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The West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. There will be a guest speaker and refreshments. Call (727) 863-4738.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, offers a class outlining the benefits of breast-feeding. The next class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5. To register call (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host its general cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., in New Port Richey. A cancer caregiver support group meeting is at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the center. Call (727) 842-8411 for reservations.

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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, off 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. Wednesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month thereafter. 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 covered. Call (727) 843-5630 for reservations.

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St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs is offering a lecture and complimentary luncheon series called Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 43309 U.S. 19. Watch Dr. James P. Gills perform two live cataract surgeries with premium lenses. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3111, ext. 2475.

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A seminar for men on the topic of erectile dysfunction will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 943-3600 to reserve a place. Dr. Christopher Shiepis, urologist, will provide an overview of the causes and latest treatment.

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The West Pasco Multiple Sclerosis self-help group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Café Grand, 6238 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The group meets the last Thursday of each month. Call Beth Cohen at (727)843-8043 for information.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice is starting off 2009 with a two-day orientation for prospective volunteers. The orientation is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday at its Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 847-5647 to register.

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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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An introductory meeting for CARES Senior Moments Early Memory Loss Program will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the CARES Crescent Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St. in Dade City. This program offers opportunities to handle the progression and challenges of potential memory disorders through early intervention. It provides social support and memory retaining skills. Call (352) 518-9300 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 AA Hotline.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital offers 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 American Cancer Society's Look Good … Feel Better program from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. This is a free program that teaches techniques to female cancer patients to help combat side effects of treatment. Call (727) 842-8411 for an appointment.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization will present its 10th annual Gong Show at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Jewish Community Center in Port Richey. Tickets are $40 for preferred seating and $30 for others. This is a BYOB event, and dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. There also will be door prizes, a silent auction, raffles and a raffle-style auction. Call (727) 848-8888.

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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.

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Community Hospital offers a class called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) at 10 a.m. today at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. The class will focus on understanding the facts about high blood pressure and how to plan meals. Call (727) 834-5630.

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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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Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several bereavement support groups, as well as individual counseling and 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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La Leche League, an international organization providing information, support and encouragement to women who want to breast-feed, 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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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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Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., will host the Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today. Call (352) 688-7744.

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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 at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. They will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Call (727) 845-0757.

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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., Troublecreek 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 Fifth 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 Pkwy., in Land O'Lakes. Call (800) 486-8784 or visit hphospice.org.

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Community Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings 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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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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Trading for a Cure Day is set for Feb. 3, with 100 percent of trading profits of Stock Cross Global to be donated to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute's Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Units. This event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer. This year the event will honor Gerry Mastrianni, who served as managing director for Stock Cross Global and recently passed away. He created trading for a cure as a way of giving back for the care he received at the Florida Cancer Institute. Call (800) 225-6196 or visit www.stockcross.com or www.tradingforacure.org.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will host its regular breast cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 5. The group meets every other Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Reservations are advised. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, offers several support group meetings for family and friends of those with mental illness and the patients themselves. This includes people with all brain disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations. A six-week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 4 at 7524 Plathe Road in Port Richey. The course is free. Call (727) 277-8059 for information and registration.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization hosts monthly support groups. One group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. Call (272) 376-6814. Another meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cottages, 5905 Pinehill Road, Port Richey. Call (727) 845-0527.

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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 information at least 10 days prior to event.

Pasco health calendar 01/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 6:47pm]

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