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ARTHRITIS EXERCISES

An exercise program designed by the Arthritis Foundation is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Nov. 9.

It matches gentle, safe exercises proven to reduce pain and help arthritis sufferers be more comfortable. The program runs 10-11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Park, 230 Greene Street. Information: (803) 898-0760.

WELLNESS FOR FREE

Want to burn off a few calories before the Thanksgiving foodfest? Head to the Drew Wellness Center for its Free Community Wellness Weekend Nov. 21-22.

You can use the facility's indoor pool, basketball court and cardio and weight equipment for free 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21 and 2-4 p.m. Nov. 22.

There also will be cooking classes and a health fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the wellness center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, just off Harden Street, in Columbia. Information: (803) 545-3200

SENIOR CARE TIPS

People taking care of senior family members can get professional tips without leaving home - by going online to listen to the a Web conference.

"The Best Care for Your Parents: Senior Care Solutions and Potential Pitfalls" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 19. The free presentation is part of National Family Caregivers Month.

The web conference will be co-hosted by Suzanne Mintz, president of the National Family Caregivers Association, and Paul Hogan, co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care. Register: caregiverstress.com

- From staff reports

ARTHRITIS SELF-HELP

The Heritage at Lowman is holding an Arthritis Foundation Self Help program in November. This course consists of six sessions held over a six-week period.

The course covers an overview of the major types of arthritis; discussion of the types and uses of medications for arthritis; proper use of exercise and pain management techniques, and the importance of good nutrition and weight management.

This course will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17 and will run each Tuesday at the Heritage at Lowman. Information: (803) 451-7432

WHAT'S NEW FOR GOVERNOR'S CUP

The annual Governor's Cup Road Race has a new component this year - Columbia's Fittest Company Challenge.

Hundreds of people will take to the streets of Columbia for Saturday's event - most run for individual glory or simply to prove they can finish.

The company challenge allows another incentive. The fittest companies (categories will be based company size) will be determined by a point system. Each employee of a company gets a point for each mile finished - 13 points for the half marathon, five points for the 8K and four points for the 4-mile walk.

Companies also get a point for each volunteer who helps at the race.

Information on Fittest Company Challenge: (803) 404-4142. Information on the race: governorscupsc.org.

LEARN HOW TO FEED YOUR KIDS RIGHT

Dr. Ann Kulze, author of "Feed Your Kids Right," will speak at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School at 10 am. Saturday.

"Dr. Ann" has been featured in many national media as an expert on nutrition and disease prevention. Her presentation will focus on healthy lifestyle choices for children.

Register: heathwood.org or (803) 231-7718. There's a $10 fee for the program.

FUNDRAISERS

- Free to Breathe 5K Run and Walk is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 21 on the West Columbia Riverwalk.

The event is designed to raise awareness and funds to fight lung cancer. Registration is $20. Information: freetobreathe.org.

WEB SITE FOR SKIN CARE

A new Web site created by dermatologists lets kids learn how to practice good skin care and lessen the effects of pimples, greasy hair, poison ivy rash and sunburn. KidsSkinHealth.org, developed by the American Academy of Dermatology, provides information about caring for skin, hair and nails to kids ages 8-12 and their parents.

The KidsSkinHealth.org home page features two portals, one for Kids and one for grownups. On the kids' site, Sammy the Skin Cell guides kids through the site, which explains how skin, hair and nails work, and how to take care of them. Kids can play an interactive game, "It's a Skin Cell's Life," to test their knowledge of skin care.

The site also guides parents in helping children care for skin, hair and nails, and provides information about adult conditions, such as rosacea and psoriasis, and how to care for aging skin.

FLU HELP ONLINE

The American Medical Association recently unveiled AMAfluhelp.org, a site that allows patients to assess flu symptoms quickly and interact with their physician.

The program will first walk patients through a series of questions to determine the severity of their flu symptoms based upon the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines - information they can share with their physician, family members and loved ones.

An extensive set of online tools also is available on AMAfluhelp.org to help physicians better monitor their patients' symptoms, facilitate care and treatment decisions and efficiently manage their practices' patient flow.

- From staff and wire reports

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