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February 16, 2009

Fall prevention programs



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg YMCA will host two free two-hour fall prevention programs, in partnership with Franklin County Community Services Department.

A workshop for YMCA members will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24. For the community, a second workshop will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3 and 10.

Both workshops will be at the Chambersburg YMCA.

The program aims to keep adults ages 55 and older on their feet and out of hospitals and/or nursing facilities.

Participants will learn how to create a safer home, do balancing exercises, build strength and more in a relaxed environment.

Registration is limited to 30 participants and is now open. Upon registration at the front desk of the Chambersburg YMCA, participants will fill out a healthy steps registration questionnaire, which will help discover health conditions people have that could lead to falls.

The facilitator will be Areli Breese. Call 717-263-8508.

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Heart attack risk screenings



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - War Memorial Hospital and Winchester Medical Center will offer heart attack risk screenings from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the conference room of War Memorial Hospital.

The screening will provide participants with information on their total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure and body composition.

The screening process, which is conducted by appointment only, will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Participants must fast for 12 hours before the appointment. There is a $15 fee. The fee is waived for anyone who has had open-heart surgery at Winchester Medical Center. Call Paul Cooper, 304-258-6577.

Heart healthy foods



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A free community program, "Heart Healthy Foods on a Shoestring Budget" will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Chambersburg Hospital Lecture Center, 112 N. Seventh St. Space is limited. Call 717-267-4800 by Thursday, Feb. 19, to reserve your seat.

Join Patricia Carey and learn how to plan heart-healthy meals; make healthy choices at the grocery store; and save money on nutritious food. Carey is a clinical dietitian at Summit Health Improvement Center in Chambersburg.

A question-and-answer session with Carey and a cardiologist will follow the presentation.

Women's Health and Wellness Conference



GETTYSBURG, Pa. - WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital will host its 14th annual Women's Health & Wellness Conference at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Gettysburg College Student Union Building.

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