PALMETTO --Learn how to stay healthy when you have high blood pressure -- or what to do if you want to avoid it -- through a free four-class series at the Manatee County Extension Service. The workshop, "Keeping the Pressure Down," is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 3 and continues at the same time Tuesdays through Sept. 24.
"The class is for anyone who has high blood pressure or is at risk," said class leader Samantha Kennedy, director of the Manatee County Extension Service.
Topics include what causes high blood pressure, the importance of exercise, and how to read food labels to check for added sodium. Details about the DASH diet, a research-based eating plan that can reduce high blood pressure through a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and minerals, will be the focus of two classes, Kennedy said.
The class series will be held at the extension office, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Class size is limited to 12 and registration is required by Aug. 30. To register, call 941-722-4524, ext. 242, or go to http://kpdsept2013.eventbrite.com.
Manatee Glens psychologist honored
BRADENTON -- The Florida Council for Community Mental Health has selected Robert Boxley, supervising psychologist at Manatee Glens, as Administrator/Supervisor of the Year among community behavioral health agencies in Florida.
Boxley, 53, has worked at Manatee Glens for 16 years and led the creation of a new psychiatric residency program at Manatee Glens in partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Manatee Glens is the first nonprofit psychiatric hospital to have its own residency program.
"The overriding reason (for the residency program) is that we've seen very clearly that there is a looming and even current lack of psychiatrists that can treat behavioral health issues," said Boxley.
Fewer medical students are choosing to become psychiatrists and more psychiatrists are reaching retirement age, said Boxley. Recruiting psychiatrists to work at the hospital was becoming difficult due to the shortage.
"About three years ago, we decided to do something about it in a very dramatic way," said Boxley. Manatee Glens would help produce its own psychiatrists: Research shows that doctors often set up practices in the region where they complete their residencies, said Boxley.
As Manatee Glens' director of training, Boxley also supervises psychology interns at the hospital and maintains a private practice in Sarasota.
Stress-reduction workshop at South Manatee library
BRADENTON -- People experience stress in different ways, which is why the first question Bambi Famous-Kaine asks participants in her workshops on stress reduction is "what is your No. 1 stressor, personally and professionally?"
Famous-Kaine is a nurse who leads stress reduction workshops for Florida Blue. Her next session, "Beyond the Stress Ball -- Tools for Managing Stress" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at the South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W.
"I always make the class interactive" through having people focus on their specific challenges and ways to alleviate them, said Famous-Kaine.
The class will deal with ways to recognize stress, what causes it, and suggestions for relaxation such as a hot bath, favorite music and aromatherapy.
"At the end of the discussion, they will have the tools to reduce triggers," she said.
The class is free. For information, call 941-755-3892.
'Stand Strong' a class for seniors
BRADENTON -- An upcoming workshop, "Stand Strong" addresses how to prevent one of the greatest fears of the elderly: being injured from an accidental fall. The session is being held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at H2U Bayshore Center, 6049 26th St.
Many factors are related to falls, said Ana Guillermo, who will lead the workshop. Problems with vision and hearing can contribute to accidental tumbles as can an unsafe environment with hazards such as throw rugs and loose cords.
Medications also should be evaluated if there are problems such as dizziness or weakness, said Guillermo.
Part of the session will focus on how gentle exercise such as tai chi is beneficial in restoring a sense of balance, she said.
The class is free. For information, call 888-359-3552.
Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at email@example.com.