Health Beat: Cornell Cooperative Extension to host food allergy training course Friday

• The 13th annual North Fork Breast Health Coalition 5k Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness will be held at Tanger Outlet Mall in Riverhead, Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The first 300 registrants will receive a NFBHC gift bag. Registration and pledge forms are available at the group’s website at northforkbreasthealth.org or call 208-8889.

• Peconic Bay Medical Center has scheduled a blood drive in its conference rooms A, B and C, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Bring an ID with a signature or photo. Anyone in generally good health between the ages of 16 and 75 is eligible to be a blood donor, although 16-year-olds need parental permission and anyone 76 or older must have a doctor’s note. You need to weigh at least 110 pounds and not have had a tattoo within the past 12 months. You should eat a low-fat diet and drink fluids before giving blood. Call 1-800-688-0900.

• The Riverhead community blood drive will be held at the Riverhead Fire Department, 540 Roanoke Ave., in the second-floor banquet room, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1-7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Call Lauren at 369-9136.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a food allergy training course at its education center, 423 Griffing Ave., Friday, Sept. 23, 2-5 p.m. Participants will learn the difference between a food allergy and a food reaction. The course is ideal for professionals who work with children. The fee is $20. Call 727-7850, ext. 355.

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