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START! HEART WALK
On May 17, the American Heart Association's 2009 Pioneer Valley Start! Heart Walk will take place in Forest Park in Springfield. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the walk kick off at 10 a.m. The walk will benefit the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke. One, two and five mile courses available. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. A kids' zone includes a bounce house, games and entertainment. Prize incentives available for fundraising. For more info call 827-0400 or visit pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.

HATHA YOGA SESSION
We're happy to introduce Hatha Yoga at the Integrative Health Group. To help inform you on the practice, instructor Nitya is giving a free info session on May 18 from 4:40 - 5:30 p.m. at the Integrative Health Group, 1502 Allen St., Springfield. Nitya is a practicing instructor with a background in teaching vedantic philosophy for a healthier lifestyle. Hatha Yoga is the most ancient of all practices. The body is as young as it is flexible. Yoga exercises focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility. By maintaining the spine's flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen. Regardless of your skill level, you can only progress in each posture with constant practice. Nitya will be offering Introduction to Yoga, Intermediate, Open Level and Gentle Yoga courses and class at the clinic. Call Better Life to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

MALL WALKERS CLUB
Social Security Administration sponsors the Mall Walkers Club health presentation on May 13 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Daniel Moraski, Public Affairs Specialist of the Social Security Administration, will present "Learn About the Economic Recovery One Time Payment." Questions and answers will follow the discussion. Join us for this free program that is open to the public. Free blood pressure screen, free health info, free raffle to enter to win a $20 99 Restaurant gift card and two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served to all in attendance. For further info contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 ext. 11.