On Wednesday the Women's Health series at Spencer Hospital will host "Beat the Winter Blues," a seminar focused on managing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This free-of-charge seminar will given by Dr. Christine Segreto of the Seasons Center, and will include a light meal.
SAD is a mood disorder, characterized specifically by the time of year that it appears most prevalent: winter. And in an area where winter bears down for months out of the year, recognizing and coping with SAD is important to overall mental wellness.
The Women's Health series hosts seminars several times a year, focusing on everything from clinical and medical health to mental wellness. Their past seminars have included topics such as the thyroid, hormone replacement programs, heart health, healthy eating, and stress management.
"We have such a strong medical community that we love to tap into that, and we love to utilize our local community," said Jeannette Hasley, Director of Obstetrics, Women's Health, and Diabetic Health at the hospital. The series encourages community involvement, and tries to find topics they believe will facilitate an awareness and interest to the community.
While the series is titled "Women's Health," the seminars are not necessarily geared towards women. They are open to anyone interested in attending, and from time to time even include topics that are specific to men.
Upcoming in March is a seminar focused on getting students and their parents ready for college. This seminar will include information from necessary immunizations to financial readiness.
"Beat the Winter Blues" will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Maple Conference Center in the lower level of the hospital.