UPMC Bedford announces screenings
EVERETT - Health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels, are being offered in Bedford County
Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians. Annually, 150 to 200 people take advantage of these discounted screenings offered by UPMC Bedford Memorial.
Penn-Mont Academy will hold a Vera Bradley and Longaberger Basket Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at Father Kelley Hall, Altoona. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Entry tickets are $25 and an entry ticket/value pack combo tickets are $60. The first 50 value pack tickets sold will receive a free Vera Bradley gift. Participants will have a wide range of gift items to win, including Altoona Curve skybox tickets, restaurant gift certificates, spa and manicure services and 2014 Cannondale Trail bicycles for men and women. Proceeds will support after school enrichment programs and offer financial assistance to families. To order tickets, call the school at 696-8801 or visit www.pennmontacademy.com.
For accurate results, patients must fast for 12 hours and not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to screening.
Cost is $25 for blood screening and $3 for urinalysis. For an additional $3, test results can be sent directly to the patient. Test dates follow:
Saturday and Sept. 13 -?7 to 10 a.m., Chestnut Ridge Family Medicine-UPMC, 2040 Quaker Valley Road, Fishertown.
April 12 - 7 to 11 a.m., Community Health Fair at Homewood at Spring House Estates, 150 Victoria Ave., Everett.
June 7 - 7 to 10 a.m., Shawnee Valley Ambulance Service, 166 Valley Road, Schellsburg.
Nov. 8 - 7 to 10 a.m., Alum Bank Fire Hall, 6738 King St. Clair Road, Alum Bank.
No appointments are necessary. For more information or to ask specific questions about the screenings, contact the UPMC?laboratory at 623-3506.
SFU?opens lab to the public
LORETTO -?St. Francis University's DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness is offering community use of its new Human Performance Lab. The lab offers the latest cutting-edge technologies and is designed to allow individuals to attain their peak physical conditioning.
The St. Francis HPL employs world-class multidisciplinary experts who will help individuals of all ages accomplish their health goals. Areas of assessment that are supervised by a certified clinical exercise physiologist include aerobic fitness, lactate threshold, body composition, muscular fitness, resting metabolic rate, resting EKG and a complete personal fitness package.
All of the services are designed to help individuals understand the risk in developing medical conditions and allow the experts to design a health regimen that will provide individuals with a path toward optimum health.
Fees for the assessment include testing and individual training plans based on results and personal goals. There are discounts for St. Francis faculty, staff, students and groups of 10 or more.
Visit www.francis.edu/human-performance-lab/ for more information about the lab, fees and pre-testing instructions.
Homers Gap Civics to meet March 18
The Homers Gap Civics Association will meet at 7 p.m. March 18 at Asbury Church Hall.
Items to be discussed will be financial matters, fundraising, trustee responsiblities and building renovations.
Operation Small Steps sets benefit
In an effort to raise funding and awareness for the upcoming mission of Operation Small Steps, a Coach purse fundraiser will be held at 3 p.m. April 6 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona. Doors will open at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20.
Operation Small Steps is a nonprofit medical organization focused on the education and treatment of clubfoot and other orthopedic conditions in underserved areas around the globe.
In 2011 and 2012, the group had successful missions when a team of medical and support professionals from Altoona area traveled to a remote village in Madagascar to give orthopedic medical care.
In June, the group will travel again to continue the treatment and educational programs for the birth defect, clubfoot.
American Red Cross offers courses
DUNCANSVILLE - The American Red Cross in Blair County is offering a variety of courses where people can find out how to be prepared and save lives. The classes include:
n Adult and pediatric CPR/AED (Web/classroom class) - 9 to 10:30 a.m., Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 Education and Technology Center, 580 Foot of Ten Road, Duncansville. Cost is $90.
n Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED (Web/classroom class) - 9 to 11:30 a.m., Appalachia IU8 Education and Technology Center. Cost is $110.
To register, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class or call 800-733-2767.