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Healthy Living Club Sets December Programs

ALTOONA, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016 The UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for December 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.

If a class is canceled for inclement weather, a status message will be on the voice mail of Healthy Living at 814-889-2630 and on local radio stations.

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.

Child Safety Seat Checkup Station

9:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9

UPMC Altoona parking garage, Blue Level, 620 Howard Ave. Look for the Safe Kids van. Registration required. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 814-889-7802 to register.

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

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

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10

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.

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6

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.

Free Osteoporosis Screenings: Heel Scans for Men and Women

12:30 to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9

UPMC Altoona at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department, 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.

Diabetes Update

Lunch at 11 a.m.; program 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9

Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (former Value City building next to Planet Fitness)

No fee. Registration required; call 814-889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 or log on to UPMC.asapconnected.com.

Join Haleh Haerian, M.D., endocrinologist with UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates, as she discusses the signs, symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of diabetes. The discussion will include an explanation of prediabetes and type I and type 2 diabetes. There will be ample time for questions.

Coping with Holiday Grief

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5

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.

Grief is about loss. Loss is an event that causes life to be forever different. Holidays are about memories of things that will never be the same. This annual program is designed to help grieving persons discover ways to cope during the holidays. Offers 0.2 CEUs.

About UPMC

A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. It provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 60,000 employees, more than 20 hospitals, more than 500 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to UPMC.com

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