Monday, June 18, 2018
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Health briefs for the weekend of July 4

Celiac support group: The West Pasco celiac support group, which meets the first Saturday of every month, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Shoreline Cafeteria Conference Room at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Meetings are open to the public and include recipe demonstrations for a gluten-free diet. For information, visit rmchealth.com online.

Bipolar disorder and depression education: North Tampa Behavioral Health, NAMI-Pasco County and the Tampa Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention host a screening of Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission, a one-hour film, followed by discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. Jason Tompkins, a psychotherapist and chairman of the Tampa Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, presides over the evening. Registration is not required but is encouraged. Click the "contact" tab at namipasco.org online.

Learn about heart healthy nutrition: A class called "Heart Healthy Nutrition: Eating For a Healthy Heart" is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Learn eating habits to help prevent and treat heart disease. Food label reading, recipe modification and food shopping will be discussed. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (727) 869-5498.

Explore ways to improve your diet: Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED), a program designed to help people improve the quality of their diets, meets from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays for 14 weeks starting Wednesday in conference room C at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The program, which maintains that all foods can be part of a healthy diet and is based on current nutrition recommendations, teaches lifestyle-management skills for developing and maintaining healthy eating habits. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

Cancer support group: Florida Cancer Affiliates (FCA), a community-based medical oncology and hematology practice, hosts a general cancer support group meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. The biweekly support group is conducted by a licensed clinical social worker and covers a wide range of topics. Participants are provided with educational material about cancer and cancer treatment. Survivors and family members have the opportunity to share concerns and experiences. For information, call (727) 808-4818.

Autism support group: Helping HANDs (offering Hope for Autism and Neurological Disorders) meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in conference rooms A and B at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The next meeting is Wednesday. Helping HANDS is a community support group for parents, family members and friends impacted by autism and related neurological disorders such as Tourette's, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Asperger's or other Autism Spectrum disorders. For information, call Jonica Chittum at (813) 402-9442 or (727) 534-8230, or email [email protected]

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