street, Trumbull; Thursday at 8 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull. Alateen helps teens age 12-20 and also meets Thursday at 8 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church. There are no dues or fees to participate.

For information about groups in Connecticut, call 1-888-825-2666. For more information about Al-Anon, visit ct-al-anon.org. A free publication is available at Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org.

Addiction support

Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational offering help that is permanent through biblical truths. Weekly meetings are held where one receives support, encouragement and spiritual guidance. Meetings are Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield.

Also, Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m., Stepney Baptist Church, 423 Main St., Monroe; Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Huntington Chapel, 177 Ripton Road, Huntington; Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., New Vision Ministries, 130 Gregory Street, Bridgeport; Wednesdays, Women’s Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Victory Outreach Church, 381 Jane Street, Bridgeport; and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Shelton, 178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton; Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 235 Prindle Ave., Ansonia; and Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 400 Burnt Plains Road, Milford. Information: 203-888-9974; highergroundministry.org.

Diabetes education

Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent’s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168.

Yoga classes

“New ‘Mindful Flow” yoga class series offered Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at 2505 Main St., Suite 224, Stationhouse Square, Stratford, naturesourcecare.com/yoga; 203-895-5534, info@naturesourcecare.com.

Free yoga for cancer patients

Restorative yoga, chair yoga with breathing and meditation for patients in active treatment or post-surgery, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., The Watermark, 303 Park Ave., Bridgeport; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Yoga Room, Level 3 of St. Vincent’s Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the Medical Center. Gentle Yoga, for patients in treatment or recently finished, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Formal Yoga, for cancer survivors of five years or less, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., The Watermark, 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 203-576-6158.

Healthcare and Medicare information

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is offering a free program of health insurance and Medicare information and counseling to the public every week. Individuals can meet with the health insurance specialist by appointment in the privacy of the Banks Library located on the third level of St. Vincent’s.

To schedule an appointment or for more information call St. Vincent’s Volunteer Office at 203-576-5111.

Free HIV/HCV tests

The Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program and the Stratford Health Department will offer rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing with results in 20 minutes every first and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Stratford Health Dept., 468 Birdseye St., Stratford.

To schedule an appointment call 203-385-4058.

Cancer support group

Ongoing monthly group is focused on giving support to patients and families who have been diagnosed with lung, colon, head and neck, esophageal, GI cancers and other solid tumors. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month, 9-10 a.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, third floor conference room, St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158.

Healthy traveler service

Bridgeport Hospital’s Healthy Traveler Service provides pre-travel consultations, travel vaccines, medications and comprehensive travel information to help prepare for a healthy and safe international trip. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-384-3613.

Ring for Your Rhythm

Bridgeport Hospital’s “Ring for Your Rhythm” line provides recorded, step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse reading, to help detect atrial fibrillation (a-fib) and possibly prevent a stroke. Call toll free, 24/7, at 1-855-247-8573.

Community acupuncture

Led by licensed acupuncturist Gregor Wei, Mondays, 10-2, Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Call 203-255-5300 to register. Advance registration requested. Private appointments available.

Massage therapy

Massage is offered for oncology patients undergoing definitive active treatment and for survivors who have completed treatment. Call 203-576-6158 for an appointments. Program takes place on third floor of Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.

Fitness classes

Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers offers weekly fitness classes in Bridgeport and Stratford:

Boot Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 a.m., 226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

Women’s Strength Training, Tuesdays, 11-noon; Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

Zumba, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., 226 Mill Hill, Bridgeport; Saturdays, 8-9 a.m., 3585 Main St., Stratford.

$8 per class or $75 for 10 classes. Tickets are available at all Ahlbin Centers locations, or before or after classes. For information or to register, call 203-336-7301 (Bridgeport) or 203-380-4672 (Stratford).

In addition to Bridgeport and Stratford, Ahlbin Centers has outpatient facilities at 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton; 2600 Post Road, Southport; and 2750 Reservoir Ave., Trumbull.

Health and wellness classes

St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport offers a variety of health and wellness classes. Most sessions run for 10 weeks with the exception of pilates, which is six weeks; and Y Diabetes Prevention Program and Weight Watchers program, 16 and 17-week sessions respectively. 10-week sessions: $90. Information/registration: 203-576-6267; scollins@stvincents.org.

Free exercise video program

A new online video program called A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness, designed specifically to help adults meet those recommendations for daily physical activity, is available at abeforfitness.com.

Kripalu yoga

Beginner and intermediate level, runs weekly, Fridays, 9:15 a.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300; bridgeporthospital.org. Yoga, restorative yoga and teen yoga classes also available. Call for full class schedule.

Pilates

Weekly, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Class size limited to six students. Advance registration requested; 203-255-5300.

Wellness booth

St. Vincent’s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport. Health screenings and services offered to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30-3:30. No appointment required for any of the screenings.

Free blood pressure screenings are performed every Tuesday. On Wednesdays, Cholesterol/HDL ratio/glucose screening, $18; a lipid panel requiring a four-hour fast, $25; blood sugar screening alone requiring a two-hour fast, $1.

For more information call St. Vincent’s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).

Heart-disease risk quiz

Bridgeport Hospital offers “Take 10 for Your Ticker,” a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the “Take 10 for Your Ticker” box.

For those without access to the Internet, a free printed copy of the quiz, with an explanation of results, is available by calling 1-888-357-2396.

Help for new movers

Bridgeport Hospital’s free Newcomer Concierge Service helps new residents of Bridgeport and surrounding towns locate physicians to meet personal and family health needs. Service also provides information on health-related events and activities. To reach the Newcomer Concierge Service, call 203-330-7462, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 9-3.

Caregiver support

Atria Stratford Assisted Living, 6911 Main St., offers a support group for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia, living at home or in an extended care facility. Group meets first Wednesday of the month, 6-7; 203-380-0006.

Grasmere By The Sea: One Post Road, Fairfield, offers open discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, first Thursday of month, 4 p.m.; 203-365-6470.

Jewish Family Service, 2370 Park Ave., Bridgeport, offers support group for family members or friends helping with the care of adults over 60, meets first Wednesday of month, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 366-5438, Ext. 219.

Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center, 720 Barnum Avenue Cut Off, Stratford, offers a support group for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 380-1228.

St. Vincent’s SWIM family support group meets first Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required; 203-576-6158; tmclaugh@st.vincents.org.

Prostate cancer survivors

St. Vincent’s SWIM Prostate Cancer Survivors Educational Lecture Series and Support Group meets at Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 or e-mail tmlaugh@stvincents.org for dates and times of lectures. No reservations required.

Breast cancer wellness

St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Survivor Wellness program, intended for women who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery and those further along in their recovery, 4:30-5:30, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. V’s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required. For dates, call 203-576-6158.

Breast cancer stories

Bizymoms.com has helped many women with whatever information it is they may be seeking about breast cancer. A panel of cancer experts, women, wives, and mothers are waiting to share their expertise and stories while learning about yours. Visit bizymoms.com/cares/breastcancer.

Cancer boutique

St. Vincent’s partners with Saxon-Kent Lingerie of Orange to provide special products for women battling cancer. Boutique hours: Monday-Friday, 10-4. Fitting hours for wigs, prosthesis, mastectomy bras, lymphedema sleeves etc: Tuesdays, 2-4; Wednesdays, 10-noon; or by appointment; 203-576-6158; tmclaugh@stvincents.org. Boutique hours: 10-4.

Breast cancer support

Woman-to-Woman, an American Cancer Society sponsored support group for women who have had breast cancer or who have been newly diagnosed, meets monthly, 2-4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Tpke., Fairfield; 1-800-889-3340.

Cancer resource library

St. Vincent’s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V’s. Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. A representative is available to assist visitors with navigation of web-based searches, cancer clinical trial searches and direct patient referrals to a variety of free resources Monday-Friday, 9-1.

MS support

Trumbull MS support group meets third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8, Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St. Ed, 445-0118; 1-800- FIGHT MS; ctfightsMS.org.

Scleroderma support

The American Society For Scleroderma Research has formed a support group for all afflicted by this disease. The group meets every second Thursday, 6:30-7:30, St. Vincent Medical Center, Main Street, Bridgeport; Aimee Turiano or Joy LoSchiavo, 203-273-2034.