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Pasco health briefs

The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement support group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting is on the first floor of the Community Hospital of New Port Richey, 5637 Marine Parkway. Call (813) 273-8721.

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Volunteer physicians and nurses are needed for the CARES Senior Health Clinic at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey. This program provides low-income and uninsured seniors 55 years and older with limited medical care. Call (727) 844-3077.

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Community Hospital offers a Cholesterol Counting Class at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. It is offered on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. Conducted by Allison Pernecky, registered dietitian, the class includes helping participants understand the facts about cholesterol, how it affects health, how to control cholesterol levels, and recommended diets. Call (727) 834-5630 to reserve a place.

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CARES Senior Moments programs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Rao Musunuru MD Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson and at the CARES Crescent Enrichment Center, 13906 5th St., Dade City. This is an interactive program of fun and activity to help improve the ability to remain independent, and may delay the progression of memory loss. Call (727) 863-6868 or (352) 518-9300. Free memory screenings are offered by the Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Loss Memory Disorders Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Musunuru Center. This event is free and open to the public. Call (727) 863-6868.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. in New Port Richey, will host its regular breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. Thursday at the center. The group meets every other Thursday. Anyone touched by cancer is invited, and family members are encouraged to attend. Reservations are advised. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150, for reservations.

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The north Pasco team of Hernando-Pasco Hospice will have a two day orientation for volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday at the 12107 Majestic Blvd. in Hudson. Call (727) 863-9522 to register.

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Pasco Regional Medical Center hosts the Diabetic Support Group, which meets monthly to discuss nutrition and health issues related to managing diabetes. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in Medical Plaza I, Suite 107, located off of State Road 52 in Dade City. Call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423.

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Community Hospital offers an Easy Eating for Diabetics class at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25. The class is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Bridget Shapiro, registered dietitian, teaches the class at the hospital at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Sources of carbohydrates, myths surrounding the diabetic diet and how to eat favorite foods will be included in the lessons. Call (727) 843-5630 for reservations.

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Al-Anon, an 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 (800) 847-0777 for the AA Hotline.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital offers regular classes in prenatal yoga from 7 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Registration is required and the fee is $50 for every four sessions. Call (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute - New Hope will host the regular General Cancer Support Group at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. This group meets every other Tuesday. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150 for reservations.

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The West Pasco Multiple Sclerosis Self-help Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 and the last Thursday of each month at Cafe Grand, 6238 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 843-8043.

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TOPS, a weight support group, meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. Call (813) 780-6696. TOPS chapter 416 hosts an open house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jasmine Lakes Clubhouse on Jasmine Boulevard in Port Richey. Low-fat healthy food will be served. Call (727) 869-1747. The group meets every Wednesday at this location.

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Community Hospital has scheduled a meeting of Community Chatterboxes from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at 5400 School Road in New Port Richey. This is for individuals suffering from communication deficits, including aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. Call (727) 845-0757. The group meets every other Thursday.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several bereavement support groups in both East and West Pasco County. The hospice also offers individual counseling as well as support for children, older adults and for the newly bereaved. Call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946 for times and dates.

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The Veterans Outpatient Clinic on Little Road and NAMI Pasco will offer a 12-week free class to families of veterans who have mental illness, beginning Feb. 26. The class is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and covers post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as medications, side affects, coping and communication skills, problem solving, empathy and advocacy. Seating is limited, so registration is required. Call (727) 992-9653.

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La Leche League, an international, non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing educational information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed, 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.

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The Pasco County Health Department in collaboration with Spirit of Life Church will provide free oral HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church at 4133 Thys Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 861-5260, ext. 172.

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Susie's Group Support for former smokers meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 868-3835.

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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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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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The Florida Cancer Institute - New Hope will host monthly lymphedema support group meetings at the center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. The group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and on the third Thursday of each month. Call (727) 845-0757.

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

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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 Tuesdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. A group meets every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, 38710 5th Ave. in 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 (800) 486-8784 or visit the Web site at hphospice.org.

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Two evening adult bereavement support groups, offered by Hernando-Pasco Hospice, have been added to its other support groups. Both groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for eight weeks. One starts Thursday and meets at the hospice office 12029 Majestic Blvd. in Hudson. The other begins Feb. 24 at 6807 Rowan Road in New Port Richey. Pre-registration is required by calling (727) 863-7971.

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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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Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will offer free Quit Smoking Now tobacco-cessation support groups on Tuesdays. The groups meet once a week for six weeks. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 for locations, dates and times.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice will have a two-day overview and orientation for volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday at the office at 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City. Call (813) 780-6797 to register. The south team, which serves New Port Richey, Holiday, Trinity and Odessa residents, will have a two-day orientation for volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and Feb. 26 at 4422 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Preregistration is required by calling (727) 849-2629.

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Are you stressed out? Do you want to increase bone strength and muscle flexibility? Yoga can help. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson, offers a yoga class from 11:30 to a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Cost is $6 per session. Bring a pad to kneel on and a towel. Call (727) 863-6868.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host the Man to Man prostate cancer support group from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers several support group meetings for those with mental illness and the family and friends of mental illness patients. This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization hosts monthly support group meetings. This week there are two. One group meets at 1:30 p.m. today at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-3077. The second group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Park, 37135 Coleman Ave., Dade City. Call (352) 567-8615.

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

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 all information at least 10 days prior to event.

Pasco health briefs 02/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 16, 2009 6:53pm]

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