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JC Blair, Kiwanis sponsor wellness check

HUNTINGDON — J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Huntingdon are partnering for the sixth year to offer a Community Wellness Check from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the J.C. Blair Education Center on the hospital campus.

The Wellness Check is a comprehensive blood test — more than $350 value for $40.

Testing includes a lipid panel (to measure cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides), a metabolic panel, TSH (thyroid check), hemoglobin/hematocrit and hemoglobin A1C. This comprehensive blood test will provide participants information about their heart, thyroid, kidney and liver health, diabetes, anemia and any electrolyte imbalance.

Additional free screenings available at the event include blood pressure, BMI (body mass index), BFA (body fat analysis), vision, osteoporosis, pulse oximetry, mental health and more.

The Wellness Check is for adults 18 and older. Appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins are welcome. Participants should not eat or drink anything, except water, after midnight the night before. Refreshments will be provided by the Kiwanis Club for participants after completing the blood test.

Results will be sent to each participant and his or her primary care provider. If a participant does not have a primary care provider, one of J.C. Blair Medical Services’ physicians will follow up. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card at the time of the screening.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.jcblair.org

/wellness or call the community relations office at 643-8675.

Lyme disease group to meet May 11

The Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 11 in the St. Rose of Lima social hall at 5519 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Aleka Ruggiero, a registered nurse, will present information on how to replace toxic household products with natural do-it-yourself recipes.

May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Area residents are encouraged to learn more about Lyme disease and how to prevent it.

Re-enactment group to meet May 10

STATE COLLEGE — The 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Re-enactment Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St.

The Civil War re-enactors will discuss their May and June schedule to include the Battle of New Market, Va., re-enactment the weekend of May 20 and 21, the Philipsburg American Legion-sponsored vesper service at the Philipsburg Union Church on May 28, area Memorial Day services and the Civil War program at Curtin Village near Milesburg the weekend of June 17 and 18.

The 148th has more than 20 active members from Centre, Clearfield, Mifflin, Juniata and Blair counties.

The regiment is actively recruiting new members. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Civil War re-enacting or the Civil War in general is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Lynn Herman at 861-0770.

Golf outing to aid youth ministry

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul’s Youth Ministry will hold its ninth annual golf outing on June 8 at Park Hills Country Club in Altoona.

The entrance fee is $75 per golfer ($300 per foursome) includes greens fees, cart, skills contests, on-course refreshments and a luncheon.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Tee sponsorship for businesses and organizations is $100.

To register an individual or a foursome or for more information, call 659-8773 or email avcdepaul@atlanticbbn.net.

Blair Gastro holds photo contest

Blair Gastroenterology Associates of Altoona would like to thank the community for participating in its “Go BLUE for Colon Cancer” photo contest.

March was Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Blair Gastro asked local businesses to submit photos of their building and/or employees dressed in blue to raise awareness for colon cancer.

The top three winners received gift cards for breakfast and/or lunch. The winners were HealthSouth, Glendale Medical and Grane Hospice Care.