14 Free Health Events to Check Out in October

Get a cancer screening, learn about gastric health, or, perhaps, find the secrets to happiness.

There are countless free educational health classes and events that take place monthly throughout Massachusetts. Whether you’re looking to learn about common injuries or get a free cancer screening, here are 14 free health events to check out in October.

1. Fall Beauty and Superfoods Event

This event will teach you all you need to know about superfoods and beauty. Follain founder Tara Foley will teach participants DIY treatments and recipes that use fresh fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, October 16; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Follain, 53 Dartmouth St.

2. Free Screening and Educational Event

Boston Medical Center is offering free screenings for breast, head, and neck cancers. To screen for breast cancer, physicians will perform mammograms for women age 40 and up, as well as breast exams for women of all ages. The free event will also offer information on prostate cancer, colon cancer, women’s cancer, nutrition and exercise, lung cancer and smoking cessation.

Saturday, October 18; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Boston Medical Center Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Ave.; call 617-638-8260 to register.

 3. The 7-Step Method To Live Well

This lecture will talk about the most common reasons people are unhappy and how those stressors can affect their everyday life. The lecture will also provide lessons on how to let go of those stressors to live a happier lifestyle.

Saturday, October 18; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Boston Meditation Center, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; call 781-643-2651 to register.

4. Sunday Morning Injury Evaluation 

Harmeling physical therapy in Wilmington is providing a free evaluation for people with an injury. During the evaluation, participants will be seen by a physical therapist and learn about their injury and their treatment options.

Sunday, October 19; 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Harmeling Physical Therapy, 33 Upton Drive, Wilmington. 

5. Lets Laugh Today in Sharon 

Certified yoga teachers Bill and Linda Hamaker will teach participants about the benefits of laughing. Through different yoga positions and gentle breathing techniques, participants will practice the exercise of laughter to feel happier and more energized.

Monday, October 20; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N. Main St., Sharon. 

6. Free Car Seat Inspection 

Certified child passenger safety technicians from the Boston Children’s Hospital will offer free car seat inspections to ensure that a child’s carseat is installed properly.

Tuesday, October 21; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; CCLC of Framingham, 770 Cochituate Road, Framingham. 

7. Diabetes Management

This course is lead by specialized nurse practitioner Lauren Goosed and Dr. Shira Hirschberg from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The purpose of this course is to teach people about diabetes self-management, how certain foods and nutrients affect blood sugar, what a carbohydrate really is, and how to create a balanced plate of food.

Wednesday, October 22; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center, 3rd floor Atrium, 20 Patriot Place, Foxborough; call 866-378-9164 to register.

8. Hearing Loss Topics: Tinnitus Causes and Treatments

This course, led by Dr. Lindsay Woods with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is designed to teach the elderly about tinnitus and treatment options.

Thursday, October 23; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Foxborough Senior Center, 75 Central St., Foxborough; call 508-543-1252 to register.

9. Be Joint Smart: Manage Your Psoriatic Arthritis Pain and Moving

Brigham and Women’s Hospital dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Bunny and Tufts Medical Center rheumatologist Dr. Janet Yin will talk about how to manage symptoms, minimize joint damage, and identify the best treatment options forpsoriatic arthritis. Physical therapist Nicole Guerrilla will also lead low-impact exercises that will help ease joint pain.

Saturday, October 25; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel, 275 Tremont St.

10. Raising Your Digital Native: Parenting in a World of Screens with Dr. Michael Rich

Dr. Michael Rich, associate professor at the Harvard Medical School and the director of the Center of Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, will talk about the positive and negative affects media has on children. The lecture will also teach parents how to use media in a way that helps their child’s development.

Saturday, October 25; 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Jonas Clark Middle School Auditorium, 17 Stedman Road, Lexington.

11. Common Shoulder, Arm and Wrist Sports Injuries

Dr. Philip Blazer with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Luke Oh with Massachusetts General Hospital, and physical therapist Jaeson Kawadler will talk about common sport injuries and how to prevent them. During the class, participants will learn about how joints are affected by sport pain, how surgery helps, and what non-surgical options are available for these injuries.

Monday, October 27; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center, 3rd floor Atrium, 20 Patriot Place, Foxborough. 

12. Aware For All

Aware For All is a program that informs the Boston community about the factors involved when participating in clinical research. It outlines the process, benefits, risk, and options around participation to help people make an informed decision when signing up.

Monday, October 27; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Ave; registration required

13. Managing Pelvic Floor Conditions

This class is led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital physical therapist Joy Shine, and will focus primarily on elderly women’s pelvic needs and exercises that will help strengthen the pelvic floor.

Monday, October 27; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sharon Adult Center-Sharon Community Center, 219 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon; call 781-784-8000 to register.

14. Built to Run: A Free Interactive Running Clinic

This running clinic offers advice to runners of all skill levels to help improve form and gain milage. It will offer free assessments from a physical therapist on flexibility, gait, footwear, and strength.

October 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center, 159 Wells Ave., Newton. Registration required; [email protected]; 617-243-6383.