Patient and Community Education

The Flagler Life Institute offers a variety of educational courses designed to meet the needs of our patients and the general public. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, are preparing for surgery or are simply interested in learning CPR, our team of experts is here to bring you a meaningful educational experience. Click on the links below for more information.

Orthopedic Pre-Surgery Education Classes
Flagler Hospital offers pre-operative orthopedic class for patients undergoing total knee and total hip arthroplasty at Flagler Hospital. If possible, patients should bring an involved family member or friend who can serve as the patient's support coach. Click on the link above to register.
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Heart Failure Education Classes
Flagler Hospital is pleased to offer Heart Failure Education Classes. Free classes will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 11am-1pm in the Matanzas classroom on the first floor of the hospital. Lecture, including time for questions should be approximately 1 hour and a complimentary special heart-healthy diet lunch will be provided at noon.
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Stroke Education Classes
Have you or a loved one had a stroke? Do you want to learn more? The stroke education classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm. The classes are held in the One West Conference Room at Flagler Hospital. You are invited to bring your spouse or caretaker with you for these informational sessions. Topics include: overview of a stroke, medications for stroke, speech and swallowing, nutrition, rehabilitation and mobility concerns, and stress and emotional considerations. Please call 904-819-4059 for more information and to register.
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Kidney Disease Education Classes
Flagler Hospital is pleased to offer this free class for patients, spouses/caretakers, or those interested in learning how to prevent and/or manage kidney disease. Classes are held monthly at various times. Click here to register or call 904-819-4059.
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Diabetes Education
Flagler Hospital offers a free class on Managing Your Diabetes. This class meets on the first and third Tuesday each month from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Flagler Hospital Wellness Center. Flagler Hospital's Diabetes Resource Team is committed to helping people with diabetes live healthier lives. People diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will benefit from topics including:
- What is Diabetes?
- Preventing Complications
- Nutrition
- Exercise
- Medication
- Stress Reduction
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
- Pattern Management
Classes are open to the public and free of charge! Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or loved one.
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Smoking Cessation Program
Quit Smoking Now is a free course developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves. The group sessions take place in the FlaglerWellness Center once a week, for one hour, over a six week period and times change according to patient requests. Each week covers a different topic such as nicotine replacement therapy, stress reduction and relaxation techniques and identifying smoking triggers.Written material is provided, a toll free Quit Line is available, and people can re-enter the program as many times as necessary. Call 904-819-4338 for more information on this free course.

Cancer Education and Support Classes

Flagler's Cancer Education & Support Center center houses a resource library for the community that is home to books and journals, Internet access stations, and an information desk with educational materials to make the experience for patients diagnosed with cancer as easy and informative as possible. The Education & Support Center works closely with numerous organizations dedicated to education, research and support for cancer patients and offers a variety of classes and support groups. Monthly classes include:

Restorative Yoga: Gentle Stretching and Breathing Class for Cancer Patients
Wednesdays, Weekly from1 pm– 2:30 pm
This class is offered free of charge to cancer patients and survivors. Ease into this yoga session with very gentle stretching movements and breathing techniques. The practice of restorative yoga enables you to actively and fully relax as you enhance awareness of your body and breathing, improve your range of movement, focus on your alignment and calm your nervous system.

Look Good, Feel Better®
Offered Quarterly. Facilitated by Sharon Adams, Licensed Cosmetologist. Teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Must RSVP to attend.

Creative Journaling: Finding Meaning Through Cancer
1st Monday of each month from 11 am– 12 pm
We want to help you express your feelings about cancer. All ages are welcome.Write down your thoughts or use art to tell your story. Refreshments and supplies provided.

Fine Art Class by Linda Holmes
No previous experience needed and supplies are provided. For anyone who wants to let their creative side show, participants will complete a piece of art/craft. Linda Holmes will lend her expertise.

Meditation for Beginners
Bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:45pm
Marty Henneka, M.Ed., Nia Brown Belt Teacher, started studying meditation in 1971. In her 37 years as a teacher and middle school dean she used meditation in her curriculum. After retirement she moved into teaching a body, mind, spirit dance. Her classes in relaxation techniques and other mind/body practices can help calm your mind and sharpen your ability to focus. Her classes will provide creative ways to reduce stress and to maintain inner peace. Techniques of Moshe Feldenkrais; The Alexander Technique; Chakra Meditation with Crystal Bowl sounds; Breath exercises; Guided Visualization; Gentle Flowing Movement.

For more information about our comprehensive cancer program, please visit the Cancer Center under Medical Services.

Maternity Services Classes

Bootcamp for New Dads
In this nationally acclaimed program for expectant and new dads, "Veterans" (new fathers who bring their young babies) show "rookies" (fathers-to-be) the ropes of fatherhood. The three hour workshop uses a man-to-man approach and is an opportunity for new Dads to get insight from other men on the changes, challenges and joys that come with fatherhood. Topics include responsible fatherhood, Mom's changes, making time, newborn care, safety, your concerns, finances, parents and in-laws and community resources. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Breastfeeding Support Group
This group welcomes breastfeeding mothers, their babies and pregnant women and meets on the second Thursday of each month from 11 am - 12:30 pm. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Grandparents Class
This class focuses on current changes in child safety and childcare practices for "today's baby" including infant CPR. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Childbirth Classes - 6-week Course
This Childbirth Preparation Class helps expectant parents prepare for their new bundle of joy! Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Childbirth Refresher Class
Designed for Moms and coaches with previous experience, this one time "refresher" class reviews the birth process and procedures, breathing and relaxation techniques and the partner's role during labor. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Infant CPR
This class offers training in CPR for anyone caring for an infant: parents, family, babysitters, day care workers, teachers, etc. Topics also include: baby-proofing your home, how to handle emergencies and how to help a choking baby. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.

Sibling Class
This course is designed to prepare older brothers or sisters (ages two and up) for the arrival of a new baby. Having a new baby in the house can be a difficult time. Soon-to-be brothers and sisters react in many different ways. The sibling class talks a little about what babies do, how the older sibling can help their parents, how important they are to the family and more. Visit our Maternity Services Page for more information.