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Pasco health news: Mental illness organization supports group program

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Pasco County will present a panel of consumers (those living with mental illness) to discuss What the new NAMI Connections Support Group program has meant to them at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice offers an ongoing grief support group from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday starting this week at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Troublecreek Square, New Port Richey. Another group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Aug. 28 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. Call (727) 863-7971 or visit

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The Pasco County Health Department and Spirit of Life Church will provide free Oral HIV testing 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church, 4133 Thys Road in New Port Richey. Testing is confidential; results available after two weeks. Call Pat at (727) 861-5260 ext. 172.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. Chaplain Andy Anderson will conduct today's service. Call (727) 845-5707.

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The Pasco Regional Medical Center Volunteer Office is accepting books for the Book Cart Project that is taken to patient rooms and waiting areas. Bestsellers, paperbacks, inspiration and children's books are needed. Call Annetta Evans at (352) 521-1195.

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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 in New Port Richey. Call (813) 273-8721.

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Enrolled participants at CARES' Crescent Adult Day Care Center in Dade City and the Claude Pepper Adult Day Care Center in New Port Richey may be eligible for free or reduced meals under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program. Eligibility is based on household size and income. Applications are available at the centers. Call (352) 518-930 or (727) 844-3077.

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A carbohydrate counting class for diabetics is offered at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the hospital. The class will offer information on understanding high blood pressure, eating plans to reduce sodium intake and recipes for tasty, heart healthy meals. Reservations are required for both classes by calling (727) 834-5630.

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Pasco County Health Department is urging uninsured families to sign up with Florida KidCare. Children enrolled in the program receive regular doctor's visit, immunization and routine vision and hearing screening. Most families pay a premium of $15 to $20 a month. Families can apply online at or call (888) 540-KIDS.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization and TrueOldies 106 FM will hold an After Five Texas Hold 'Em Competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Heritage Springs, Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Cost is $75 per person and proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Family organization. Included is $2,000 in chips, door prizes, dinner, raffles and prizes. Call (727) 457-7312.

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Senior Moments meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday at the CARES Phil Mishkin Administrative Center, 7505 Rottingham Road, Port Richey. This program is for individuals who are experiencing early memory losses and need a proactive day program to provide social support and memory retraining skills. Call Christine Powers at (727) 862-9291 ext. 244.

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The Lupus Support Group for Pasco County will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at the South Holiday Branch Library, 4640 Mile Stretch Drive in Holiday. Call (727) 447-7075.

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

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

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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, or NAMI, offers several support group meetings for people with mental illness as well as their family and friends. This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Call (727) 992-9653 for information.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at, 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 news: Mental illness organization supports group program 08/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 7:46am]
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