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. Expectant parent classes and tours Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including Birthplace Tours, Thursdays, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6-7 p.m.; Infant CPR Anytime, Thursdays, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7:15-8:15 p.m. To register, call 888-357-2396. Genetic counseling Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Norma Pfriem Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, provides weekly genetic counseling services by appointment, every Friday beginning at Norma Pfriem Breast Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield. Genetic counseling will be offered again at the hospital\u2019s outpatient campus at 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull, when a new medical office building opens at the site in spring 2016, 203-200-4362. Bereavement support Ongoing bereavement support group every Friday, 10-11 a.m., VITAS Office, 99 Hawley Lane, suite 1204, Stratford. To register call 203-455-3300 or email Esmail.Dezhbod@vitas.com. Griffin Hospital support groups meet in an eight-week cycle at the hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, Sundays, 2:30-4, started Sept. 20; Tuesdays, 2:30-4, started Sept. 22; and Wednesdays, 6:30-8, started Sept. 23; 203-732-1132 or email@example.com. St. Mary Bereavement Support Group New Day 10-week program Thursdays, began Sept. 24, 1-3, St. Mary\u2019s Church Hall, 70 Gulf Street, Milford, 203-283-1934, 203-874-2376, 845-239-2007; $10 fee required for the New Day Journal. St Jude Parish of Monroe has a free nine-month Bereavement Support Group, which began Sept. 9. The group will meet once\u00a0a month on Wednesday, 2:30-4, from December through May; 203-261-6404. 10-week program meets at St. Stephen\u2019s Church, 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, Thursdays, 4:30-6. Registration required: 203-268-6217. The Caring Network, a free ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death, meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, 6-8 p.m., Bridges campus, 941 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Registration not required. Information: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268, Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365, ext 344. Weight-loss surgery Free informational seminars are held regularly at 112 Quarry Road, Trumbull, for people interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery. Candidates for weight-loss (bariatric) surgery are generally 60 or more pounds overweight or have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, hypertension or cardiovascular disease; 203-789-6237. Blood pressure screenings Bridgeport Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings at Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, Dec. 21, Jan. 4 and 18, 9:30-11:30; Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Monday, Jan. 11, 9:30-11:30; Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, Jan. 25, noon-2, 888-357-2396. Substance abuse support group The Community Addiction & Recovery Education & Support (C.A.R.E.S.) Group provides a free, weekly drop-in support group for parents and other concerned family members whose loved ones are using or abusing mind-altering substances. The C.A.R.E.S. Group\u2019s mission is to provide education, support, access to resources, and hope for individuals and families struggling with substance abuse or addiction. C.A.R.E.S. meets every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, 1-855-405-0246, thecaresgroup.org. Parkinson\u2019s fitness class The Watermark at 3030 Park will continue its Parkinson\u2019s Fitness Class, a bi-weekly class designed to help people living with Parkinson\u2019s engage their muscles and increase mobility. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:45 at the senior living community, located at 3030 Park Avenue on the Bridgeport-Fairfield town line.\u00a0Due to a limited number of spaces, reservations and a small participation fee are required for the fitness class. To RSVP, contact Cindy McGuire at 203-373-6108. Stroke support Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6-7 p.m., Ahlbin Rehabilitation Center, 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton, 203-925-4201. Breastfeeding support Free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers meets Wednesdays, Jan. 6 and 20, 10-noon, hospital\u2019s outpatient campus, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull. To register, call 888-357-2396. First aid and safety classes Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Emergency Care Institute offers the following American Heart Association self-care classes at the hospital, 267 Grant St. Registration required. Call 203-384-4497. Administration of medicine, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $50 full program, $25 injectables only; Adult, child and Infant CPR\/defibrillator two-year certification, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6-9 p.m., $65; Pediatric first aid & safety and adult, child and infant CPR\/defibrillator training two-year certification, Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:30-5:30, $100 full class or $70 first aid portion only; Basic life support for healthcare providers two-year certification Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6-10 p.m., $90 ($65 for those with an unexpired American Heart Association certification card). Smoking cessation Griffin Hospital is helping members of the community prepare to quit smoking with a free smoking cessation program, \u201cThat\u2019s It \u2013 Learn to Quit\u201d Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby, 203-732-1476. Senior driving course AARP\u2019s Smart Driver course Saturday, Jan. 9, 9-1, first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, 888-357-2396. Caregiver support George\u2019s Hill is a social engagement group for people diagnosed with early dementia and their caregivers meets second Thursday of the month, 11:30-1, light lunch noon-12:30, Unity Hill United Church of Christ, 364 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Anyone with a wheelchair, or problems with mobility, may enter through the kitchen door in back as there are no steps to negotiate; 203-374-8822, unityhillucc.org. Support group for caregivers and families led by Harbor care Director, David Fife, third Thursday of the month at 5:30, Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Avenue, Trumbull; 203-268-2400; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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; 888-357-2396. Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Centers hosts a Caregiver\u2019s Support Group the second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m., 720 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford. The group helps to provide emotional, educational and social supports for caregivers. It can also assist in developing methods and skills to solve problems associated with caregiving responsibilities. Open to the public. RSVP to Mary Pruzinsky, 203-380-1228. First and third Thursday of each month, 4 p.m., Jewish Senior Services, Grasmere by the Sea Adult Day Program, 1 Post Road, Fairfield; 203-365-6470, email@example.com. Also, second Tuesday of the month, 4 p.m., Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home, 175 Jefferson Street, Fairfield; 203-365-6479; firstname.lastname@example.org. Wellness for Life Wellness for Life is a 12-week, evidence-based lifestyle change program that helps prevent and treat many chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, through better lifestyle choices in nutrition, activity and emotional health. Program starts Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Hewitt Ambulatory Pavilion, located in the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby, griffinhealth.org, 203-732-7107. Therapeutic Touch Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, is offering a two-day Basic Level Therapeutic Touch workshop on Friday, Jan. 22, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 23, \u00a08 a.m.-4 p.m. for individuals interested in learning about this healing method. Fee for the workshop is $100, and includes all class materials. Deadline to enroll is Jan. 6. For more information, or to enroll, contact Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466 or email@example.com. Eating disorders support Mindful eating, self-compassion and meditation will be taught as tools for healing at a support group in Fairfield Saturdays, at 9:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 16. Led by local eating disorder psychotherapist, Wendy McCaffery, LCSW, the group is being offered to men and women who struggle with binge eating, overeating, bulimia and poor body image. It runs four consecutive Saturday mornings 9:30-12:30 on Jan 16, 23, 30 and Feb 6. Cost is $295; scholarships are being offered, connecttoyourself.com. Free CPR training Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses are encouraging individuals to be a hero for their friends and family in 2016 by offering free CPR Training throughout the year. Family & Friends CPR is a non-certifying course that teaches the basics of adult and child CPR and relief of a foreign body (choking). Infant skills will be offered at the end of the program to those who wish to learn these additional skills. The course is offered Saturday, Jan. 16, 10-noon, Griffin Hospital, Derby, and then on the third Saturday of every month from 10-noon for the rest of the year. Registrations are required as space is limited. Call Cathi, 203-732-1337. Traumatic brain injury group Meets the third Tuesday of the month, Jan. 19, 6-7:30, at the Disability Resource Center, 80 Ferry Boulevard, Stratford; 203-380-1004. Yoga classes Overworked? Stressed out? Need a change? Escape the noise of daily existence by treating yourself to a yoga session at \u201cA New Earth Yoga.\u201d 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; anewearthyoga.com. \u201cNew \u2018Mindful Flow\u201d 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. 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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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 diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or 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; firstname.lastname@example.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, 800-8-HOSPICE ext. 510, email@example.com. Lunch & learn cancer support A free Lunch & Learn Cancer Support Group offered by St. Vincent\u2019s third Thursday of the month noon-1, Oncology Conference Room, Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, adjacent to the St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, 203-576-6158, firstname.lastname@example.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\u2019s, 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 and 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 Do you have a problem with alcohol, drug addiction or any life controlling issue? Are you affected by a loved one\u2019s addiction? Higher Ground Ministry is non-denominational and offers help that is permanent through Biblical truths. Through Higher Ground Ministry you will receive support, encouragement and spiritual guidance that will change your life forever. To find a meeting near you, call 203-888-9974 or visit highergroundministry.org. Diabetes education Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30, St. Vincent\u2019s Level 4 Seton Conference Room, 203-576-6168. 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. 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 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; email@example.com. 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 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\u2019s toll-free Care Line at 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.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; 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.