St. Mary’s The Total Woman program will present “Advances in the Treatment of Heart Failure” Wednesday, April 10 at St. Mary’s Conference Center, 2849 Fifth Ave., Huntington.

    The featured speaker will be Carlos A. Rueda, MD, assistant professor, Department of Cardiovascular Services, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with the program beginning at noon. A heart-healthy lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

    Health information and education on a number of topics, including diabetes, hospice care, hands-only CPR, medication and cardiac rehabilitation, will be available.

    An RSVP is required by calling (304) 526-1271 or (304) 526-6029.

St. Mary’s to kick off National Donate Life Month with flag-raising

    St. Mary’s Medical Center will kick off National Donate Life Month with the raising of the Donate Life flag Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the medical center’s main entrance.

    Representatives from St. Mary’s and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) will be present as the flag is raised, following a brief ceremony.

    St. Mary’s staff will also be providing information and registering organ donors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Café.  Registering as a donor ensures a person’s final wishes are officially recorded and there is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation. To register online, visit www.organdonor.gov.

    National Donate Life Month is a celebration commemorating those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, as well as the donors who save and heal lives.

St. Mary’s Spiritual Care hosting training event on helping loved ones in recovery

    St. Mary’s Department of Spiritual Care and Mission will host a free group leader training event, “Families Motivating Recovery: How You Can Help Your Loved One,” Friday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute in Room 205.

    The featured speaker will be Sky Kershner, executive director of the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center. Lunch will be provided.

    The training is designed to help attendees be more effective when talking to people about their drug and alcohol use. Participants will learn how to engage persons who are abusing alcohol or drugs in various stages of their addiction and recovery — from denial and ambivalence to preparation for change and taking a positive action.

    For more information, or to register, contact St. Mary’s Department of Spiritual Care and Mission at (304) 526-1188, or email Rev. Greg Creasy at greg.creasy@st-marys.org.

Greater Huntington Walks announces second quarterly challenge

    Greater Huntington Walks has announced its second quarterly challenge for 2019.

    The challenge will be “Ballparks of America,” which will allow walkers to virtually travel to Major League baseball stadiums across the country, starting with Fenway Park in Boston and ending with T-Mobile Field in Seattle. The new challenge will begin April 1. All quarterly goal steps will be counted toward the 2019 overall collective goal of 5 million miles.

    “We’ve had a lot of fun with the first quarterly challenge and so we’re excited to begin this one,” said Andy Fischer, chair of the Greater Huntington Walks committee. “Baseball is very popular in our area, so we know our walkers will really enjoy learning about the ballparks across the country while they work toward their individual walking goals and our collective goal of 5 million miles.”

    As part of the kickoff of the second quarterly challenge, Frostop Drive-In, Midway Drive-In, and Stewart’s Original Hot Dogs will be offering a special discount to registered walkers throughout the MLB opening weekend March 29-31. For details, visit the Greater Huntington Walks Facebook page at Facebook.com/GreaterHuntingtonWalks.     

    All registered walkers who complete 200,000 steps per month from April to June will be entered into a drawing for a special weekend in Cincinnati. The winner of the first quarterly challenge prize, a trip for two to Myrtle Beach, will be drawn live on the Greater Huntington Walks Facebook page Tuesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. with the help of the prize sponsors, Huntington Tri-State Airport and Travel Doctors, Inc.

    The mission of Greater Huntington Walks is for the Greater Huntington area to be viewed as a healthy and active community for people to live, work and visit. It aims to promote and enhance the health of people by encouraging walking and activity while working together to achieve a publicly-stated goal. To register for Greater Huntington Walks, visit www.GreaterHuntingtonWalks.com.

Huntington  Heart Walk scheduled  for  April 13

    The 2019 American Heart Association Huntington Heart Walk, presented by St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute, will take place Saturday, April 13 in Ritter Park.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ritter Park fountain with a rally at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

    Heart and stroke survivors are encouraged to attend the rally and participate in the walk.

    The Heart Walk raises funds and awareness for the American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the Tri-State.

    To register for the walk, or to learn more about how to form a fundraising team, call (304) 526-1525 or visit www.heart.org/huntingtonwalk.

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