DOLLAR DAYS: Local activities can be good for your health

If anyone knows a thing or two about laughter being the best medicine, it's "America's Golden Girl" Betty White. At age 90, she still has us laughing.

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Getting healthy for the new year is something many people resolve to do every January. Thanks to some inexpensive health-conscious events happening this week, that goal is easier -- and cheaper -- than ever.

The best medicine

Reduce some stress this week at the Charleston Comedy Festival, happening through Saturday.

The festival, which takes place at venues such as Theatre 99, Charleston Pour House, South of Broadway Theatre and Footlight Players Theatre, features locally and nationally recognized stand-up comedians, and sketch comedy and improv groups.

There's a show for any budget, with tickets ranging from $5 for the Laugh for a Lincoln shows and All Star Jam to $20 for the festival finale Saturday night.

A complete schedule of shows and venues is listed at

Tickets may be purchased on the website or by calling 800-514-3849.

Holistic healing

The Charleston Holistic Center, a new alternative health care company, will celebrate its grand opening 7-10 p.m. Friday.

The center will specialize in using counseling, yoga, reiki, hypnosis, meditation and other unconventional methods to create personalized health care for customers.

The grand opening will feature a photography exhibit by Candice Bizzell, free chair massages, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Charleston Holistic Center is at 2366 Ashley River Road in Suite 8. Call 225-2024 or go to

'Mission Nutrition'

Start your children on a healthy path by taking them to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry at 3:30 p.m. Friday for "Mission Nutrition."

Kids will venture into the CML garden to find healthy ingredients that the museum staff will use to create a meal.

Since "Mission Nutrition" is included in the $7 admission, children also will enjoy exploring the museum's many interactive exhibits.

Call 853-8962 or go to

Health fair

Learn about all things health-related Saturday and Sunday at the 2012 Total Health Fair.

Hosted at the Omar Shrine Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Road, the Total Health Fair will feature lectures, including one by "The Biggest Loser's" Antoine Dove, free fitness classes, more than 80 health and fitness-related vendors and exhibitors, and more.

A blood drive will be held 11-4 p.m. Saturday, and health screenings will be offered daily.

The first 200 attendees on each day will receive free goody bags.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Go to