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College Workshop Looks Into Family Ties, Health Dangers

November 2, 2005 -- The third and final installment of the fall Health Information Program (HIP) brings a whole new meaning to “family tree.”

The Collin County Community College District (Collin) Consumer Health Information Center and the McKinney Memorial Public Library will present “Leaving a Legacy: My Family Health Portrait Project.”

“My Family Health Portrait” offers a way for all American families to learn more about their family health history and to leave a legacy for generations to come. By identifying maladies that run in families – like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia – individuals can prevent or lower their risk of contracting these diseases.

“Leaving a Legacy” is a two-part class. The first session, held at McKinney Memorial Public Library, will discuss the purpose of a medical genealogy and what is needed to create one and the second session, a hands-on computer class held at Central Park Campus, is the actual creation and production of the medical genealogy.

The informational classes held at McKinney Memorial Public Library, 101 E. Hunt St., are offered at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Registration is not required for the classes at McKinney Memorial Public Library. The second classes in the program, the hands-on computer classes, are offered at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Dr., McKinney, in room C115. All classes are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.

HIP included a number of workshops throughout the fall that received the 2005 Express Consumer Health Outreach Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. The program, a dual offering by the college and library, provides the public an inside look into the resources available at both institutions and instruction on how to use those resources.

For more information or to register, call Lisa Huang at 972.548.6869 or e-mail lhuang@collin.edu.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.