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Type 2 Diabetes/Heart Disease Prevention Study – Participants are sought for a Washington State University research study for adults at risk for type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease. Participants will take part in a lifestyle change program to help prevent diabetes and lower risk for heart disease. For more information call (509) 368-6710; or email alissa.underhill@email.wsu.edu. There is no cost to take part in this study.

Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall Meetings - The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will be holding two meetings to educate and solicit input on public policy priorities. Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St.; Aug. 27, 7 p.m., Health Resource Center at Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene. For more information call (509) 473-3390 or email jloiacono@alz.org.

Party in Pink Zumbathon - Come shake, shimmy and move to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Oct. 5, Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Visit www.SpokanePartyinPink.com for more information. $20.

Upcoming

Free Swim Stroke Clinics - Hosted by Spokane Area Swimming. Youths age 6-14 are invited for an hour of technical swimming instruction by USA Swimming certified coaches. Saturday, 9-10 a.m., Witter Pool, 1300 E. Mission Ave. For more information and registration, visit www.spokaneareaswimming.org. (509) 701-0726.

Conversations About Dementia - The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will give tips for families on having conversations about doctor visits, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. Free. For more information, call (509) 473-3390.

Pre-Diabetes Class - A class designed for those at risk for, or diagnosed with, pre-diabetes. Insurance does not cover the cost of this course; participants must pay in full. Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Aug. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Spokane at 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245; or at Lincoln Hospital, 10 Nicholls St., Davenport, Washington. $30. To register and for information, visit wellness.inhs.org.

Caring for Late-Stage Dementia - A program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will cover the symptoms of late-stage dementia, changes in caregiving, communication, working with doctors, monitoring care and end-of-life issues. Aug. 13, 1-4:30 p.m., The Inn at Guardian Angel Homes, 1136 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls. Free; no reservations necessary. (208) 666-2996.

Babysitting Basics - This course prepares youths age 10-15 to be successful baby sitters. Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Providence Sacred Heart Hospital, Providence Auditorium, 20 W. Ninth Ave. $40. Register at http://wellness.inhs.org.

Striders Summer Walking Program – Through Aug. 20. Wednesday morning walks at various locations in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. Walks start at 8 a.m. For more information on the walks and meeting locations, call (509) 926-1697 or (509) 892-1293.

Hip and Knee Pain Causes and Treatments – Informational seminars presented by the Joint Restoration Centers at Deaconess and Valley Hospitals. Aug. 20, 6-7 p.m., The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St.; Sept. 17, Oct. 16, Nov. 12, or Dec. 11, 6 p.m., Valley Health & Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley; Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, or Dec. 17, 6 p.m., Deaconess Health & Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave, second floor. Free. Make reservations at (509) 473-5755.

Lunch & Learn: All About Food – Aug. 21, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. Free. For more information, visit wellness.inhs.org.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes - Annual event presented by the American Diabetes Association. The walk is open to people of all ages and activity levels; you can walk any distance up to 4 1/2 miles. Register online at www.diabetes.org/spokanestepout. For more information call (509) 624-7478, ext. 2281 or like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/adaspokane. Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m., Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St.

Parenting/childbirth

Free Developmental Screenings - For infants and toddlers younger than age 3 living in Spokane County. Screenings include: language, physical strength and coordination, vision, hearing, feeding and behavior. Several sites are available. To make an appointment, call the Spokane Regional Health District’s Infant Toddler Network at (509) 324-1651.

Free Health Baby Weight Checks - For new moms and babies up to 1 year old. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, first floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5706 or email johnsond@empirehealth.org or lloyddc1@empirehealth.org for more information.

Holy Family Hospital Maternity Center Tour - Meets at noon the first and third Saturday of each month or by appointment, Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Free. Call (509) 482-BABY for more information or to make an appointment.

La Leche League - The breast-feeding support group meets the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Health Education Center in the Holy Family Medical Building, 235 E. Rowan Ave., call (509) 484-0340 for more information; the first Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Airway Heights Library, 321 E. Herb St., Airway Heights, call (509) 244-4191 or (509) 258-6850; and the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at New Moon Family Wellness Center, 906 S. Cowley St., call (509) 484-0340 for more information. Visit www.lllaofwa.org/la-leche-league-spokane for more information about the group.

Lactation Counseling Services - For new moms and babies up to one year old. Offered Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Valley Hospital and Medical Center’s Lactation Office, 1st floor, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost varies, most insurances cover lactation consults. Call (509) 473-5706 or email johnsond@empirehealth.org or lloyddc1@empirehealth.org for more information.

Parenting Children of Divorce - Learn how divorce or separation affect children at different developmental stages, how to create a supportive climate for children reducing the affects of damaging conflict and gain communication skills to help handle conflict. Held the first and third Tuesday of the month, 6-9 p.m., at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Cost is $25 per person. Meets court requirements. Call (509) 483-6495 or visit www.sjfconline.org for more information.

Parenting Classes - For single parents of children up to three years old, sponsored by Catholic Charities Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Program. Call for times and dates. Held at 12 E. Fifth Ave. Free and open to the public. For registration and more information, call (509) 455-4986.

Prepared Child Birth Classes - Six-week, 12-hour course is for those already pregnant. Mondays and Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., or in a condensed eight-hour format on Saturdays. Cost is $60 per person/couple, registration is required. Held at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 473-5446 or email frasert@empirehealth.org to register and for more information.

Cancer support

Breast Cancer Support - The group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St., in the Radiation Oncology Department Conference Room. Call (509) 474-5490 for information.

Contributions should be mailed to the Health Bulletin Board, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210, or emailed to features@spokesman.com. Deadline for Tuesday publication is noon Thursday.



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