published Thursday, April 5th, 2012

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Health fair

Nutrition World/Women's Diagnostic Center/Four Seasons Wellness will host their annual Health Fair, Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Four Seasons Wellness-Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 6237 Vance Road, Suite 4. These businesses will offer door prizes, special pricing on massages, foot reflexology, allergy scans, acupuncture and essential oils. For information, call 596-9024 or visit www.fourseasonsacupuncture.com

Caregivers meeting

Caregivers Group meeting is April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Ashland Terrace. The speaker is Robin Jackson, executive director of Alexian Inn, whose topic is "Mid- and Late-Stage Behavior." Open to all caregivers. For information call 877-2428.

April Shower

Parkridge East Hospital will host April Shower, an exclusive event for expectant moms featuring door prizes, vendors, an ask-the-doctor panel, hospital tour and a baby shower, Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. at 941 Spring Creek Road. Cost is $10 per person; limited to one guest. For information or to register, call MedLine at 800-242-5662.

Back/neck pain assessment

Rehab South will offer free back- and neck-pain assessments during April at Rehab South (behind the Hixson Red Lobster). Allow 20 minutes for assessments. Call 877-4599 for appointment.

Weight-loss surgery

The Gastric Band Institute will hold a free seminar on gastric banding (Lap-Band and Realize Band) and the new sleeve procedure for people who are 75 pounds overweight, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Roosevelt Room, 1400 Market St. Call 899-1000 for reservations. Free insurance verification.

Reserve spot for lipid and glucose screening

Lipid and glucose screenings at Erlanger East, 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday. Results while you wait. A lipid panel shows HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, non-HDL, cholesterol ratio and triglycerides. A 12-hour fast is required for accurate results. No eating or drinking coffee prior to testing; drink water the night before and morning of testing. Reservations required. No walk-ins. Lipid plus glucose, $25. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 for information.

Diabetes

Diabetes basics and diet class. This program provides an overview of diabetes and treatment/prevention of complications, diabetes meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, at Memorial Hospital, and from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital Hixson. Memorial's Diabetes and Nutrition Center can help obtain physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration required. Call 495-7970.

Items for this column are due the Friday before Thursday's publication date. Write to Linda Weaver, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401-1447; fax 668-5071; e-mail lweaver@timesfreepress.com.

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