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Samantha Mull is shown preparing tuna burgers at a recent “Healthy Families, Healthy Communities” class. The nutrition class meets every Wednesday at noon through March.

We are pleased to announce that our third annual Beans and Bingo will be held on March 30 beginning at 6 p.m.

You will be able to eat an awesome meal of pintos or white beans, cole slaw, cornbread and a dessert. Then the bingo games will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The regular bingo will end when the last prize is given away. Then to end the event with a bang, there will be a super bingo. Door prizes will also be given throughout the event.

Tickets are on sale now at the center or you can see any center member. You may also order the tickets by phone and pay by credit or debit card.

For a donation of $8, you will receive a ticket for the meal and one bingo card. For a donation of $13, you will receive a ticket for the meal and four cards. The number of tickets are limited, so you will want to get yours soon as possible.

Once again, the prizes that we will give away for the bingo games are amazing. We have Dollywood tickets, Rock City tickets and many other tickets for attractions to give away. We also will be giving away gift cards and goods from many local businesses.

If you have never been to one of our Beans and Bingo events, you will want to make sure to put this on your calendar. You may call the center at 423-781-7632 to order tickets or for more information.

We are also pleased to announce that on March 19, a representative from Carelumina will be here. Carelumina offers genetic screenings for certain kinds of cancer.

A person’s unique genes tell a very important story about the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Almost everyone has been affected by someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Knowing the risk of developing certain forms of cancer that could be hereditary is now available through cancer screening.

If a person has a personal history of cancer or if a person has no personal history of cancer but has at least one first degree relative with a history of cancer, you may qualify for cancer screenings. First degree relatives include parents, brother, sister or children. You may also qualify if you have at least two second or third degree relatives that have a history of cancer. These include grandparents, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandparents, great uncles, great aunts, great grandchildren and first cousins.

Depending on the type of insurance a patient has, the cost may be free or reduced to the patient. They accept Medicare Part B and some advantage plans.

Understanding your genetic makeup can help doctors treat and deliver the most effective treatment for future issues that might become a problem. Testing can also help reveal the cause of certain symptoms that might otherwise go undetected and can help confirm current treatment plans and can help identify more effective treatment options.

Testing provides peace-of-mind and puts you in control, allowing you to treat any problems as easy as possible. Genetic testing provides important insight into unexplained symptoms you might be having.

Unexplained symptoms might have a genetic cause, so talking with a genetic counselor is essential to understanding your genetic results.

Besides screening for certain hereditary cancers, Carelumina also does a screening, called Pharmacogenomic testing, to see how your body is responding to certain medications. Researchers estimate that commonly prescribed medications may not work in up to 60 percent of patients. Many patients are given medications on a trial and error basis and must be adjusted based on the patient’s response over a period of time.

As people age, their medicines change and a person’s health can be adversely affected by taking the wrong medication. Pharmacogenomic testing illustrates how a patient’s body may likely metabolize common medications allowing healthcare providers to act on the results with less risk of side effects, including overdosing or ineffectiveness.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to take advantage of the new scientific methods of taking care of your health. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity and we are very fortunate to have this new medical breakthrough testing available here in our community.

The information session is free and there is no obligation to have this testing. Please call the center for more information.

It is not too late to join us for our nutrition classes, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Their goal is to provide nutrition education to families and individuals. The classes meet each Wednesday at noon and will continue during the month of March. Samantha Mull is the instructor of the classes.

During each class, Samantha gives us simple solutions to help us eat smart and move more. We have a workbook that also has recipes for healthy eating. Each class, Samantha even prepares one of the simple recipes included in the workbook.

Then at the end of the class, Samantha leads some exercises using an exercise band that was included in our package. Please call the center for more information about the nutrition classes.

Other programs and events at the center for the next few days include:

• Thursday: 10 a.m. – Bingo; noon – Watercolors; noon – Potato Chip Taste-Testing (National Potato Chip Day)

• Friday: 10 – Bingo; noon – Cell phone, Tablet and Computer help with Lara Crockett from Etowah Carnegie Library; noon – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

• Monday: 10 a.m. – Bingo; 12:30 p.m. – Arthritis Exercise

• Tuesday: 10 a.m. – Genetic Testing; 11 a.m. – Bible Study; 11:30 a.m. – Pot-Luck; noon – Watercolors; noon – Pound Cake Demonstration for National Pound Cake Day

• Wednesday: 10 a.m. – Singing Class; noon – Nutrition Class; 12:30 p.m. – Arthritis Exercise

Sue Walker is the executive director of the Etowah Area Senior Citizens Center. She may be reached by calling 423-781-7632.

Sue Walker is the executive director of the Etowah Area Senior Citizens Center. She may be reached by calling 423-781-7632.

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