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Danville Parks and Recreation recently entered into a partnership with Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) to promote health and wellness throughout the region.
Not only will DRMC and Parks and Recreation offer an array of seminars to educate, inform and raise awareness about health and wellness issues affecting the community, they will also collaborate on the Health and Wellness Check Point Team, a mobile information center.
The Check Point Team’s goal is to encourage physical activity and methods to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The team, which includes DRMC staff, will provide checks for weight, body mass index, blood pressure and body fat percentage and will demonstrate proper warm-up and cool-down exercises at various locations throughout the city and along the Riverwalk trail.
The team also will participate in health fairs and special events.
Seminars and special events this spring include:• Community Smoking Cessation I, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 12 through Feb. 26, at Danville City Auditorium. Learn to quit smoking from the professionals. Co-sponsored by Danville Parks and Recreation and Danville Regional Medical Center.• Cardiac Rehab Graduation Ceremony, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in Danville Regional Medical Center’s dining room. Join cardiac rehab patients as they celebrate graduating from the cardiac rehab program.• Community Smoking Cessation II, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, March 5 through March 26, at Coates Recreation Center. Learn to quit smoking from the professionals. Co-sponsored by Danville Parks and Recreation and Danville Regional Medical Center.• Community Wellness Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 22, at Danville Regional Medical Center. Join DRMC, Danville Pittsylvania County United Way and Danville Parks and Recreation in the hospital’s main lobby. Participants will learn of the health and wellness resources available in the community.• Getting the Facts About Colorectal Cancer, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 22, at Ballou Recreation Center. In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, join DRMC and Parks and Recreation in learning the facts about colorectal cancer.• Diabetes Alert Day, 9 a.m. to noon, March 26, at Coates Recreation Center. Join DRMC and Parks and Recreation in bringing awareness to diabetes and its effects on our community.
All seminars are free and open to the public. To register for programs, visit www.playdanvilleva.com.
A teen safety series also will be offered on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 6 and ending on May 15 at the Boys and Girls Clubs’ facility on Foster Road.
During the series, Parks and Recreation staff and members of the DRMC Family Medical Residency Program will address current issues affecting teen health. Each week, medical professionals will discuss the myths that affect teens. Parental permission is required.
Topics include: birth control, safe sex and abstinence; pregnancy and abstinence; sexually transmitted diseases and general health.
For more information on the seminars or the Check Point Team, contact Danville Parks and Recreation at 797-8848.