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From left are Dr. Sumit Ghosh, Patricia Conroy, Women Veterans Program Manager; and Loriann M. Conahan, Women Veterans Program Physician Assistant.
From left are Dr. Sumit Ghosh, Patricia Conroy, Women Veterans Program Manager; and Loriann M. Conahan, Women Veterans Program Physician Assistant.
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‘Love Your Bones’ program for women veterans set

The Women Veterans Program at the Wilkes-Barre Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a “Lunch and Learn” program on Friday in Liberty Hall on the second floor of the Medical Center. The focus of the luncheon will be osteoporosis prevention for women of all ages.

Medical Center Director Margaret B. Caplan will address the attendees prior to a healthy cooking demonstration by guest chef Kate Gabriel, host of “Cooking With Kate” at Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar, Mohegan Sun Casino.

Lunch will include some of the dishes prepared by Chef Gabriel. During lunch, Dr. Sumit Ghosh, Women Veterans Program Physician, will give a presentation titled “Love Your Bones.”

Sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m., which will allow guests time to meet with staff from the pharmacy, nutrition services and the Women’s Comprehensive Healthcare Program.

The program begins promptly at noon and is free, but reservations are required.

To make a reservation, contact Pat Conroy, Women Veterans Program Manager, at 570-824-3521, ext. 7517 by Wednesday.

‘Dining With Diabetes’

classes will begin

Penn State Extension Luzerne County will offer “Dining with Diabetes: A Program for Adults with Diabetes and Their Families.” The classes begin May 22 and continue on Wednesdays through June 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Charles T. Adams Senior Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. To register, call Penn State Extension at 825-1701. Persons receiving Medicare and Medicaid and who attend all four classes are free of charge. Persons with diabetes should keep certain numbers under control by getting tested on a regular basis.

Knowing their numbers (A1C test and blood pressure) helps in lowering their chances of having a heart attack, stroke or other complications that can occur as a result of having diabetes. Both tests will be offered free to registered participants. Each class features cooking demonstrations.

Gardening seminar

offered in Hazleton

The Hazleton Health & Wellness Center (HHWC) will host a “New Ideas in Vegetable Gardening” program from 6 to 7 p.m. May 23 in the lower level of the center, which is located at 50 Moisey Drive in Hazleton, across from Walmart.

Gardening can benefit your health in many ways, by providing strength training, cardiovascular exercise, stretching, stress release and healthy food. Growing your own vegetables can also provide a sense of satisfaction and fun. Guest speakers include Mary Ann Miller and Sandy Visintainer from the Penn State Master Gardener Speakers Bureau.

The first portion of the program will be “How to Grow Your Own Vegetables,” followed by “Herbs and Veggies Go to Pot: Container Vegetable & Herb Gardening.” The Penn State Cooperative Extension will also offer for tasting free samples of vegetables readily grown in Pennsylvania.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please register through the online calendar at www.ghha.org or call 570-501-6204.

Living Wills to be topic

at Oakwood Terrace

Oakwood Terrace, a residential facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, is offering a support group for family, friends and professionals who would like to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory care or who have experiences they would like to share.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every other month. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., guest speaker Trish Slusarczyk, Oakwood Terrace’s Health & Wellness Director, will discuss “Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders.”

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Sylvia at 451-3171, ext. 116.

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