Healthy Living Club sets programs, classes

UPMC Altoona’s Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for May as a community service.

Call 889-2630 or 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.; and Station Medical Center, 17th Street and Ninth Avenue.

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n Healthy Steps in Motion is a fun, peer-led, weight resistance and strength training program designed with good health in mind. The classes meet at 8:15 and 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 231 Howard Ave., Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665.

n 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. to 12:30 p.m. May 9 in the rotunda, on the sixth floor, Outpatient Center, at the hospital. Fee $16. Registration required. Call 800-559-4880 or log on to

For anyone who has not taken the eight-hour course, the class will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 in the rotunda. Must attend both sessions.

n Child Safety Seat Checkup Station is offered by appointment from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 8 in the hospital parking garage, Blue Level. Look for the Safe Kids van. No fee. Call Safe Kids Blair County at 889-7802. Find out if your child’s safety seat is installed properly.

n Peripheral Artery Disease Screening will be held by appointment only, between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 5 at Vascular Institute on the third floor of the Outpatient Center at the hospital. No fee. Call 229-2091 for an appointment.

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. Be prepared to remove shoes and socks.

n Osteoporosis screenings will be offered by appointment only, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. May 8 at Station Medical Center, Imaging Services Department. No fee. Call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665 for an appointment.

n “Don’t Put It on the Table Until You Read the Label: Giant Eagle Store Tours” will be presented by Randy Grabill, UPMC Altoona clinical dietitian, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 20 at Giant Eagle grocery store, Logan Towne Centre, Altoona. No fee. Registration required. Tour size limited and open to those who have not taken the tour in the past. Meet Grabill in the produce section. Call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665 to register.

n May is Stroke Month. UPMC Altoona’s Stroke Team will perform a blood pressure screening and provide stroke prevention information before “Straight Talk About Aneurysms.” If you aren’t registered for the program, you can still stop by between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on May 15 and have your blood pressure taken.

n “Straight Talk About Aneurysms” will be presented on May 15, by Dr. Aurthur DeMarsico, medical director of UPMC Altoona’s Heart and Vascular Institute. Aneurysms are weak bulges in blood vessels similar to a bulge in an inner tube or thin balloon. They tend to form where an artery divides or branches off. Lunch is at 11 a.m., and the program is 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). Dr. DeMarsico will cover risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Ample time for questions. No fee. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665.

n “Building Self-Esteem in Children” will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 18 at the Station Medical Center Conference Room (enter the K-4 entrance, left of Fresenius Dialysis Center).

n National Senior Health and Fitness Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. It will include music, exercise demonstrations, health screenings and health information, as well as information about taking control of one’s health and how to make fitness part of one’s life. No fee and no need to register.

n Women’s Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at Station Medical Center. This fair will feature information on various women’s health issues, as well as screenings, door prizes and more.

n Djembe Drum Class is a six-week series from May 26 through June 30, which will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Magee Lecture Hall on the fifth floor of the Outpatient Center at the hospital. Fee $60. Registration required. Class size limited. This is a workshop course on drumming. Whether you are a drummer or not, this class will help participants develop the needed skills to play the Djembe drum with joy. Instructors are Mlen-Too Wesley and Pam Wales. Wesley is a Pastoral Care team member at UPMC Altoona, and Wales is a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona. Take your own Djembe drum. A limited number of drums are available for those who do not have them.

n Join the Rev. David Hammerle of UPMC Altoona’s Pastoral Care Department as he provides the tools to manage anger. This seminar will focus on three different phases of anger management. Tools and guidelines will be offered to provide students with proper ways to vent anger and bring about positive results instead of regrets. This program was taught in Blair County Prison, Bedford County Prison and Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center. Offers 0.2 continuing education units.

A 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. Registration required. Call 889-2630 or 888-313-4665.

n “Healthy Breast Care for Women” will be presented on May 28, by Dr. Dianna Craig of UPMC Altoona’s Breast Health Center, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast disease. She will discuss common breast care findings, tests and treatment to maintain healthy breasts. Light dinner is at 6 p.m. and the program is 6:30 p.m. in the rotunda. Thre is no fee, but registration is required by calling 889-2630 or 888-313-4665. Class size limited to 50.

n Caregiver’s Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29 at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.?There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 889-3123.

Participants will explore financial and legal issues as they enjoy conversation with other caregivers who may share many of the issues. Lunch will be provided. The conference is a project of the Geriatric Interest Network of Blair County Region. Space is limited and open to unpaid caregivers of older adults on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations must be made by May 20.