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An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Life Line Screening empowers individuals age 50 and older, and those at risk, to protect their independence, health and vitality by offering non-invasive, affordable, painless and easy-to-obtain preventive ultrasound screenings

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 700,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year. February is American Heart Month, we encourage you to reduce your risks for developing heart disease. Exercise, eat right, don’t smoke, get screened.

First 5 Placer, Children and Families Commission will be holding it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 11820 Enterprise Dr., Auburn from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public. Items on the agenda include selection of a new commissioner; mini-grant approvals including the Donner Summit Area Association (DSAA) Winter Enrichment Project; public hearing of the annual report for fiscal year 2007-2008; consideration for allowing an alternate member; reports on commission programs; executive director’s reports and commissioner reports. For information, call Karen Ruesel (530) 745-1413.

Residents living in and around the Tahoe Truckee community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. The complete screening package now includes a new Heart Rhythm screening, checking for irregular heartbeat, which is a major risk factor for stroke.

Tahoe Donner Association is pleased to host this event presented by Life Line Screening on Feb. 18 at the Northwoods Clubhouse. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world.

Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Register for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149 by calling (888) 653-6441. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of community-based preventive screenings. Renown Health is the sponsor. Pre-registration is required.

Tahoe Forest Hospital offers a year-round fitness program tailored for senior citizens called Silver Steps, a personalized fitness program designed especially for seniors. The program is designed to help senior men and women increase their physical stamina regardless of their current fitness level, allowing for more enjoyment from daily activities, reduction of health risk factors and enhancing participants’ overall quality of life. The program focuses on cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance coordination and body composition. Beginners are welcome.

Classes meet each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15, 8:30 or 9:30 a.m. Participants may join the program any time. Classes are held in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department in the main building at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The cost of the program is $150 and includes 36 classes (12 weeks), a complete fitness assessment and personalized exercise counseling. For more information or to register for the Silver Steps program call 582-3285.

Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road. “Understanding Is a Powerful Tool” by Christian Michael Steele M.D., Founder of the Center for Radiance Church, Radiance of Tahoe and The I Am Healing Arts Center, Ordained Minister, M.D., teacher, healer, author and father. We are all on a path called life; some do it more gracefully than others. Our individual world is a reflection of our being. We change our world by changing ourselves. Christian Michael Steele works with the Ascended Masters when he teaches, affecting many levels within your being. The course includes lectures, meditations and healings. Christian Steele is teaching this class every other Thursday. Call 550-8981 for information.

The Tahoe Mothers’ Club proudly presents their topic of the month at the February General Meeting ” Sex, sex and more sex!

Speaker, Dr. Shawni Coll, Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead the discussion on sex after kids. Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask will be discussed ” from not having desire to not getting enough, problems with sex, painful intercourse, postpartum issues and more. Dr. Coll will give you innovative ideas to spice things up.

The evening will begin with appetizers and no-host cocktails, followed by a light dinner and discussion. The event is free to Mothers’ Club Members and costs $15 for non-members (includes dinner). On this night only, the cost includes a 2009 membership to the Tahoe Mothers’ Club, a $30 value.

When: Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Sawtooth Ridge Cafe in Tahoe City

Price: Free to Tahoe Mothers’ Club Members

R.S.V.P.: Heather Rantz by Feb. 23 at heatherrantz@yahoo.com or 525-7427.

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