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Monday, February 22 2016

Take Control of Your Health with BFMC Classes

Adapted from two Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press releases:

Tomorrow night, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and guest speaker Seth Kupferschmid, MD will host an interactive discussion about how to seize control of your health care destiny.  Then, beginning on March 2nd, the hospital will once again offer its popular Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors course.

How to Put Your Doctor out of Business

The Senior Class at Baystate Franklin Medical Center will host this program on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 6PM to 7:30PM, in BFMC’s main conference rooms.  Guest speaker Seth Kupferschmid, MD, a primary care physician at Baystate Medical Practice – Deerfield Adult Medicine, will lead an interactive discussion on how to seize control of your health care destiny.

While it’s true that everyone needs a primary care provider to help monitor overall health, there are steps you can take to reduce the need for frequent visits.  Learn how to live healthier and reduce your risk or the severity of chronic conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes; increase your overall wellness; and potentially reduce your reliance on medications.  “Bring your questions and your can-do spirit,” said Dr. Kupferschmid.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the program, or about joining Senior Class, please call Baystate Health Link at (413) 773-2454 or 1-800-377-4325.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will present this free, 8 week, yoga class at the YMCA of Greenfield, on Wednesdays, from March 2nd through April 2oth, 2016, from 12PM to 1:30PM.  The course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a 20-year breast cancer survivor and certified Kripalu Yoga teacher.  Ms. Roberts is also a certified Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients instructor.

These weekly Gentle Yoga classes are for individuals who have been living with a cancer diagnosis and consist of stretching, strengthening, breathing, and deep relaxation exercises.  “[The class has been] the best thing that has helped me after breast cancer,” said a participant.  Another member commented that the class was “beneficial to my body, mind and spirit.” Participants have found that the class helps with strengthening muscles and promoting relaxation.

The free yoga program has been made possible by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department and the YMCA in Greenfield.  It is funded by BFMC’s annual Wheeling for Healing Bike Event, which supports Oncology patients, programs, and services at Baystate Franklin.

If you are unable to take the class in March and April, an additional class will run April 27th through June 15th.

For more information, or to register for Gentle Yoga, please contact Pam Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or