Sharon Hospital announces summer community programs

Posted: 7/15/2019

Topics include mental-health training, quitting smoking, weekly exercise for older adults aimed at preventing arthritis and support for stroke survivors. Also, the maternity staff will present childbirth classes and a special breastfeeding brunch.

Due to limited seats, registration is requested for most offerings. To learn more about Sharon’s community programs, visit


Freshstart Smoking Cessation program
Monday, July 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Board Conference Room 2
To register: Call 860-364-4493

Quitting smoking can be difficult, but with the right tools smokers can learn how to eliminate their tobacco dependency. The American Cancer Society program is designed for individuals interested in learning successful tools and strategies for quitting. Sign up for this four-class session that begins July 15 or inquire about future dates.

Breastfeeding Week Brunch
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Birthing Center upstairs floor
To register: Call 860-364-4124

The annual World Breastfeeding Week Brunch at Sharon Hospital welcomes mothers for a complimentary lunch, chair massage and celebration of their unique breastfeeding journey. This event is hosted by the birthing center staff, in conjunction with the hospital’s breastfeeding support group. Mothers who delivered at Sharon within the past year are welcome. Registered is requested.

Sharon Stork Club — new
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to noon
Birthing Center ground floor lobby
To register: Call 860-364-4124

Once a month, the Sharon Birthing Suites offers the Sharon Stork Club — a prenatal educational program for pregnant women at any point in their pregnancy and their partners. Small group sizes allow time for individual attention to answer questions about childbirth, post-partum recovery and more. Maternity unit tours are offered after the sessions for anyone interested.

Mental Health First Aid training program
Saturday, August 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Board Conference Room 2
To register: Call 860-364-4493

The Mental Health First Aid training program aims to help communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Participants will learn about common risk factors, warning signs of mental health issues, how to better assist someone experiencing a crisis, and offer answers to key questions such as “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

Community Exercise Program
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.v Fridays, 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $7/session, $12/couple
Room 260N
To register: Call 860-364-4065

This class will help participants reduce pain and stiffness as well as increase overall muscle strength, coordination and endurance. A certified therapeutic recreation specialist trained by the Arthritis Foundation will help people manage arthritis symptoms, maintain mobility and safely improve fitness levels. Activities are appropriate for most and can be modified to match participant skill levels. Please come in sneakers and with water.

Stroke Support Group
Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.
Zelman Room
To register: Call 860-364-4065

Sharon Hospital provides ongoing support for stroke survivors of all ages. This group welcomes spouses and caregivers to join in the conversation. The group discusses a variety of topics with a focus on life after stroke. Guest speakers highlight specific areas of interest, including physical therapy, pet therapy, massage therapy and diet/nutrition.

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