Bristol Hospital offering community education programs for Feb.

Bristol Hospital offers a variety of community education programs through its “Pathways To Your Health” catalog. For more information or to register for a class visit: The below classes will take place during the month of Feb..

Free Blood Pressure Screenings, No Appointment Necessary, Free

BristolHospitalWellnessCenter, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon

Gnazzos, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-noon

Pat’s IGA, Wolcott, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-noon

Eli Terry Senior Housing, Feb. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group, Monday, Feb. 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Free. Bristol Hospital sponsors a monthly support group for family members and those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.

Birthing Skills- Prepared Childbirth, Monday, Feb. 3 & 10, 6-9 p.m., $80/ $40 WIC- In this two-day class, learn how labor and birth are a journey and how to prepare both physically and emotionally. To register, visit

Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Free. Come share your feelings and thoughts, learn coping strategies and relaxation techniques, and become more informed about cancer and its treatment. Call Mary Strauss at (860)585-3356 for more information and registration.

Handling Children’s Anger, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6–8 p.m., parent: $5; childcare provider: $6 – This workshop will focus on common causes of childhood frustration and anger, and the impact of a child’s emotional, social and intellectual develo p.m.ent on his/her ability to manage their anger. To register, call (860)585-3895.

Evening Diabetes Support Group, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Free. Research shows that ongoing support is necessary for continued and effective diabetes management. Take control of your diabetes in an interactive, social setting. Instructor Miles Everett, RD, RN, CDE and Katherine Deutsch, RD, CDE. For more information, call (860)940-6300.

Basic First Aid, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1 – 4:30 p.m., $45- This is a basic program that will concentrate on the first five minutes of care. This course is taught according to the American Heart Association guidelines and standards. For more information and registration, call (860)314-0632.

Your Personal Plate, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. $10/person – In 2011 the USDA created Choose MyPlate as a resource to help Americans improve their health. Work with our nutrition professionals to build your personal plate using this great resource. To register, call (860)585-3895

Heartsaver /AED, Thursday, Feb. 6, 9-12:30 p.m., $70- This course is designed to teach CPR, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and the relief of foreign-body airway obstruction to the lay rescuer, particularly those who respond to emergencies in the workplace. For more information and registration call 3(860)314-0632.

Pet Emergency First Aid, Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $35 – Do you know what to do if your pet is injured or has a medical emergency? The decisions you make in the first few minutes can determine whether or not you successfully get your pet to a veterinarian for proper care. To register, call (860)314-0632.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Mondays, Feb. 10-March 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $80 for 8 weeks – Slow and easy movements help relax the body and relieve stress while improving strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. To register, visit

Advanced Tai Chi & Qi Gong, Mondays, Feb. 10-March 31, 7:45-8:45 p.m., $80 for 8 weeks – This advanced class will focus on improving strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. To register, visit

Cancer Caregivers Support Group, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Free.BristolHospital offers a monthly support group for family members and friends caring for someone with cancer. Join a supportive environment and share practical information, support, and learn ways to cope. Please call Mary Strauss at (860)585-3356 for more information or to register.

Total Cholesterol, HDL and Triglyceride Screenings, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 8-10 a.m., $20 – BristolHospital cardiac/pulmonary registered nurses conduct this finger stick screening at the BristolHospitalWellnessCenter, that requires fasting for eight hours. Appointments are necessary. To schedule an appointment, call (860)585-3580.

Teaching your Child to Cope with Conflict, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m., $20/parent; $22/childcare provider –

One of the most valuable abilities a person can have is being able to cope effectively with conflict situations. This class is primarily directed toward parents of preschool and school-age children. To register, call (860)585-3895.

Support Group for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Free. Funded by the Petit Family Foundation – This ongoing support group provides an opportunity for parents to share their experiences coping with life raising children with challenging behaviors. To register, call (860)585-3895

Emergency Medical Technician- Basic, Monday & Wednesday Evenings, Feb. 12- May 21, 6-10 p.m. and five Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $695– This program is an intense study of pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, anatomy, physiology and trauma. You will receive training to prepare you for the levels of emergencies that are encountered on a daily basis in EMS. To register or for more information, call (860)314-0632.

Breastfeeding Support Group, Thursday, Feb. 13, 10-10:45 a.m. or Feb. 27, 2:30-3:15 p.m., free. This support group provides support, encouragement and education to breastfeeding mothers. To register, call (860)585-3895.

The Doctor is In– Are your medications doing you more harm than good? – Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Polypharmacy is a common condition when multiple medications are interacting with each other and causing adverse effects. Learn about why elderly patients react differently to medications compared to younger adults and which medications are best avoided in this population. Presented by Margarita Reyes, MD- Geriatric Medicine. To register, visit or call (860)845-5901.

Families Are First Maternity Unit Tour, Sunday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., free. Join us for a tour of our beautiful maternity unit where labor, delivery and recovery take place in the same cozy room. To register visit

Breastfeeding Workshop, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-9 p.m., $35/couple or caregiver- This class provides information on reasons to breastfeed, the physiologic benefits of breast milk, anatomy and physiology of the breast and milk production, developing and maintaining a good milk supply, nursing while returning to work, problem solving, etc. To register, visit

Prenatal Yoga, Wednesdays Feb. 19 – March 26, 7 – 8 p.m. $65 for 6 weeks– Yoga poses designed for the pregnant woman to develop strength and to ease the process of pregnancy. To register, visit

Yoga for Healing Your Back, Wednesdays, Feb. 19-March 26, 5:45-6:45 p.m. or Thursdays Feb. 20-March 27,5:30-6:30 p.m., $65 – This class is specifically designed for individuals who have low back problems. To register, visit

Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar, Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., free.Meet our bariatric team who will answer your questions about weight loss surgery and explain the steps involved in determining if you are eligible. We invite you to bring a guest or support person. Pre-registration is required. Please call (860)585-3339 to register or for more information.


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, Full Certification: Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Re-Certification: Feb. 11, 25, 5-8:30 p.m. or Feb. 18, 12-3:30 p.m., $85 Full-Certification, $55 Re-Certification –This course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. This course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings. To register, call (860)314-0632.

Vision and your Child’s Develo p.m.ent: Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., free – Dr. Thaddeus Bartles will discuss how your child (age birth to five) sees and why good vision is crucial to your child’s growth. To register, call (860)585-3895.

Reiki Share, Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, $10 – A workshop that provides an opportunity for Reiki practitioner of All Levels to practice and hone their Reiki skills. To register, visit

The Explosive Child, Mondays, Feb. 24-March 3, 6-8 p.m., $10/parent; $11/childcare provider – This class will help parents understand that explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting. This class will provide a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties. To register, call (860)585-3895.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Tuesday, Feb. 25, free.Pre Operation 5:30-6:15 p.m., Post Operatiion 6:30–7:30 p.m. – Come listen to advice from our bariatric team. The group is open to those who have had any type of bariatric surgery, those exploring their options, and family members. Pre Operation topic: Pouch Rules. Post Operation topic: How we judge others/ourselves. For more information or to register, call (860)585-3339.

Diabetes Support Group, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Free. Adults with diabetes, their families, and friends are invited to attend our free monthly support group. This month’s topic will be “Preparing Healthy Meals on a Budget”. For more information call 860.940.6300.

Positive Communication and Discipline for Preschoolers, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., parent: $5/class; childcare Provider: $6/class – This workshop discusses a variety of discipline techniques and ways to decrease unwanted behavior. To register, call (860)585-3895.

EMT Basic Recertification, Feb. 27, Noon-4 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 & 2, 8 a.m. -4 p.m., $275 – This is the required 30-hour program needed to recertify your State of CT EMT-B certification and apply your hours toward your National Registry Recertification. To register, call (860)314-0632.