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Ostomy society to meet Sunday

The Central PA Ostomy Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the rotunda on the sixth floor of the Outpatient Center at UPMC Altoona, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona,

The meeting dates for 2020 include March 1, April 19 and May 17.

The group offers information and support to new ostomy patients, including those who may be preparing for or undergone surgery for a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.

One of the members is a certified ostomy nurse and along with members of the group can provide ideas and resources for living with an ostomy.

It is a safe place to share tips for easier ostomy care. There is no cost.

For information, call Russ Ellenberger 943-3782.

Little Rock offers free classes

ROARING SPRING — Little Rock Natural Remedies, 908 Spruce St., is offering a number of free classes in March and April. Unless otherwise noted, the programs will be held at Little Rock.

11 a.m. March 6 and 6 p.m. March 26 — “Muscle Testing.” Does your body really need that product? Everyone present can be muscle tested for free.

6 p.m. March 19 — “Sleep Issues.” The program will be held at the Roaring Spring Community Library.

11 a.m. March 20 — “Coffee Alternatives.” Everyone present can sample some healthy alternatives.

6 p.m. April 2 — “Shopping and Cooking Naturally.”

6 p.m. April 9 — “Natural Health from a Biblical Perspective.”

6 p.m. April 16 — “Coffee Alternatives.” The program will be held at the Roaring Spring Community Library.

6 p.m. April 23 — “The Many Uses of Coconut Oil.”

For more information, call 695-0624.

‘Dining with Diabetes’ starts March 19

Thanks to a grant from the Blair County Health and Welfare Council, Penn State Extension is offering the “Dining with Diabetes” series of classes without charge to Blair County residents who want to learn how to better manage diabetes.

The four weekly classes plus a follow-up will be held at Through Inc., 2879 Everett Road, East Freedom.

The series will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 19 and 26 and April 9 and 16 with the follow-up class on June 11.

“Dining with Diabetes” is a nationally accredited diabetes education program that is geared toward anyone who has type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, has a family member with type 2 diabetes, or is at risk for developing diabetes.

Extension educator Elaine Smith and PSU graduate student/dietetic intern Lynn Anderson will lead the classes.

Each class offers information on healthy food and physical activity choices, food demonstrations and tasting, and guidance on important numbers to know for managing diabetes. Participants will receive the “Dining with Diabetes” cookbook and other program-related materials.

For $16, participants may choose to have their A1C tested at the first and follow-up classes. A1C is a non-fasting blood test obtained by a finger stick. Results show a three-month average blood glucose level.

Seating for the free course is limited to the first 15 registrants from Blair County. For more information or to register, visit extension.psu.edu/dining-with

-diabetes or call 877-345-0691.