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J.C. Blair Promotes Good Nutrition in March

March is National Nutrition Month and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Maintaining a healthy body weight, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and limiting consumption of high-fat foods can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. Try this recipe for Tomato-Basil Soup (below) to get more vegetables into your diet.

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital invites the community to participate in a variety of other classes and special events scheduled for March 2010:

J.C. Blair is offering Free Lung Screenings by appointment in the Cardiopulmonary Department for smokers and those exposed to smoke. The screening assesses airflow limitations of the lungs and provides a good indication of the amount of oxygen in the lungs, how the lungs are functioning, and if there are signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) present. COPD generally includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Screenings are provided from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the J.C. Blair Cardiopulmonary Department or by appointment. Please call 814.643.8645 to schedule a screening.

J.C. Blair is offering a Heartsaver CPR & First Aid Class on March 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. This class is designed for layperson’s CPR (one person rescuer without hospital equipment) and First Aid. This course can include infant and child CPR if requested or required. Cost is $25. To register, call 814.643.8839.

Safe Kids Huntingdon County is sponsoring a Free Car Seat Safety Check on March 16 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Huntingdon. Have your child’s safety seat inspected and installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Checks are offered the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact the J.C. Blair Community Relations Office at 814.643.8833.

The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair Memorial is sponsoring a Book Fair featuring quality books and unique gifts at great savings on March 16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. & March 17 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Hospital Lobby. Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary to J.C. Blair. For more information, contact the Community Relations office at 814.643.8833.

J.C. Blair is offering a Healthcare Provider Renewal Class on March 19 at 7:30 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. This is a CPR renewal course for persons in the healthcare field, who have previously completed a provider course. Cost is $25. To register, call 814.643.8839.

J.C. Blair is hosting an American Red Cross Bloodmobile on March 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. Blood supplies are at critical lows. Give the gift of life. For more information or to sign up, call J.C. Blair Outpatient Services at 814.643.8537.

Tomato-Basil Soup
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 large onions, sliced lengthwise
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chickpeas, drained
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped and divided
2 cups tomato sauce
4 cups fat-free vegetable broth
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

In a medium stockpot, sauté onions and garlic in oil over medium heat until tender. Add chickpeas and 1 tablespoon of basil and sauté 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, broth, and tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in remaining basil a few minutes before serving. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Approximate per serving {8 (1-cup) servings} | 130 calories | 3 grams of fat