LONG BEACH - St. Mary Medical Center plans to host a series of events this month designed to encourage people to pay closer attention to their health.
Most events are free. However, throughout the month, the hospital's Cardiology Department, at 1050 Linden Ave., also will offer a $50 heart check-up, which includes EKG, PAD, glucose and cholesterol screenings; diet and exercise consultation and an assessment by a nurse practitioner. Call 562-491-9588 for an appointment. A free emergency aspirin dispenser will be given.
Other scheduled events:
On Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the St. Mary Medical Center lobby, there will be free blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Call 562-491-9588.
On Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Mary Senior Clinic at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St., will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Call for details at 562-491-7935.
Also Feb. 7, 4-8 p.m., St. Mary Health Enhancement Center, 1055 Linden Ave., will host a Wellness Forum, featuring a health fair with heart specialist speakers and free heart-healthy refreshments.
The event will be at the John Edward Parr Health Enhancement Center, and the entrance is on 10th Street. Six speakers are scheduled to speak between 5 and 7:45 p.m., including:
Pastor Gregory Sanders, on spirituality and health; Dr. Richard Berkson, on diabetes; nurse K. Marie Anthony on exercise and the healthy heart; Dr. Joanne Williams-Lozoya, on cancer awareness and prevention; respiratory care practitioner Sharon Sauser, on preventing asthma; and Rosa Kelson, of the American Cancer Society, on cancer and prevention study.
To reserve space or for additional information, call 1-888-4STMARY (1-888-478-6279).
On Feb. 12, 12 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary HEC Bldg., 1055 Linden Ave., there will be a Keep Your Heart Happy and Healthy seminar with Cardiologist Dr. Nik Kapoor. Attendees will learn how to manage blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Free screenings and lunch included. Call 888-478-6279 to reserve your seat.
Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Mary Senior Clinic, 423 E. 10th St., there will be free blood pressure, blood sugar and bone density screenings. More details at 562-491-7935.
Feb. 14, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. Mary Senior Clinic, 1150 E. Fourth St., there will be free EKG screenings and consultations. More details at 562-491-7935.
Feb. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m., St. Mary Senior Clinic, 423 E. 10th St., there will be free EKG screening and consultation. Details at 562-491-7935.