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UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for March

ALTOONA, Pa., Feb., 27, 2017 The UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for March as a community service.

Unless otherwise specified:
  • Call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to make an appointment or to register
  • Online registration is available for some programs at: UPMC.asapconnected.com
  • Programs are open to all adult age groups
If you need an interpreter or have other special needs, please call Healthy Living at 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. Please allow at least two weeks before class starts for your request to be processed.

Healthy Steps in Motion

Classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. OR 10 a.m.

Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave.

A fun, peer-led, weight-resistance and strength training program. If you are 55 or older, looking to improve your strength, flexibility and balance and start toning up, then Healthy Steps in Motion is for you! No fee. Registration required.

For Women in Cancer Treatment: Look Good, Feel Better

2 to 4 p.m., March 6

Radiation Oncology Conference Room, OP 4 at the hospital.
No fee. Registration is required. Call 1-800-277-2345

Women going through cancer treatments may lose their hair and experience other appearance-related side effects. This American Cancer Society program, in association with the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association program, is a free workshop to help women going through cancer treatments “look good and feel better.” The workshop is taught by a trained cosmetologist. Women who attend the workshop receive a free makeup kit to use during and after the workshop.

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 7

Vascular Institute, third floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital.

No fee. By appointment only. Call 814-889-2091 to schedule.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD cannot only make walking difficult, but also may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. John Madey, BSRVT, technical director of UPMC Altoona’s Noninvasive Laboratory, will check for PAD with an ABI (ankle-brachial index) screen, a painless process in which blood pressure is measured in legs and arms to determine blood flow. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Don’t Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours

6 p.m., March 7
2:30 p.m., March 29

Giant Eagle Grocery Store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.
No fee. Registration required. Call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet in the produce section (right inside the door). Join UPMC Altoona’s clinical dietitians for a guided tour through Giant Eagle grocery store, learn how to shop smart and be a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid and how to decipher those nutrition labels.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station

9:30 to 11 a.m., March 10

UPMC Altoona parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. By appointment only. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 814-889-7802 to schedule. No fee.

Find out if your child’s safety seat is installed properly. Your child’s life may depend on it.

Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women

12:30 to 3 p.m., March 10

UPMC Altoona at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Dept., 17th St. and 9th Ave.
By appointment only. No fee. Call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule appointment.

Osteoporosis often is called the “silent disease” because bone loss happens without symptoms. It occurs when, over time, bone loss causes bones to become porous, brittle and more likely to break. This painless screening takes just a few minutes and assesses bone density in the heel (a good indicator of bone health and fracture risk) by using ultrasound. Please be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

Seniors for Safe Driving Refresher for Those Who Have Previously Taken the Course

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 11

UPMC Altoona, Rotunda, 6th floor, Outpatient Center, 620 Howard Ave.

A four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken it before. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to www.sfsd-pa.com.

This classroom course covers age-related physical changes, perceptual skills, rules of the road and more. All automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide a premium discount to graduates age 55 and older. Most require both spouses insured under the same policy to take the class to receive a discount.

Joint Replacement: Is It Necessary?

Thursday, March 16. Light dinner at 6 p.m., followed by program at 6:30 p.m.

Rotunda, sixth floor, Outpatient Center at UPMC Altoona.

No fee. Registration required. Register online at UPMC.asapconnected.com or call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Join Dr. Adrian Clayton, UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics, as he discusses common causes of joint pain, other joint symptoms, diagnoses, and surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. Dr. Clayton specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement and adult joint reconstruction. There will be ample time for questions.

Avoid Accidents: Take Control of Your Bowels

March 17. Lunch at 11 a.m., followed by program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (former Value City building next to Planet Fitness).
No fee. Registration required. Register online at UPMC.asapconnected.com or call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

More than half of adults age 65 or older have bowel control problems. Bowel accidents, although not serious, can influence one’s quality of life.

Join Dr. Ralph McKibbin of Blair Gastroenterology Associates as he discusses bowel control problems, the treatments that are available, and what you can do to manage these embarrassing situations. There will be ample time for questions.

Helping Children Manage Anger

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 20 (Includes refreshment break)

Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center)

Donation of $10 is requested but not required. This donation will go toward the support of Day One of Altoona, a nonprofit, faith-based counseling service. Registration required Register online at UPMC.asapconnected.com or call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665. This program is for adults only.

Children have the same emotions as adults; however, they do not have the same coping mechanisms. Helping a child manage anger at a young age can make a difference for the rest of his or her life. This program is designed to help parents and child-support professionals guide children in the proper venting of anger. Presented by the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona’s Pastoral Care Department. Offers 0.2 CEUs.

About UPMC Community Benefits

Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in western Pennsylvania. The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.

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