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March 16, 2009

Health Fair

FREDERICK, Md. -The Maranatha Community Church of God is hosting a Community Family Health Fair, "Staying Healthy at Any Age," Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maranatha Community Church of God, 123 Byte Drive, Frederick, Md.

Dr. Jacqueline Douge, Deputy Health Officer of the Frederick County Health Department will talk about women's issues, and heart disease in women. This presentation is based on the Frederick County Health Department's recent partnership with the Heart Truth campaign. Dr. Stephen McKenna, (a general surgeon), will talk about men health issues and prostate cancer. The fair is free and open to the public.

Lyme Disease education

FREDERICK, Md. -Hood College, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute at Frederick's "Science in the Cinema" series, will host a documentary and lecture that will examine one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood diseases.

The 2008 film, "Under Our Skin," will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Hood College's Whitaker Campus Center Commons. After the film, Kathleen Nalewaik, a nurse practitioner and Lyme disease consultant at NCI-Frederick, will give a talk about the movie and the issues it addresses. The film and lecture are free and open to the public and no tickets are required. Food will be sold at the Blazer snack bar.


For information, call Kathy Falkenstein at 301-696-3663 or e-mail

Ornish Advantage open house

WVUH-East/City Hospital, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield have partnered to offer residents of West Virginia to experience the Ornish Advantage. There will be an informational open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the second-floor conference room of the Dorothy McCormack Center.

The Ornish Advantage Program is a comprehensive lifestyle modification program designed to assist participants in the prevention and/or management of heart disease and how to address key risk factors associated with its onset and progression. Through healthy lifestyle modification, the Ornish Program teaches participants how to improve their health and well-being to live longer and healthier.

Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the four components of the Ornish Program: nutrition, stress management, exercise and group support. Classes are taught by staff trained in the delivery of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program and include a registered dietitian, stress management specialist, group support facilitator and exercise physiologist. Participants receive handouts, the Everyday Cooking Cookbook, a stress management CD, strength-training bands, home-based exercise and activities as well as pre- and post-testing of lipids, weight and blood pressure.

The event is open to the public. To register, call 800-879-2217.

Mommy and Child Yoga

MIDDLETOWN, Md.- Mommy and Child Yoga classes will be held at 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays from March 17 and through April 28. The classes are held in the sanctuary of Middletown United Methodist Church. The costs is $10 per drop in class, or pay in full and get one free class.

Other classes include a Monday afternoon Mommy & Child Yoga class at 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. All classes are run the same $10 drop in rate or pay in full and get one free class.

Comfortable attire is recommended, bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on.

For more information, call 240-625-5067.

Open house

Integrative Medicine Center at 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, is having an open house from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

For information, call 240-420-8625.

Respite care training

Respite Connection of Washington County, Md., will offer free respite care training and train the trainer workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Saturday, April 25, and Saturday, May 2, at Potomac Center - Activities Building, 1360 Marshall St., Hagerstown.

For information, call Caring Communities at 410-549-5707 or 866-227-4644 or e-mail

Recreation Special Olympics

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Recreation and Ransom Parks and Recreation will host two sessions of Inclusion Recreation Special Olympics in March and April.

The basketball events will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, and will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at Shepherd's Butcher Center. Events include 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions with teams chosen on skill levels, foul shooting and practice skills.

Track and field events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Jefferson High School. Events for track and field include long jump; 4-by-100 relay; running 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-yard dash; shot put; softball throw; and race walking of 25 and 50 yards.

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