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HEALTH NOTES

"Family Fitness Matters," a weight control and exercise program for children ages 8 to 16 years, will begin next week in Daemen College and at SportsFocus Physical Therapy in Orchard Park. Classes will be held Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and continue through April 7. The program, offered by People Inc.'s Elmwood Health Center, Daemen and SportsFocus, will be conducted by physical therapists and nutrition and health-related professionals. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Cost of the program is $40 and includes an exercise ball. For more information or to register for either location, call Mary Jean Taylor at 839-8556.

Flu shots will be offered by Kaleida Health and the Visiting Nursing c Association at the following locations: noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Key Bank, 3134 Bailey Ave.; 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Walden Galleria; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Boulevard Mall; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, McKinley Mall. For information, call 862-3588 or access Kaleida Health's Web site at www.kaleidahealth.org.

VA Healthcare enrollment for veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Veterans Hospital. Photo ID cards will be issued and veterans may sign up for free physicals. For information, call 862-8888.

"Celebrating Puberty," a mother and daughter program, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Promedicus Health Group's Hamburg office, 151 Elmview Ave. To register, call 505-6147.

"Look Good, Feel Better," an American Cancer Society free program to help women deal with appearance changes that occur during cancer treatment, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the office of Dr. Liveleen Gill, 725 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. To register, call Camille at 674-4006.

A free introductory class to the Arthritis Foundation's PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) program will be held at 3 p.m. next Tuesday in Western New York Physical & Occupational Therapy Group, 6301 Transit Road, Depew. The eight-week series will begin there Feb. 8. To register, call Jill Bronsky at 684-0400.

Special programs offered by the Catholic Health System in February include "Heart Information -- The Beat Goes On"; "Eating Disorders: How to Recognize and Treat Them"; "Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use"; and "Sexuality, Pregnancy and Violence." For information, call 447-6205.

A three-session stop-smoking clinic conducted by Roswell Park Cancer Institute counselors will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in West Seneca East Senior High School. To register or to receive a free quit kit, call 845-8046.

Support group meetings, with telephone numbers to call for information, include fibromyalgia, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday in the Arthritis Foundation, 462 Evans St., Williamsville, 626-0333 . . . grief after death of a loved one, 7 p.m. Monday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, 298-2145 . . . prostate cancer, at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Veterans Hospital, 674-0006.

Free and confidential examination, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases is available Monday through Friday in the Erie County Health Department STD Clinic, 95 Franklin St., Room 262. The service includes confidential partner notification. Free HIV testing also is available. Appointments are not necessary. For information, call 858-7687. Educational programs are available on request.

A Jurassic Society one-hour lecture, "Do You Need to Be Cloned? Nuclear Transplantation and Embryonic Stem Cell Methods and Applications in Humans," will be presented at 12:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The lecture is open to the public. For information, call Craig Johnson at 845-2339.

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