Health briefs for October 27th-November 2nd

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Local 4-Hers take part in health challenge

On Oct. 15, 4-H youth from Beaufort and Calhoun participated in the State 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge at the South Carolina State Fair.

Although the youth had weathered Hurricane Matthew they placed fifth in the junior division.

The 4-Hers have been practicing recipes for the challenge from the 4-H Youth Choices Youth Voices Healthy lifestyles sponsored by Walmart and 4-H Cooking like a Chef curriculum.

The youth did not know the recipe they would be cooking similar to the Iron Chef until they started the competition. They had one hour to prepare the recipe, present the nutritional, food safety and meal plan that would complete a full meal as well as calories and cost.

BMH surgeon to present free program on arteries

Swollen, achy legs keeping you from doing the things you love? Beaufort Memorial wants to help you “Stand Up to Leg Pain!”

Problems with your arteries or veins could be the cause of your discomfort. Learn about two of the most common vascular issues at this free, interactive program being presented Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Sun City’s Lakehouse, 1251 Sgt. William Jasper Blvd., in Okatie.

Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Chad Tober and physician assistant Annsley Troxell will talk about the symptoms, signs and treatments of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and varicose veins.

The health experts will explain how these two conditions can impair blood flow to your muscles, making it difficult to take long walks, dance or play a full round of golf. They’ll also discuss the latest treatment options for the conditions and answer any questions you may have about vascular disease.

Both Sun City residents and non-residents are invited to attend “Stand Up to Leg Pain!”

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a reception featuring wine and appetizers, followed at 5 p.m. by the talk. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 843-522-5585 to reserve your seat.

Help with ACA to be made available 

The Affordable Health Care enrollment begins Nov. 1, and certified navigators at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce are available to enroll, answer questions, and help with any issues you have pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.

The office is located at 801 Bladen St., and the experts will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

Navigators will travel to present and enroll to groups such as churches, social organizations and community groups.

Call 843-986-1102.

Lions to hold health fair with bloodmobile

The Beaufort Lions Health Fair and Bloodmobile will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12, at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive.

Participants are asked to bring a canned food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Participating agencies include the Beaufort Bloodmobile (sign up to donate at www.oneblooddonor.org); Caroline Coleman, massage therapist and body mass index expert; Lions Vision Screening, Beaufort Audiology and Hearing Clinic; American Cancer Society; CODA; Friends of Carolina Hospice; Senior Services; Organic Natural Products; and more.