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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Smoking cessation Stratford Health Department and St. Vincent\u2019s Swim Across the Sound sponsor a free smoking cessation program to all Connecticut residents. Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye Street, Stratford: March 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 26, and April 2. To register call 203-385-4090 or email email@example.com. Healthy skin lecture \u201cNaturally Healthy Skin from the Inside Out,\u201d Thursday, March 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 2505 Main Street, Suite 224. Seminar will discuss internal and external natural medicine practices that support healthy skin \u2014 from acne to anti-aging. Fee: $20. Call 203-895-5534 to register or for more information; naturesourcecare.com. Senior driving course Senior Driver Safety Program, Saturday, March 9, 9-1, first-floor Administration Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., $12 AARP members, $14 non-members, covers handouts and instructional materials. To register, call 1-888-357-2396. Mammography screenings SWIM Women\u2019s Imaging Center offers free and low-cost digital mammography screenings for women age 35 and older Monday, March 11, 1-5 p.m., St. Mary\u2019s Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford; Tuesday, March 12, 10-2, Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Center, Fairfield; Wednesday, March 13, 10-2, Stop & Shop, 228 South Main St., Newtown; Wednesday, March 20, 10-2, South End Community Center, 19 Bates St., Stratford; Saturday, March 23, 10-1, St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave., Milford; Thursday, March 28, 10-2, St. Vincent\u2019s Urgent Care, 2 Trap Falls Road, Shelton. To schedule an appointment call 203-576-5505. Prostate cancer survivor lecture Free prostate cancer survivors educational lecture series offered by St. Vincent\u2019s SWIM Across the Sound held second Tuesday of the month 5-6 p.m., Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care Level 3, Medical Oncology Conference Room. Next: March 12. No reservations required, 203-576-6158, firstname.lastname@example.org. Caregiver support Group for family members and others responsible for the day-to-day care of elderly relatives meets first Friday of month, 10-11, Operations Conference Room, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., April 5; and 5:30-6:30, second Tuesday of the month, Center\u2019s offices, 95 Armory Road, Stratford, March 12 and April 9, 1-888-357-2396. Free patient and caregiver support program last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care adjacent to St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center. Open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers, family and friends. No reservations required, 203-576-6158, email@example.com. Also, hosted by Maefair Health Care second Tuesday of the month 2:30-3:30, 21 Maefair Court, Trumbull. Next: March 12. Meetings are open to all caregivers in the community. Light refreshments, 203-459-5152. Genetic counseling Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Yale Cancer Center provide genetic counseling services by appointment Wednesdays, March 13 and April 10, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, 203-764-8400. Sinus pain lecture Bridgeport Hospital ear, nose and throat specialist Bradford Chervin, MD and allergist Irena Veksler, MD, will discuss the causes of and treatments for sinus congestion and pain during the free lecture, \u201cWipe Out Congestion and Head Pain\u2026For Good,\u201d Thursday, March 14, 7, Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Doors open at 6:30. Reservations required, 1-888-357-2396. Ostomy support Sundays, March 17 and April 21, 2 p.m., Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. Open to anyone who has had or will have an ostomy operation, such as colostomy, urostomy or ileostomy. Spouses welcome. Meetings held third Sunday of month except July and August, Sharon Tilley, 203-384-3209. Breast cancer survivor support Meets first and third Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-7, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V\u2019s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Next: March 19, 203-576-6158, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hormonal therapy for prostate cancer Bridgeport Hospital hematologist\/medical oncologist Justin Persico, MD, will discuss \u201cUpdated Hormonal Therapy for Prostate Cancer\u201d during the next meeting of Man to Man, the hospital\u2019s prostate cancer support group, Tuesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street, Trumbull, 1-888-357-2396. Breastfeeding support Free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, first and third Wednesday of the month, 10-noon, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, 1-888-357-2396. Next: March 20, April 3 and 17. Cancer nutrition and cooking Free cooking course designed to help attendees prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition offered monthly 6-7:45 on March 21, April 23, May 29, June 26, July 23, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 22, Nov. 20, SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, stvincents.org. Blood pressure screenings Screenings offered by Bridgeport Hospital at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, March 18, April 1 and 15, 9:30-11:30; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Mondays, March 11 and April 8, 9:30-11:30; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Mondays, March 25 and April 22, noon-2. Call 1-888-357-2396. Also offered by the South End Community Center in collaboration with the Stratford Health Department, first and third Wednesdays of the month, 10-noon, South End Community Center; 203-385-4058; 203-377-0689. The Mario and Irma D\u2019Addario Hypertension Program at St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center provides free blood pressure screenings and information to the public every Tuesday, 11:30-3:30, main lobby of St. V\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport; 1-877-255-7847. First aid\/safety class Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Emergency Care Institute offers the following self-care classes in the duPont Board Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. To register, call 203-384-4497. Adult, child and infant CPR\/AED two-year certification, Wednesday, April 3, 6-9, $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR\/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturdays, March 9 and 23 and April 13, 8:30-5:30, $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Administration of Medicine Class, Tuesdays, March 12 and 19 and April 9, 6:30-9:30, $50 full program (three-year certification) or $25 for injectable medications only; Basic life support for healthcare providers, Wednesdays, March 20 and April 17, 6-10, $90 ($65 with unexpired American Heart Association certification card). Cancer survivor support Moving Forward support and educational series for cancer survivors meets Friday, March 22, 1-3:30, Bridgeport Hospital Administrative Conference, first floor, 267 Grant Street. To register, call 203-384-3094. A free patient and caregiver support program will be offered by St. Vincent\u2019s SWIM Across the Sound the last Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Oncology Conference Room, Level 3 of the Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. Program is open to all cancer patients and survivors along with their caregivers including family and friends, 203-576-6158, Diabetes Alert Day Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is sponsoring free healthy living information sessions on Diabetes Alert Day, Tuesday, March 26 at the following locations: Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA, 20 Trefoil Drive, 5:30 p.m.; Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road, Fairfield, 6 p.m.; St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, noon and 5:30 p.m.; United Church of Christ in Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford, 6 p.m.; Griffin Hospital, Division Street, Derby, 6 p.m.; North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven, noon; Soundview YMCA, 628 East Main Street, Branford, noon. To register, contact Kelly Vaughan, 203-375-3844, ext. 32 or email@example.com. For more information visit cccymca.org.\u00a0 firstname.lastname@example.org. Better Breathing Club Meets Fridays, March 29 and April 26, 1:30, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. Open to anyone with chronic respiratory disease. To register, call 203-336-7375. Stroke support Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will host a free Stroke Support Group meeting for recovering stroke patients and their caregivers Tuesday, April 2, 6-7, Shelton outreach site, 4 Corporate Drive, 203-925-4201. Also offered third Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7, Seton Room, Level C, St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-5361. Heart smart recipes sought The Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital invites the public to share recipes for their favorite comfort foods, to be transformed into heart-healthy dishes and possibly included in a new cookbook. Recipes and a note about their special meaning can be submitted online at bridgeporthospital.org\/heartrecipes, mailed to the Bridgeport Hospital Marketing Department, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT 06610, or faxed to 203-384-3943. Submission deadline is March 31. 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; Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Christ the King Church at American Legion Hall, 21 Cedar St., Naugatuck; Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 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. Family support group For adult patients, family members and friends who are coping with a diagnose of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin\u2019s Disease, first Tuesday of every month, 4-5:30, St. V\u2019s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, Level 3 Medical Oncology Conference Room, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, 203-576-6158; email@example.com. Al-Anon meetings Al-Anon is a resource for family members and friends affected by alcoholism. 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. Cancer support Free Lunch & Learn Cancer Support Group is offered by St. Vincent\u2019s the third Thursday of every month, noon-1, Oncology Conference Room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, firstname.lastname@example.org. Look Good .... Feel Better Free American Cancer Society program helps women with cancer improve their appearance and self-image through hands-on beauty techniques\u00a0 third Thursday of the month, 5-7, Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby. Register in advance by calling Laura Howell, 203-732-1280 or email email@example.com. Diabetes education Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent\u2019s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168. Bereavement support An eight-week support group facilitated by Ximena\u00a0 Varas, certified lay minister and chaplain meets Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m at First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road. Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-278-1568. Yoga classes \u201cNew \u2018Mindful Flow\u2019 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, email@example.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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s. To schedule an appointment or for more information call St. Vincent\u2019s 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\u2019s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158. Healthy traveler service Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s 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\u2019s \u201cRing for Your Rhythm\u201d 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\u2019s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Fitness classes Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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; firstname.lastname@example.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\u2019s Wellness Booth has relocated to the main lobby of the Medical Center, 2800 Main St., 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\u2019s toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847). Heart-disease risk quiz Bridgeport Hospital offers \u201cTake 10 for Your Ticker,\u201d a free online heart-disease risk quiz. Quiz is available at bridgeporthospital.org, by clicking on the link in the \u201cTake 10 for Your Ticker\u201d 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019s disease or a related dementia. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month, 4-5; 380-1228. St. Vincent\u2019s 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\u2019s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. No reservations required; 203-576-6158; email@example.com. Prostate cancer survivors St. Vincent\u2019s SWIM Prostate Cancer Survivors Educational Lecture Series and Support Group meets at Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, at St. V\u2019s, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport. Call 203-576-6158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times of lectures. No reservations required. Breast cancer wellness St. Vincent\u2019s 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\u2019s, 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\u2019s 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; email@example.com. 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\u2019s SWIM Cancer Resource Library is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, Maureen Ringel Cancer Resource Library, Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, St. V\u2019s. 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.