IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR FLU SHOT
Last year, influenza started taking off in the Midlands the last week of January and peaked three weeks later.
This year, the number of people reporting flu-like illnesses was low all of January and actually decreased a little the last week of the month.
Does that mean the winter flu strain of 2010 won't be as bad as 2009? Not necessarily.
What it does mean is there's still time to get a flu shot and build up immunity before the seasonal flu peaks this year.
Check with your physician, local pharmacies or county clinics for availability of seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine. A good online source of information is http://scdhec.gov/flu/clinic-options.htm.
HEART MONTH EVENTS
February is National Heart Month, and local hospitals offer a number of heart-healthy activities this month.
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and in South Carolina. National trends indicate one in five Americans suffer some form of cardiovascular disease; in our state, that number is one in four.
Here are some of the events scheduled:
Tuesday: Join cardiologist Dr. Verne Prosser from 2-3 p.m. for a "Primes Time Program" on statins (cholesterol medications). Adults 55 and older are invited to participate at the Palmetto Baptist Auditorium. Register: (803) 296-5978
Thursday: Dr. Mark Franco will discuss heartburn vs. heart attack, to help people recognize the meaning of the burning sensation in their chest, 7-8 p.m., Providence Health Education Center, 2701 Laurel St. Register: (877) 256-5381
Feb. 16: Child and infant CPR instruction, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Providence Hospital Northeast, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd., $20 fee. Register: (877) 256-5381
Feb. 17: CPR training session noon-2 p.m. at 14 Medical Park, Suite 300. Register: (803) 296-2273
Feb. 18: Cardiac rehabilitation dietitian Lisa Akly will demonstrate healthy cooking ideas at 11 a.m. in the Palmetto Health Heart Hospital Atrium Conference Room. You also can join Akly for a heart-healthy grocery tour at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Food Lion at 1001 Harden St.
Feb. 22: CPR training session 6-8 p.m. at 14 Medical Park, Suite 300. Register: (803) 296-2273
Feb. 24: Dr. Wade Collins will host a luncheon session on abnormal heartbeat issues in the Palmetto Health Heart Hospital Atrium classroom noon-1:30 p.m.
WOMEN HIT THE TRAILS
A new program - Women Soles & Nature - is aimed at women interested in integrating trail running into a fitness routine.
The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is coordinating the six-week program, which will be led by Mary Nash of Synergy Personal Fitness.
The Saturday morning classes begin April 10 at Sesquicentennial State Park. All classes will be at Sesqui except the final one, when runners will take to the Palmetto Trail's Peak to Pomaria Passage in Newberry County.
Information: (803) 771-0807