Learn medicines' 'label-ese'
PENNSDALE - Susquehanna Health's Spirit of Women program will hold "Learn Label-ese," an educational discussion targeted toward helping patients understand drug labels, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.
Craig Konzen, pharmacist with Susquehanna Health Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, will discuss allergic reactions, food and drug interactions, drug-to-drug interactions and how to read and understand product labels. Konzen has been a pharmacist with the hospital for eight years, serving the community through his comprehensive knowledge of both pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies.
Light refreshments will be served at the event, which is co-sponsored by BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. To register, call 877-883-4791.
Learn how to understand a newborn
WELLSBORO - A free Expectant Parents class titled "Understanding and Caring for Your Newborn" will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. The room number will be available at the front lobby, or check for signs.
Expectant parents will learn about basics of baby care, including swaddling, bathing and bottle feeding.
The class is part of a free cycle of six classes addressing common questions and concerns of expecting parents. Participants may join at any time. For more information, call 723-0375.
Geisinger dietitians to offer healthy eating tour
DANVILLE - March is National Nutrition Month and Geisinger's clinical nutrition department has teamed up with Weis Markets to hold an "Eat Right Your Way Every Day" tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The tour will incorporate the theme "Eat Right Your Way Every Day," by using MyPlate to walk attendees through each food group that should be represented in their meals. The tour includes teaching shopping strategies, pointing out healthy food items, introducing new/unfamiliar food items and answering questions about puzzling foods. Before walking through the aisles, an instructor will classify what a "healthy" meal/snack consists of as well as identifying useful tools to use when meal planning. A review of healthy diet components, the major food groups and MyPlate will also be discussed.
All attendees will receive a Healthy Bites magazine, shopping pads, Weis coupons, a shopping essentials guide from Weis Markets along with a National Nutrition Month pen and nutritional information. At the conclusion of the program, attendees have the chance to win a laminated MyPlate grocery tote and one of two $10 Weis gift cards.
To join the "Eat Right Your Way Every Day," tour, contact Cory Williams at 271-6468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACLS recertification course offered
WELLSBORO - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will hold a recertification Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) class for registered nurses, physicians and paramedics from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital board room.
It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest.
The instructor will be Dr. Donald Shaw. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 723-0192 or visit laurelhs.org and click on the Health Classes/Screenings link.
Evangelical holds screenings
LEWISBURG - Community Health Education will hold a series of screenings through the month of March. They include:
Comprehensive blood screen - 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Elmcroft of Loyalsock Township. A $30 fee includes lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), complete blood count and CMP (blood sugar, electrolytes, calcium, protein, liver enzymes etc.). Other tests available upon request. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.
Free body composition and BMI screen - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Mifflinburg Weis Markets. A Tanita scale measures weight, BMI and percent of body fat. Results will be reviewed by a Community Health educator, who will discuss with each individual the significance of the numbers and ways to improve them. No registration is required.
Healthy Legs for Living (formerly Legs for Life) - 9 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Mifflinburg Family Practice Center. This free screening program is for people who are concerned they may be at risk for peripheral vascular disease. Common symptoms are aching, tiredness or cramping in the legs, numbness, tingling or coldness, or sores on the feet that don't heal. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.
Skin cancer screen - noon to 3 p.m. March 22 at Lewisburg Plastic Surgery, office of Dr. Normington, 135 Walter Drive, Lewisburg. This screening will help you recognize your own pattern of moles, freckles and "beauty marks." Learn when become more alert to changes in the number, size, shape and color of pigmented areas. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.
Blood pressure screenings - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, Lewisburg branch; Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Community Health Education Center, Route 15, Lewisburg.