Health guide

2014-05-14T00:00:00Z Health guide The Billings Gazette
May 14, 2014 12:00 am


Billings Clinic open yoga classes: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Billings Clinic, room 3. Wear clothes you can stretch in. $45 for eight weeks or $7 per class. All levels, beginners welcome. Call Kyle Neary, 652-4955 or 255-8485.

Montana Health Research: Blood pressure checks. Free. Call 652-6630 or stop by 2101 Broadwater Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Montana Health Research: Spirometry breathing tests. Free. Call 652-6630 or stop by 2101 Broadwater Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Billings Clinic Family Birth Center Open House: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a community baby shower and open house celebrating the expansion of our Family Birth Center.


Members of the Knights of Columbus are cooking an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner to help blind and low-vision residents in Billings. Meals are $5, all ages are welcome and all benefits go to the Yellowstone Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. The event is 4-6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2216 Grand Ave.


Billings Clinic Family Birth Center Tour: 6 p.m. Meet at the Family Birth Center Atrium, Billings Clinic Hospital, North 27th Street and 10th Avenue North.

Billings Clinic Metabolic Surgery Support Group: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Why You Should Take Them. Led by Lindsey McDonnell, MS, RD, LN, CDE. Open to all. 5:30 p.m. Billings Clinic Metabolism Center, 1045 N. 30th Street.


Walk-n-Talk with the Doc: 5:30 p.m. Billings YMCA. Join Dr. Cheryl Cook and guest walkers. Free.

Montana Health Research: Diabetes/blood sugar checks. Free. Call 652-6630 or stop by 2101 Broadwater Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Vincent Healthcare AARP: 12:45 p.m. Mansfield Health Education Center, 2900 12th Ave. N. For more information or to register call 237-3348.

Adult Free Health Fair: 7:30-10 a.m. Adult Resource Alliance, 1505 Avenue D. Everything from chair massages, skin cancer checks, diabetic foot screening to balance and memory testing as well as hearing aid checks. If you come for a glucose check, please refrain from eating beforehand. Talks on blood clots/blood thinners and fall prevention. For more information call Joan at 259-9666.

Other classes, etc.

Billings Clinic “How Can a Healthy Weight Protect You from Cancer?”: Billings Clinic naturopathic physician Roberta Bourgon, ND, and registered dietitian Beth Hall, RD, with present this informative and interactive program. Wednesday, May 21, noon to 1 p.m. Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center, Billings Clinic Hospital. Free light lunch will be served. Free, but seating is limited. Register by calling 255-8440 or at

The Nancy Mitchell Benefit and Branding Iron Summer Kickoff: Saturday, May 24, at the Branding Iron Grill & Saloon. Nancy Mitchell was diagnosed with liver disease and now awaits a liver transplant. The benefit will help Nancy pay for expenses associated with the liver transplant, which requires at least a four-month stay in Denver during recovery. Event will feature live music, and a live auction will be at 3 p.m. along with a raffle drawing. For more information contact Betty Morgan 947-2099. A fund is also set up at Wells Fargo, ask for the "Nancy Mitchell Liver Transplant Fund."

Training Program for the Newly Blind & Visually Impaired: June 14-July 12, Carroll College campus in Helena. Applications are now available for enrollment. If you or someone you know might benefit from attending this program, please call or write the Montana Association for the Blind, PO Box 465, Helena, MT 59624 or call 442-9411.

Pulmonary Support Group: Meets the second Saturday of the month. 2-4 p.m. Second floor conference room of the Library. For more information contact Helen at 652-3488 or Marilyn at 794-9268.

Compassionate Friends: Support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child of any age and from any cause. 7 p.m. second Monday of the month. Billings Clinic conference room E. Call 256-1569 or visit

MS support group: Meets the second Thursday of the month. 6 to 7:30 p.m. St. Vincent Regional Neuroscience Center for the Brain and Spine, 1041 North 29th St. (use side door). Contact Lora Waid at 670-4276 or Also, the second Wednesday of the month. 10 a.m. to noon. Mansfield Health Education Center, Burns Auditorium East, Yellowstone Medical Building, 2900 12th Ave. N. Contact Marijane Bonawitz 373-7512 or

Women's Wellness 2014: Free screenings for uninsured or underinsured women. For more information or to see if you qualify call 238-2501.

GiG (Gluten intolerance Group) of Eastern Montana: Meetings are 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month in Billings at the First Presbyterian Church on 13th Street and Poly Drive. For more information go to or call Carl Solberg at 656-9492.

Mission Ridge wellness classes: Aqua Zumba and other aquatic classes, yoga, Arthritis Foundation programs and many more. Contact Erin Adams at 655-5250 or to get started or receive more information.

Survivors of suicide loss support group: Meets the first and third Mondays of the month. 6-8 p.m., 2016 Alderson Ave. Free, nonreligious, open to all survivors of suicide loss. It’s a place where everyone understands your pain and how it continues for a long time. For more information, contact Joan Nye at 322-8587, 321-0591 or

Free spinal screening every Thursday for new patients: This screening allows doctors to assess structural and neurological function, with 20 percent off initial consult and exam. Chiropractic Health Associates, 1407 Wyoming Ave., 656-3333.

Community yoga class: Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. All levels. St. John’s Lillis Center, 2429 Mission Way. On the southern part of St. John’s Campus, north of St. Vincent’s Center for Healthy Living. Donations go to St. John’s Foundation. Call Elizabeth Klarich at 545-8195.

Rimrock Chapter of the Montana Association for the Blind: Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, September through May, in the meeting room of Vintage Suites at Marquis Grand Park, 1221 28th St. W.

National Federation of the Blind’s Yellowstone Chapter: Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the meeting room of Vintage Suites at Marquis Grand Park, 1221 28th St. W. Call president Jeff Haworth at 794-5057.

Alzheimer’s support group: Meets 11 a.m. second and fourth Mondays at the Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Lane. Call 281-8455.

Mother-newborn tours: 6 p.m. Free tours of the St. Vincent Healthcare Family Maternity Center. The first Monday of every month. Perinatal conference room, 1233 N. 30th St., fourth floor.

St. Vincent Healthcare Discovery Circle stroke support group: 3 to 4 p.m. Mansfield Health Education Center, 2900 12th Ave. N., southwest entrance, garden level. Led by a stroke survivor. Second Thursday of the month. Free. Call 237-3950.

Billings Clinic cancer support groups: Facilitated by an oncology counselor and chaplain. “Living with Cancer,” 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Cancer Center conference room, fourth floor. Friday support group, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Cancer Center Radiation conference room, first floor. “Here and Now,” education and support for women, 6 to 7:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Cancer Center conference room, fourth floor.

Breast cancer support group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. second Monday of each month. Mansfield Health Education Center, 2900 12th Ave. N. Support for those affected by breast cancer. Call 237-3115.

Men’s cancer education group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month. Frontier Cancer Center. A group open to men with any type of cancer. Contact Alana Barber at 237-3099.

Billings Clinic gynecologic oncology support group: For women with gynecologic cancer. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month. Cancer Center Conference Room, fourth floor.

Billings Clinic Cancer Caregiver support group: 4:30 to 6 p.m. first Wednesday of the month. Cancer Center radiation conference room, first floor.

Parkinson’s support group: 4 p.m. first Wednesday of every month. Mary Alice Fortin Center conference rooms off the cafeteria. Billings Clinic Hospital. Call 259-7656.

Free pregnancy testing: Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 8 a.m. No appointment necessary. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Billings Clinic, second floor west. 801 N. 29th St., enter at Eighth Avenue North and North 29th Street.

Weight Issues: All are welcome to attend Overeaters Anonymous meetings. Go to to find meeting dates, times and driving directions.

Weekly qigong class: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Unity Church, 9 14th St. W. Contact Mary Erickson at 690-1251.

Meier Family Chiropractic free health seminar: 6 to 7 p.m. First Wednesday of each month. “Detox Your Life,” on minimizing chemicals in home and work environments. 3419 Central Ave. Call 651-5433 to reserve a seat.

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