Spring is here, and Methodist Medical Center has lots of classes to support your growing family or help your healthy habits take root. Whether you want to get in shape, prepare for the birth of a baby or find support from others going through a similar experience, Methodist has a class for you!
Classes will be held at the hospital, located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, unless otherwise noted. For more information and registration, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Stroke Support Group, Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
Stroke survivors and caregivers are welcome to attend this support group, which meets in the Cheyenne Ambulatory Center Conference Room, located at 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike. This program is sponsored by Methodist Therapy Services. Call (865) 835-3370 for more information.
Health Night on the Town, Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Health Night is a free medical lecture series presented by physicians and other health professionals. Programs are held in Methodist’s Ridge Conference Room at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month except June, July and December. For more information about Health Night on the Town, please call (865) 835-4662.
Mark your calendar: Next Smoking Cessation classes begin May 6
When you stop smoking, your body begins to enjoy the benefits almost immediately, and those benefits can last a lifetime. Methodist’s cardiopulmonary rehab program offers Freedom from Smoking®, an 8-part class series to help you quit smoking.
Participants work with an instructor to identify people, places and things that trigger their urge to light up; create a stop smoking plan that fits their individual needs; and receive support to help avoid a relapse. The American Lung Association developed Freedom from Smoking® classes. The fee of $50 per person is refundable upon completion of all 8 classes.
Registration is required. The spring series will meet on May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5 – 6 p.m. in Methodist’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Classroom, Suite 360, Westmall Medical Park, 200 New York Ave., Oak Ridge. To register, please call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Classes for New, Expectant Families
Infant CPR, Saturday, April 5 from 9-10 a.m.
New parents, grandparents and others learn life-saving CPR techniques that are designed especially for babies during the Infant CPR class at Methodist. Handouts are available at no charge. The class fee is $10 per family, and financial help with the cost is available. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Bringing Up Baby: A modern class for parents and grandparents
Saturday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m.-noon
So you have a baby, now what? Childbirth classes prepare you for the delivery of your child, but what do you do when you go home? Join Methodist Medical Center for Bringing Up Baby, a class for new parents and grandparents to learn up-to-date baby care techniques and safety. A lot has changed since your parents raised you, so while new moms learn about postpartum depression, safe sleep strategies for baby, the importance of breast milk, what’s normal and what’s not, and how to understand a newborn’s needs, grandparents will get a refresher in modern baby care and will learn ways they can best support a new mom. To register or for more information, call (865) 835-4662.
Labor Day: A Delivery Overview, Saturday, April 5 from 1-3 p.m.
While Methodist recommends taking the complete birthing class, we know that sometimes busy schedules and conflicts prevent it. For these women, or moms who just need a refresher course, we suggest this 2-hour labor class to prepare for your childbirth experience. Classes meet in the West Ridge Conference Room. The class fee is $20. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Great Expectations Three-Class Childbirth Series, Mondays, April 7, 14, and 21 from 6- 9 p.m.
This three-class childbirth series takes expectant mothers and their families through topics related to childbirth, delivery and newborn care. You will learn about the signs of impending labor, managing active labor, pain management, delivery, c-sections and post-delivery care. All classes in this series meet in the Cheyenne Conference Room in Cheyenne Ambulatory Center, 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. The course fee is $30 per family, and financial assistance with the cost is available. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Breastfeeding Daytime Class, Tuesday, April 8 from noon- 2p.m.
If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, Methodist Medical Center encourages you to register now for this two-hour daytime class where you will learn information that can help you succeed with breastfeeding. Bring your lunch and join us in Methodist’s Family Birthing Center, which is located on the hospital’s second floor. Registration is required, and the cost is $5. Call (865) 835-4662 for more information or to register. Financial assistance for the cost is available.
Mommy2Mommy Lunch, Friday, April 25 at Noon
Mommy2Mommy Lunches give women with babies and young children an opportunity to get together in a relaxed setting. Share experiences with other new mothers, have fun and make friends. Bring your babies or young children to the Cheyenne Ambulatory Center conference room at 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A light lunch is served at no charge. For more information, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Breastfeeding Evening Class, Monday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m.
If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, Methodist Medical Center encourages you to register now for this two-hour evening class. We meet in the West Ridge Room of Methodist Medical Center, located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. You will learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for yourself and your baby, as well as effective techniques. Handouts are provided and other suggested materials are reviewed. The fee is $10, and financial help with the cost is available. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Classes by Appointment
Big Brothers & Big Sisters: The Sibling Experience
The birth of a baby is exciting for everyone in the family, especially a big brother- or big sister-to-be. The Sibling Experience is for 3- to 12-year-old boys and girls in expectant families. The children have hands-on fun while learning about and preparing for the upcoming birth of a baby in their family. The fee is $10, and help with the cost is available. The program is a 1-time event for each family, and can be scheduled by calling (865) 835- 4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Before Baby (pre-pregnancy planning)
Methodist Medical Center encourages prospective parents and community groups that work with young adults to schedule a pre-planning pregnancy class. The class helps young people make informed decisions about pregnancy and provides community organizations with valuable information. Instructors are members of the Family Birthing Center staff. There is no charge. To make an appointment, call (865) 835-2250.
When transportation problems, language issues, and other special situations make it impossible for expectant couples to attend regular childbirth classes, the Family Birthing Center staff may see those couples by appointment. The class fee is $30. Call (865) 835-2250 for details
VIP (Very Important Pregnancy) Tour
If you are pregnant, Methodist invites you to a VIP Tour of the Family Birthing Center in anticipation of your Very Important Pregnancy. The VIP Tour is valuable for women during all phases of pregnancy, especially those who are newly expectant. You will meet with a registered nurse from the Family Birthing Center who will answer your questions, tell you more about our Family Education Program, discuss pediatric care, and give you a personalized tour of the Family Birthing Center. Make an appointment through your doctor’s office or call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Your pre-admission visit takes place in the Family Birthing Center and is necessary if you plan to deliver your baby at Methodist Medical Center. We encourage you to schedule this visit when you are 36 weeks along in your pregnancy. You will meet with a nurse to complete the paperwork related to your admission to the hospital when you’re ready to give birth, and we will answer your questions. To schedule a pre-admission visit, please call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Mommy & Me Exercise Classes
No more excuses, moms! Methodist Medical Center offers two kid-friendly exercise classes each week, and the environments are climate controlled.
Mommy & Co. Exercise, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
New moms and their babies/toddlers are invited to take part in this adventure in exercise. Classes are held at the Kern United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., in Oak Ridge, and the class is free. Call (865) 835-4662 to learn more.
Mommy Walk/Baby Roll, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
Put on a pair of good walking shoes and bring your child to First Baptist Church of Clinton’s Family Life Center, 225 N. Main St., Clinton. You’ll join other moms and their young children for walking, making friends and having fun. Call (865) 835-2250 for questions.
BodyWorks Fitness Classes
BodyWorks, a community exercise program sponsored by Covenant Health, is designed to give adults safe and effective workouts. While BodyWorks is a not-for-profit program, there is a minimum fee to help offset costs. Most classes cost $2-3 per class, and you pay as you go. For more information about BodyWorks classes, call (865) 374-0457 or go to www.covenanthealth.com/bodyworks.
CardioMix, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m.
Get a great workout! You will burn calories, increase your stamina, and tone those muscles, while going easy on your joints. We use a variety of styles to keep CardioMix interesting. We will push you moderately hard, but we don’t jump or run. This class meets at First Baptist Church of Clinton, 225 N. Main St., Clinton. Bring a mat because we go to the floor for great core work.
Yoga , Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.
Yoga classes are great for everyone! We will teach you the safest and most effective poses and styles of yoga. We take into account that not everyone can or ever will put their foot behind their head BUT all of us can benefit from the principles and exercises of yoga. If you want to work muscles, decrease stress, and increase your energy level, you should try our yoga. Participants need mats. Classes meet at Kern United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge.
New Opportunities for Fitness Instructors
Are you interested in being more than a participant? Jump to the head of the class and be a Covenant Health BodyWorks instructor! Fitness instructors are currently needed to teach evening classes in the Oak Ridge area. If you’re interested in learning more about this fun, rewarding experience, call the BodyWorks office at (865) 374-0457.