Want to know how to resuscitate your poodle, re-program your brain to be your ally in weight loss, or draw up an air-tight power of attorney? Look no farther than your neighborhood hospital. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Capital Health System, and Princeton Healthcare System all have extensive community education departments. One or the other of them offer instruction in these topics — and many, many more — throughout the year.

September calendars at all three health care institutions are bursting with a richly varied menu of classes. Here is a sampling:

RWJ Hamilton is offering the “AARP Driving Course,” on Wednesday, September 6, and Thursday, September 7, at 10 a.m. at the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness at 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville. Cost: $10. Call 609-584-5900.

“Diabetes Education” takes place on Thursday, September 7, at 11:15 a.m. at the Washington Township Senior Center. Certified diabetes educator, Trish Patsaros, RN, presents an overview of diabetes: its signs and symptoms, treatment, self-care, and psychosocial adjustments, and talks about better diabetes management to reduce or delay chronic complications in this free class.

“Power of Attorney” takes place on Tuesday, September 12, at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Township Senior Center. In this session attorney Tama Baran discusses how “power of attorney” is different from appointing an executor under your will, and how it might help avoid expensive and time consuming guardianship proceedings.

“Go For the Greens,” on Wednesday, September 20, at 3 p.m. at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness at 3100 Quakerbridge Road asks “Are you getting enough green vegetables everyday?” Providing recipes is dietitian Wendi Silver.

Other September programs provide screenings for specific diseases, advice on avoiding a number of diseases, and hands-on instruction in healthy cooking. Most community education classes are held at the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness at 3100 Quakerbridge Road. For class details and advance registration (required for most sessions), call HealthConnection at 609-584-5900. A complete listing of community education offerings is also available in RWJ Hamilton’s HealthCheck magazine or by visiting www.rwjhamilton.org.

Capital Health System is offering “Feel Good Yoga: Yoga for Beginners,” a four-session class beginning on Thursday, September 14, at the Morrisville United Methodist Church. Cost: $40. Call 609-394-4153.

“Getting Back in Balance,” a free class taking place on Monday, September 25, at 7 p.m. at CHS in Hamilton is being led by physical therapist Bernadette Carr, who talks about dizziness and balance problems and rehabilitation programs to set things straight again.

“Infertility: Today’s Treatment Options,” a free information session taking place on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. at CHS in Hamilton is being led by Dr. Seth Derman, a reproductive endocrinologist.

Other CHS programs include information on everything from dry eye syndrome to how to beat the winter blues, from feeding picky eaters to Tai Chi for health. Full information is available at www.capitalhealth.org/main/calendar.

Princeton Healthcare System is offering “The Biggest Obstacle to Weight Loss: Your Mind,” a free talk, on Wednesday, September 13, at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center at the Princeton North Shopping Center. Leading the session is Anthony Yacono, an exercise physiologist. Call 888-897-8979.

“How to Protect Yourself from Fraud,” another free talk, is taking place on Thursday, September 14, at 7 p.m. at the Washington Branch of the Mercer County Library. Officer Sam Dyson of the West Windsor Police Department discusses effective steps to take to prevent identity theft and offers advice on what to do if you suspect that you are a victim of this crime.

“Pet CPR and First Aid,” is taking place on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center at Princeton North Shopping Center. This class teaches pet owners how to give immediate care to a pet until veterinary care is available. It covers emergency care, CPR, common illnesses, and medical emergencies. Cost: $35.

“Women’s Wellness Day 2006,” is taking place on Sunday, September 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Conant Hall on the ETS campus. Sponsored by Heart to Hearts, a women’s wellness organization, it features exhibits, massages, holistic presentations, lectures, and screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and bone density. Cost: $45.

Other classes and events sponsored by the Princeton Healthcare System include car seat checks, baby sign language, prevention and treatment of arthritis, CPR, and screenings for a number of diseases. Full information is available at www.princetonhcs.org.

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