n Weight Loss Surgery for a Healthier You Information Seminar will be held 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 2018 in Community Room 2, Main Lobby, at Uniontown Hospital. Those considering bariatric surgery are encouraged to attend the free information session to be informed of the process and the expected results. Information: Vicki Conti, 412-641-3744.
n Excela Health will host a blood drive on behalf of the American Red Cross from 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the lobby at Excela Health Frick Hospital. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred by calling 800-RED-CROSS.
nMon Valley Hospital will host their HealthPlex Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18. The fair will feature MVH-affiliated providers such as the Center for Fitness and Health, HealthPlex Imaging, The Orthopedic Group, Mon-Vale Primary Care Practices, Occupational Medicine and many others. The Health Fair will provide various free screenings, educational talks from MVH physicians, a healthy cooking class and fitness demonstrations. A multiphasic blood screening will also be offered for a $30 fee. The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, visit monvalleyhospital.com.
n An Alzheimer’s Support Group is being offered by Mon Valley Hospital 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 in the education conference center. The free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the families, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations: 724-258-1333.
n Bariatric Education and Support for those who have had surgery or for those in the process meets 6 p.m. Aug. 29, in Conference Room D, First Floor, Excela Westmoreland Hospital. The group provides individuals with the opportunities to get their questions answered, learn tools that can help with long-term weight loss success and meet with others who share similar experiences. Each meeting covers a specific topic related to bariatric surgery. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.
n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.
n Stroke Support Group, for stroke survivors and their families/caregivers, meets 6-7 p.m., Aug.28, First Floor Conference Rooms, Excela Westmoreland Hospital. Information: 877-771-1234.
n Stroke Support Group will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Uniontown Hospital in Community Room 1 located in the Main Lobby. Stroke survivors, caregivers, loved ones and anyone interested in learning more about stroke are invited. A pharmacist will be coming to speak with the group this month. Please feel free to bring your medication list for review. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call Andrea Lint, Stroke Coordinator, at 724-430-5341, for more information.
n Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new Physical Therapy Department. Light refreshments are provided.
n Cancer Grief Group, 2:30-4 p.m. every Thursday at Our Clubhouse on Route 30 East in Greensburg for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. For information and registration for any of these groups, visit www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m., first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.
n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Trinity Church basement, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown, and 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone else’s drinking. Information: al-anon.alateen.org or pa-al-anon.org.
n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m., the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information: email@example.com siawso.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Missing Piece of My Heart Support Group, the last Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m., at the Crime Victim’s Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.
n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.
n Suicide Bereavement Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 in the Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Education Conference Center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Registration is required. Registration: 724-678-3601.
n The Mon Valley Hospital is offering an Ostomy Support Group. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Information: 724-258-1773.
n The fall program for Stepping Stones Bereavement Support will begin 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Uniontown. The program runs for ten weeks with different topics being presented weekly. Anyone who is newly bereaved or still having problems dealing with grief is invited to attend. There is no cost to participate. Registration: 724-439-1683.
n An Advanced Carbohydrate Counting class is being offered by Mon Valley Hospital 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the education conference center. This program is a diabetes self-management class designed to educate you on how to count carbohydrate content in food to improve blood sugar control. Topics include how to track effects of carbohydrates and blood sugar, glycemic index and how to read food nutrition labels. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of class by calling 724-258-1483.
n For first-time parents, Childbirth and Beyond classes cover labor and birth options for pain control, cesarean birth, postpartum, the normal newborn and breathing/relaxation techniques. A two-week class meets 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays beginning Aug. 15, Memorial Conference Center, Ground Floor, Excela Westmoreland Hospital. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n Tours of the Family Additions Maternity Center at Excela Westmoreland Hospital are offered 2 p.m., Aug. 19. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n Family and Friends CPR meets 6-9 p.m. Aug. 7, Conference Room D, First Floor, Excela Westmoreland Hospital. This non-certificate class addresses how to help a child who is choking, has stopped breathing, or whose heart has stopped. Class ideal for parents, older siblings and others who will provide child care. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n Yoga class, 5:15 p.m., Thursdays, Auditorium A/B, First Floor, Excela Latrobe Hospital. Class attendees should wear exercise clothes, and bring mat, athletic shoes and water. Inforamtion: 724-830-8568.
n Mon Valley Hospital is offering the program, Managing Your Diabetes 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21-23 in the education conference center. This education program is designed to help you with diabetes self-management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive days. Registration is required at least one week prior to the start date of class by calling 724-258-1483.
n Living with Diabetes, Looking Forward is a series of self-management classes designed for the newly-diagnosed.This class is for individuals interested in learning how to manage their diabetes care and control blood glucose levels. A physician referral is required. Classes meet 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 15, Excela Square at Frick, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21, Excela Square at Norwin, and 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23, Excela Square at Norwin. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Information: www.excelahealth.org or contact Excela Health’s Call Center, toll free, 877-771-1234.
n The Mon Valley Hospital is offering the program Innovations in Medicine: “Athletic Concussions” at 6 p.m. Aug. 22, in the education conference center. This education program is designed to educate you about athletic concussions. Shane Hennessey, D.O., will discuss symptoms and treatments for athletic concussions. Registration: 724-258-1333.
n The Mon Valley Hospital will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the education conference center to benefit local patients. Free parking is available. For more information or to register, call 724-258-1282 or visit redcrosslife.org.
n Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are being offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 28 in the education conference center. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333.
n Monongahela Valley Hospital is offering an American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED class from 8-10 a.m. Aug. 28 in the education conference center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card.
n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.
n Chair Fit mixes cardiovascular endurance and strength training in a low-impact exercise that focuses on maintaining the ability to complete activities of daily living. Class meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Conference Room D, First Floor, Excela Westmoreland Hospital.
n Interval Training class, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Memorial Conference Center at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.
n Strength and Tone classes for muscle building and conditioning class meets from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays, Memorial Conference Center, Ground Floor, Excela Westmoreland Hospital.
n Body Sculpting and Core Conditioning, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesdays in the Memorial Conference Center in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Information: 724-830-8568. Class attendees should wear exercise clothes, and bring mat, athletic shoes and water.