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The Ark, a nonprofit that provides Alzheimer’s family support services, is offering the Powerful Tools for Caregivers series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 23 through February. The program is designed to help people practice self-care while also caring for a relative or friend who has a chronic illness.
The class is free; donations are accepted. Registration is required, and class size is limited.
The Cooper River Bridge Run and the city of Charleston will host a free Charleston Health & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Thursday at the Gaillard Center. The event will include programs, health services and information on multiple topics from representatives from the Medical University of South Carolina and other facilities.
Some of the programs include cooking lessons and dieting demonstrations, exercise guidance, weight management, oral health for all ages, a sleep center and massages. There will be flu shots and health tests, including body-mass index, glucose checks, blood pressure checks, bone density scans, sleep and anxiety tests, and cancer prevention and screenings.
East Cooper Community Outreach is the beneficiary of Thursday’s 5% Day Community Giving effort at Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant. The grocery story will donate 5% of its net sales for the day to ECCO, a nonprofit that aims to provide safety net services to low-income residents.