Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in Spokane County, according to the local chapter of the Adventist Health Network.
Volunteers from the Spokane Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church want to help keep you from becoming one of the statistics.
The church is offering a coronary risk appraisal clinic Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. A doctor will be on hand to look at medical histories and measure blood pressure and heart rate and perform other tests. Cost for participants is $25.
The idea is to give at-risk people a chance to spot the potential for heart problems so they can make changes now rather than wait for heart disease later.
Church spokeswoman Lola Lile says the Valley church hasn’t hosted the clinic before, so she really has no estimate of what the turnout will be.
Potentially long waits can be avoided by setting up an appointment in advance. Walk-ins are still welcome, though.
To make an appointment, call 891-0110.
The clinic was scheduled early in the day so people can stop in on their way to work. But participants should skip breakfast.
“Some of the tests require not eating for 12 hours prior,” Lile says.
On May 21, test results can be discussed via satellite with doctors at California’s Loma Linda University. The question-and-answer forum is open to everyone who takes part in next week’s clinic.
The church is located at Pines and Mission.
Dinners for those in need
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road, sponsors its monthly free dinner Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Volunteer Dick Huffman says the dinner is offered to anyone needing help - seniors, singles, couples or families.
The church began the meal program last month and is still trying to get the word out. This time around, the Valley Center Food Bank helped advance the cause by distributing fliers to its clients.
If the dinner draws enough people, Huffman says, the church will continue to host it on the last Tuesday of each month.
To attend, make reservations by calling the church, 927-7846, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Rides are available.
Valley Bible Church gets new home
Valley Bible Church, which currently uses the building of Spokane Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church, should have a new building of its own in September.
The Rev. Paul Winslow, pastor, says he expects contractor Garco Construction to obtain a building permit next week. Work will then get under way on a new facility on a 10-acre parcel at Saltese and Sullivan.
The 10-year-old congregation currently has 75 families, Winslow says.
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