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Published on February 01, 2016

February Events and Happenings at Spartanburg Regional

Don’t miss Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s events in February. Join us for our many heart month activities including the Heart Ball, Cardiovascular Risk Screenings and Don’t Stop the Beat!

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Mondays in Feb., 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute
Maintaining a healthy weight after the completion of cancer treatment can be challenging, but with the proper tools and support, you can achieve your weight-loss goals. TOPS is a weight-loss support group for cancer survivors. For more information on becoming a member, visit

Wealth (Walking, Eating And Learning Towards Health)
Mondays in Feb., 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute
If you are a cancer survivor looking for a fun way to engage in regular physical activity, we encourage you and your caregiver to join WEALTH! WEALTH participants meet twice weekly for a 30-minute walking session, which concludes with a brief nutrition education class. For more information, visit or call 864-560-7618.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors
Thursdays in Feb., 5:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room
Our registered yoga instructor teaches cancer patients and survivors to relax mind and body with gentle yoga. Beginners and those with yoga experience are welcome. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Tai Chi for Cancer Survivors
Tuesdays in Feb., 5:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center Activity Room
Cancer patients and survivors learn how to improve balance, breathing and relaxation. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Nutritional Navigation: A Grocery Store Tour
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
BI-LO Boiling Springs

Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Publix Hillcrest

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
BI-LO Boiling Springs

Join dietitian Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD, for a tour of your local grocery store. She’ll share what to look for on a food label, healthy cooking tips, recipes and general advice for navigating any grocery store. Reservations should be made in advance, as space is limited to six participants per tour. Register online at or call 864-560-7999 for more information.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group
Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium
All leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma survivors are welcome to attend. Supper is provided. To register, please call 864-560-6530.

Cardiovascular Risk Screenings
Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Immediate Care Center Westside, Spartanburg

Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Union Medical Center, Union

Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, Gaffney

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center, Greer
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. Want to know your risk for heart disease? Join us for free cardiovascular risk screening, including a finger stick lipid profile, blood pressure, one-minute pulse check, weight/BMI, review of results and risk factors by a registered nurse, and a consultation with a dietitian. Screenings are available to anyone over age 18 not currently under the care of a cardiologist. No appointments are necessary and fasting is recommended but not required. This screening does not take the place of a visit with your physician. For more information about additional dates and locations, call 864-560-7999 or visit

Look Good, Feel Better
Monday, Feb. 8, 12 – 1 p.m.
Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health Conference Room
This is a free makeover program open to all women receiving chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. The goal of the program is to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Call 864-560-6747 to register.

Uplift Support Group
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine Conference Room

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Medical Group of the Carolinas – Weight Loss Services

This free support group, led by a clinical therapist, is offered to all pre- and post-surgical weight loss patients in the Upstate. The goal is to build a strong support system for patients prior to surgery that promotes healthy lifestyle changes and behavior modification that patients can build upon after surgery. No registration is necessary.

Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Regional Outpatient Center fifth floor, Family Medicine conference room
This free class covers detailed information about gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band weight loss surgery. Since the beginning of our program in 2003 our physicians have performed more than 2,250 weight loss surgeries. Register online at or call
864-560-7070 for more information.

CPR Saturday
Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WestGate Mall, Spartanburg
Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in America and immediate CPR can double your chance of survival. Hands-only CPR was developed so that bystanders could feel comfortable doing something and doing it quickly. Hands-only CPR is easy and anyone can do it. Not intended for school or job requirements. Hands-only CPR is recommended for adults and children over 8 years old. An automated external defibrillator (AED) will be donated to the church that brings the most participants (based on the percentage of attendance by membership). Registration not required; call 864-560-7999 or visit for more information.

Red Shoe Luncheon
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC
Join us for a heart-healthy meal and learn more about your health from our experts in cardiovascular care. Space is limited for this free event so be sure to register early at or call 864-560-7999.

Pelham Carb Counters
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 – 6 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room
This free support group is intended for people currently living with diabetes or who are at high risk of developing the disease. Certified diabetes educators lead the discussion and answer questions. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, visit or call 864-849-9339.

Diabetes Self-Management Education
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room
Diabetes affects every organ in the body, and Medical Group of the Carolinas – Diabetes Education can help you learn to manage it. Participants in this program receive a free blood glucose meter and diabetes reference book. You must have a physician’s referral to participate, and insurance will be filed for the program’s cost. Visit or call 864-560-6465 for more information.

WomenHeart Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg
Led by a Mayo Clinic-trained facilitator, WomenHeart is a support group for women to express their feelings as a part of a peer group that understands the emotional toll of a heart disease diagnosis. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and is open to any woman with a history of heart disease. Lunch will be provided. Register online at or call 864-560-7999.

Grief Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive
Grief support groups provide a safe and supportive environment to talk about thoughts and feelings and to find support after the loss of a loved one. Register online at or call 864-560-3856 for more information.

You and Your Heart
Thursday, Feb. 18, 12 – 1 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room
Learn how you can take care of your heart so it can take care of you. Celebrate Heart Month and join Mathew Kalapuakal, MD, to learn how to take care of your heart. A healthy lunch will be served at this free event but registration is required. Register online at or call

Gibbs Wellness Café: Facts About Heart Health
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12 – 1 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium
Held the third Wednesday of each month, Wellness Café is a monthly conversation focusing on various topics related to cancer and the community. In February, join Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD, as she shares information about how healthy living relates to cancer and your heart. Lunch will be provided at this free event but registration is required. Register online at or call

Better Breathers Club
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room
Part of the American Lung Association’s Better Breather's Club, this support group is for anyone living with a chronic lung disease and their families or caregivers. The group is led by a healthcare professional who helps attendees learn how to meet the challenges chronic lung disease brings to daily life. For more information, visit or contact Betty Ann Riggins at

Keeping Mind Body Connections: Eating Disorder Awareness
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Gibbs Cancer Center Auditorium
The Center for Health and Healing’s Keeping Mind Body Connections brings education and awareness of the importance of self-care for mind, body and spirit health via guest speakers and interactive activities. January’s class will focus on eating disorder awareness. Register for this free event online at or call Dawn Higgins at 864-560-6022 for more information.

Don’t Stop the Beat
Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Heart Center Auditorium
You've got a lot of heart! Don't let heart disease stop your beat. Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 people every year. Join Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System to learn what you can do now to protect your heart. Come ready to try new and fun ways to exercise, including aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, dancing and more. Get tips on nutrition and advice for making healthy choices. Learn about risk factors for heart disease and how to keep a heart beating with hands-only CPR. Enjoy a healthy breakfast at this free event. Register online at or call 864-560-7999.

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