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Healthy living key for children

Children are never too young to be taught how to live healthy lifestyles. In fact, I have found that children, when taught the correct way of doing anything, will constantly caution and remind adults about what they are doing wrong and this holds true as well, when they learn about healthy living.

That said, a study done in four Caribbean countries has found that 30 per cent of children ages 11 through 13, are overweight or obese. I do believe that given the statistics, adults have not been playing their role in advocating that children live healthy lifestyles, as much as they should. This may be so because adults themselves are guilty of consuming vast amounts of unhealthy foods and leading sedentary lifestyles. So how then can they preach to their own children or relatives about “living healthy”? This reminds me of a situation where it was said that there were some nurses who were on the heavy side, who were quarrelling with patients about being overweight. Is it a case of do as I say, but not as I do? Children live what they see in most instances, unless given an alternative.

Now the reality is that the number of overweight and obese children in the region has more than doubled over the last decade, due primarily to unhealthy diets and inadequate exercise. This is sad, as the consequences of overweight and obesity in children are serious, including breathing difficulties, hypertension, and early signs of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.

Here in Barbados, a number of projects have been undertaken in schools to promote healthy eating and healthy living in general. The aim has been to make key interventions while the children are still young, to see them change their dietary habits and to get them on the move, so that they do not come down with chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs), as they advance into adulthood. These projects, however limited, are welcome. In fact, we want to see a whole lot more projects like these.

While some schools have a Healthy Lifestyle Day or even celebrate healthy living for a week, the effort needs to become more widespread. Numerous school children are still consuming salty and sugary snacks as well as sodas and with inactivity present, obesity is bound to step in.

We must get the message out there that children and adolescents who are obese, are likely to become obese adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis, down the road.

Healthy lifestyle habits, on the other hand, which include healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
By establishing a safe and supportive environment, with practices that support healthy behaviours, schools can play a particularly critical role in helping children to engage in healthy living. More importantly however, persons in the immediate household need to lead by example, so young persons can witness and follow good dietary practices and healthy living in general.

Article source: https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/columns/healthy-living-key-children

Healthy Living: Robotic Surgery – 9 & 10 News

Traditional surgery for pancreatic cancer requires a lengthy, open procedure and lots of recovery time.

Now, advancements in robotics are making it possible for doctors to operate in this delicate area near the bile ducts and major blood vessels, in a minimally invasive way.

We explain in Healthy Living.

Because it requires specialized training and is considered to be a complicated procedure, the robotic surgery for pancreatic cancer is only performed at a handful of major U.S. medical centers.

 

 


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Article source: http://www.9and10news.com/2017/11/15/healthy-living-robotic-surgery/

Healthy Living: FDA warns against herbal supplement, kratom | Q13 …

(CNN) — The Food and Drug Administration dealt another blow Tuesday to supporters of kratom, warning about “deadly risks” associated with the botanical supplement often used to treat pain, anxiety and depression. Kratom also has opioid-like effects — at low doses, it acts like a stimulant; at higher doses, it sedates, dulling pain — which has also made it popular as an over-the-counter remedy for opioid withdrawal.

“It’s very troubling to the FDA that patients believe they can use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “There is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder.”

Instead, he said, the FDA is concerned that the use of kratom could actually “expand the opioid epidemic.”

“We’ve learned a tragic lesson from the opioid crisis: that we must pay early attention to the potential for new products to cause addiction and we must take strong, decisive measures to intervene,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb pointed to reports of 36 deaths associated with kratom, as well as a tenfold increase in calls to US poison control centers about the substance between 2010 and 2015.

Gottlieb said kratom has been associated with “serious side effects like seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms.” In addition, he said, kratom can be laced with other pain medications, like hydrocodone, contributing to opioid addiction.

Used for centuries

Native to Southeast Asia, the kratom tree’s leaves have been used for centuries as an herbal drug by laborers and farmers. Today, leaves are ground into pills and powders and sold as a dietary supplement. It can be found in head shops and online. It’s even made into drinks in some bars.

Kratom has a narcotic effect because its active ingredients, the alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, bind to the opioid receptors in our body, according to Dr. Ed Boyer, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who has studied the plant. But unlike opioid drugs such as hydrocodone or heroin, it doesn’t appear to slow breathing, he said.

Recent research has shown that one of the two active ingredients, 7-hydroxymitragynine, can be several times more potent than morphine, Boyer said.

But a study to be presented to the Society of Neuroscience shows the other alkaloid, mitragynine, isn’t addictive and may indeed have therapeutic effects, said medical chemist Chris McCurdy, a professor at the University of Florida and one of the authors of the new research who has been studying kratom for more than a decade.

“I share the public health concerns,” McCurdy said. “I’m not beating a drum to keep it legal and keep it the wild wild West. But I truly believe that it has medical potential.”

Scott Hemby, McCurdy’s research partner, was skeptical of kratom when they started their work but has since changed his mind. “I think it has the potential to be a pharmacotherapy, but we need to do more studies. “

Hemby, who studies the abuse potential of drugs at High Point University, said he hasn’t seen any data to prove that both active ingredients are as addictive as the FDA has stated.

“I’m concerned that we may be pushing the boat out of the harbor before we really know what’s going on,” he said. “The scientific community needs more time to definitively state one thing or another. I would hope public policy would be driven by scientific evidence.”

Regulatory ups and downs

Kratom has come under fire before. In 2014, the FDA issued an alert that allowed US officials to detain kratom without a physical examination. Between February 2014 and July 2016, the DEA said, nearly 247,000 pounds of kratom were seized.

In August 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency moved to make kratom a Schedule I drug, a substance that has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” After a public outcry, including letters from members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on the possible benefits of kratom, the DEA withdrew its intent to make it Schedule I. Instead, it opened a public comment period to react to possible scheduling, which closed in December 2016. Since that time, the DEA has taken no action and says they are still in the review process.

A call to science

In his statement, Gottlieb addressed the concerns of those interested in more science, saying that although the FDA remains open to the potential medicinal uses of kratom, “those uses must be backed by sound-science and weighed appropriately against the potential for abuse” and thoroughly evaluated by the DEA and the FDA.

“To those who believe in the proposed medicinal uses of kratom,” he wrote, “I encourage you to conduct the research that will help us better understand kratom’s risk and benefit profile, so that well studied and potentially beneficial products can be considered.”

At the request of the DEA, Gottlieb said, his agency has conducted a comprehensive scientific and medical evaluation of two compounds found in kratom and continues to actively prevent shipments from entering the country, and to destroy any that are seized.

“If they’ve been doing a review of the work for a year, who’s been doing the science? And why hasn’t anyone contacted us?” asked McCurdy, who has studied the plant for 13 years. Even though his name is frequently found as an author on kratom studies, he said, he was not approached by the FDA for its review.

“I realize there hasn’t been a huge amount of science, but that’s where we are now at: getting some of this science to the forefront,” McCurdy said. “Obviously, I agree with the need to regulate the marketplace, but I don’t want it to impede the research and potential for a treatment.”

Article source: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/15/healthy-living-fda-warns-against-herbal-supplement-kratom/

Healthy Living: Early screenings for lung cancer can save lives

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide in both men and women, and when symptoms such as cough and weight loss appear, the disease is often is too late to cure.

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and, as a radiologist, I suggest heavy smokers, even those who have quit, talk to your doctor about early detection. Screening asymptomatic smokers and former smokers with significant smoking history has been demonstrated to save a significant number of lives by detecting early curable lung cancer.

A landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, called the “National Lung Screening Trial,” demonstrated that screening with low-dose CT scans reduced mortality related to lung cancer by 20 percent in high-risk individuals.

Screening with a low-dose CT scan requires no patient preparation, no needles or contrast and takes less than 15 seconds to perform. Low-dose CT screening scans use approximately five times less radiation than a standard CT scan, or the equivalent of 15 traditional X-rays.

Your CT images will be interpreted by an experienced radiologist who can identify small lung nodules and masses that are often missed by traditional X-rays. In many of these early detection cases, a surgeon can remove the lung cancer.

Current screening guidelines recommend annual low-dose screening CT scans for patients over the age of 55 who have what is known as a “30 pack year” history. This means the person smoked one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years. If patients have stopped smoking, they are eligible for screening for 15 years from the time of smoking cessation.

Statistics show that one patient’s life can be saved for every 320 patients screened. In just a few years of screening at our facility, we have identified more than 20 cancers, the majority of which were early stage and curable.

Screening also identifies abnormalities not related to lung cancer that can have significant impact on a patient’s health, including other cancers and aneurysms.

The advent in the near future of blood biomarkers should only increase the yield of lung cancer screenings, and decreasing unnecessary follow-ups and further helping to pinpoint early cancers in high risk patients.

The very real potential of lung screening altering the way we see and treat lung cancer by saving so many lives so early represents our first tangible opportunity to turn the tables on this disease. So please, if you are a smoker, do your best to quit. And even if you have quit, talk to your doctor about screening. It very well could save your life.

Dr. Louis Mazzarelli is a radiologist on the medical staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Article source: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/entertainmentlife/20171114/healthy-living-early-screenings-for-lung-cancer-can-save-lives

Healthy Living: November 14, 2017

It’s getting cold again! The holiday season is upon us and winter sport lovers are rubbing their hands in excitement for the upcoming snow. There is a lot to look forward to. But as Mainers know, our long winter is only enjoyable if you prepare for it.

With decreasing temperatures, the incidence and risk of frostbites increase and it is always useful to have a working knowledge of how to manage them when they occur.

A frostbite consists of damage to a body part caused by cold and it can occur on a spectrum of very mild to very severe and limb threatening. It is most common on the ears, the nose, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes. The skin affected usually initially looks white and feels numb. It also tends to feel hard or waxy. Patients who are affected usually have trouble moving the area. Occasionally, you might see blisters which contain blood in them. Most severe frostbites will exhibit dark areas that signify necrosis and tissue loss.

What to do when you suspect a person has frostbite? The first step is always to move them to a warmer area and take off any wet clothing. The affected organ needs to be submerged in a warm bath. The water temperature should be comfortable enough for a non-affected person to touch. Avoid hot water. If water is not available, use body heat such as armpits or your own hands.

Avoid doing some things that will make the frostbite worse such as walking on feet that have frostbite, using flame or a stove to warm the area as numb skin may burn very easily or even rubbing the area. You also want to avoid re-exposing the area to the cold as this will exacerbate the tissue damage.

If you notice that the affected area is large or it does not go back to normal within a few minutes, you should seek medical care. Doctors can help frostbite by providing pain control as this can be a very painful condition. When frostbite is very severe, it may be of benefit to get medication that improves the blood flow to the affected area such as t-PA or Iloprost. Not everyone is a candidate but these are medications that can only be administered in a hospital setting.

Tissue that is injured by frostbite is very vulnerable to bacteria in the soil and a tetanus shot may be indicated. Also if an infection were to occur, doctors may have to give antibiotics. In very severe cases, when tissue loss is irreversible, an amputation may be indicated to prevent infection from progressing.

But as always with injury and trauma, the best treatment is prevention. It is crucial to not expose ourselves to this danger as the temperatures decrease. Arm yourselves with hats, mittens, goggles and layers of clothing. I always stress avoiding alertness-affecting substances when you are facing the elements and knowing the weather. You could also get frostbite indoors if you expose a body part to ice or severe cold.
Enjoy the upcoming winter and stay safe.

Article source: http://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Healthy-Living-November-14-2017-457491103.html

Healthy Living: Flu shot myth busting – FOX 8 News WVUE

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

As we enter the height of flu season, we are all undoubtedly inundated with reminders about the importance of getting a flu vaccine shot. While flu shots have become common practice and have been a truly life-saving innovation of modern medicine, there are still some people who are hesitant about receiving the vaccine due to some misconceptions.

When considering a flu vaccine, it’s important to separate the fact from the fiction. Dr. Sonia Alencherry with Ochsner Health System and St. Charles Parish Hospital shares a few common myths associated with flu vaccines and the facts to bust them.

Myth: I Will Catch the Flu by Receiving a Flu Shot

This is the myth that seems to be most commonly spread. The flu vaccine cannot infect its recipient because it is made up of dead or inactive strands of the flu virus.  Some people may get sick after receiving their flu shot but, in these cases, these people already had the virus in them before their vaccination. It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine’s protection to take hold so there is a period of time where a shot recipient can still get sick after receiving the vaccine. This doesn’t mean that they vaccine caused the virus.

It is also possible to get muscle aches or low grade fevers not only because you might have contracted the flu prior to receiving the vaccine, but because of your body’s immune response to a foreign substance entering the body. 

Myth: Young and Healthy People Do Not Need a Flu Shot

Though the flu is most common in very young and very old people, in addition to those with pre-existing health issues; all people, no matter how young, old or healthy, are susceptible to the virus. In addition to protecting themselves from the virus, by receiving the vaccine, healthy people are protecting those around them whose immune systems are more at risk.

Myth: Pregnant Women Should Not Get a Flu Shot

Not only should all pregnant women get the flu shot as early as possible to protect themselves, but the vaccine will also protect their baby for the early months of their life when they are not able to receive a shot of their own. The adverse symptoms of the flu, including fever and infection, can also cause potentially serious complications during pregnancy, making receiving the vaccine a must-do for all pregnant women.

Myth: I Don’t Need to Get a Flu Shot Every Year

The flu is a constantly evolving virus that can mutate in form from year-to-year. Considering this, it is important to receive a flu shot every year as the vaccine is updated as the virus changes to provide optimal protection against the flu. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the flu shot, be sure to contact your primary healthcare provider.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.

Article source: http://www.fox8live.com/story/36840401/healthy-living-flu-shot-myth-busting

Healthy lifestyle behaviors among individuals with chronic …

Ruohua Yan, Yang Wang, Jian Bo, Wei Li

On behalf of PURE-China Investigators

State Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Disease, Fuwai Hospital, National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Background: Lifestyle modification is one of the most cost-effective strategies in self-management and secondary prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the prevalence of healthy lifestyle behaviors in COPD patients in China remains unclear. The objective of this study was to examine the rates of healthy lifestyle behaviors including smoking cessation, regular exercise, and healthy diet in community population with COPD in China.
Methods: We recruited 46,285 individuals aged 35–70 years from 115 urban and rural communities in 12 provinces of China from 2005 to 2009. We recorded the smoking status, physical activity intensity, and quality of diet for all spirometry-diagnosed COPD patients by standardized questionnaires.
Results: Among 3,690 individuals with COPD, 18.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 13.0–24.9) quitted smoking, 27.1% (95% CI, 24.7–29.7) exercised often, and 34.8% (95% CI, 31.8–38.0) ate high-quality diet. More than half of the individuals followed one or less key healthy lifestyle, and only 8.4% (95% CI, 7.0–10.0) followed all of the three healthy behaviors. Urban residents had significant higher rates of smoking cessation (23.5% [95% CI, 17.3–31.1] vs 14.4% [95% CI, 9.9–20.5], p=0.0008), regular exercise (45.6% [95% CI, 42.4–48.8] vs 14.0% [95% CI, 12.1–16.2], p0.0001), and healthy diet (38.5% [95% CI, 35.5–41.6] vs 32.2% [95% CI, 29.2–35.4], p=0.0013) than rural residents. Age, sex, education level, body mass index, respiratory symptoms, and family income were associated with healthy living, and the strength of associations varied between urban and rural areas.
Conclusion: There is a large gap between the anticipated rate and the real participation in healthy lifestyle behaviors in Chinese adults with COPD, especially in rural communities. Simple and effective strategies are warranted to improve patients’ lifestyle in China.

Keywords: COPD, lifestyle, smoking cessation, physical activity, diet

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Article source: https://www.dovepress.com/healthy-lifestyle-behaviors-among-individuals-with-chronic-obstructive-peer-reviewed-article-COPD

Healthy Living Alliance ‘excited’ to see sugar tax implementation

CAPE TOWN – As people mark World Diabetes Day, Statistics South Africa says that the disease is the country’s second leading cause of death after TB.

It is hoped that the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks will help reduce the number of sugar-related health cases.

Last week, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance gave the thumbs up to two bills that will pave the way for the Health Promotion Levy to be introduced early next year.

The Healthy Living Alliance says that it is excited about the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks, and it is confident that Parliament will pass the bill without changes.

A tax proposal of 2.29 cents per gram of sugar was amended to 2.1 cents per gram in February.

Drinks with less than 4 grams of sugar per 100 millilitres will be exempt.

Heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related diseases account for more than half of deaths in South Africa.

The Health Promotion Levy, as the tax is officially known, is expected to be introduced by April.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2017/11/14/healthy-living-alliance-excited-to-see-sugar-tax-implementation

Healthy Living: Doctors warn new moms about eating placenta after birth

Call it what you will, but doctors say a new trend has some moms eating their placenta after birth.

Dr. Elizabeth Meade stopped by the Q13 studios to talk to Marni Hughes about why moms are doing this, the benefits and the health risks.

Who is doing this and why? 

We’re seeing it much more commonly.  When I trained 10 years ago this was something a few people did or would ask about, but now with celebrities doing it, moms and dads are just wondering about benefits and just asking their doctors about it.

In what form are they consuming placenta?

In all different ways.  There actually are placenta cookbooks, but most people have it dehydrated and encapsulated and put into pills or smoothies.

What are the health benefits?

I will say we have no good evidence, scientifically proven evidence about any proven benefit but some of the thoughts is since the placenta contains a lot of progesterone and estrogen there are thoughts it could potentially decrease the risks of postpartum depression or help new moms with milk supply.

What are the risks?

Mostly we worry about infection.  Certainly viral infection can be transmitted that way, HIV, hepatitis, those types of things.  Luckily most moms in the U.S. are tested for those during pregnancy but other infections like Zika could be transmitted this way as well.   We have had a report of a newborn baby in the last few months who contracted a bacterial infection called group-B strep because mom had ingested the placenta and this placenta was actually infected with this bacteria.  So there are real risks to moms and to babies.

 Is this something a mom decides before birth that she wants to do?

I think lots of moms are looking into it, they’re having conversations, they’re getting a lot of information on-line.  I would really encourage moms to not only talk to their doctor or mid-wife about the risks and benefits, but if you’re considering doing it, to talk to the person who is going to be preparing it for you.  We’ve heard some real horror stories about people who work in placenta encapsulation facilities who are not actually cleaning the equipment between patients so you may have someone else’s placenta instead of your own so it’s really important to ask about preparation and sterilization procedures with the person who is going to be doing the encapsulating.

Are there other uses for placenta?

Some people bury it in the yard under a tree or a plant that they want to get nourishment from the placenta.  It’s really the only other mainstream use that we’re seeing.  But most moms, when they give birth, the placenta stays and is discarded at the hospital if they don’t take it home.

 

 

 

Article source: http://q13fox.com/2017/11/13/healthy-living-doctors-warn-new-moms-about-eating-placenta/

Health briefs 11-13-17

Events

n American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better, 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 13 at the Robert E. Eberly Pavilion in Uniontown. Registration is required. Information: 1-800-227-2345.

n Innovations in Urinary Incontinence, 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Jay Lutins, M.D. will speak.

n Driver Safety Program, 1-5 p.m., Nov. 13 in Conference Room D, first floor of Excela Westmoreland Hospital. The class is for motorists age 50 and older, and if $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers. Information and registration: 1-877-771-1234.

n Bariatric Community Meeting, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Memorial Conference Center on the ground floor of Westmoreland Hospital.

n Wellness Check diagnostic screening, 6:30-9:30 a.m., Nov. 18 at the Ligonier Town Hall on the Diamond. Appointments may be scheduled at 1-877-771-1234.

n Tours of the Family Additions Maternity Center at Westmoreland Hospital, 4 p.m., Nov. 19.

n Annual Light-Up Night, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Central Plaza with entertainment, hot cocoa, Christmas carols and baked goods.

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

Support groups

n Compassionate Friends, 7-8:30 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Board Room on the fourth floor of Frick Hospital. For those who have experiences the death of a child. Information: 1-877-771-1234.

n Suicide Bereavement Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 27 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-268-1144.

n Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greensburg. Information: 1-877-771-1234.

n RSDS Support Group, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information: 724-929-9492.

n Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-8 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1333.

n Bariatric Education and Support, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Conference Room D on the first floor of Westmoreland Hospital. Information:1-877-771-1234.

n Stroke Support Group, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 in Community Room 1 in the main lobby of Uniontown Hospital. Information: 724-430-5212.

n Nar-Anon Family Group, 6-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information: 412-512-4718.

n Grief Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, and 6-7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Latrobe, both beginning Sept. 7.

n Stepping Stones Bereavement Support Program, beginning 7 p.m., Mondays, at the Fayette County Health Center on New Salem Road. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome. Information and registrations: 724-438-9373 or 724-439-1683.

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 Grief support group with art, 6-7 p.m., Wednesdays, Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Information: 724-516-8605.

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: peopleofcourage@gmail.com siawso.org, or healingfriends8@gmail.com.

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.

Courses

n Infant Care, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Memorial Conference Center on the ground floor of Westmoreland Hospital. Information and registration: 1-877-771-1234.

n Childbirth and Beyond, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 in the Memorial Conference Center in the ground floor of Westmoreland Hospital.

n Insulin Pump class, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Conference Room 1 on the first floor of Latrobe Hospital. Information and registration: 1-877-771-1234.

n Childbirth and Labor Preparation Courses, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 15 in Community Room 1 in the main lobby at Uniontown Hospital. Registration is required. Information: 724-430-4646.

n Advanced Carbohydrate Counting, 9-11 a.m., Nov. 15 at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital. Information and registration: 724-258-1483.

n Breastfeeding Success, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Memorial Conference Center in the ground floor of Westmoreland Hospital.

n Living with Diabetes, Looking Forward, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 30 at Westmoreland Hospital.

n Yoga class, 5:15 p.m., Mondays, Conference Room D at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, and Thursdays, Auditorium A/B/ in the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital.

n Chair Fit mixed cardiovascular training, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mondays, Conference Room D in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

n Interval Training class, 4:30-5:40 p.m., Mondays, at the Memorial Conference Center at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.

n Body Sculpting and Core Conditioning, 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Memorial Conference Center in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Information: 724-830-8568.

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