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3/14

Know Your Numbers for a Healthy Heart: 6-8 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake PARC Classroom, 7777 Hennessy Blvd., Suite 112. Know your numbers (cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and BMI). It helps predict your risk of heart disease and encourages you to have a healthy heart. Speaker is cardiologist Dr. Brian Swirsky. Free. (225) 765-6565.

3/15

PanCan: noon-1:30 p.m., Pennington Cancer Center Conference Room at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet Blvd. This pancreatic cancer support group helps patients and their families connect with other survivors and caregivers. You’ll also get helpful financial and insurance information. (225) 405-9992.

3/16

Colorectal Cancer Awareness: noon (11 a.m. registration), Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Hwy. Speaker is Dr. Rani Whitfield. Call (866) 220-0418 for reservations. Sponsored by People’s Health. Free.

3/22

Eight Golden Rules for Living Well: 5:30-6:15 p.m., 9637 Jefferson Hwy. Conference Room. A registered dietician will discuss ways to manage portions, deal with stress, and incorporate exercise into your busy schedule. Free. Sponsored by Woman’s Hospital. (225) 924-8709.

3/26

Look Good, Feel Better: noon-2 p.m., Pennington Cancer Center at Baton Rouge General Hospital, 8595 Picardy Ave. This program encourages female cancer patients going through chemotherapy or radiation to feel beautiful by teaching them special beauty techniques for hair and makeup. Free. Call (800) 227-2345 to register.

Ongoing

Healthy Heartbeats: 10-week program for families with children age 5-12 who want to learn how to lead fit lives through exercise, nutrition and self body-image. This is a great way for your family to get in shape and stay on track. Sponsored by Baton Rouge General Hospital. For more information, call (225) 381-6739.

Golden Opportunity: For those age 50 and over, this membership program is sponsored by Ochsner Medical Center, and promotes active, healthy and independent living. Through screenings, educational programs and social activities, learn how to create a healthier spirit, mind and body. Call (225) 755-4984.

Body Pump: This revolutionary exercise works out every muscle in the body. Using weights, students can tone their muscles while doing athletic-based workouts in a group setting. Body Pump® is ideal for beginners or advanced exercisers.

- 12-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA, (225) 612-9622.

- 6:45-7:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Southside YMCA, (225) 766-2991.

Spin Cycling: Starts with a 5-minute warm-up of easy pedaling. Then, be prepared to ride your way through rolling hills, steep climbs, false flats and sprints. A real cardio-challenge!

- 6-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Paula Manship YMCA, (225) 767-9622.

(YMCA programs are open to members only. However, the last Friday of every month is Free Friday and visitors (age 18 and up with an I.D.) can visit the Y and participate in activities for free.)

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