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LUZERNE COUNTY — The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross conducts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

In addition to those listed below, blood drives are conducted at the Red Cross regional blood center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Hanover Industrial Park, Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Collections also take place every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazleton.

For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, ext. 2150.

A list of area blood donation sites follows:

Tuesday noon-6 p.m., Wright Township Fire House, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top.

Thursday noon-5:30 p.m., Grant’s Martial Arts, 404 W. Main St., Plymouth.

Friday, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wesley Village, 209 Roberts Road, Jenkins Township.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Center is offering a Weight Watchers at Work program for the local community. The eight-week series costs $80 per person and will be held at the JCC, 60 S. River St. For information, call Barbara Sugarman at 824-4646.

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley Children’s Association has moved its Orthopedic Clinic to the Volunteers in Medicine building, 190 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. The clinic, which was begun in 1924, provides evaluations, recommendations and follow-up services for children and adolescents up to 21 years of age. The clinic is held six times a year and is staffed by Dr. John Parenti, director of the Department of Orthopedics at Geisinger Medical Center. Fees are based on the family’s ability to pay.

Wyoming Valley Children’s Association is a local non-profit agency which provides therapy for children who have developmental and neurological disabilities and preschool education to all children.

For more information about WVCA or to schedule an appointment at the clinic, please call Elfriede Turner, clinic coordinator, at 714-1246.

HAZLETON — The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will offer a free breast cancer education program on Wednesday from 3-3:30 p.m. at the Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 100 W. 27th Street.

Important information on breast cancer, including risk factors, recommended screenings, symptoms and treatment of the disease will be discussed. In addition, participants will be provided breast cancer education materials, including information on self-breast examination and screening resources. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call 970-6543.

WHITE HAVEN — Wyoming Valley Health Care System is co-sponsoring a free Diabetes Symposium to be held on Thursday from 3:30-8:30 p.m. at Mountain Laurel Resort.

The program, “Helping Persons with Diabetes Gain Momentum with Lifestyle Changes,” is designed for the benefit of physicians, nurses, dietitians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, school health professionals and those who medically manage individuals with diabetes. Continuing education credits will be awarded to nurses and dietitians, and Act 48 credits for school nurses. For more information, contact Yvonne Clark at 826-2062.

HAZLETON — The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance will hold “Cook for the Cure” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at Hazleton General Hospital’s cafeteria (lower level). A cooking demonstration will be held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The program is free, but monetary donations will be accepted and presented to the American Cancer Society. Registration is required. Call 501-6204.

WILKES-BARRE — Kmart Pharmacy, located inside the store at 910 Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, will host a walk-in flu shot clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The flu shot vaccines are available to customers for $25. Pneumonia shots are also available for $50. For information, call Ann Marie Viola at 954-1884.

WILKES-BARRE —The Northeast Childhood Wellness Team, a group whose mission is to provide research-based information and training on all aspects of childhood wellness, will sponsor a conference, “Choose And Use What Works: Evidence-Based Programs” on Friday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Best Western East Mountain Inn.

The conference is designed to teach individuals and organizations involved in health and wellness education and programming how to choose and use national and local evidence-based, best-practice programs that improve nutrition and increase physical activity. Registration is $65 per person or $50 per person if a team of three or more registers from one organization. Lunch is included. For information or to register, contact Theresa Muchiolo at 876-5629 ext. 19. Registration deadline is Friday and space is limited. A copy of the conference brochure is available to download at www.stepstoahealthierluzernecounty.org.

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes University nursing department will sponsor an “Experience in Nursing Day” on Nov. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. The full day of events will feature an overview of the nursing curriculum at Wilkes, student speaker presentations and observation of current nursing classes. For information, call Kim Hearst at 408-4089.

HEALTH PEOPLE

Dr. Geoffrey Guttman, professor of anatomy at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), was named one of the contributors and editors on Medpedia. The Medpedia Project is a global effort to organize and make understandable the world’s best information about health, medicine and the body and make it freely available on the Web site Medpedia.com.

Guttmann came to The Commonwealth Medical College from University of Kentucky, where he was a visiting associate professor for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. In addition to his teaching credits, Guttmann’s leadership experiences include serving as director of e-curriculum at Northern Ontario Medical School, Thunder Bay, Canada, and designing and managing the Life Sciences Resources Centres at Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth and Exeter, England. He also has extensive research experience in the area of development and evaluation of instructional materials for medical students, image reconstruction techniques to make 3-D and 4-D models for illustrating anatomical, embryological and developmental concepts and determining the extent of craniofacial defects.

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