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Health and support groups and classes in Pasco


Breastfeeding support: La Leche League meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Meetings and phone help are free. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

Childbirth classes: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in July at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City. Classes include infant/child CPR for expectant parents. Call (352) 521-1138.

Childbirth super-prep class: This one-day accelerated/refresher course is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Cost is $50. Call (727) 834-5630 to register.

Pediatric CPR: 9 to 11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Cost is $15 for one person, $25 for two. For information visit

Prenatal yoga: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays at the Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Registration required; $50 for four sessions. Call (727) 834-5630.

Hearing assistance

Hearing clinic: 9 to 11 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. St. John's Hearing Institute provides ear wax checks and removal, hearing screenings and hearing aid checks. Participants who wear hearing aids receive one free package of batteries. For information call (727) 868-6363.

Hearing loss programs: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida offers a group to discuss problems and solutions related to hearing loss at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey (in the Pasco Elderly Nutrition Building). Free, but advanced registration required. At 2 p.m. July 9 Kathleen Mengle will speak about Elder Assistance nonmedical home care. At 2 p.m. July 23, American Sign Language instructor Caren Evans will speak about hearing loss. For information, call (727) 853-1010 and ask for Honey or Chris.

Specialized telephones: Florida residents with difficulties using the telephone because of a hearing loss or speech disability may qualify for specialized phone equipment at no charge. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc., 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd. Port Richey, provides amplified telephones, text telephones, captioned telephones and ring signaling devices. Free hearing screenings by appointment. Call (727) 853-1010 or toll-free 1-866-685-9477.


Babysitter training: 9 a.m. July 29 at Trinity Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey. This course is designed to prepare young babysitters for the responsibility of nurturing and protecting children. Cost is $50. Bring lunch and a drink. Call (727) 462-7500 to register.

Beauty techniques: For female cancer patients, 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Florida Cancer Institute, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Free, but reservations required by calling (727) 842-8411.

Cholesterol Class: 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. This class about controlling and reducing cholesterol levels is offered the fourth Tuesday of every other month. Call (727) 834-5630 for reservations.

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension: 10 a.m. July 28 and every fourth Tuesday of every other month at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Seating limited; reservations required. Call (727) 834-5630.

Dyslexia correction: 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Dyslexia Correction Etc., 26809 Tanic Drive, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel. Registration required: Call Randee Garretson at (813) 956-0502, e-mail or visit www.dyslexiacorrection,com.

Easy Eating for Diabetics: 9:30 a.m. July 22 and the fourth Wednesday of each month with registered dietitian Bridget Shapiro at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Participants learn about diabetic diet myths, sources of carbohydrates, why they are important and how many carbs diabetics need to consume in a day, as well as how to eat favorite foods without feeling guilty. Call (727) 834-5630 for reservations.

Fighting memory loss: CARES Senior Moments programs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson and at the CARES Crescent Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., Dade City. This interactive program helps improve the ability to remain independent and may delay the progression of memory loss. Call (727) 863-6868 or (352) 518-9300.

Sleep apnea clinic: 1 p.m. Mondays through July at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Information on continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, and bilevel positive airway pressure, or BiPAP, treatments. Call toll-free 1-800-940-5151 and select option 4. Another clinic is from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, New Port Richey. Pressure checks, mask fittings and Sleep/CPAP education. Call (727) 845-0459.

Water safety class for deaf children: 8:30 to 10 a.m. July 18 at the New Port Richey recreation center, 6630 Van Buren St. Sponsored by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Port Richey and the Katelyn Foundation. This water safety class is open to children of all ages; a sign language interpreter will assist with the teaching. This program could lead to free swim lessons to those who are interested and qualify. Call (727) 853-1010 for information.

Yoga classes: 11:30 to a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday at CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Cost is $6 per session. Bring a pad to kneel on and a towel. Call (727) 863-6868.

Support groups

Alzheimer's: Groups sponsored by the Alzheimer's Family Organizations meet throughout Pasco County during the day and evening hours. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-800-496-8004 for a nearby location.

Al-Anon: This anonymous support fellowship for family and friends of alcoholics meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. each Wednesday at the A Club at 5650 Missouri Ave. in New Port Richey. Call (727) 862-0336. Several groups for Al-Anon and Alateen meet throughout Pasco County. Call toll-free 1-888-425-2666 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays for Al-Anon hotline.

Bereavement: Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several free English- and Spanish-speaking bereavement support groups for people across Pasco County as well as individual counseling. Call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946 for times, dates and locations.

Breast cancer: 6 p.m. July 9 and every other Thursday at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

Cancer: 6 p.m. July 14, combined meeting of the caregiver support group and general cancer support group at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Reservations advised. Call (727) 842-8411. The general cancer support group will also meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at 7651 Medical drive in Hudson. This group meets the first Thursday of every month. Reservations advised. Call (727) 868-9208.

Codependents Anonymous: 10 a.m. Mondays at the Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

Communication disorders: The Community Chatterboxes meet from 3 to 4 p.m. July 9 and every other Thursday at Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road in New Port Richey. This is for individuals suffering from communication deficits including aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. Call (727) 845-0757.

Diabetes: 2 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, to discuss nutrition and health issues related to managing diabetes. Hosted by Pasco Regional Medical Center at Medical Plaza I, Suite 107, located off of State Road 52 in Dade City. Call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423.

Fibromyalgia: The West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Conference Center, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Call (727) 378-4852.

Grief: HPH Hospice offers the following grief support groups at no charge:

• 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey.

• 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson.

• 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, 38710 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

• 2 to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes.

Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit for information.

Lymphedema: 3 to 4 p.m. July 16 and the third Thursday of each month at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Led by Lindsey Wisniewski, a licensed physical therapy assistant with lymphedema training. Call (727) 845-0757.

Mental illness: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers several support group meetings for patients with all brain disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and multiple personalities, as well as support groups for their friends and family. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations.

Multiple sclerosis: The West Pasco Multiple Sclerosis Self-help Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Boulevard Beef and Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 843-8043.

Prostate cancer: The Man to Man support group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. July 16 at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411.

Smoking cessation: The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center offers free Quit Smoking Now support groups on Tuesdays. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 for locations, dates and times. Also, the Pasco County Health Department has a Monday Quit Smoking Group that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. each Monday at 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. Free nicotine patches for a limited time. Call (727) 861-5250 ext. 279.

Weight loss: TOPS, a weight support group, meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. in Zephyrhills. Call (813) 780-6696. The group also meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Jasmine Lakes Clubhouse, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. in Port Richey. Call (727) 869-1747.


Blood pressure screening: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Free. Call (877) 422-3627.

Blood pressure/diabetes screenings: 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 CARES Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

Clean Hands are Cool Hands: Free coloring book available to promote healthy hand hygiene. Visit This program encourages washing hands regularly to prevent the spread of community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a common yet highly contagious bacteria.

Dizziness testing: Gardner Audiology offers videonystagmography testing to determine the multiple causes of dizziness and imbalance and distinguish between peripheral disorders and central nervous system disorders. Testing is performed on referral from a physician. Call (352) 666-8910 to arrange a hearing and balance evaluation.

HIV testing: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Thursday of every month at Spirit of Life Church MCC, 4133 Thys Road in New Port Richey. The Pasco County Health Department provides the testing, which is free and confidential. For information call (727) 861-5260 ext. 172 and leave a message for Pat.

Mammography screening: Available for $60 for both the screening and the radiologist reading at Community Hospital in New Port Richey. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 834-5636. Not eligible for insurance reimbursements. Some restrictions apply.

Volunteers needed

Blood donors: Florida Blood Services needs blood. Healthy people, age 16 and older and weighing at least 110 pounds are asked to share. Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663.

CARES Bill Payer Program: Volunteers offer free assistance to seniors who need help writing their checks, paying monthly bills and balancing checkbooks or setting up a budget. The volunteers are screened and trained to help those ages 60 and older. Call (352) 518-9300 or (727) 862-9291, ext. 224.

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital: The Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is recruiting year-round residents to volunteer in the hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 942-5072 for an appointment.

Hospital Gift Shop: The Pasco Regional Medical Center needs volunteer for the gift shop, Treasures and Trinkets. Must be 16 years old or older and able to use or learn to use a cash register. Call Monica Sivon at (352) 521-1138.

Pregnancy Center: The West Pasco Pregnancy Center needs volunteers for all areas including nurses, office workers and client advocates at the center, 5330 George St., New Port Richey. The center offers free pregnancy testing, counseling, ultrasound, parenting programs and skill classes. Call (727) 846-9999.

Senior Health Clinic: Volunteer physicians and nurses needed for the clinic at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey. Volunteers are offered sovereign immunity through the state, and CARES can help physicians who are licensed in other states or who have let their licenses lapse to obtain limited licensing. Call (727) 844-3077.

Teens wanted: The HPH Hospice Thrift Store and More in Zephyrhills is looking for teens age 14-17 who can work as cashiers, sort merchandise, help customers, do minor repairs on appliances or arrange the store. There are also office projects, including computer work at the office in Dade City. Call Diana Unger at (352) 518-1400.

Send health related items to Lucille Lazich at, fax to (727) 869-6233, or mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. Call (727) 869-6235. Please send information about events at least 10 days in advance.

Health and support groups and classes in Pasco 06/29/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 29, 2009 4:22pm]
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