Neighborhood Center Sponsors Events

The Neighborhood Center will sponsor its second annual Allston/Brighton Health Awareness Week, offering a wide variety of free health services to residents of the Allston/Brighton community, Oct. 20-25. The center has been working with several neighborhood institutions and organizations to schedule 12 events during the week.

The week will begin on Sunday, Oct. 20 with a 5K Road Race and one-mile Fund Walk to benefit the Allston/Brighton YMCA scholarship program. The race will begin at the YMCA at 11 a.m.

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center will provide instruction for a series of adult CPR courses during the week; the first will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at the hospital's Seton Auditorium. Subsequent sessions will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the YMCA, and Oct. 24 at St. Elizabeth's. Participants, who must register in advance by calling the Neighborhood Center at ext. 2-0445, will be given a certificate upon completion of the program. All sessions will run from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, free mammogram and blood screening will be offered to community residents at the center from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. School of Nursing students will be on hand to assist in the effort.

Boston College student-athletes will talk about health issues with students at Allston's St. Anthony's School on Oct. 23 from noon-2:30 p.m. Staff from St. Elizabeth's and Franciscan Children's Hospital will offer the students dental and general health screenings, and Boston Police representatives will be on hand to provide bicycle safety information.

Other events slated for Wednesday include free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings at St. Elizabeth's Seton Auditorium from 2-4 p.m.; and a discussion, "Parenting in a Violent Society," led by James Hardeman, a part-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brighton Congregational Church.

Boston College School of Nursing students will perform screenings and immunizations, and provide basic health education and information, at the Veronica Smith Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Seniors may sign up at the event to have BC students come to their homes the next day and help them replace smoke detector batteries.

The week concludes on Friday, Oct. 25 with a peer discussion for teens around the issue of drug and alcohol abuse, led by BC students, at the West End Boys and Girls Club.

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