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Morris Hospital has health care classes for October

Morris Hospital & Healthcare System has a variety of courses offered to the public for health education outreach and to offer support to those facing health issues.

The hospital has scheduled the following events for October:

Pre-diabetes class

Morris Hospital is hosting a free Pre-Diabetes class on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 3-4 p.m. in Education Room 1 on the lower level of Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street, Morris.

Led by a registered dietitian, the class will focus on healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors that help prevent or delay the development of diabetes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Statistics indicate 1 in every 3 Americans has pre-diabetes, a health condition where blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. The condition puts a person at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Ninety percent of people with pre-diabetes don’t know they have it.

To register for the free class, go to morrishospital.org/events, or call 815-705-7527.

Support for Lung Disease

The hospital is offering two programs in October for individuals with chronic lung disease, including COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and pulmonary fibrosis.

The Breathers’ Support Group will meet Friday, Oct. 18, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital, 100 Gore Road, Suite H, Morris. During the support group portion of the meeting, participants will have an opportunity to participate in general discussions about ways to manage their condition, gain emotional support, and share their experiences with others. An educational topic is presented at each meeting, with this month’s topic focusing on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness.

In addition, Morris Hospital offers a free Harmonica Group every Thursday from 10:45-11:30 a.m. at the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center. Harmonica playing is beneficial for individuals with lung disease by encouraging deep breathing, promoting pursed lip breathing exercise, strengthening the diaphragm and other breathing muscles, and increasing oxygen intake. Prior harmonica playing experience is not required. Light snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Morris Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation department at 815-705-7837.

Childbirth & Family Classes

Morris Hospital has announced its schedule of childbirth and family classes for October.

Introduction to Breastfeeding will be offered Monday, Oct. 21, from 9-10 a.m. in the Family Birthing Suites Classroom on the lower level at Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street, Morris. Taught by an obstetrical nurse/certified lactation consultant, the class focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, pumping techniques, and tips for returning to work. Breastfeeding moms will also get advice to help solve problems related to breastfeeding. Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their infants. The class is free.

A New Siblings class will be offered Monday, Oct. 21, from 10-11 a.m. in the Family Birthing Suites Classroom. This fun and interactive experience for expecting parents and their children explores expectations of a being a super sibling. Through hands on activities and games, siblings-to-be will learn how a newborn baby looks and acts and what happens while mom and baby are in the hospital. Activities, discussion, and a tour of the family birthing suites helps children feel a part of the experience. Each child should bring a doll or stuffed animal. The cost is $5 per child.

An online version of the childbirth class is available through the Morris Hospital website. This unique online learning experience covers the birth process and medical procedures through instructive video clips, animations, and interactive games. Expecting moms will also get a sense of what labor is really like by watching several birth stories. Tours of the Family Birthing Suites at Morris Hospital can be scheduled upon request. To take the online childbirth class, go to www.morrishospital.org/events. There is a $65 participation fee.

In addition, Morris Hospital offers a free prenatal exercise class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. and Fridays from 9:50-10:40 a.m. at the Morris Community YMCA, 320 Wauponsee St., Morris. According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, regular exercise during pregnancy benefits both mother and baby by reducing back pain, easing constipation, promoting healthy weight gain during pregnancy, improving overall general fitness, and helping mom lose baby weight after the baby is born.

Registration for the childbirth and family classes must be completed online at www.morrishospital.org/events. For more information, call 815-942-3012.

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