East Hampton Community Notes, October 3

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It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the time of year that serves as a reminder to all men and women about screening for the disease. To maintain good breast health, the following guidelines are recommended: a monthly breast self-examination starting at age 20. For ages 20 through 29, a clinical breast exam by a physician or nurse practitioner at least every three years. Ages 30 to 39, once a year clinical breast exam by a physician or nurse practitioner. From age 40 and older, a mammogram every year. To make an appointment for a mammogran, call Southampton Hospital’s breast health center at 726-8285.

Guidelines for a man or woman who has had cancer or has a family history of cancer may be different; to learn more consult your physician. For people with limited means and no health insurance, assistance is available at the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. Call 726-8715 for more information. I happy to report that I have been cancer free for nine years.

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and Southampton Hospital will co-sponsor “Pink Friday,” a health fair in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event will be held at the Most Holy Trinity Church school building on Meadow Way in East Hampton; parking is available behind the church.

Educational information on early detection and prevention will be available and attendees may make appointments for no-cost mammogram and pap tests (for uninsured women over the age of 40). Other highlights will include free glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, STI and HIV screenings and colorectal screening packages, reiki, and stress management information. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with a health insurance representative and information will be available for home heating assistance programs and food stamps. Healthy refreshments will be served.

The entire community is invited to this event and encouraged to wear pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services building on Cedar Street, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation will sponsor a free educational forum titled, “Rethink Aging.” The forum will focus on a proactive approach to health and wellness issues for seniors on the East End, providing valuable educational information for individuals, caregivers, families and healthcare professionals.

The forum’s keynote speaker, Eileen H. Callahan, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Callahan will be joined by a panel of physicians, including gerontologist Charles Guida, MD; rheumatologist Elaine Karis, MD; ophthalmologist Louis D. Pizzarello, MD; and Gerard M. Turino, MD, pulmonologist and president of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.

Other speakers will include Patia Cunningham, E-RYT; Ann M. Silver, RD; and Erik Peterson, PT, who will discuss the practice of yoga, nutrition and physical therapy, respectively. The program will conclude with a talk by Howard John Lebwith, DDS (retired), on the topic of “The Life Well Lived.”

A free coffee and light breakfast buffet will precede the program from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at which time the program will begin. Local resource information for seniors will also be available following the program. The forum is free of charge. Seating is limited, advanced registration is requested. To register, call the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation at 324-8943 or email rogers.director@easthamptonhealthcare.org.

This Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Maidstone Club tennis house, is the Real Men Wear Pink benefit for Southampton Hospital Breast Center, The Women’s Cancer Coalition of Southampton and Lucia’s Angels. Tickets are $100 and there will be a raffle and silent auction. For more information, please contact sroden@cwcshh.org.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., “Understanding Our Jewish Genealogy,” a workshop presented by Connie G. Krupin, author and illustrator of’ A Time to Be Born, A Jewish Baby Journal,” will be held at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. Ever wonder where your last name came from? Why are there so many Jewish Schwartzes, Weisses and Kleins? Take the ultimate Jewish genealogy journey through history to learn the origins of Ashkenazi and Sephardic surnames. For additional information, call 312-4286 or e-mail hamptons@jewishli.com. The cost of this event is $5.

The Wellness Foundation of East Hampton is pleased to announce a new “Fall Wellness Challenge,” a six-week program designed to help participants lose weight, lower cholesterol and reduce reliance on prescription drugs, all while eating heart healthy, delicious and nutritious foods.

Since 2009, the Wellness Foundation has sponsored several East End Wellness Challenges, achieving significant results in weight loss and lowered cholesterol for committed participants. Graduates of the challenge programs have reported increased energy levels, reduction in chronic pain, and positive shifts in their attitudes towards food and health.

The seven-session weekly program begins the week of October 7 with weekly groups that will be held in Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton. All participants receive step-by-step guidance to create a healthy body and lifestyle through lectures, discussions, cooking demos, food samples and more. The fee for the course material is $150, which includes the Wellness Challenge Guidebook and Pocket Guide. Registration packets can be obtained by visiting www.wfeh.org or call the Wellness Foundation at 329-2590.

Enjoy.

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