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Health fair set at Mills mall

| Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A mall-wide health fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer.

Destination Wellness, a health- and wellness-education resource center, sponsored by Alle-Kiski Medical Center, is the main sponsor and organizer of the event.

More than 80 physician and health-care vendor displays will be stationed throughout the mall covering a variety of health topics. Many Allegheny Valley Hospital physicians and departments will be available for one-on-one discussions for a variety of health questions.

A special "Mommapalooza" show section dedicated to women's heath is being offered with physician lectures, a food demonstration and a makeover event. And, again this year, a LifeFlight helicopter will be available for tours.

A cooking demonstration also is planned, and health screenings will be conducted including bone density, EKGs, kidney and skin screenings and a healthy steps falls-prevention screening for senior citizens. An interactive stage area will feature belly dancing, body flow, line dancing, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics and more.

For more information, contact Megan Klucinec, program director, Destination Wellness at 724-274-5208, or e-mail at .

St. Margaret session highlights advance planning

UPMC St. Margaret will take part in a national effort to highlight the importance of advance health-care decision making.

UPMC St. Margaret will provide advance directive forms and information about advance care planning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Entrance B of the hospital.

The National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health-care decisions.

Hospice programs looks at spirituality

The ACMH Hospital and ACMH Foundation, in partnership with VNA Hospice Western Pennsylvania, is hosting the Hospice Foundation of America's teleconference titled "Spirituality and End of Life Care" from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 in the Continuing Education Class at ACMH Hospital, East Franklin. Arrival and sign in will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This conference includes the differences between spirituality and religion, while addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief, spiritual assessment and empowerment and life review.

The program is free. Continuing education credits are available for $25. Advance registration is required. Deadline to register is Tuesday. Call the VNA at 724-431-3376. If you have questions, call the site coordinator Jolene Formaini at 724-431-3520 or Jodi Beers at the ACMH Foundation at 724-543-8850.

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