Health-related classes, groups, resources and a few tips & tricks to prepare for the season
Exercise is Medicine
September - November, Tues & Fridays
The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation, in conjunction with Piedmont Wellness Center is offering weekly fitness classes. Certified instructors provide easy-to-follow aerobics and strength conditions. The program includes “move and learn” activities designed to offer adults and seniors with chronic diseases the training needed to improve symptoms. Classes are held Mondays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Library, located at 1 LaGrange Street in Newnan. For more information, visit www.newnancarnegie.com or call 770-683-1347.
Don’t forget to get a flu shot.
The vaccine is recommended for the following: children (6 months to 19 years), pregnant women, seniors age 50 and older, people with chronic medical conditions and those in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
Piedmont Healthcare offers dementia evaluation, education and support free of charge through its Sixty Plus Services program. Patients and families can enter the support program with a referral from a primary care physician, neurologist, neuropsychologist or family member. Once referred, a social worker will begin to gather information on the patient and will schedule a home visit to assess the patient in the home environment. Patients, caregivers, and family members in the program will have access to monthly support group meetings, in-home visits, and counseling. For more information, call 404-605-3867 or visit www.piedmont.org/sixtyplus.
Walk With a Doc
Walking has many health benefits including weight loss, lowering blood pressure and overall health. These are just a few reasons Piedmont Healthcare founded the Walk With a Doc program, which offers opportunities for the general public to walk and talk with healthcare professionals monthly. Each walk includes a five minute discussion on a topic of the physician’s choosing before opening the discussion for participant questions and topic choices. The monthly activity is free and open to the public - including pets. Piedmont Newnan walks meet at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, located at 745 Poplar Road, in the main lobby. Upcoming walks include Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m., October 8 at 8:30 a.m. and November 12 at 8:30 a.m. Register for the next walk by calling 877-527-3712 or visit www.piedmont.org.
Sept. - Nov. Wednesdays
The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation offers Gentle Yoga with Yvette Monet on Wednesdays beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Library, located at 1 LaGrange Street in Newnan. Gentle Yoga is a class geared towards adults and seniors of all levels of physical ability. The class will include stretching and strengthening of muscles, mild cardio and stress relief. Comfortable clothes and shoes are required and all other equipment is provided as needed. For more information, contact the Carnegie Library at 770-683-1347 or visit www.newnancarnegie.com.
Use a humidifier in the home to avoid common symptoms associated with warm, dry air. When temperatures outside begin to drop, heaters are commonly used indoors. Unfortunately, indoor heating can pull moisture from the air leading to dry skin, chapped lips, dry and tight nasal passages and even snoring. Use a warm or cold-mist humidifier in the home to keep moisture in the air and to alleviate common dry heat-related irritations.
Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk
The sixth-annual Coweta County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk is set for September 10. The event is held at the Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park, located at 74 Sewell Road in Newnan and includes a 5K walk/run, a raffle and a butterfly release. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Registration is available online at www.cowetawalk.dojiggy.com or on the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. in pavilion 1. The walk benefits several projects created by the organization, including a camp for loved ones and family members who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Purple Run & Community Health Fair
Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in The Purple Run, which will include a 5K road race and a 1K fun run followed by a community health fair on October 8 at the Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park beginning with registration at 6:30 a.m. The race benefits Community Welcome House, a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. The event is sponsored by Newnan GNC and LegalShield. Registration can also be completed online at www.purplerun5K.com.
Cancer support group
The Cancer Support Group of the First Baptist Church of Newnan has resumed monthly meetings. Meetings are held beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, including a meeting today. First Baptist Church is located at 15 West Washington Street in Newnan. The meetings are open to survivors, patients, caregivers and loved ones. The monthly event is focused on sharing, fellowship and learning about additional resources. For more information, call 770-253-0405.
Senior Friends groups
Senior Friends and Piedmont Newnan Hospital co-host meetings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Piedmont Newnan Hospital (745 Poplar Road in Newnan). The meeting includes a catered hot meal ($7) and often includes entertainment or guest speakers to discuss disease prevention and healthy lifestyles. Other Senior Friends groups include a stress-free bridge group which meets each Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Roscoe Road. For more information about bridge club, call Patti Maidel at 678-423-8686. For more information about the Senior Friends organization, contact Louise Swint at 678-423-9289.
Healing with words
The CancerCare support group, Healing With Words — A Therapeutic Writing Group is offered to those who are currently receiving treatment for cancer or those who have completed treatment within the last two years. The group is held online and will begin October 3. The group is led by an oncology social worker and will include a variety of topics. Participants will complete unique works of writing based on specific topics and writing prompts. Members will post their own works and be given to opportunity to discuss the works of others as well as their own. Registration is required and can be completed online at http://www.cancercare.org/support_groups/89-healing_with_words_a_therapeutic_writing_group. For more information, contact Caroline Edlung at 1-800-813-4673 ext. 6128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newnan Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
The Newnan MS support group holds monthly meetings every third Thursday each month. Meetings begin at 5 p.m. and are gathered at Insignia of Newnan, located at 27 Belk Road. Refreshments are provided. Register to attend by calling 770-354-4951.
Start with fruit. Eating fruit for breakfast can help people to be more focused, think clearer and is a great way to transition the body out of fasting - or sleep. Reaching for fruit first before sweets can curb a sugar craving without setting back your health.
Family Caregiver Support
The Home Helpers of Ga. and Ala. Family Caregiver Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to support and encourage home caregivers. The next meeting will take place on Sept. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Home Helpers Office, located at 125 Jefferson Street in Newnan. Park in the back and enter through the front door. For more information call 678-378-4366 or email Beth at email@example.com.
Community Christian Church hosts TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) weight-loss support meetings each Monday beginning at 6:15 p.m. The meetings, which include a weigh-in and discussion, take place at 1717 Highway 154 in the Children’s Building in Sharpsburg.
Balance your activities. It can be tempting to overbook your schedule with a ton of activities, but this may ultimately prove stressful. Leave days open to relax and do things you want to do, such as taking a walk or even just unwinding at home with a good book. Try delegating some tasks to others in the household so you don’t take on too much responsibility.
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Newnan. The meetings begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room. FUMC is located at 33 Greenville Street. For more information, call 770-253-7400. Future dates are Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
Safe Driver Class
The Carnegie Library, located at 1 LaGrange Street in Newnan, will host an 8-hour classroom refresher course geared toward drivers aged 50 and above. The program, sponsored by AARP, will provide auto insurance discounts to drivers in most states. Drivers of all ages are encouraged to attend, though minors must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact Mike Daves at 770-502-0586.