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Health, go, do, learn: Week of July 22

July 22, 2013

Living Well workshop

The Washington County Living Well coalition is sponsoring a Living Well (Chronic Disease Self-Management) Workshop. The Living Well workshops help people with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. 

These workshops are designed for people who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease, heart disease and others. The next workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, July 26, at the Senior Center in Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., and will be held for six consecutive weeks. 

For more information, contact Lisa McCoy at 240-313-3304. To register, call Meritus Medical Center at 301-790-8907.

Ask a Dietitian

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — War Memorial Hospital’s Center for Rehab & Wellness will offer a free program “Ask a Dietitian” on Monday, July 29.  

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Sara Kuykendall, a registered and licensed dietitian with Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Services, will be available to answer nutrition questions between noon and 1 p.m. and again from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The sessions are open to the public.  

For more information, call 304-258-8377. War Memorial Hospital’s Center for Rehab & Wellness is located at 261 Berkmore Place, Suite 2A, in Berkeley Springs.  

Cooking demonstration

HEAL of Washington County is having a free interactive healthy cooking demonstration 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Girls, Inc., 626 Washington Ave., Hagerstown. 

Lynn Little, Extension educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, at the Washington County office of the University of Maryland Extension, will lead the demonstration.  

A special highlight on preparing and freezing vegetables will be included, as well as other resources about healthy eating. 

This demonstration is just one in a series of monthly topics that are presented by HEAL at no cost for the community.  

HEAL of Washington County is a nonprofit focused on preventing and reducing the prevalence of obesity through promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles. 

Anyone interested in registering for the cooking demonstration or would like more information about HEAL’s other programs, can go to www.healofwashingtoncounty.org  or call 301-991-0899. 

Heart attack program

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — War Memorial Hospital and Valley Health Heart & Vascular Services will offer the Heart Attack Risk Program from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in Education Room A at War Memorial Hospital.    

Test results from a finger stick blood draw will provide participants with information on their total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, and body weight/body mass index.  A nurse will review results with participants, and participants will receive educational handouts and learn ways to improve their numbers if needed.  

The screening process, which is conducted by appointment only, will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes

Participants must fast for 12 hours before their appointment time. A $25 fee applies to the screening.  The fee is waived for anyone who has had coronary bypass surgery at Winchester Medical Center.

For more information about the Heart Attack Risk Program or to schedule an appointment, call Paul Cooper at 304-258-6577.

Project Big Love

MONT ALTO. Pa. — A nonprofit organization is holding a free event for Franklin County residents Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Richard K. SleicherEvents Complex off Pa. 997.

Project Big Love, started by Shon Duty of Kaimon’s Call and Kaimon Group, is an outreach for the community to help meet residents’ most basic needs.

Starting at 9 a.m., guests may receive free health screenings, haircuts, job fairs, food, live entertainment and a prayer tent. Free groceries will be given away, and children will receive a pair of shoes and a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year while supplies last. No identification is required to attend the event.

Volunteers from 30 churches, local businesses and community organizations will come together to make a difference in their community.

Volunteers, donations and sponsors are needed to help make the outreach a success.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 877-897-6422.

Community health 

A community health and resource fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at Walnut Street Community Health Center, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown. 

Free breast cancer screenings and screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, dental, blood pressure and depression and anxiety will be offered. 

Also included will be fitness and nutrition activities for children. Admission is free. 

For more information, contact Vickie Johnson at 301-393-3466 or vickie.johnson@wschc.org.

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