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West Virginia University Hospitals-East Offers 6th Annual OWLS Event


Martinsburg, WV - Want to be Older, Wiser, Living Stronger? No matter what your age, young or old, it’s not too late to start living healthfully to achieve your optimal health. The 6th Annual OWLS Event is open to all who want to age healthfully.

The OWLS Program originally targeted Seniors 55+ to encourage physical activity and staying strong throughout life. The 6th Annual Event is open to all ages. Who wouldn’t want to be Older, Wiser, Living Stronger? The Event will offer opportunities to learn about various health issues that affect us all, free screenings and exercise demos. The program is a collaborative effort of WVU Hospitals-East, The Wellness Center at City Hospital, Hospice of the Panhandle, Berkeley County Health Department, Eastern Panhandle Medical Reserve Corps, Berkeley Senior Services and the American Cancer Society.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 8:30am-12noon at the WVU Health Sciences Building on the campus of City Hospital. Presentations will include “Pills and Parts” with Cathy Funk, MD of WVUH-East, “Don’t Miss a Beat: Heart Smart Tips for Lowering Your LDL, Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides” with Joan Starliper, MS, RD, LD of WVUH-East, and “Mental Wellness for Seniors” with Christopher Murphy, MD, psychiatrist, and Angela Porturica, BAQMHP, Gateway Behavioral Health Services.

Activity Demonstrations (participation is encouraged) will include Exercise and Fun with Nancy Burke of Berkeley Senior Services, Brain Fitness with Shari Scolaro of Berkeley Senior Services and Practical Guide to Pedometers with Ashley Petrolino of Change the Future WV.

Free screenings will include glucose, blood pressure, resting heart rate, pulse oxygen, waist circumference and body mass index. Free seated massage will be available throughout the event. Information booths will be available featuring WVUH-East Programs and Services, The Wellness Center, WVUH-East Home Healthcare, Berkeley Senior Services, American Cancer Society, A Tobacco Awareness Coalition, Change the Future WV, Hospice of the Panhandle and Advanced Directives, and a variety of health information. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) vaccine will be available from the Berkeley County Health Department for free, donations accepted. Refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For more information, call 304.264.1287, ext. 31814 or email or check out WVUH-East’s website at

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