Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Red Hot Mamas Can Support Each Other during Menopause; Orange Park Medical Center Program Offers Educational Programs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Red Hot Mamas Can Support Each Other during Menopause; Orange Park Medical Center Program Offers Educational Programs

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

Middle-aged menopausal women with red battery-operated fans have been overflowing their meeting hall on the second Thursday night of each month.

As their T-shirts say, they are Red Hot Mamas, participants in a 2-year-old menopause education program offered free through Orange Park Medical Center.

Prime Plus/Red Hot Mamas Menopause Management Education Program, based in Georgia, is being offered in 75 hospitals in 29 states. Its Web site averages 275,000 hits per month, said president Karen Giblin.

"The program is going strong all over the United States," she said. "Women are really inquisitive right now and very, very supportive of each other."

Menopause, also known as the change of life, is a biological process women go through when they stop menstruating. It affects all women differently and often results in hormonal, physical and psychosocial changes, including hot flashes. Thus the program's title and the hand-held fans, which are provided to participants.

Marachel Young of Middleburg said she has enjoyed the emotional support.

"I don't feel like I'm normal when I'm having hot flashes," she said. "It's so nice to have someone address the problems you are experiencing and to know that you are normal."

At monthly programs, a speaker, usually a health professional, addresses a different topic related to menopause such as hormone therapy or metabolic rate.

Martha Chewning of West Jacksonville, who attends the Orange Park sessions, said one of the speakers was a doctor who suggested special tests to determine cardiac health. She followed his advice and had the tests, which included an ultrasound of her chest.

"The technician said, 'Do you know you have gallstones?' " said Chewning, who has since had her gall bladder removed. "I never even would have found out. I owe them my gall bladder."

The Orange Park Medical Center program has become so popular the group may need to find a larger meeting space -- for the second time, said Jill Buie, the hospital's community relations manager. …

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