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Fibromyalgia Group To Meet April 28, 2017

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Awareness and Education Group, in association with Lancaster General Health, will host a free presentation, "Treatment Options to Improve Your Life," from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at the Suburban Pavilion, third-floor conference room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Cora L. Bilger will discuss the use of meditation, cognitive behavior, acupressure, balance balls, trigger point injections, and other modalities to improve daily living.

Bilger has been a practicing physician's assistant for 29 years. She has experience in family practice, emergency medicine, and orthopedic medicine, and she also spent the past 19 years practicing pain management.

The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. Readers with questions may contact Juli Heisler at 544-3227.


Red Cross Plans Training April 28, 2017

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for various positions. A training event will be held on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Noah W. Wenger Center, 229 Walnut St., Columbia.

Volunteers are needed for three positions. Smoke alarm installers conduct home visits, test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries and install smoke alarms. Disaster safety instructors educate residents on the importance of fire safety and assist them in creating home fire escape plans. Reporters document resident information, including what services were provided during a visit. They complete the acknowledgement forms and reports used for campaign tracking.

To register, visit or contact Hope Roaten at or 234-3101, ext. 1202.


Two Home Repair Programs Posted April 20, 2017

With the harmful effects of widespread lead issues making national news, the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will offer two home repair programs. The first is a Lead Remediation Program where low- and moderate-income families with a child under age 6 may qualify to receive a grant to rid homes of dangerous lead conditions that may affect the health of children.

The second is a Home Repair Program where homeowners can receive financing to fix things like an old heating system, a leaking roof, a faulty electrical system, and more. The program is not for general repairs or cosmetic work. The funds are provided to the homeowner as a no interest, deferred payment loan that is secured with a mortgage on the property. There are no monthly payments required, and the loan does not need to be repaid as long as the recipient maintains the house as its primary residence. Other restrictions do apply.

Qualification for both programs are based on household income, creditworthiness, home value, and equity. Also, the homeowner(s) must have owned the house for a minimum of two years.

Interested homeowners may obtain an application for the Home Repair Program at or by contacting or 394-0793, ext. 226. A rolling application deadline applies.


Groups Plan Health Summit April 20, 2017

The Central Penn Business Group on Health and LiveWell Lancaster County Coalition will host their annual Health Summit on Thursday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

The Health Summit is designed to bring together the business community and other community partners to promote better health and well-being in the community. The focus will be on developing better ways to deal with stress to minimize its impact on community members' health and the health of the community. The goal of the event is to provide employers and community members with the tools they need to deal with stress in the lives of their employees and the community they are trying to serve.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a noted science and nature writer, biologist, neuroscientist and stress expert.

The event will also include the presentations of the annual Well Workplace Awards in conjunction with LightenUp Lancaster. Awards will go to both large and small employers in the community who have focused on improving the health of their employees as demonstrated through their completed CDC scorecards. The organizers will also recognize two employers who have used innovation in the development of their programs and demonstrated the impact of their offerings. The summit will also include breakout sessions targeting all aspects of well-being.

The registration fee includes breakfast. To register readers may visit


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Tire Dispoal Program Announced April 19, 2017

The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) is offering free tire disposal at the York County Resource Recovery Center. The program is intended to help eliminate illegal dumping of tires and educate the public about proper tire management.

Residents must preregister by calling Kelly Megonnel at the YCSWA at 845-1066 on Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., starting on Monday, May 1. Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires. Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32 inches in diameter. Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water. The program is limited to one placard per household.

The program is open to York County residents only. Businesses are not eligible to participate. Tire deliveries will be scheduled on a first come, first-served basis.

This program is a result of the YCSWA's support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must also be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32 inches in diameter. Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed with each pickup.

For information about other YCSWA litter disposal efforts, readers may call the aforementioned number.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep America Beautiful and supporter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Residents interested in helping to clean up illegal dump sites may contact Tom Smith at 840-2375 or


Health Literacy Workshops Posted April 19, 2017

Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources - Service Area 13 and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities will offer free workshops on health literacy on Wednesday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster.

Health literacy skills are those that people use to realize their potential in health situations. They apply these skills either to make sense of health information and services or provide health information and services to others.

Anyone who needs health information and services also needs health literacy skills to find information and services; communicate their needs and preferences and respond to information and services; process the meaning and usefulness of the information and services; understand the choices, consequences, and context of the information and services; and decide which information and services match their needs and preferences so they can act.

Health care professionals Helen Houpt, Julia Bucher, and Katie Shradley will present the sessions. Topics will include "Health Literacy: What It Is and What You Need to Know," "Organizational Interventions to Address Health Literacy," "Plain Language: How Can I Use It in My Setting?" and "Putting It All Together: Providing Health-Literate Care in Your Organization."

Attendance is limited to 36 people at each workshop. To make reservations, readers may call or text 380-9714 or email Those making reservations should note if they require accommodations.

The Pennsylvania LINK to Aging and Disability Resources in Lancaster County is a coordinated network of more than 147 partner entities. It is a shared statewide approach for long-term service and support for all populations, regardless of age, income or ability, and including all payers, federal, state, local and private. More specifics about the upcoming workshops and future meetings is available at


Seat At The Table Receives Funding April 19, 2017

Memorial Health Fund, a supporting organization of the York County Community Foundation, has awarded a $250,000 grant to A Seat at the Table, a collaborative effort to improve the charitable food system while increasing healthy food access to York County residents in need. The collaborative partnership consists of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, York County Food Bank, Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, New Hope Ministries, and the York County Food Alliance and was formed in response to the release of Gov. Wolf's "Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania."

In York County, there is an unmet meal gap of more than 4.5 million meals per year, meaning that current efforts are only meeting 49 percent of the hunger needs of the county. To help close this gap, the grant funds will secure a program manager to gather data to map the healthy food access network and share this information with Feeding America.

Feeding America, a nationally recognized source on hunger issues, will then review the findings, conduct analysis, and ultimately make recommendations to provide a two-year scope of work for the collaborative. It will act as a neutral party focused on best practice approaches to close the meal gap.

Additionally, the program is addressing immediate needs by investing in a Pantry Pilot approach with York County charitable food providers to model best practices to implementing healthy eating options to food pantries and consumers. The third part of the program is the initial implementation of capacity and infrastructure improvements so that food providers, youth programs, and nutrition access systems can respond to the recommendations from Feeding America.

For more information, readers may visit


Motorcycle Safety Programs Posted April 19, 2017

With warmer temperatures comes the motorcycle riding season in Pennsylvania, and PennDOT urges riders of all ages to prepare by taking a free motorcycle training course. The courses are available to Pennsylvania residents throughout the state through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

Free courses for novice through seasoned riders will be offered at numerous locations statewide to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle license. All training courses will be conducted on a riding range under the supervision of certified instructors.

For inexperienced riders seeking a license for the first time, PAMSP offers a five-day, 15-hour licensing course called the Basic Rider Course (BRC). The course consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding. It provides valuable training for new riders, and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any unsafe riding habits they may have developed.

Students taking the BRC will be provided with a motorcycle and helmet to use during the class; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 put into place the requirement that all permit holders under age 18 successfully complete the BRC in order to receive their motorcycle license.

More experienced riders who have held a permit for an extended period and already have a motorcycle may take a one-day, six-hour licensing course - the Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2). The course is also recommended for skilled riders who want to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. Students taking the BRC2 must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear.

The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is a one-day training session modeled after a military training course, which offers licensed motorcyclists a chance to enhance their safety skills through a minimum of 3.5 hours of classroom instruction and 4.5 hours of practical riding experience designed to enhance riding attitude and awareness. Participants in the advanced course are required to use their own motorcycle.

Rounding out the PAMSP training courses is the 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC), a 12-hour course comprised of four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of practical riding. Students must provide their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.

Motorcycle learner's permit holders who successfully complete the BRC, BRC2, or the 3WBRC will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass the 3WBRC on a three-wheeled motorcycle will be issued a motorcycle license with a "9" restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle.

For more information or to enroll in a course, readers may visit or call 800-845-9533. Potential riders looking for a convenient way to prepare for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test or by using the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). A copy of the "Motorcycle Operators Manual" may be downloaded for free at


SilverHealth Sets Spring Fitness Session April 13, 2017

The SilverHealth exercise program will be offered to individuals age 60 and up at the Columbia Borough Fire Department, 10th and Manor streets, Columbia. The eight-week spring session will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays from April 26 through June 14. Seniors may join at any time.

Wrightsville resident and past participant Sharon Pennell said, "It's very good for stretching, and once you learn the stuff, you can take what you've learned and use it at home."

The weekly classes are sponsored by Lancaster General Health - Penn Medicine and integrate aerobic and strength exercises with education on falls prevention, healthy eating habits and nutrition, benefits of exercise, how to safely develop an exercise routine, and general wellness information.

"You just feel good after you're done each week," said Lareene Fischer of Columbia. "It's good for your mental health too."

Instructor and physical therapist assistant Patrick McCart completes a brief health screening with each participant at the first and last sessions to check factors such as blood pressure and balance. The classes typically consist of a series of standing and sitting exercises, often incorporating resistance bands. "Sometimes if it's nice out, we go outside," he said.

Pennell and Fischer both encouraged seniors who may be intimidated by the thought of an exercise class to give it a try, noting that the environment is laid-back and fun. "You won't be sorry if you come," said Fischer with a smile. "We have a lot of fun."

"This is all stuff that is helping you not to have a fall," noted Pennell. "It's very low impact."

"Anyone can join, and any of the exercises can be modified to meet anyone's needs," shared McCart, adding that even someone in a wheelchair who cannot use his or her lower extremities could participate.

With so many exercise classes, programs, and fitness facilities to choose from, McCart emphasized that one of the benefits for seniors who opt to try SilverHealth is having a medical professional present who can offer safe instruction and offer possible diagnoses and specific recommendations. "If anybody has any questions or trouble, I can give specific instruction," said McCart.

To register for the classes, interested individuals may contact McCart at 684-1434 or There is a one-time fee for the program, and participants should bring water and wear sneakers. Individuals will receive a gift card for completing the program.

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