Health Happenings for the coming week

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Special events

■ Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank is hosting a screening of “The Milky Way,” a documentary about breastfeeding in the United States, at noon Saturday at SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, South Side. A panel discussion follows, moderated by pediatrician Debra Bogen; Jan Mallak, executive director of “Heart & Hands” Doula Service; and Denise O’Connor, lactation consultant and board president of Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at Call 412-491-9123.


■ Excela Health is sponsoring “Your Changing Body for Boys,” which addresses the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Memorial Conference Center, on the Ground Floor of Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. The class is intended for boys ages 10 to 13 and their parents or guardians. Call 1-877-771-1234.

■ The Allegheny County Health Department has scheduled a food protection certification course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, 370 Commercial St. The cost is $75, $60 for anyone who lives or works in Allegheny County. For more information, call 412-687-2243.

■ Allegheny Valley Hospital is sponsoring a Heartsaver First Aid class, including CPR and AED, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and May 14 at its Destination Wellness health resource center, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Frazer. The cost is $35 for one part, $50 for both, which include a required manual. Call 724-274-5202.

■ Penn State Extension in Westmoreland County, 214 Donohoe Road, Hempfield, is offering a workshop to train community members as facilitators of the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10-12. Registrations are being accepted through May 15. For more information, call 724-837-1402.


■ Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring the following screenings:

— Bone density, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Healthy Directions, Finleyville Giant Eagle, 3701 Brownsville Road, Union. Includes informational program “Do You Have Osteoporosis?” by nurse/health educator Donna Hatalowich. For more information, call 724-348-6699. In recognition of National Osteoporosis Month.

— Skin, 2 to 4 p.m. May 14, Finleyville Community Center, 3547 Marion Ave. Appointments limited. To register, call 724-258-1333.

Blood drives

■ To find a blood drive near you call:

— Central Blood Bank, 412-209-7000 or 1-800-310-9551.

— American Red Cross, 1-800-733-2767. For bloodmobile locations, check

Support groups

■ Self Help Group Network, a service of PA 2-1-1 Southwest, provides a database of support groups. Call 412-255-1155.

■ NAMI McKeesport Area is holding its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 122 in the Frable Building on the Greater Allegheny campus of Penn State University, 4000 University Drive, White Oak. Speaker is James Kindle of Allegheny Health Choices Inc., which offers ombudsman services to help people find and deal with the behavioral health services they need. Call 412-373-7977.

Fitness classes/clinics

■ Excela Health is sponsoring the following yoga classes for four weeks beginning Thursday in the Memorial Conference Center, ground floor, Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, unless indicated. Call 1-877-771-1234.

— Basic Yoga, 5:30 p.m.

— Gentle Yoga, 6:30 p.m.

— Yoga, eight weeks, 5:30 p.m., auditorium B, first floor, Latrobe Hospital.

■ Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie, is sponsoring a 10-week tai chi class for beginners from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays starting Monday. The cost is $130. No class is being held on May 26. To register, call 412-421-8580.

Special opportunities

■ Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, is sponsoring a School Champion Award program in Allegheny County schools or partnering organizations working within local school districts for seed grants to fund new projects and awards to acknowledge existing efforts to foster healthy lifestyles. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 and are offered in regular grant rounds as funds become available, with priority given to public, charter and private preschool and elementary school applications. Completed applications are due by May 23, and winners will be notified by June 20. Awardees are being recognized at the annual Let’s Move Pittsburgh symposium on Nov. 5. To apply, call 412-622-6915, ext. 6751.

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