Traverse City Record-Eagle

Well-Being

October 7, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 10/07/2010

Free depression screening available

TRAVERSE CITY — In recognition of National Depression Screening day today, Oct. 7, Munson Medical Center's Partial Hospitalization Program reminds area residents of the free online mental-health assessment offered year-round.

Area residents are invited to take the anonymous and confidential survey at www.munsonhealthcare.org/behavioralhealth. The assessment offers screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also includes an adolescent depression screening for parents.

Participants can choose a screening or answer a simple question to determine which screening is right for them. After completing the assessment, participants automatically will receive a recommendation based on answers to the questions.

Five weeks to a healthier brain

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is offering a program designed to engage participants in learning and implementing healthy brain strategies that may help delay or prevent cognitive decline.

The "Mind and Memory" brain fitness program will meet from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. five Thursdays, Oct. 14 to Nov. 11, at NMC's Oleson Center. Guest speakers will explore brain health including fitness, brain food, mental workouts and restoration.

The cost is $145; or $123 with the Life Discount for Grand Traverse County residents 62 and older. For details or to enroll, call 995-1700 or toll-free (800) 748-0566, ext. 1700. Information also is available at www.nmc.edu/ees.

Gluten-free dinner outing and meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area Gluten Free Support Group is planning a dinner outing and also its next meeting. Dinner reservations are required today, Oct. 7.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, for dinner from the gluten-free menu at TraVino Wine & Grille, 4341 M-72, Williamsburg. Guests and anyone following a gluten-free diet is welcome. For details or reservations, call 275-6410 or 943-9285.

Registered Dietitian Laura McCain will be the guest speaker at the support group's Thursday, Oct. 21, meeting. McCain will discuss how to eat nutritionally on a gluten-free diet at the 7 p.m. meeting, which will be held at the First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road. For details, call 943-9285, 946-1687 or visit www.traverseareaglutenfree.org.

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