Stony Brook Medicine offers a wide variety of ongoing health education programs, seminars and workshops. Below is an overview of just some of our programs. For a full list, including dates and times for specific events, please refer to our Calendar of Events.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Practical Help Workshop
A 4-part practical help workshop for caregivers covering the following
topics: Medical Overview, Management of Behavior Problems, Community
Resources/Caregiving Issues and Legal and Financial Issues.
Asthma Care And Prevention (Integrative)
for asthma patients 12 years of age and older, this series of four
group sessions conducted by the Division of Wellness and Chronic Illness
in the Department of Family Medicine reviews state of the art medical
management, triggers, prevention, and proper use of inhalers, spacers
and peak flow meters. Additional topics of discussion include:
nutrition, nutritional supplements, whole foods and herbs, breathing
exercises, stress management, massage, self-hypnosis, meditation, and
guided imagery. Registration is limited, most insurance programs
Back & Leg, Neck & Arm Pain Seminars
Spine and Scoliosis Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center,
which specializes in the diagnosis of various spinal conditions, offers
free informative seminars on back and leg pain and neck and arm pain.
Seminars cover the anatomy of the back and neck, various conditions that
cause pain, and treatment options.
Breast Cancer Education
For men and women who
have been diagnosed with breast cancer and for the general public, this
ongoing support group sponsored by The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care
Center features specialist guest speakers who offer information on a
variety of topics. The group meets monthly at the Holiday Inn Express,
Cardiac Education Program for Patients and Families
6-week heart disease awareness program conducted by healthcare
professionals aimed at providing patients, families and friends with a
comprehensive overview of heart health and important information about
the factors that influence heart disease. CPR Training classes are
offered to participants in conjunction with the program. Registration is
Center for Joint Replacement Education Programs
about prostheses, assistive devices, joint protection and energy
conservation techniques for activities of daily living, work and leisure
at Stony Brook University Medical Center's Joint Replacement Center.
The Center offers preoperative classes for patients who will be
undergoing joint replacement surgery and monthly community education
seminars on hip and knee pain.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes
comprehensive 3-day educational program covering meal planning, blood
glucose monitoring, exercise, use of medications, acute and chronic
complications, stress, travel, vacationing and community resources.
Insurance accepted where applicable.
Diabetes Club/Pumpers Club
Meet and share
experiences with other people with diabetes, learn what's new in
resources, research and technology and get questions answered. For
adults with diabetes who are on the insulin pump or are considering it.
Group Sessions for Patients with Breast Cancer
Brook University Medical Center's Division of Wellness and Chronic
Illness conduct two group sessions for patients with breast cancer.
Brief individual evaluations are followed by sessions on nutrition and
mind/body medicine. Registration is limited to 15 participants. Most
insurance plans accepted.
Hip and Knee Pain Seminars
Free seminars on hip
and knee pain are regularly hosted by the Stony Brook Joint Replacement
Center. Seminars include an overview on the normal anatomy of the hip
and knee, the various causes of hip and knee pain, signs and symptoms of
a hip or knee problem, how to get a good diagnosis from your doctor,
and treatments including diet, nutrition, exercise, medication and
Individual Medical Nutrition Therapy
adults with nutrition-related medical conditions, such as diabetes,
gestational diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, high
triglycerides, gastrointestinal conditions, obesity, cancer, and eating
disorders are invited to participate in individual medical nutrition
therapy sessions led by registered dieticians and nutritionists. Therapy
sessions consist of a full nutrition assessment including medical
history, dietary intake, supplement intake, body composition and
available blood work; an individualized care plan, including dietary and
physical activity recommendations; education and counseling using
unique and effective nutrition education materials; and assessment of
the effectiveness of your plan and appropriate modifications including
lifestyle counseling throughout the program. Sports nutrition, diet
prescriptions and counseling are also available. Morning or afternoon
sessions are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Most
insurance programs accepted.
Infant and Child Massage Classes
program conducted by a licensed massage therapist and certified
infant/child massage instructor provides instruction for parents in
massage techniques to soothe a cranky baby, reduce stress and pain,
relieve symptoms of gas and colic and develop crucial bonding skills.
Classes for premature or medically fragile babies are also available.
Children of all ages welcome. Bring baby or doll and a small blanket.
Lipid Program Group Visits
Stony Brook University
Medical Center's Division of Wellness and Chronic Illness in the
Department of Family Medicine conducts four 2-hour group visits for
patients with elevated lipids (fats including cholesterol). Following a
brief, individual evaluation, group sessions focus on what makes
fats-including high or low cholesterol; changing lipid and insulin
levels with whole foods and supplements; the genetics of lipid
formation; anti-lipid medications, their proper usage and side effects
and the role of exercise and stress reduction in changing lipid and
insulin levels. Most insurance plans accepted.
Look Good...Feel Better Program (for breast cancer patients)
in conjunction with the American Cancer Society for female cancer
patients. This free, 2-hour program is facilitated by a licensed
cosmetologist. Wigs are available to patients experiencing hair loss.
MEET THE MIDWIVES Join the Stony Brook Midwives for
an informative evening of conversation, questions & answers, and a
tour of the Labor & Delivery, Nursery & Postpartum Units.
Sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month from 7-8 pm in the
Health Sciences Center lecture halls. For more information go to www.stonybrookmidwives.com
The Department of Obstetrics &
Gynecology at Stony Brook University Medical Center provides total
prenatal care to Medicaid eligible expectant moms through its MOMS
program. MOMS covers medical care, health education, nutritional
counseling, prenatal classes, lab services, dental care, mental health,
assistance with transportation and referral to the WIC Program. Help
with applying for Medicaid benefits is provided.
Osteoporosis Fitness Program
For those diagnosed
or at risk for osteoporosis, this course is designed to enhance your
understanding of proper body mechanics during activities of daily living
to lessen the effects of osteoporosis. Participants require a physician
referral that includes a diagnosis and request for physical therapy
evaluation and treatment. Classes are conducted by the Outpatient
Physical and Occupational Therapy Department of Stony Brook University
Osteoporosis Prevention and Management Series
by the Department of Family Medicine's Division of Wellness and Chronic
Illness, this series of three group visits encompasses assessment,
evaluation and the integration of holistic treatment to augment
conventional treatment for osteoporosis prevention and management.
Conventional monitoring techniques and medical intervention with hormone
replacement therapy and drugs is also covered.
Pediatric Healthy Heart Clinic
The Division of
Pediatric Cardiology offers a risk clinic for children 8-18 years of age
with risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol, obesity
and high blood pressure. This 12-week nutritional counseling and
exercise program meets twice a week.
Prenatal Education Classes
For women delivering
at Stony Brook University Medical Center these educational classes
promote optimal maternal, fetal and newborn health. Topics of discussion
include: Staying Healthy During Pregnancy, Breast Feeding & Infant
Feeding Choices, Preparing for Labor & Delivery and Taking Care of
Yourself and Baby at home. Registration required.
Preparing for Breast Surgery or Reconstruction
to help women who will be undergoing surgery mentally prepare for the
experience. Taught by Nurse Practitioners who utilize mind-body
techniques, participants will receive an instruction book and relaxation
Pre-surgery Tours for Parents & Children
familiarize you with the Medical Center setting and to help ease the
fear and anxiety of hospitalization, Stony Brook University Medical
Center's child life specialists are available to conduct tours for
parents and children. In addition to touring visitors through the
hospital room, playroom and operating room, they are available to answer
questions and welcome suggestions on how to make your child's
hospitalization as comfortable as possible.
Prostate Cancer Screening
screening includes a FREE PSA blood test and a rectal exam. The
Department of Urology offers free screenings by appointment at
University Medical Center and at Stony Brook Medical Park. For an
appointment call the Cancer Helpline at 1.800.862.2215. Screenings
are also available on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons at The
Hampton Bays Life Care Center. For an appointment call 631.723.5000.
New baby on the way? The
Mother-Baby Unit of Stony Brook University Medical Center offers weekly
classes at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for parents and children preparing
for the changes that come with a new baby in the household. Utilizing a
film narrated by children, combined with demonstrations of how to hold,
feed and change a diaper, this hour-long program is free of charge.
Classes conclude with a tour of the newborn nursery, a question and
answer period and a "Big Sister/Big Brother" certificate. Classes should
be scheduled at least one month prior to due date.
Target Fitness for Weight Management Program
with weight management or other health related problems such as type 2
diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol are invited to enroll in
Stony Brook University Medical Center's 12-week Target Fitness Weight
Management Program. Weekly one-hour sessions guide participants to
develop research-based skills to facilitate gradual and permanent weight
loss through individualized strategies and goals. There is a fee for
Travel Medicine Services
Stony Brook University
Medical Center's Travel Medicine Services is staffed by specialists
licensed to administer common and rare vaccines, they offer vaccination,
access to a worldwide destination travel database, post-travel health
assessment, advice for existing medical conditions and evaluation for
Stony Brook University Medical
Center's Department of Family Medicine offers the WIC program to women,
infants and children in the community. You can enroll in this program
even if you are not a legal resident (green card not needed) or U.S.
citizen; if you do not have a social number; if you receive food stamps,
public assistance, or Medicaid; or, if you are a foreign student with
an F-1 Visa.
For additional information, please call HealthConnect® at (631) 444-4000.