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Preventative Health Initiatives

St. Charles Hospital's preventative health initiatives included classes and programs which support behaviors shown to deter chronic disease or prevent injury.

In addition, St. Charles has formed partnerships with other healthcare and community organizations to respond to identified public health needs in our area and across Long Island.

Stepping On: A Falls Prevention Class for Seniors

St. Charles Hospital offers, Stepping On, a free falls prevention workshop for members of the public. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among individuals age 65 and older. Up to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures or head traumas. Even if no injuries occur after a fall, many people develop a fear of falling, which in turn often causes them to limit their activities. This can result in reduced mobility and loss of physical conditioning, increasing their risk of falling.

For more information about upcoming classes, please call (631) 474-6797.

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

St. Charles Hospital offers a free 16-week diabetes prevention program for individuals who who are considered at risk, but have not been diagonsed with the condition. The program follows the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. A trained Lifestyle Coach oversees the group, which meets for 1 hour per week for 8 weeks, plus 8 monthly follow-up sessions. The sessions cover healthy eating, physical activity, and lifestyle changes to help participants achieve the goals that lead to prevention or delay of a diabetes diagnosis.

For more information about upcoming classes, please call (631) 474-6797.

For individuals who are currently diagnosed with diabetes, St. Charles Hospital offers a comprehensive disease management course. Learn more

Learn to Be Tobacco Free

This six-week class is lead by the Suffolk County Department of Health and offered at St. Charles Hospital twice a year.

For more information about upcoming classes, please (631) 474-3700.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training (CPR)

Classes are offered to both adults and teenagers. Basic CPR training is available in English and Spanish and is recommended for parents and adult caregivers of infants and children. The American Heart Association 'Heartsaver' CPR and First aid course for teenagers (13-18) provides the certification necessary for lifegaurds, babysitters, camp counselors and more.

For more information about upcoming classes, please (631) 474-3700.

Arthritis Exercise Program

An 8-week group recreational exercise program led by a St. Charles physical therapist.  Participants are led through a series of range-of-motion, stretching, strength-building, and conditioning exercises. The program also includes balance and coordination activities, as well as relaxation and breathing techniques.

For more information about upcoming classes, please (631) 474-6111.

Healthy Sundays

St. Charles Hospital participates in Catholic Health Service's Healthy Sundays network.  Exemplifying CHS's mission to care for those in need, Healthy Sundays is one of the system's most prolific outreach efforts. Launched in 2005, the Healthy Sundays network provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island. Partnering with more than 50 churches and community centers across Nassau and Suffolk, the initiative continues to grow, offering the expertise of hundreds of CHS volunteers.

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Long Island Health Collaborative

St. Charles Hospital is a proud member of the Long Island Health Collaborative. LIHC is a working group of hospital members, local health department personnel, representatives from social service organizations, public health specialists from colleges, and others who form the core of health and human services for all Long Islanders. LIHC's goal is to help Long Islanders understand why prevention and primary care are important, why each patient must play a more active role in their own health, what resources and services are available here on Long Island, and how these resources and services can be accessed.

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