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Briefs: Health notes

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Sassy Tuesday will provide free health screenings at Gulfview Square mall courtesy of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Community Hospital. Screenings include free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and medical information from the wound care and rehab centers. There will be free entertainment and prizes. Call (727) 378-4976.

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Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital offers a free lunch and learn seminar on the subject of irregular heath rhythms at noon Thursday. The hospital is at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Dr. Rose Roca, cardiologist will conduct the seminar. Call (727) 943-3600 to reserve a place.

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The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement support group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (813) 273-8721.

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Look Good … Feel Better, a free program that teaches people in active cancer treatment ways to deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Second Floor Conference Room, 2N, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Register by calling (727) 869-5498 or (888) 741-5119.

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Special Students of Hernando, a community resource and support group for any parents, guardians, caregivers, providers or educators who have or interact with children who have any disability meets the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This group, that is not a disability specific group, meets at the ARC Nature Coast Community Café on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Call Nikki Pierce at (352) 584-5512 or visit the Web site at SpecialStudentsOfHernando.com.

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"Understanding and Managing Your Medication" will be presented by Troy Jarvi, a pharmacist from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at the Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. His talk will include topics about knowing when and how to take medications, safe practices in drug storage and purchasing and what to do when medications change. Call (727) 869-5498 for reservations.

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The Pasco County Lupus Support Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Call Nicole (727) 447-7075.

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All bachelor, masters level and student social workers are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Nature Coast NASW unit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meeting is at the Hernando Pasco Hospice, West Hernando Team Office at 12260 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. Three continuing education units are available for $30 or free for those who do not need the CEU's. Pamela Teloh, a licensed clinical social worker, will speak on the topic of elder abuse. Call Wendy Hall at (352) 697-0705 to reserve a place.

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Florida middle school and high school students can compete in the Florida KidCare "Act-Out for Health" contest. Students can produce a 30-second television commercial or create a print advertisement promoting Florida KidCare, the state and federally funded insurance program that provides affordable health benefits for children birth through age 18. The first place and runner-up will be chosen from six regions across the state and one grand prize winner in the print and commercial categories will be chosen and awarded a $5,000 scholarship Other prizes include Best Buy gift cards for each student that helped produce the winning ad and a monetary donation will be given to the students' school. To receive an entry form and contest guidelines visit the Web site at actout4health.org or call (850) 224-5437, ext. 6114. All entries must be in by 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

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Swing for Charity, the 14th annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament, is set for Oct. 3 at Southern Hills Plantation off U.S. 41 in Brooksville. It is a foursome with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds benefit United Way of Pasco. Call (727) 869-5494 or (800) 432-7811, ext. 5494 for registration or sponsorship information.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous meet at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

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"What's So Good About Feeling Bad?" is a play produced by All Children's Hospital designed as a teaching tool to explain the complexities of the human body and how it protects and fights to keep kid's health. The two act play has employees of the hospital portraying characters representing a body system with comedic sketches and musical numbers. The second act is a game show format. The play dates are: Sept. 17 and 24, Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 12, Dec. 3 and 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 18, March 11 and 25, April 15 and 29 and May 6 and 13. The play is performed at the All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center, 701 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. This play is for pre-school, elementary and homeschooled children. Reservations can be made by calling Joyce Kosirowsky at (727) 767-4245 or register on line at www.allkids.org/achplcy.

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CARES and the Morton Plant Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic will provide Memory Screenings at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey beginning Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screenings will be offered on the third Wednesday of each month. Appointments are preferred by calling (727) 862-9291, ext. 244.

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Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Classes are conducted by Allison Pernecky on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Participants will learn how to control blood pressure and classes include a special focus on diet and meal planning. Call (727) 834-5630 for reservations.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, will offer a Saturday Childbirth Super-Prep class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $50. The Birthplace also offers a class outlining the health benefits of breast feeding from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Reservations are required for both classes by calling (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host its regular General Cancer Support Group at 6 p.m. Sept. 23. The group meets every other Tuesday at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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St. John's Hearing Institute and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida are offering a free hearing clinic from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive in Elfers. Complimentary services including hearing tests, checking for and removing ear wax and cleaning and servicing hearing aids will be available. Amplified telephones for the hard of hearing at no charge will be distributed to qualified Florida residents. Call (727) 847-1290.

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A sleep apnea and CPAP/BIPAP Clinic is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday at the Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, Suite 1 in New Port Richey. Sleep questions, mask fittings, pressure checks and equipment questions are offered for free. Call (727) 845-0459.

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Lifeline screenings appointments are offered beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey. Early registration is urged. There are eight tests that can be taken in less than one hour. Cost is $20 to $45 for individual tests or $80 to $139 for a series of tests. Call (800) 779-6353.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice will sponsor a two-day new volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 and 25 at the Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Individuals who can commit four-hours per week to visiting hospice patients in the Care Center, nearby residences, nursing homes or assisted living facilities are welcome. Lunch will be provided both days. Advance registration is required. Call Sheena Thompson, volunteer coordinator at (727) 847-5647.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. has added new telephones, TTYS and captioned telephones through its no charge equipment distribution program. Amplified telephones and related equipment are offered at no cost to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. Equipment is available Monday through Friday at the office at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. They also offer free hearing screenings by appointments. Call (727) 853-1010 or (866) 685-9477.

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Any adult who is trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one is invited to participate in a Hernando-Pasco Hospice ongoing grief support group at no charge. Led by counselors, a group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey. Another group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. A group meets every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Florida Hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills and from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, in Land O'Lakes. Call (727) 863-7971 or (813) 780-6797 or visit the Web site at hphospice.org.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. today and each third Tuesday of the month at Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. This is open to the public as well as hospice patients and families. The service will be conducted by Chaplain Andy Anderson. Call (727) 845-5707.

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Community Aging and Retirements Services Inc. (CARES) recognize the problem of uninsured seniors. Located at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, the service provides low income and uninsured seniors 55 years and older with limited medical care such as general physical exams, limited primary treatment, monitoring of chronic illnesses, counseling and referrals. Some donated medications, lab services and other special services are offered. Care is provided through active and retired health professionals. Call (727) 844-3077.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free blood pressure and diabetes screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. (CARES) Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Co-Dependent Anonymous: Freedom CoDA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community Congregational UCC, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-5525.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers several support group meetings for family and friends of those with mental illness and consumers (those with mental illness). This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to OCD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Support groups are available for individuals, for children and adolescents, for adults and for family members. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers three support groups this week. A group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heather Hill Healthcare Center, 6630 Kentucky Ave., New Port Richey. Call (727) 845-8726. Another group meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday at La Casa Grande, 6400 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 847-2980. On Monday, a group meets at 3 p.m. at the Zephyr Haven Health and Rehab Center, 38250 Ave. A, Zephyrhills. Call (813) 782-8843.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com, or fax to: (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200 with any questions. Please send information at least 10 days prior to event.

Briefs: Health notes 09/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:04pm]

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