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Wellness 101 Class Planned August 23, 2017

The Walter L. Aument Family Health Center, 317 W. Chestnut St., Quarryville, will offer Imagine Your Best Self on Monday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room. The free class is part of Lancaster General Health's series of four free Wellness 101 classes, which are held on Mondays at LG Health locations throughout the Lancaster County.

Attendees will get the tools they need to set wellness goals, leave unhealthy habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future

Registration is required. Readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness to register.

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Hospital Marks Its Fifth Year August 22, 2017

WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital recently marked five years of serving and benefiting the community - providing the care and tools necessary for area residents who sustain traumatic injuries and develop complex, debilitating conditions, to return to their normal lives. Five years ago, WellSpan Health opened the first - and still only - nonprofit inpatient rehabilitation and surgical facility in York County. Since that time, the hospital has served as a valuable community resource that has profoundly impacted more than 17,000 lives through inpatient rehabilitation programs and advanced surgical capabilities.

Highlighting its commitment to nonprofit inpatient rehabilitation care, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is the first hospital in southcentral Pennsylvania to be awarded the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) designation for its Brain Injury Specialty Program. This designation uniquely positions the hospital to meet the community's need to provide specialized care to brain injury patients. It represents the highest level that can be awarded by CARF to an organization and is a recognized mark of excellence for a program's quality of care.

In addition to the brain injury program, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital also offers advanced neurosurgical and spine injury procedures. It also offers inpatient and specialized outpatient rehabilitation services.

Since its opening, the hospital has routinely been recognized nationally for its patient-centered care and exceptional clinical quality. Among its many accolades are Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5 Star Rating; HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award; Press Ganey 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award winner for patient experience; and Becker's Hospital Review: 45 hospitals with top nurse-patient communication, 51 hospitals with the fastest patient aid and top 5 Pennsylvania hospitals patients would recommend.

To view WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital's five-year anniversary video, readers may visit https://youtube/iBZJVSUxx4E. For more on WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, readers may visit www.wellspan.org/wsrh.

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Fundraiser Participants Sought To Go "Over The Edge" August 17, 2017

Over the Edge, a fundraising event for SouthEast Lancaster Health Services (SELHS), will give adventurous individuals the opportunity to rappel 11 stories down Ruoff Tower, 315 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 6. The capacity for the event is 92, and each participant must commit to raising a minimum of $1,000. So far, 17 people have registered for personalized peer-to-peer webpages at https://selhs.networkforgood.com/projects/32569-over-the-edge.

"We were looking for something unique, and we found it," said SELHS director of development Brenda Riehl.

Over the Edge is a professional company that has helped more than 40,000 people in more than 600 events raise tens of millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations by rappelling down tall buildings. The site will be set up following all OSHA regulations and state laws and will follow best practices identified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. Participants must be 18 or older on Oct. 6, and they should weigh roughly between 100 and 300 pounds to ensure harnesses fit safely.

Rappelling will be ongoing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will take place rain or shine as long as there is no thunder or lightning. A small street festival will be held at the base of the tower, and spectators will be welcome. Volunteer opportunities are available and include participating on the planning committee, working at the registration table, and holding the ropes as individuals rappel. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Folks who volunteer to serve for the eight-hour day will be invited to rappel free of charge.

The proceeds raised through Over the Edge will help SELHS continue to fulfill its mission to deliver high-quality and compassionate health care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. The nonprofit organization has five campuses within Lancaster city, including the WellSpan Philhaven Center for Integrated Healthcare. Approximately 22,000 individuals receive services at SELHS each year; clients speak a total of 60 languages, and the staff members aim for cultural competence.

"We are one of the few primary care providers accepting new Medicaid patients," Riehl commented. "We also accept patients without insurance." SELHS' sliding fee program offers a discounted rate on medical and dental services provided at its facilities.

SELHS receives a federal grant of about $2 million annually to offset the difference in cost, but additional funding is necessary. Riehl noted that a $425,000 fundraising goal has been set for this year, and Over the Edge has the potential to bring in a significant amount.

"(In general), events are expensive ways to make money, but they're one of the best ways to make new friends," Riehl commented. "We hope this will turn into an annual event."

For more information about Over the Edge, readers may visit the aforementioned link or contact Riehl at 717-945-1553 or brenda.riehl@selhs.org. To learn more about SELHS, folks may visit www.selhs.org.

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Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017

Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email annemarie.mcalester@hopewithin.org; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.

A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.

High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.

The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.

Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.

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Class To Focus On Relieving Stress August 16, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer Bounce Back From Stress in the conference room at LG Health Parkesburg, 950 S. Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Participants will receive the tools to set wellness goals, change unhealthy habits, and stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. The program will help attendees identify stress triggers and learn how to manage them.

Registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.lghealth.org/wellness.

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Trout Named To New Role August 14, 2017

WellSpan Health has named Jason Trout as vice president of philanthropy and chief development officer for WellSpan Health. Trout had previously served as WellSpan's regional chief development officer for Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

In his new role, Trout leads the development efforts of WellSpan's community-based foundations and development offices, which work to improve the health of local communities by supporting WellSpan's nonprofit charitable mission. Trout leads all foundation and fundraising programs across WellSpan. WellSpan's philanthropy work is done through community-based foundations: Ephrata Community Health Foundation, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, WellSpan York Health Foundation and the WellSpan Philhaven development offices.

Trout has 25 years of senior leadership experience in the health care field. He had previously served as vice president of development and community affairs at Good Samaritan Hospital, prior to the hospital's affiliation with WellSpan in July 2015.

Trout is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For more information about WellSpan philanthropy, readers may visit www.WellSpan.org/Giving.

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HealthTalk Planned August 9, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will hold a HealthTalk on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 560 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. "Sleep Apnea: The Condition and Treatment Options" will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m.

All presentations are free but require registration by calling 855-237-4222.

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Local Support Groups Slated August 2, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer support groups to the community. The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

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Life Saver Classes Set August 2, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital offers classes in lifesaving skills. All classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost per person.

Basic Life Support class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 19. The course covers adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) will also be included.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant with AED Training class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16. This class teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED is included.

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Diabetes Review Class Planned August 2, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review on Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The class is for people who have completed the Taking Charge of Your Diabetes class.

The class will review meal planning, carb counting, recipe modification, treatment options and goal setting. The program is covered in part by Medicare and most health insurance plans. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

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Hospital Opens New Unit August 2, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital now features a new, expanded behavioral health unit run by WellSpan Philhaven. The unit opened to patients on July 24.

The project was part of an effort to improve access to mental health care through integrated care in WellSpan's primary care offices, hospital emergency departments, a variety of walk-in care options and telehealth services. The $3.4 million project added 3,300 square feet and more than doubled the capacity of the hospital's behavioral health unit, increasing the total number of behavioral health beds at the hospital from seven to 18.

The new unit provides care for patients with both complex mental health and medical needs. The Ephrata facility is the first behavioral health unit at a WellSpan acute-care hospital to offer care for both short-stay and extended-stay patients. The unit can accommodate patients with less acute needs who require a stay of three to 10 days, while also serving the needs of patients with more persistent mental illness, whose stay may extend up to 180 days. The unit includes areas for group therapy, activities and dining.

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Class To Focus On Motivation August 2, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer Get and Stay Motivated on Monday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LG Health Columbia, 306 N. Seventh St., Columbia, in the lunch room. Attendees will learn about establishing self-monitoring tactics like tracking one's progress, rewarding oneself, and getting back on track after setbacks.

The class is part of LG Health's series of four free Wellness 101 classes, during which attendees learn to set wellness goals they can reach, leave unhealthy habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future.

Registration is required by Wednesday, Aug. 16. Readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness to register for one or all of the group classes, held on Monday evenings at LG Health locations throughout the county.

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Geisinger Receives Accreditation August 2, 2017

The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) has accredited Geisinger Holy Spirit as a Level II Trauma Center, effective Friday, Sept. 1.

Trauma centers provide around-the-clock complex critical care for patients suffering from life-threatening injuries such as those resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls and acts of violence. Geisinger Holy Spirit's trauma team includes a trauma/critical care physician, an emergency medicine physician, neurosurgeons and orthopaedic traumatologists who are supported by surgical and non-surgical specialists and staff from anesthesia, radiology and interventional radiology.

There are four levels of trauma centers in Pennsylvania. Both Levels I and II are required to provide the same level of medical care and expertise. However, a Level I trauma center is required to perform research, have a surgical residency program, and serve an annual volume of 600 major trauma patients. A Level II trauma center must have an annual major trauma patient volume of 350.

Accredited trauma centers must be continuously prepared to treat the most serious life-threatening and disabling injuries. However, trauma centers provide more than surgical and medical care.

Geisinger Holy Spirit is the fourth Geisinger facility to receive adult trauma designation. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has a Level I Adult and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and both Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton operate Level II Trauma Centers. Currently, there are 15 Level II Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania.

The PTSF is responsible for establishing standards for accrediting trauma centers at varying levels based on a hospital's resources and capabilities. Standards are based on the latest edition of the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT) Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. The PTSF publishes standards for all levels of trauma centers at www.ptsf.org.

The newly renovated John R. Dietz Emergency Center at Geisinger Holy Spirit opened this spring with expanded capacity for treatment and a new dedicated unit for trauma patients. A new rooftop helipad on the two-story addition gives rapid access to emergency care for severely injured patients transported by air to the hospital.

In addition to the construction and renovation work that was necessary for the Level II Trauma Center, the features of the renovation and expansion project also include three new triage rooms, two new seclusion rooms, a new waiting room and registration area, and 31 new and renovated patient rooms on the first floor; and a dedicated Trauma Services elevator, Trauma Services office suite, a 30-person conference room, and three on-call rooms on the second floor.

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Class To Focus On Motivation August 2, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer Get and Stay Motivated on Monday, Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LG Health Kissel Hill, 51 Peters Road, Lititz, in the conference room. Attendees will learn about establishing self-monitoring tactics like tracking one's progress, rewarding oneself, and getting back on track after setbacks.

The class is part of LG Health's series of four free Wellness 101 classes, during which attendees learn to set wellness goals they can reach, leave unhealthy habits in the past, and stay motivated to live a healthier future.

Registration is required by Wednesday, Aug. 9. Readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.LGHealth.org/Wellness to register for one or all of the group classes, held on Monday evenings at LG Health locations throughout the county.

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WellSpan Joins In Program July 24, 2017

WellSpan Health has announced its participation in the 2017 Donate Life Hospital Challenge, carried out by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, and Gift of Life Donor Program. The Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages hospitals to raise awareness of the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Nationally, more than 122,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant - including more than 8,500 people just in Pennsylvania. A single donor can save eight lives and positively impact hundreds more.

WellSpan was recently recognized for its commitment to organ, eye and tissue donations during last year's challenge, with WellSpan York Hospital receiving the Platinum Award for its support of the campaign. In addition, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, and WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital received Gold awards. Overall, WellSpan Health received the health system Platinum Award and was recognized with second place among the top performers in the southeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information about becoming an organ donor, readers may visit www.donors1.org.

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County Blood Drives Posted July 11, 2017

Lancaster General Health (LGH) will offer blood drives throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. No appointments are needed; however, all donors will be asked to present picture identification when they arrive to donate at all LGH blood drives.

Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. Blood donors will be accepted from 2 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at Gordonville Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Thursday, July 20, at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Tuesday, July 25, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, July 26, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., at the third-floor balcony on James St., Lancaster, from 7 a.m. to 2p.m.; and Thursday, July 27, at Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 465 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1 or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood. The LG Health Blood Donor Center hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Organization Makes Donation July 3, 2017

The American Heart Association recently donated more than 50 infant CPR kits, electronic tablets and educational resources to Lancaster General Health Women and Babies Hospital. The donation was made possible by the funds raised at the 2016 Go Red for Women Pursenalities Party held on Nov. 7.

The infant CPR kits and educational materials in English and Spanish will be provided to families with children born with congenital heart defects at Women and Babies Hospital throughout the year. The tablets may be used by families while in the hospital to provide an additional resource for information and for fun activities to pass the time while waiting for procedures.

The Pursenalities Party featured opportunities to bid on designer purses. The event was co-chaired by Sandy Brightbill and Heather Rineer.

The Pursenalities Party is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to fight heart disease and stroke among women. The campaign also includes the Lancaster Go Red for Women Luncheon, which was held on May 5.

The 2017 Pursenalities Party will be held in the fall. For more information, readers may contact Bill Coder at 717-207-4230 or visit www.heart.org/lancasterpursenalitiestickets. More details about Go Red For Women are available by visiting www.GoRedForWomen.org or calling 888-694-3278.

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Program To Focus On Chronic Diseases July 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Office of Aging will offer a free six-week program for individuals age 60 and up living with a chronic diseases. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, July 20 to Aug. 24, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Community Health and Wellness Center at Lancaster General Health Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, in conference room 1.

The workshop aims to help participants with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and heart disease. Topics will include dealing with pain and fatigue, exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy, the appropriate use of medications, and nutrition.

For more information or to enroll, call Derek Bendetti at Lancaster County Office of Aging 717-299-7979 by Friday, July 14.

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Book Sale Benefits Hospital Auxiliary July 3, 2017

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WellSpan Posts Activities June 27, 2017

WellSpan has posted several upcoming events.

The organization will host two free HealthTalks on Tuesday, July 11. Registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

"Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis: Options for Pain Relief" will be the topic of a talk to be held at 6 p.m. in Health Pavilion Conference Rooms A and B at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. Attendees will learn about knee and hip anatomy, conditions related to arthritis and the importance of getting a proper diagnosis. Roxanne Kintzer, WellSpan Total Joint Program coordinator, will be the speaker.

At 7 p.m., Dr. Umesh Mishra of WellSpan cardiology will present "Preventing Cardiovascular Disease: How to Take Care of Your Heart" in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Attendees will learn about healthy lifestyle choices to care for one's heart and prevent heart disease.

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host two support groups.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will also offer a variety of wellness programs. Classes will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. To register for any program, readers may call the health center at 717-721-8790.

I Can Challenge will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 11 to Sept. 12. The 10-week program is designed for people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or obesity. The class will give participants the tools to set goals, eat healthy, exercise and manage stress. There is a fee to attend.

Healthy You will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 11 and 18, and Aug. 1, 8 and 29. The program is for adults who want to eat healthy, lose weight, and be active. The classes will be taught by a health educator and a registered dietitian. There is a fee to attend.

Tobacco Free Living will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 13 to Aug. 24. The class is for those who smoke cigarettes, pipes, and cigars or use smokeless tobacco products. It will include group support, positive behavior change, developing a quit plan, and relapse prevention. The class is free.

Also, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Group Sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 12 and 19, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The class is designed for those with a blood sugar level between 100 and 125, and it will provide tools to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes via healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity, and behavior change. There is a fee to attend. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Mothers with infants are invited to attend the free Mommy and Me Cafe from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion.

The group, which meets on the first Friday of each month, will discuss breastfeeding and bottle feeding. A lactation consultant will answer questions, and there will be time to socialize.

Light snacks will be provided. To register, readers may call the Lactation Center at 717-738-6308.

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