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PARKINSON’S PROGRAM

Yoga teacher Donna Brooks will offer movement and yoga classes for those with Parkinson’s disease beginning in January.

Classes combine seated and supported dance, yoga and vocalization to improve dexterity, strength, balance, walking, speech, flexibility, motor control and rapidity. Classes aim to help participants feel more in control, calm anxiety, experience camaraderie and have some fun. One series is for mild Parkinson’s or more active individuals, and the other is for more restricted or sedentary participants. Classes are held in Hadley. Call (413) 230-1260, or visit originalbodywisdom.com.

LABORATORY EARNS ACCREDITATIONS

Two organizations, the American Association of Blood Banks and the College of American Pathologists, have announced that Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Laboratory had successfully met or exceeded standards. Last year, the laboratory processed more than 875,000 lab tests. These tests are critical because vital diagnostic information can be learned about a patient from a blood test or a tissue biopsy.

“Cooley Dickinson has sought AABB Accreditation because this program validates and promotes a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety,” said Catherine Reed, director of Laboratory Services.

The accreditations are effective through August 2014.

HOILIDAY HEART HEALTH

The American Heart Association is offering suggestions for healthy holiday eating for those with high blood pressure, a risk for heart disease and stroke.

e_SBlt Take a walk. Just 30 minutes a day can be beneficial.

e_SBlt Keeping kids active is just as important as keeping yourself active. Shut off the TV and computer games and get the kids moving.

e_SBlt Keep humor in your life. Laughing quickens the pulse rate, stimulates blood circulation, activates muscles and increases oxygen intake.

e_SBlt Take time for an activity you enjoy like reading, listening to music or crafts. It makes you happy and relaxes you which can reduce stress.

e_SBlt Take control of portions. Most servings are well over the standard portion size. Watching your portions will cut down the waistline.

e_SBlt Don’t overbook yourself.

e_SBlt Avoiding unhealthy eating by having a healthy snack before heading to a party. If you are the party host, challenge yourself to make your menu as delicious and intriguing and heart-healthy as you can. For more information on healthy living, recipes, weight and stress management, healthier kids and more, go to www.heart.org/gettinghealthy.

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