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Blood Pressure Kiosk Installed October 23, 2018

The American Heart Association recently dedicated a second blood pressure kiosk in Lancaster thanks to support from the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and matching funds from CVS Health. Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and representatives from the American Heart Association were on hand at Bright Side Opportunities Center on Sept. 12 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new blood pressure monitoring kiosk, which is available for public use.

The first kiosk was installed at the Barnstormers' home stadium in July with the support of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation. The kiosks are also the first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosks to be installed in Pennsylvania. The kiosks provide instructions to ensure the user receives an accurate blood pressure reading and information to interpret their blood pressure reading and make healthy lifestyle choices that can help control their blood pressure.

Users will also have the opportunity to register for the American Heart Association's evidence-based blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. The program provides users with ongoing information and tips via email and helps them track their progress toward lowering their blood pressure over time using an online tracker. Anyone in the Lancaster community may take enroll in the Check. Change. Control. program by visiting www.ccctracker.com/aha/Gunterberg and entering campaign code GCFBP.

According to new blood pressure guidelines released in November that define high blood pressure beginning at 130/80, 46 percent of U.S. adults may have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. For more information about controlling high blood pressure and other healthy living tips, readers may visit www.heart.org.

Food/Clothing Pantry

Church Sets Food, Clothing Distribution October 23, 2018

St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church, 2120 Main St., Rothsville, will offer free food, shoes, hats, gloves, and scarves to people in need.

The giveaway event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special Events

Jordan Hicks Presentation

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks will share his professional experience as an athlete and a man of faith on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Parkesburg Point, 700 Main St., Parkesburg. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Hicks will discuss what made the recent football champions a unique team and how team members' faith carried them to the franchise's first victory in the National Football League's championship game.

The Point's mission is to empower youths and their families to live victoriously by offering a safe, engaging, supervised, Christian environment where youths are surrounded by positive role models and may socialize with peers during the after-school hours of 4 to 8 p.m. when they may otherwise be home alone and unsupervised. Each evening, students receive a hot meal and have access to a variety of academic, enrichment, health and wellness, music, life skills, career readiness and recreational programs. The Point partners with more than 500 volunteers, 30 local churches, community leaders, businesses, police departments, and school districts, as well as the judicial system, to collaboratively address the needs of the community's most vulnerable youths.

The Point currently serves 467 individual students ages 8 to 18, with an average of 50 to 80 students attending daily and 250 attendees over the course of a week. Most of the students come from the Octorara School District, but close to 20 percent of students now travel from the Coatesville Area School District.

Tickets are available at https://thepoint_jordanhicks.eventbrite.com. Separate prices have been set for adults and for students under age 16. For more information, readers may visit www.parkesburgpoint.com or call 610-857-3393, ext. 102.


Manada Conservancy Program

Manada Conservancy will present "Climate Change and Penn's Woods: What Does the Future Hold?" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Hershey Gardens Conservatory, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey.

Greg Czarnecki will share current and projected impacts of climate change on local native species and forests, as well as the challenges and opportunities that conservationists face.

Czarnecki is climate change and research coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

The program is free and open to the public. To register, readers may contact Manada Conservancy at office@manada.org or 717-566-4122.

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