Healthy Living Club Sets March Programs

ALTOONA – A Child Safety Seat Installation Checkup Station will be held Friday, March 9, in the Altoona Hospital Campus parking garage, Blue Level. The inspections take place from 9:30-11 a.m. You must make an appointment. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889.7802.

A free osteoporosis screening for women only will be held Friday, March 2, 12:30 to 3 p.m., in the Allegheny Room, sixth floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona. You must call for an appointment. For more information or to schedule, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Drivers age 55 and older are invited to participate in the AARP Driver Safety Program, a classroom refresher course that 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.

The class is offered Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, 6-10 p.m. in the Cambria Room, sixth floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. The fee is $10. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

Two sessions of yoga will be offered Tuesdays, March 6 through April 9; beginners from 5:30-6:40 p.m. and intermediate from 6:50-8 p.m. The fee is $30. Class is held in the Rotunda, sixth floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. Register early as class is limited to 30 participants. Gaily Murphy, Hatha yoga instructor, leads this program, which offers mind/body exercise, breath control, stretching and strengthening to promote mental, physical and spiritual well-being. For more information, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

A recent national sleep study indicated that 75 percent of all adults report a sleep problem. Are you one of them? Dr. Timothy Lucas of Altoona Lung Specialists, medical director of Altoona Regional’s Institute for Sleep Medicine, will talk about some of the reasons our sleep is disturbed Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, sixth floor, Outpatient Center, Altoona Hospital Campus. Are sleep aids a help or hindrance? Dr. Lucas will address questions and provide tips for getting a good night’s sleep. For more information, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

When Altoona and Bon Secours hospitals merged in November 2004 to become Altoona Regional Health System, it set forth a vision to become a world-class health care organization. On Friday, March 23, Ron McConnell, chief operating officer, and others will discuss initiatives, plans and the vision to move Altoona Regional toward becoming a world-class health care system with new services and the latest technology. The program will be held in the Bon Secours Hospital Campus Education Center, 2621 8th Ave. Lunch is at 11 a.m. followed by the program until 1 p.m. Ample time will be allotted for questions. For more information, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

“Light,” “low fat,” “no cholesterol.” These terms and more bombard us while we do our grocery shopping. What do they really mean? Which are the healthiest foods to buy? Join Randy Grabill, Altoona Regional clinical dietitian, as he shows how to read and understand food labels during a tour of the Giant Eagle Grocery Store, Logan Town Centre, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. No fee. Registration required. For more information, call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.

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