ALTOONA — UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for January as a community service.
Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 unless otherwise indicated to make an appointment or to register. Programs are open to all adult age groups unless otherwise specified.
Most classes are held at:
- Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City building.
- The hospital, 620 Howard Ave.
- Station Medical Center, 17th Street and Ninth Avenue
For more information, visit altoonaregional.org/classes_healthyliving.htm.
Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM) is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance, and strength training program designed with you and your good health in mind. The classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 a.m. or 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. There isn’t any fee; registration is required. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 for more information.
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.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening is offered by appointment only from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Vascular Institute, third floor, Outpatient Center at the hospital.
There isn’t any fee. Call 889-2005 or 1-877-855-8152 to schedule your appointment.
Peripheral artery disease occurs when plaque clogs leg arteries or vessels and restricts blood flow. Untreated PAD can not only make walking difficult, but also may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
John Madey, 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.
Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the hospital parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. There isn’t any fee. Please call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802 for more information. 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 is by appointment only, between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. There isn’t any fee. Call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 to schedule your appointment.
Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease” because bone loss happens without symptoms. Osteoporosis 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, a four-hour refresher course for anyone who has taken the eight-hour course, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Rotunda, sixth floor, Outpatient Center, at the hospital. The fee is $16. Registration is required. Call 1-800-559-4880 or log on to 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.
“UPMC Altoona and You” will be presented by Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial, on Friday, Jan. 16. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. and the program from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. (next to Planet Fitness in the former Value City Building). There isn’t any fee. Registration is required. Please call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 for more information.
Murray brings you up to date with the changes and progress in technology, systems and physician practices that UPMC Altoona has made since merging with UPMC in July 2013. He also will give a glimpse of what to expect in the future. In addition, he will address your concerns and questions related to UPMC and Highmark. Also, there will be ample time for questions.
Freedom From Smoking: Become Tobacco Free, is a seven-week series that provides the steps to become tobacco-free. Choose a daytime program: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 10, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., or an evening program: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 10, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Both daytime and evening classes are held at Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center). There isn’t any fee. Registration is required. Please call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665.
Join Jessica Wyant, prevention educator, for steps to becoming tobacco-free. This American Lung Association program, offered in conjunction with Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program Inc., will help you understand tobacco addiction, create a quit plan, change behavior and thinking about using tobacco, manage stress and weight and prevent relapse.
Free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges are available.
For more information, go to determinetoquit.com or call the Pennsylvania Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Make the decision to quit today!
“Don’t Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tour” is offered Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle Grocery Store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona.
There isn’t any fee. Registration is required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Please meet Randy Grabill in the produce section (right inside the door). Please call 889-2630 or 1-888-313-4665 for more information.
Grabill, a UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, guides you through Giant Eagle grocery store, showing you how to shop smart and eat a nutritious diet. Learn what foods to look for, what foods to avoid and how to decipher those nutrition labels. He will help you become a savvy consumer who chooses healthy and nutritious food for you and your family.