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Ready to run

First The Louisiana Marathon, now Woman’s Half Marathon. Baton Rouge is turning into a town on the run.

The Woman’s Hospital event, a joint venture with Gulf Coast Event Group, is Dec. 9 and is exclusively for women. There will also be a 10K run and Wellness Boutique. The course will highlight both downtown and LSU areas. Participants can also join a fundraising team called Pink Patrol for Women and Babies. Team members’ admission fees and any additional funds they raise will support Woman’s programs and services for women and infants in the community. For more information or to register, visit www.womanshalfmarathon.com

Pink Ribbon golfing

Tee off July 19 for the Ascension Parish Pink Ribbon Scramble and Survivors Breakfast at Pelican Point Golf Club.

The event, hosted by the Baton Rouge affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the golf club, is a fundraiser and awareness campaign for breast cancer.

To sign up — men and women can form teams — register at the clubhouse or call (225) 746-9900. Cancer survivors can attend the breakfast on the greens from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on July 19. If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact Komen Baton Rouge at (225) 615-8740. Donated items are welcome for a live auction. Anyone can sponsor a tribute flag or victory flag at the event, and all are invited to wear pink in honor of those who have battled breast cancer.

Since 1996, the Baton Rouge affiliate has awarded almost $200,000 for screening and education programs in Ascension Parish through the River Region Cancer Screening Center and more than $2.8 million to other screening and education programs in its 10-parish service area.

Men’s health

Mark your calendar for the 2012 Men’s Health Conference from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. The conference will be in the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building.

Dave K. Sanderson, a survivor of the “miracle on the Hudson,” the 2009 landing of the crippled jetliner on New York City’s Hudson River, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to several topic-specific sessions, the event will include health screenings for colorectal cancer, cholesterol, body mass index, heart rhythm and skin cancer.

For more information or to register, visit www.lamenshealth.org

Exercise study

Pennington Biomedical Research Center wants to know if you’re ready to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. The Perkins Road facility is looking for participants for a six-month exercise research study — called E-Mechanic — to see how your body changes in response to different durations of exercise.

To qualify for the study, which could pay you up to $400, you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, have a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 25 and 40 and not currently be involved in a structured exercise program. You’ll have to go to Pennington, 6400 Perkins Road, for two screening visits and 11 clinic visits.

If you’re interested, call (225) 763-3000 or email clinicaltrials@pbrc.edu.

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