Lecture focuses on community medicine
LEWISBURG - The third annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. today in Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building, on the campus of Bucknell University. It is free and open to the public.
Sejal S. Patel will discuss "The Roseto Study: The Promise and Practice of Community Medicine." It will center on how community cohesion affects an individual's physical health. It looks at the life and habits of the Roseto community and its impact on the health of its residents.
The lecture is based on The Roseto Study - an in-depth look at the Northampton County town of Roseto in the 1960s by researchers at the University of Oklahoma. The town's residents were found to have one-third the national average of death from heart disease even though they smoked as much, exercised less, weighed more and had higher blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels than the standard American. Patel's research was conducted since the study and explores how Roseto community cohesion positively affected the physical health of its individual residents.
The lecture series is held in memory of Dr. Charles P. Fasano, who practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1973. He maintained an active medical practice until his death in March 2009.
Aging seminar offered at ManorCare
Wednesday is the last day to register for a free discussion on "STEP Office of Aging Services: Your Pathway to Independent Living" that will be held 8:30-10 a.m. April 25 at ManorCare Williamsport North, 300 Leader Drive.
Jean Sullivan, of the Lycoming County Office of Aging, will be the presenter.
A free pancake breakfast will be offered to all attendees.
Space is limited. To register, call 323-8627.
Participants needed for MS walk
Walk MS 2012 will be held at April 22. The 3.6-mile loop walk will begin at the Montoursville Area High School and proceeds benefit research, treatment and assistance for people with multiple sclerosis.
Check-in is from noon to 1 p.m. A rest area with snacks will be set up at River Front Park.
Participants may sign up online at walkpac.nationalmssociety.org or by calling the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis at 717-652-2108.
Volunteers also are needed to help with setup, check in participants and serve lunch.
First responder class starts next week
The Lycoming, Tioga, Sullivan EMS Council will hold a state Department of Health first responder certification training class at the Department of Public Safety, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville, beginning April 26-June 28.
Classes will be held 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 50-hour program prepares an individual to perform a number of complex skills such as spinal immobilization, performing patient assessments and CPR and taking vital signs.
Students must have good reading comprehension skills. The cost of the course is $200, which includes tuition, textbook, pocket face mask, blood pressure kit, printed materials, all lab fees and state certification testing. Check or money orders only. Registration fees are non-refundable after the start of class. Participants must be 16 years of age or older with parental permission to take the course.
Registration is requested and may be done online at lyco.org or by calling 433-4461.