Midlands health notes

April 17, 2013 

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Walk at lunch events planned

Three public walk at lunch events put together by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are planned next week in the state to mark National Walk@Lunch Day.

In Columbia, a community walk is set for April 25 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the S.C. State House. Other walks are planned for April 26 at Falls Park in Greenville and Marion Square in Charleston.

“We’re encouraging everyone who works near these sites to participate by wearing comfortable shoes to work and walking for at least 30 minutes during lunch,” said Dr. Laura Long, BlueCross’ vice president of clinical innovation and population health. “Walking during a lunch break is a great way for all of us to make time for exercise as we juggle work and other commitments that demand so much of our time.”

Walgreens offers free health checks

The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is coming to the Columbia area, offering free health tests at the company’s various stores through the end of the month.

Tests offered include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. They will be available for people age 18 and older, and the full range of tests takes about 20 minutes.

Screening can lead to early detection of chronic problems such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The tour dates and times include: Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, S.C. State House; Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 4467 Devine St., Columbia; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 423 West Main St., Lexington; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 7801 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia; April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1223 St. Andrews Road, Columbia; April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1903 South Lake Drive, Lexington; April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1010 Old Barnwell Road, West Columbia; April 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2224 Augusta Road, West Columbia.

Race goals: Cones and a cure

The Cones for a Cure 5K in Columbia offers ice cream at the finish line.

The annual event and festival honors Nicole Gerbode, a 28-year-old from Sumter who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011. It’s designed to raise awareness about blood cancers, with any proceeds going to benefit research.

The 5K event begins at 7:30 a.m., and a family festival for noon-5 p.m. Thirty-one-cent scoops of ice cream will be served at the festival. The events are based at the Baskin-Robbins at 4711 Forest Drive.

Information: http://conesforacure.eventbrite.com

Walk supports those with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will stage its annual Mid-Carolina NAMI Walk on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the West Columbia Riverwalk amphitheater on Alexander Road.

Nearly every family in the state deals with some mental health issue, ranging from depression to anxiety to addiction. The proceeds from the walk fund hands-on support, education and advocacy for people with serious brain disorders and their families.

For information or to register: NAMIWalks.org/MidCarolina

HIV/AIDS Council asks restaurants to help with event

The S.C. HIV/AIDS Council is looking for restaurants willing to participate in its Dining Out For Life event on April 25.

Last year’s event raised more than $3,000 for the local group. With cuts in state funding, the council needs more support from these sorts of community events to continue its work on HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention.

The council also is seeking volunteers to act as ambassadors at participating restaurants during the event.

Restaurants or individuals willing to participate should call (803) 254-6644.

Workshops planned to help deal with Alzheimer’s

A series of workshops starting in late April are designed to help people learn to cope during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

The workshops, put together by the Alzheimer’s Association, are set for Tuesday, April 30 and May 7 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Airport campus of Midlands Tech. They will be in Room 143 at the Academic Center at 1260 Lexington Drive.

The three-part program discusses what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life.

To register, call (800) 272-3900 or email sheila.lewis@alz.org.

Compiled by Joey Holleman

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