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Health education and support programs offered by Morris Hospital

Morris Hospital has ongoing health education and support programs available at the hospital and other sites in the area.
Morris Hospital has ongoing health education and support programs available at the hospital and other sites in the area.

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers has the following health support and education classes available in November:

Cancer support

The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital hosts free programs at the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital, 1600 W. Route 6 in Morris.

The “I Can Cope” cancer support group for individuals with any type of cancer will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

This month’s focus is taking charge of money matters.

The Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer support group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m.
Nov. 18. SPOHNC is a patient-directed, self-help organization dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of people with oral and head and neck cancer and their caregivers.

The SPOHNC Morris chapter meets monthly and is led by a speech pathologist and registered nurse from Morris Hospital’s Radiation Therapy Center.

The Radiation Therapy Center also offers a free exercise class for individuals undergoing cancer treatment every Tuesday and Thursday from
9 to 9:30 a.m. Taught by Morris Hospital Wellness staff, the Low Intensity Functional Training exercise class includes stretching movements using elastic bands or light weights that can be performed while standing or sitting in a chair. Individuals of all ages are welcome regardless of where they received treatment.

All cancer programs are free.
For information, go to the Cancer Support tab at or call the Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital at 815-364-8915.

Diabetes education

The Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center is hosting a free Carbohydrate Counting class from 3 to
4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Education Room 1 on the lower level at Morris Hospital.

Taught by a registered dietitian, the class is a basic introduction to carbohydrate counting and provides information on healthful eating about “foods that fit” and how diet affects blood sugar control.

Register online at, or call 815-705-7527.

Childbirth and family

Introduction to Breastfeeding will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Family Birthing Suites Classroom on the lower level at Morris Hospital.

Taught by an obstetrical nurse/certified lactation consultant, the class focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, pumping techniques, and tips for returning to work.

Breastfeeding moms will also get advice to help solve problems related to breastfeeding. Nursing mothers are welcome to bring their infants. The class is free.

A Baby Care Basics class will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Family Birthing Suites classroom.

This class gives parents-to-be all the information they need to know to bring their baby home with confidence, including the latest information to ease parents into the basics of caring for their newborn.

Through presentation and demonstrations, this class will include newborn appearance/activity, feeding, warning signs, and safety. The cost is $15 a couple.

Registration for the childbirth and family classes must be completed online at

For information, call 815-942-3012.

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