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6th annual OWLS event for good health set for March 26

March 15, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The sixth annual OWLS event is open to anyone who wants to age healthfully.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26, at the WVU Health Sciences Building on the campus of City Hospital. Presentations will include "Pills and Parts" with Dr. Cathy Funk of WVUH-East; "Don't Miss a Beat: Heart Smart Tips for Lowering Your LDL, Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides" with Joan Starliper of WVUH-East; and "Mental Wellness for Seniors" with Dr. Christopher Murphy and Angela Porturica, both of Gateway Behavioral Health Services.

The OWLS Program originally targeted those ages 55 and older to encourage physical activity and staying strong throughout life. The event will offer opportunities to learn about various health issues that affect us all, free screenings and exercise demo stations.

Activity demonstrations will include "Exercise and Fun," with Nancy Burke of Berkeley Senior Services; "Brain Fitness," with Shari Scolaro of Berkeley Senior Services; and "Practical Guide to Pedometers," with Ashley Petrolino of Change the Future WV.

Free screenings will include glucose, blood pressure, resting heart rate, pulse oxygen, waist circumference and body mass index. Free seated massage will be available throughout the event.

Information booths will be available featuring WVUH-East Programs and Services, The Wellness Center, WVUH-East Home Healthcare, Berkeley Senior Services, American Cancer Society, A Tobacco Awareness Coalition, Change the Future WV, Hospice of the Panhandle and Advanced Directives, and a variety of health information.

Tetanus/diptheria/pertussis vaccines will be available from the Berkeley County Health Department at no charge, but donations are accepted. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is not required.

For more information, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814, or email ddejarnett@cityhospital.org or go to www.wvuh-east.org.

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