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Wellness fair: A family health and wellness fair happens Saturday at Page Jackson Elementary School. The school, in conjunction with Jefferson Memorial Hospital of Ranson, will hold the free fair from 1 to 5 p.m. at the school, located at 370 Page Jackson School Road in Charles Town. The fair will include displays from local businesses and health professionals as well as health screenings. Families will have the opportunity to learn about services offered locally from medical, dental, fitness providers and others that have a health or wellness focus. Vendor spaces are free to local businesses and health professionals that have a health, wellness or family focus in the community. For details, call 304-728-1707 or email the hospital’s Arlene Fernandez- Anderson at afernandez-anderson@jeffmem.com.

Arthritis presentation: Dr. Nathan Wei, a Frederick, Md.-based expert in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis will speak April 26 as part of the new Spring Community Health series of presentations. The lecture from Wei, who completed his fellowship in arthritis at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., happens from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fisherman’s Hall at the northeast corner of South West and Academy streets in Charles Town.

Discount mammograms: Two Panhandle hospitals will offer special discount mammogram clinics next month. West Virginia University Hospitals-East will offer special clinics May 5, 12 and 19 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center and at City Hospital’s Breast Care Center. The clinics are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial in Ranson and from 7:30 a.m. to noon at City in Martinsburg on May 5, 12 and 19. Women pay a discounted community service fee of $60 (cash, check or credit card) for the screening procedure, which includes the digital technology test and the interpretation by a radiologist. “This is the fourth year that we’ve offered our discount mammogram clinics and over that period of time we have performed over 500 screenings,” said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for WVU Hospitals-East.  “Many of these patients told us they couldn’t afford the test and would have put off scheduling a mammogram had we not held the clinics.” The program is open to women 35 and older. All patients taking part in the screening mammogram clinics must register in advance. To schedule a mammogram, call Jefferson Memorial Hospital (304-724-5647) or City (304-264-1297).  

Healthcare decisions: Hospice of the Panhandle is joining an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, which was Tuesday. All week, Hospice and other health organizations will offer free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms, including an event at Heartland of Martinsburg on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or call Hospice of the Panhandle at 304-267-1870, Ext. 208.

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