Lake Health District offers various classes and education opportunities for our community. For upcoming class dates and times, visit our Calendar of Events or call the numbers below.

Better Breathers

Lake Health District offers a free, one-hour educational session each month at the Lake County Senior Center. The classes cover such topics as how to breathe better, nutrition, medications, Alzheimer's, and other subjects of interest to attendees.

Classes start at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. All ages are welcome. The Senior Center is at 11 North G. St., Lakeview.

For more information, call Theresa Conklin at (541) 947-2114 ext. 322.

Bicycle Helmet Program

Oregon law requires all youths younger than 16 to wear a helmet while on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or rollerblades, but helmets are a good idea for people of all ages. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that wearing a helmet can reduce a bicyclist's risk of head injury by 50 percent, and the risk of a head, face, or neck injury by 33 percent.

Lake Health District offers free helmets to patients who have been injured in an accident and need to replace a damaged helmet. Helmets also are available at no cost for cyclists who don't have one.

For more information, call Abigail Finetti, RN, at (541) 947-2114 ext. 386.

Car Seat Safety Checks

In southern Oregon, 97 percent of all child safety seats are improperly used. Are you making one of these common mistakes?

    The child safety seat moves more than an inch from side to side.

    The seat faces the wrong direction.

    The seat is in the path of an airbag.

    The child is not the appropriate height, weight, or age for the seat used.

    The harness straps are loose and at the wrong height.

Have your child's car seat inspected for safety. Expect about 20 to 30 minutes per seat. We have car seats available for $10 for low-income families. For more information or to schedule an inspection time, call Abigail Finetti, RN, at (541) 947-2114 ext. 386.

Childbirth Education

Lake Health District offers prenatal education classes for expectant parents. Each series includes three two-hour classes.

    The first class covers preparing for birth, including nutrition, exercise, early labor at home, comfort measures, and breathing and relaxation.

    The second class focuses on active labor, pain control, breathing and relaxation, delivery, hospital procedures, equipment, and unexpected outcomes.

    The third class is about breastfeeding and newborn care.

The sessions are offered four times a year, in January, April, July, and October, in the Penn Wilbur Conference Room at Lake District Hospital. See the Calendar of Events for upcoming classes.

For more information, call Megan Kruse at (541) 947-2114 ext. 381.

CPR and First Aid

Lake Health District offers first aid and CPR classes for medical professionals and community members.

    Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation classes teach a level of care for victims of life-threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital. Training is geared toward professional rescuers such as paramedics, nurses, certified nursing assistants, doctors, dentists, emergency medical technicians, and others in patient-related care positions. These classes are more detailed than training for the general public and use equipment that would be found in a healthcare setting.

    Heartsaver CPR and First Aid classes offer basic training that can be used on adults, children, and infants. This course teaches a simpler version of CPR and uses equipment that may be found in a public setting. The class is designed for daycare providers, construction workers, coaches, office workers, and other community members who want to be prepared for emergencies. For upcoming training dates, see the Calendar of Events.

For more information or to sign up, call Stephanie Jurado at (541) 947-2114 ext. 368.

Smoking Cessation

Lake Health District offers a five-session series to help smokers quit the habit.

    The first class covers preparing to quit. Learn about possible barriers to quitting, triggers, and the importance of support systems.

    The second session covers choosing a quit date. Breaking a habit requires preparation. The class offers pointers on how to select a day to quit smoking for good.

    The third class discusses coping with withdrawal. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, and the session covers ways to handle the symptoms that come with withdrawal.

    The fourth session covers slips and relapses. Slip-ups can happen, and they don't mean your attempt to quit smoking has failed. Learn how to get back on track and how to avoid relapses.

    The fifth class discusses what happens to the body when you smoke and when you quit smoking. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and increases your risk for a host of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer. Your heath begins to improve just 20 minutes after quitting smoking.

Classes are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Informational packets are available for those who cannot attend classes.

For more information, call Theresa Conklin at (541) 947-2114 ext. 322.

Trauma Nurse Talks Tough

This program, created by Portland-based Legacy Health, teaches youths ages 5 to 18 the importance of pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety to help them avoid time in the emergency room. The program is tailored to specific age groups.

    Kindergarten through third grade: The youngest children learn what the brain does so they can understand how important it is to keep their brains safe. They learn they should only cross busy streets if an adult is available to help them, and the importance of wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets.

    Grades four through six: Children are given a slightly harder-hitting message about safety and the importance of following the rules of the road. They also learn about the science behind wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets.

    Grades seven through nine: The presentation for older youths covers the risks involved with alcohol and other drugs. The program places more emphasis on motor vehicle use and abuse; while these youths might not be old enough to drive, they may be asked to get into cars with intoxicated or unsafe drivers.

    Teenagers: Through the use of facts, figures, and a presentation, teens learn the reality of unsafe driving, and underage alcohol and other drug use. The program emphasizes the importance of driving practice and experience, includes information about motorcycles, and covers speeding and driving under the influence.

To learn more, call Abigail Finetti, RN, at (541) 947-2114 ext. 386.