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West Virginia briefs

February 28, 2013

W.Va. seminar to focus on America’s obesity crisis

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia University Hospitals-East and the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division will sponsor a community mini-medical school program on healthy living.

The seminar, Obesity Crisis in America, will be on Tuesday, March 12 in the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the City Hospital campus.

The presentation, featuring guest speakers Mark Cucuzzella and Joan Starliper, will include information on weight control, proper nutrition and exercise to help prevent disease and achieve optimal health.

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Cucuzzella is a nationally ranked distance runner and family medicine physician at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine. He is a professor for the WVU School of Medicine, and is on the medical staff at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Starliper is a registered dietician for The Wellness Center and provides outpatient diabetes counseling at City Hospital. 

Sign-in for the community mini-medical school program begins at 6:30 pm, with the program to follow from 7 to 8 pm. Light refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar.

The program is being offered free to the public as a community service of WVUH-East and the WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information or to register for this program, phone 304-264-1287, ext. 31760.

Road to be closed for roundabout near casino

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — East Fifth Avenue in Charles Town will be closed between Flowing Springs Road and W.Va. 9 East beginning March 14, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Thursday.

The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a DOH news release.

This is necessary for the WVDOH to construct a new roundabout intersection for the access road to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and for realignment of the existing section of Fifth Avenue, the DOH said.

Work is anticipated to last into late June, the release said.

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