Health and Fitness
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Westport’s Hall-Brooke Opens 16-Bed Women’s Unit
A new 16-bed inpatient unit specifically dedicated to women’s treatment has opened at Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, 47 Long Lots Road, Westport.
Bishop William E. Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport offered blessings on the newly opened 16-bed Women’s Unit of Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services. With Lori are (l-r): Dr. Thomas E. Smith, Hall-Brooke’s medical director, and Jennifer L’Herbette, MSW. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The advanced design 10,000-square-foot Woman’s Unit is staffed by clinical experts versed in the particular needs of women’s mental health and well-being, according to Thomas E. Smith, M.D., Hall-Brooke’s medical director.
The specific gender focus of the new unit “puts Hall-Brooke in the vanguard of mental health treatment centers which recognize the importance of biological and social factors on the mental health of women,” Smith said. “There are very few comprehensive programs tailored to women available in the entire country.”
The unit’s specially trained staff understands the mental health needs of women and recognizes the influence of hormones and premenstrual symptoms, reactions to infertility or pregnancy loss, and emotional distress related to life changes, he said.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Connecticut Reports First Flu Cases
State health department officials said today that four confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Connecticut – two in Fairfield County.
State Public Health Commissioner J. Robert Galvin said the confirmation by the state Public Health Laboratory means that that the influenza season has officially begun in Connecticut.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Galvin urged Connecticut residents to talk to their doctor about getting a flu shot.
“If you have been waiting to get a flu shot, please don’t wait any longer — flu is here and there is still vaccine available in the state,” Rell said in a statement.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Y Offers Aquatics Classes
The Westport-Weston Family Y aquatics staff will be offering free “Aquatic Fusion” clinics this week. They will be held Wednesday and Friday at 8:45-9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday in the 90-degree pool at the YMCA. Pictured are (l-r) Audrey Thompson, Aquatic Fitness Director Patty Kondub, and Shelly Goldman (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Avian Flu Health District Focus
To address concerns over what has been called a possible pandemic and to explore ways to protect oneself, the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) has scheduled an avian flu information program for Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 109 at Westport Town Hall.
Dr. Stuart Steinman, the health district’s medical advisor, plans to discuss the nature of avian influenza, “how to protect yourself and loved ones and learn what your country is doing to protect you,” health district officials say.
According to the WWHD, avian Influenza, or bird flu, is a contagious disease of animals caused by viruses that normally infect poultry, waterfowl, and other birds. While it is unusual for humans to acquire influenza virus infections directly from birds, the health district reports that human infections and deaths have occurred in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Citing research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WWHD reports that the widespread persistence of avian influenza in poultry poses two main risks for human health. The first is the risk of direct infection when the virus passes from poultry to humans, resulting in very severe disease. The second is that the virus can change into a form that is highly infectious for humans and spreads easily or pandemic.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Westport EMS Sets CPR Courses
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is sponsoring two cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses next month.
Both will be held in the police classroom, 50 Jesup Road.
An infant and child heart-saver CPR class will be given Thursday, Nov. 3, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A fee of $25 will be charged and. registration is required. Certification will be given upon successful completion.
A full healthcare provider CPR course will be given Tuesday, Nov. 8 and continue on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A fee of $65 will be charged and registration is required. Certification will be given upon successful completion.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Looking for a Few Good Men and Women
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
EMT Course Offered
The Westport Volunteer EMS will be offering an EMT training course for those who want to join the corps.
An information session will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at police headquarters, and applications are due by Oct. 21.
Class tuition is $500, and it may be refunded later based on volunteer service.
Classes start Nov. 1 and continue through May. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-10 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Hall-Brooke Offers Free Depression Screening Oct. 6
As a community service, Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services will do free screening for depression from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 at 47 Long Lots Road.
The screening is also available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Center, operated by Hall-Brooke, at 2400 Main St., Bridgeport, and is provided by both English and Spanish speakers.
Hall-Brooke’s services are part of the National Depression Screening Day which makes available the free opportunity for diagnosis to persons throughout the United States who may be suffering from depression or bipolar disease, an announcement said.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Info Sessions Set on Long Island Sound No Discharge Proposal
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to preserve the quality of coastal waters in Long Island Sound by seeking to ban discharge of sewage from boats in local waters.
It has set up information sessions on the proposal Wednesday and Thursday in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.
The DEP plans to ask the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve designation of the waters from the eastern border of Branford to the western border of Greenwich as a No Discharge Area.
The area would include the Quinnipiac River from North Haven and the Housatonic River from Derby Dam in Derby to the coastal waters of Long Island Sound, according to an announcement.
Wellness Topic of AARP Meeting Wednesday
The Westport-Weston Chapter of AARP will open its fall season Wednesday with practical advice from professionals on how to promote wellness and independence.
The 1 p.m. meeting at the Westport Center for Senior Activities is of particular interest to those age 50 and above who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an announcement said.
Dr. Michael McGlynn, well-known clinical nutritionist with a practice in Westport, will focus on preventing disease and promoting wellness through good dietary practices. He received his post-doctorate diploma from the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition,
Susan Lackey of Home Instead Senior Care in Norwalk will present a “Banana Blast” party inspired by the “30-Minute Meals for Seniors”. booklet created by TV chef Rachel Ray. Lackey will bring bananas, dipping chocolate and assorted toppings and invite the audience to participate in preparing—and eating—the nutritious afternoon treat.
Both speakers will welcome questions from the audience. For more information about the meeting, call Thelma Shiboski, (203) 227-8594.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Westport VEMS Sets CPR Course for Sept. 19
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) is sponsoring a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course to be held at the Police/EMS classroom, 50 Jesup Road, on Monday, Sept. 19.
The infant and child heart saver CPR class will be given from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m with a fee of $25 charged for the course, an announcement said. Pre-registration is required. Certification will be given upon successful completion.
The class is intended for all ages to help save lives by learning the skills of CPR and is available to all area residents and businesses, the announcement said. The course follows the American Heart Association curriculum. No walk-ins or late registration will be accepted. Call (203) 341-6030 for information.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Westport Road Runners Summer Series Ends
The Westport Road Runners Summer Series ended with a 10-mile race today, which was won in a tie finish between Anatolie Vartosu of Stamford and Pete Brady from New York City with a time of 59 minutes and 54 seconds. Paul Greenberg (c) was the first Westport finisher, placing 10th overall with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 24 seconds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 19, 2005
Hall-Brooke Offers Private Outpatient Detox
A new ambulatory opiate detoxification program has been launched by Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services as part of its outpatient addiction services.
The new outpatient treatment modality is a drastic change for persons seeking freedom from addiction to opiates, which include pain killers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodan, as well as heroin, morphine, codeine and methadone, an announcement said.
Until recently, their only detoxification option, other than hospitalization, was to que up at a methadone clinic for daily outpatient treatments, a requirement considered so demeaning and life disruptive, that it was an effective deterrent for many potential patients, according to the Hall-Brooke announcement.
Because of recent changes in FDA regulations, treatment to break free from opiate bondage is now realistically available in private physicians’ offices with buprenorphine, a controlled substance.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
14th Annual Kids on the Move Triathlon Set for Sept. 4
Every kid is a winner at the Westport Weston Family Y’s 14th annual Kids on the Move Triathlon scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4 at Staples High School.
It’s the Y’s “celebration of healthy kids,” according to race director Bob Knoebel. He said every athlete who crosses the finish line receives an accomplishment medal.
“We want to reward the kids who choose to stay physically fit and active,,” Knoebel said.
Race check in begins at 9 a.m. while the race begins at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
West Nile Virus Found in Weston and Wilton
State health department officials have announced that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in 14 communities, including Weston and Wilton.
Until Tuesday, the virus had been detected only in Stamford and Stratford.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the state Department of Public Health released the latest findings.
“With continued warm weather we should anticipate additional positive mosquitoes in these and other areas of the state,” said Theodore Andreadis, chief medical entomologist for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.