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Free Events At Duke This Week: Flower Walk, More

Free Events At Duke This Week: Flower Walk, More

Activities include a health assessment, guided walk and documentary

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Durham, NC - This week's picks from the Working@Duke staff for five free things to do at Duke include a guided walk in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, an in-the-works documentary and a confidential health assessment, among other possibilities.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6

Want to quit smoking? LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program, begins the first in a four part quit smoking series at Duke Raleigh Hospital. QuitSmart combines powerful treatments to help smokers break free from cigarettes. Among other tactics, participants learn how to make decisions about smoking cessation medications to ease off nicotine, and ultimately, break the smoking habit. Class is held every Tuesday in March.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 8

Receive a confidential "HealthCheck" assessment from LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program. HealthCheck measures cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose (if at risk), weight and body mass index. A computerized report provides feedback on current health measures and health practices. A nurse will help employees get started on small changes to improve health. This HealthCheck is in the Honeysuckle Conference Room at University Development.

5:15 p.m., Thursday, March 8

The David B. Larson Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Ken Pargament, distinguished scholar in residence at the Institute for Spirituality and Health of the Texas Medical Center. He is also professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. His lecture, "From Research to Practice: Envisioning an Applied Psychology of Religion, Spirituality, and Health," is in Duke North Room 2001 on the 2nd floor of Duke North Hospital.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, March 9

Take a spring flower walk in the Sarah P. Duke Garden's Asiatic Arboretum with Paul D. Jones, curator of the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, and horticulturist Michelle Rawlins. The Arboretum holds many fascinating plants, displayed in beautiful and ever-changing combinations. The guides will take walkers to several little-known garden spaces and unique plants.

7 p.m. Friday, March 9

Local filmmaker (and former clown) Nic Beery will show his latest work-in-progress, "Sayonara to Hello," a feature-length documentary of Steve Marshall's 40-year journey as a working performer. The film focuses on the travels and adventures of Marshall as he returns to the United States for a magic lecture tour after 14 years of performing as a magician and comedic actor in Japan. The screening is part of the Center for Documentary Studies Fresh Doc Series, an occasional workshop-style gathering to engage in ongoing conversations between filmmakers and audience members. Work is shown in all stages of the editing process, from in-progress to finished product. Sayonara is currently in post-production; Beery anticipates a late summer 2012 release.

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