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Patient Education & Classes

South Shore Medical Center is committed to providing our patients with ongoing educational offerings to help them stay healthy.

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Classes

Our upcoming classes and programs are listed below. Click on a title to learn more. Be sure to check back to see new offerings as they are added.

The Nuts & Bolts of Plant-Based Eating

Presented by: Lindsay Verraster, MPH, RD

There is evidence that a more plant-based diet can boost your health and lower your risk of some chronic diseases. However, doing so doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating all meat. You can still benefit even if your diet includes modest amounts of fish and lean meats. Whether you simply practice “Meatless Mondays” or follow a complete vegan lifestyle, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables benefits your health much more so than one with lots of high fat meats. Join us for a discussion about the benefits of plant-based eating and discover how easy it can be to implement, and still obtain adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and protein. Meal planning resources, recipes, and a brief food demonstration will be provided.

When

Wednesday, September 19th, 6:00 p.m.

Where

South Shore Medical Center
143 Longwater Drive, Norwell
2nd Floor – Nantasket Conference Room

To register visit: SouthShoreHealth.org/PlantBased
Or leave a message at (781) 261-4758

Download a "Nutrition Talk: Plant Based Eating" flyer.

Home Alone, Staying Safe

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For 4th – 6th Graders

  • Is your child ready to stay home alone?
  • Will your child be safe & responsible when home alone?
  • Is your child “street smart” when going to and from the bus or school?

“Home Alone Staying Safe” is a 3-hour program which prepares kids for situations that can happen when staying home alone, from the unexpected knock on the door to the 911 emergency phone call. It will also help ease the minds of parents who decide the time has come to leave their kids home alone or with siblings. This interactive and fun course, taught by South Shore Safety health educators, covers a range of safety topics:

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  • Safety to and from school
  • Basic self defense moves
  • Phone safety
  • Food/cooking safety
  • Basic first aid
  • Choking prevention
  • Heimlich Maneuver
  • Handling emergencies
  • Lots of prevention!

Location

South Shore Medical Center, 143 Longwater Drive, Norwell, 2nd Floor

Cost

$45 per person

Register Early, Space is limited.
Call 781-681-1363 or email southshoresafety2@Gmail.com.


Babysitter Safety Training

South Shore Medical Center has partnered with South Shore Safety to offer your child safety education classes.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For 6th – 8th Graders

  • Is your child mature enough to be a babysitter or a mother’s helper?
  • Will your child be safe & responsible when babysitting?
  • Does your child know what to do in an emergency situation?

When parents choose to leave their children with a babysitter, they are looking for someone who is mature and fully prepared to handle emergency situations. Children want their babysitter to be lots of fun and creative. This interactive, hands-on, three-hour class, taught by South Shore Safety health educators, will help prepare your son or daughter to be the best babysitter on the block!

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  • Home safety
  • Infant and child care
  • Child development
  • Basic first aid and choking rescue for infants and children
  • Injury prevention
  • How to handle emergencies
  • Troubleshooting
  • Healthy hints for meals and snacks
  • Safe marketing strategies

Location

South Shore Medical Center, 143 Longwater Drive, Norwell

Cost

$45 per person

Register Early; Space is Limited.
Call 781-681-1363 or email southshoresafety2@Gmail.com.

ABCs of Diabetes

Registration is required. Call 781-878-5200.

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
8:00 a.m.

An educational session with a Certified Diabetes Educator, in a small group setting, designed to help you gain a solid understanding of your diabetes. Learn how to better control your blood sugar, make healthier food choices, and play an active role in your diabetes care plan. Understand the various factors that impact blood sugar and the when, how, and why of checking it regularly at home. Learn how diabetes affects your whole health, and how through optimal management, you can prevent serious complications and live healthfully with diabetes. You will receive valuable diabetes management and nutrition resources.

Location

South Shore Medical Center
143 Longwater Drive, Norwell

Open to patients with Type 2 Diabetes
(Please bring your glucometer with you to this group)
Call 781-878-5200 to register

Group classes may be covered by your health insurance. Please call your health insurance company regaring coverage details. If your insurance does not cover group diabetes education, the maximum out-of-pocket cost is $40.

support group Brigham and Women’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (Information Sessions) at South Shore Medical Center in Kingston

2nd Wednesday of every month
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery will be offering information sessions at South Shore Medical Center’s Kingston office for patients interested in learning more about weight loss surgery. By attending an information session, patients will learn about the different surgical procedures, insurance coverage, diet changes and more. A surgeon, dietitian and administrative team member will be on hand to answer any related questions.

These bariatric information sessions will be offered on the second Wednesday of the month beginning in May 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at South Shore Medical Center, 5 Tarkiln Road, Kingston, MA.

Registration is required prior to the session.

Click here to learn more about these information sessions or to register online. You may also call 617-732-8500 extension 1 for more information.

Livestrong at the YMCA

This is a 12-week small group education and exercise program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting adult cancer survivors physically and emotionally to return to their normal life or their "new normal" This program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that Livestrong at the YMCA is about overall health, not disease.

For more information visit: www.quincyweymouthwellness.org. To register call Katelyn Szafir at 617-479-8500 extension 8228. Click for details on all of the available programs offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative.

Community Exercise Programs

South Shore Hospital’s Center for Physical Wellness offers something for everyone throughout the year. Exercise in a small group setting with trained exercise therapists. Programs are individualized to meet your health goals. Day, evening, and weekend times available.

Download the full Land and Aquatic Programs Schedule.

Land Programs
Center for Physical Wellness
51 Performance Drive
Entry Two, on the Third Floor
Weymouth, MA 02190
Pool Programs
South Shore Hospital
Outpatient Rehab
55 Fogg Road
Weymouth, MA 02190

To sign up and learn more, visit SouthShoreHealth.org/classes-and-events or call 781-624-4367.

Download a One Day FREE Class coupon

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Cholesterol Education Groups

Do you have high cholesterol? Has your doctor recommended an appointment with a Dietitian to assist you in lowering your cholesterol through diet and exercise? The Nutrition department has a Cholesterol Education Group in place, for individuals with high cholesterol. These are small group appointments, comprised of 2-5 patients. Each person has his/her own individual results reviewed and assessed, and everyone receives individualized recommendations based on his/her specific cholesterol profile.

Learn what your different cholesterol numbers mean and the important steps you can take to improve your results and lower your risk of developing heart disease! Discover the most effective dietary interventions, and learn which supplements and functional foods are safe and beneficial.

Cholesterol Education Groups are available during evening hours.

For more information, or to schedule a cholesterol education group appointment, call 781-878-5200. Open to all who are interested.

Group classes may be covered by your health insurance. Please call your health insurance company regarding coverage details. If your insurance does not cover group nutrition education, the maximum out of pocket cost is $40.

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Diabetes Support Groups

2nd Tuesday of every month
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This support group is designed to help you understand YOUR diabetes, develop personalized goals to improve your health and share ideas, questions, and concerns with other SSMC patients with diabetes.

Location

Nantasket Conference Room
South Shore Medical Center
143 Longwater Drive, Norwell, 2nd Floor

Open to all who are interested.

For more information and/or to register, call the Patient Education Line at 781-261-4758 or email SSMCPatientEducation@ssmedcenter.com*

*If you are in need of an immediate appointment, medical advice, or anything other than patient education registration – DO NOT USE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS – Please call our offices instead: Norwell location at 781-878-5200 or Kingston location at 781-585-2200.

A Matter of Balance

Have you fallen in the past or are concerned about falling? This award-winning program offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative will help you make changes that will reduce your fall risks and increase your strength and balance. Program is free and meets once a week for eight weeks at a location in the community.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a non-competitive, self-paced program comprised of gentle physical activity, stretching and deep breathing to improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic conditioning. Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements that are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints.

For more information visit: www.quincyweymouthwellness.org. To register for A Matter of Balance or Tai Chi, call Katelyn Szafir at 617-479-8500 extension 8228. Click for details on all of the available programs offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Transitions

Individualized group exercise program for individuals transitioning from cardiac rehabilitation. This class will provide structured workouts based on individual needs.

My Life, My Health

This free six-week educational program teaches skills to improve communications with providers and prevent, manage and cope with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.

For more information visit: www.quincyweymouthwellness.org. To register call Katelyn Szafir at 617-479-8500 extension 8228. Click for details on all of the available programs offered by the Quincy Weymouth Wellness Initiative.

Pre-Diabetes Workshops

Registration is required. Call 781-878-5200.

2nd Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m.
4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

In a small group setting, you will learn the basics of nutrition and meal planning for improving your blood sugars, the benefits of exercise, and how to incorporate these healthy changes into your lifestyle and help your efforts to prevent Diabetes. The group is run by a Certified Diabetes Educator and/or a Registered Dietitian.

Who should attendsupport group

All patients with elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels and those at a high risk for developing Diabetes.

When

Offered monthly on Monday mornings
(2nd Monday of each month) from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
and Tuesday evenings
(4th Tuesday of each month) from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location

143 Longwater Drive, Norwell

How to register

Call 781-878-5200. Open to all who are interested, though registration is required.

Group classes may be covered by your health insurance. Please call your health insurance company regarding coverage details. If your insurance does not cover group nutrition or diabetes education, the max out-of-pocket cost is $40.

Adult weight management program

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Learn how to lose weight and keep it off. Set achievable goals, eat healthy, exercise, plan quick and easy nutritious meals, decipher nutrition labels and packaging claims, and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Open to all who are interested.

When

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Where

143 Longwater Dr., Norwell. Patient Resource Room, first floor across from the lab.

These groups are facilitated by Registered Dietitians.

  • Weight checks at each session
  • Receive healthy meal plans, recipes, and lots of tools and resources to help manage weight, successfully.

Cost

$100 for 8 sessions (due at first session). Sessions do not expire.

Registration is required for all sessions.*

Attendance at consecutive, bi-weekly sessions is recommended but not required. Register for 8 sessions in advance or for a few at a time. (Sign up in advance to reserve your spot in each. There are 10 slots available each session.)

Schedule of Topics

2018 Schedule

To register, call the Patient Education Line at 781-261-4758.

*We ask that you please provide us with at least 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations.

Registration Information

To register for any class, presentation or workshop, please call the appropriate number (listed at the end of each description) and leave the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Telephone number
  3. The class you are registering for
  4. The number of people attending in your party

We will confirm your registration by returning your call within 5 days.