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November 10, 2003

RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital will host a diabetic health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the first floor conference room at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The hospital will offer free glucose screenings, and other health screenings. Participants will be given a "Passport to Wellness" and are encouraged to have the passport stamped at each educational table throughout the event. A prize will be given to those that complete the wellness tour having their passport stamped.

For information, call Val Penick in the education department of Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 1-304-728-1693.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hospice of the Panhandle, Heartland of Martinsburg and Blue Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center will host community programs about advance care planning. The presentations will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Heartland of Martinsburg and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Blue Ridge.

Kathie Campbell, marketing-development director for Hospice, will present the program. She will discuss the importance of advance directives for everyone, regardless of age or health status. Each participant will receive an Advance Care Planning Guide from the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care that includes copies of a living will and medical power of attorney, and information about do-not-resuscitate orders, organ donation, palliative care and hospice care. Refreshments will be served.

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For information or to register, call Debbie DeSantis at Heartland, 1-304-263-8921, or Debbi Sanchez at Blue Ridge, 1-304-725-6575.




Sally Hellane, a licensed social worker with Behavioral Health Services, will present a program on seasonal affective disorder at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. The program will be held at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, most of whom are women. Another 25 million Americans may have a mild form of seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called the "winter blues" or "winter blahs."

Free registration is available at the library's information desk. Please inform the library of any special access needs prior to the program.

For information, call Elizabeth Hulett, head of adult services, at 301-739-3250, ext. 124.

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