Food allergy discussion
AYER — The Ayer Education Foundation has announced that Dr. Michael Young, an expert on food allergies and a member of the Massachusetts Dept. of Education Task Force on Anaphylaxis, will give a one-hour presentation on food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools.
Dr. Young will speak on the topic of “Management of Anaphylaxis in Schools.” The talk will cover the relevant studies on food allergies and anaphylaxis in schools, issues commonly faced by families and schools, and the Mass. Department of Education Guidelines for prevention and management. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session for the public.
“There are currently 35 children in the Ayer school district with food allergies,” said Heidi Hynes, director of the Ayer Education Foundation. “There are 13 at Page Hilltop and 22 in the Middle and High Schools.”
“However, this issue affects entire school districts,” she added, “including food service staff, nurses, aides, bus drivers, peanut-free classroom teachers, and the children with the food allergies themselves, as well as their classmates.”
Dr. Young will speak on May 17, which falls appropriately during National Food Allergy & Awareness Week. The event will be community-based, and parents and staff from all local schools in nearby towns are encouraged to attend and bring their questions for Dr. Young.
The discussion will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 17 in the Ayer High School auditorium, 141 Washington Street.
Breastfeeding Support Group
SHIRLEY — New and expectant mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Nashoba Valley on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley. The topic of the meeting will be “Nutrition and Weaning; Changing Needs as Baby Grows.”
La Leche League of Nashoba Valley is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers, offering meetings, education, a lending library and telephone support. La Leche League leaders are also available by phone for anyone who needs more information.
To find out more about La Leche League of Nashoba Valley, or for telephone support and assistance, call Eve at (978) 842-4108 or Sandi at (978) 273-8067.
AARP Driver Safety Program
CONCORD — The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at Emerson Hospital in Concord on Tuesday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 9, (two-day, eight-hour course). Presented by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and sponsored by Emerson Hospital, the classroom refresher course focuses on compensating for physiological changes that can affect the perceptual skills of drivers over 55 years of age.
The course, taught by Dr. Harold D. Homefield, a trained volunteer instructor, covers many facets of driving such as traffic interaction, vehicle safety, adverse driving conditions and rules of the road. The AARP Safe Driving Program, begun in 1978, is the first and only driver education course designed specifically to help the older driver compensate for normal age-related physiological problems such as slower reaction time, vision and hearing deficiencies.
The two-part, eight-hour course will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2 and May 9, with a noon lunch both days. The cost of the course is $10 to cover supplies. Lunch will be provided at no charge on both days. The AARP Safe Driving Program is limited to 30 people, and registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation call Jan Quinty at Emerson Hospital at (978) 287-3085.
Well Adult Clinics
AYER — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Ayer Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Wednesday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 18 Pond Street, Ayer. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time.
GROTON — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Wednesday, April 26, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main Street, Groton. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time. No appointment is necessary.
SHIRLEY — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Tuesday, April 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Shaker Meadows community room, Harvard Road, Shirley. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time. No appointment is necessary.
For further information contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at (978) 425-6675 or (800) 698-3307.
Quit smoking class at NVMC
AYER — Nashoba Valley Medical Center is offering a “Quit Smoking” class for six consecutive Thursdays beginning April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Classes will take place in Conference Room B and the cost is $150 for the series. Light refreshments will be served.
The classes will address “Learning how to become a non-smoker,” “Preparation for quitting,” “Remaining a non-smoker,” “Developing a personal action plan for staying quit,” and “Your future as a non-smoker.”
Space is limited and early registration is suggested by calling (978) 784-4632. Payment in full is expected at the first session.