For your health for November 7, 2022 | Newspaper-news

A flu clinic is being held

MARTINSBURG — The flu shot clinic at Virginia Martinsburg Medical Center (VAMC) is now open to provide seasonal flu shots to veterans. If you are a veteran enrolled in VA health care and have a VA ID card, you have options for getting your flu shot:

• The convenient drive-through is located in Car Park “Z” Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm. Please follow the signs from the main entrance.

• Veterans can also get a flu shot at their Community Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at the following locations: Cumberland, Fort Detrick and Hagerstown, Maryland; Harrisonburg and Stevens City, Virginia; and Franklin and Petersburg, West Virginia.

Veterans who choose to get their free flu shot at participating Community Care Network pharmacies or urgent care locations can learn more at

Also available at the medical center is a series of primary vaccination against COVID-19 and a bivalent booster. Because of the greatly improved protection, getting a vaccination (or an updated booster) is crucial for protection against Covid-19.

Schedule of Community Diabetes Education Programs

MARTINSBURG — Community diabetes education events will be held at the following locations on the designated days and times:

• Nov. 7, noon to 2 p.m., Martinsburg Library, 101 W. King Street, Martinsburg

• Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m., North Berkeley Library, 1233 TJ Jackson Drive, Falling Waters

• Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hedgesville Library, 207 N. Mary St., Hedgesville

• November 29, noon to 2 p.m., Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington Street, Charles Town

There will be a Pop-Up Farmers Market at all locations and cooking demonstrations at the events at the Martinsburg and Charles Town Libraries. Fresh produce will be available along with recipes for making healthy meals for diabetics. All locations will have glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as information on how to prevent and manage diabetes. WVU Extension will also offer indoor herb gardening classes along with garden creation supplies.

To bring attention to the importance of foot health for those with diabetes, a Sock Drive fundraiser will be held to benefit local community agencies serving those in need. New or unused socks can be brought to either location.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett, [email protected], 304-264-1287, ext. 31814.

Blood donation will be held on November 18

RANSON — A community blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Ranson Civic Center, located at 432 West Second Avenue in Ranson.

There is an urgent need for donors given the critical shortage of blood across the country. Donors must schedule an appointment in advance using sponsor code JC2020 to participate. Appointments can be scheduled by phone at 800.733.2767 or online at No on-site donations will be accepted.

The American Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of donors and staff. For more information about the American Red Cross’ improved blood donation safety protocols or changes to donor eligibility, visit

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

MARTINSBURG — Living Well is a free six-week workshop designed to help people dealing with chronic pain take daily responsibility for their care, increase the skills they need to manage their pain and work effectively with their healthcare professional.

Two new face-to-face sessions will begin in October. Living Well will be offered every Wednesday from 9-11:30 a.m. through Nov. 9 at the Berkeley Senior Center in Martinsburg. The other session will be held Mondays from 1:30 p.m. through Nov. 21 at Senior Life Services of Morgan County in Berkeley Springs.

To register or for more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett at 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or [email protected]

Indoor walking programs held on Wednesdays

• INWOOD — Walk with Ease in Inwood will be held at the Randy Smith Recreation Center from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 22. This is a free program. To register, call the Berkeley County Extension office at 304-264-1936 or contact [email protected]

Scheduled yoga classes

HEDGESVILLE — Community yoga classes scheduled with instructor Elizabeth Mauk will be held as follows:

• Cardio Yoga, every Monday from 9-10am at the Hedgesville Public Library.

• Gentle Yoga, every Wednesday from 6-7pm at Christ Reformed UUC and every Friday from 9-10am at the Hedgesville Public Library.

No pre-registration is required. A $5 donation is suggested. If you have yoga equipment, bring it with you. A limited number of supplies will be available for those without equipment.

For more information, contact Dana DeJarnett at 304.264.1287, ext 31814 [email protected] or Elizabeth Mauck at [email protected]

Covid tests, vaccinations to take place every week

MARTINSBURG — The PAAC Covid-19 Emergency Testing and Vaccine Team recently announced changes to its weekly free Covid-19 testing and vaccine clinics for ages five and over.

Every Monday, the clinic will be held at Destiny Baptist Church, 115 N. Raleigh St., in Martinsburg. Every Friday the clinic is at Hope City Church, 115 Royal Crest Dr. in Martinsburg. All testing and vaccinations will be on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free rapid Covid-19 tests, vaccinations and boosters are available to everyone in the community. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available for ages five and over. All children under 18 who wish to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No insurance required.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 304-610-6820. Visit the PAAC Covid-19 Surge Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PAAC.Surge for updates.

Good Samaritan free clinic schedule.

MARTINSBURG — The Good Samaritan provides free health care to the uninsured and underinsured. The main clinic is at 601 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg. Does not accept appointments and provides family practice care at all clinics except Women’s Health evening.

The working hours of the clinic are:

• Wednesday from 5 p.m

• First Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m

• Women’s Health Clinic every third Tuesday from 5 p.m

• The rescue mission every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, visit

Community testing for COVID-19 is coming

MARTINSBURG — Shenandoah Community Health is providing free Covid-19 home test kits to anyone in the community. PCR tests are available for SCH and non-SCH patients after evaluation through HealthExpress at 99 Tavern Rd., Monday-Friday 7:30-11:15am and 1-3:45pm

Meditation for all held on Tuesdays

MARTINSBURG — Meditation for Everyone: Walking, Standing and Sitting will be held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Martinsburg Library, Top Floor.

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