THE HEALING PLACE PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a community outreach service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that provides free services to anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following programs and sessions in February:
• 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 1 and 15: Suicide survivor group.
• 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 5 and 19: Parent grief support group.
• 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27: Tuesday evening meditation group.
• 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28: Wednesday morning grateful living meditation group.
• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8: Pregnancy and infant loss support group.
• 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Micon Downtown Cinema, 315 S. Barstow St.: “Beauty and the Beast,” part of The Healing Place’s Movies With a Message series. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
• 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22: Stepping Stones Through Grief, an ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
All sessions, except the movie, will take place at The Healing Place, 2125 Heights Drive. They are all free, and no registration is needed.
For more information call 715-717-6028.
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FITNESS FRENZY: Second Opinion magazine and local health and fitness businesses in Eau Claire are teaming up to offer Fitness Frenzy during the first full weeks in February.
By offering more than 90 free classes at local facilities, the event aims to help people come out of hibernation and get moving and healthy again.
Participants can sign up for classes at fitnessfrenzy.fit.
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FALL PREVENTION CLASS: Winter in Wisconsin means cold, ice and increased fall risk. To help area residents decrease their risk for injury from falling, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are hosting a free winter fall prevention class at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St.
People planning to attend are asked to call 715-839-4909 to register.
Every year 1 in 4 older people fall, but fewer than half tell their doctor about it, which is concerning to doctors. The other concern is that falling just once doubles your chances of falling again, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Winter further complicates matters.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals treat patients daily in the emergency department for fall-related injuries. Nationally the CDC says 2.8 million people are treated each year for falls in emergency departments.
The two hospitals have identified several conditions that often contribute to falls such as vision problems, foot pain, a vitamin D deficiency and home hazards such as throw rugs. Rugs, even with rubber backs, can slide and cause people to lose their footing.
Home health care workers at both hospitals, who see patients regularly, say the most common injuries from a fall include broken or fractured bones, especially the hip, and head injuries.
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SUICIDE PREVENTION CLASSES: In 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for all ages, with a total of 42,773 suicides in the U.S. or an average of 117 a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Question, Persuade, Refer, or QPR, learn how to recognize suicide warning signs and assist friends or family members in getting help.
Mayo Clinic Health System will host free suicide prevention classes with QPR training in February and March.
“This class focuses on recognizing suicide warning signs, knowing how to offer hope and being able to get help to save a life,” says Sara Carstens, director of community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Truly, this is life-and-death information we all could use.”
Search the Classes & Events page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org, or call 866-375-7464 to register for the following:
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie, Education Center, 2321 Stout Road. Register by Friday, Feb. 9.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland in Barron, Peterson Conference Room, 1222 E. Woodland Ave. Register by Monday, Feb. 19.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Mayo Clinic Health System-Oakridge in Osseo, Garber Conference Room, 13025 Eighth St. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 27.
From staff reports