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HEALTH NOTES
EVENTS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

"Alcohol -- Where Do You Draw the Line?" is the theme of National Alcohol Screening Day programs to be held Wednesday and Thursday. The project is designed to raise awareness on alcohol and health, help individuals evaluate their alcohol use, and provide referrals to local treatment and support resources for those in need of further evaluation. Attendees will receive educational materials, complete a brief written screening and have an opportunity to talk privately with a health professional. The event is free and confidential. Locations are:

Immunodeficiency services department in Erie County Medical Center, 9 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., 10th floor in B wing, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Research Institute on Addictions-Clinical Research Center, 1021 Main St., 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Dunkirk Health Center of WCA Hospital, 338 Central Ave., Dunkirk, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

WCA Hospital, Jamestown, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, log on to www.nationalalcoholscreeningday.org.

Free workshops on low back safety and injury prevention will be conducted by chiropractor Brian J. Huck at 7 p.m. Wednesday and April 20 in his office at 3685 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For reservations, call 834-4950.

Introductory sessions to the Ovulation Method/FertilityCare System of natural family planning will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mercy Hospital, 675-6281; 10:30 a.m. April 16 in Sisters Hospital, 862-1944; and 7:30 p.m. April 21 in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, 298-2296. Pre-registration is required.

A Social Security information sem-inar will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 Audubon Parkway, Amherst. The program is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 636-3059.

An information session on "Shapedown," a 10-week weight management program for children ages 7-12, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. To register, call 278-4523.

Stroke risks screenings will be conducted Thursday in Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company, 3281 Lake Shore Road, and in American Legion Post 527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. For appointments, which begin at 9 a.m., call (877) 237-1344.

A free health fair, includingscreenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda. For information, call Barbara Seiler at 695-2630.

A program on memory wellness will be presented at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Alzheimer's Association offices at 2805 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. To reserve a seat, call 626-0600.

Support group meetings, with telephone numbers to call for information, include Parkinson's disease, 2 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 754-4052 . . . caregivers of people with eating disorders, 6 p.m. Monday at Eating Disorders Association, 70 Barker St., 819-1338 . . . osteoporosis, 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Westwood Village/Elderwood, 580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, 862-BONE . . . breathing disorders, 2 p.m. next Tuesday in Elderwood Health Care at Heathwood, 815 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, 681-2242 . . . dizziness and balance, 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Duns Scotus Hall at Daemen College, Randy Atlas at 838-3730 or e-mail dizzygroup@earthlink.net.