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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     February  20, 2013
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                                                                                                                   CONTACT: Community Affairs
                                                                                                                                            (718) 780-5367

March Calendar Items

Events Sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital


New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Breastfeeding Support Group for new mothers. This group, which is also open to mothers who did not deliver their babies at NYM, meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group focuses on providing encouragement and information for mothers and their newborns, from birth to three months old. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. The meetings take place in the Hospital’s Wesley House, Rooms 3K-C, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-5081.

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The New York Methodist Hospital Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both a physician and a chaplain lead the group. The meeting will take place in the Hospital’s Wesley House 6A, 501 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-3593.

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New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Bereavement Support Group. This month the Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Buckley 8 Conference Room, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register please call 718-788-4991.



For people who have lost premature or newborn infants, NYM also offers a Perinatal Bereavement Support Group which will meet later that evening (March 7) from 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. A licensed clinical social worker facilitates the group. The meeting takes place in the Buckley 8 Conference Room, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information and to register please call 718-788-4991.

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March is National Nutrition Month, which is designed to focus Americans’ attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. With this year’s “Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday” theme, consumers are asked to make sure they are getting the right amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy in their diets. New York Methodist Hospital’s Department of Food and Nutrition Services will recognize National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitians Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registered Dietitians will be available to answer questions about popular diet myths, weight management, and healthy habits. Free educational materials, healthy snacks, and giveaways will be provided. The event will take place in the Hospital’s Carrington Pavilion Atrium, located at 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-780-5367.

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New York Methodist Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders offers a number of support groups for patients with neurological disorders and their caregivers. The Parkinson’s Support Group meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Caregivers Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month; this month the group will meet on Thursday, March 28, 2013. All support groups take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Hospital. Please call 646-704-1792 for location, more information and to register.

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Over 18 million Americans suffer from diabetes, the disease which occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or when the produced insulin does not work as effectively as it should. This March, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor Diabetes Alert Day. This free health fair will feature free glucose screenings, free blood pressure screenings, free diabetic foot screenings and diabetes educators who will be available to answer questions. Nutrition and pharmacy information will also be provided. Diabetes Alert Day will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Carrington Pavilion Atrium, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-5367.

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Obesity is an epidemic that impacts over nine million Americans. More and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking information about surgical weight reduction. New York Methodist Hospital offers a free Surgical Weight Reduction Information Seminar and Support Group. This month the group will meet on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the first 30 minutes of the seminar, a surgeon will conduct an information session for individuals who are interested in learning about the surgery. A 90-minute support group meeting, open to pre- and post-operative patients will follow the information session. The event will take place in the Hospital’s Executive Dining Room, 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information please call 718-780-3288.

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New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 40,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Asthma and Lung Disease; Cancer Care; Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery; Digestive and Liver Disorders; Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders; Vascular Medicine and Surgery; Family Care; Neurosciences; Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery and Women’s Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.