Health notes

South Pasco health notes

The Compassionate Friends Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Community Hospital of New Port Richey, 5637 Marine Parkway. This group is open to parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child. Call (813) 273-8721. The group will have their annual Walk to Remember at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (April 19) at Pavilion B at Jay B. Starkey Park in New Port Richey. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Call (727) 376-3294.

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Hernando-Pasco Hospice will offer an eight week bereavement group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through May 29 at the agency's team office, 12029 Majestic Blvd., Suite 1 in Hudson. This is free and open to any adult who has experienced a recent loss. Pre-registration is requested by calling, toll-free, (800) 486-8784.

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The Pasco County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program offers four Freedom From Smoking Clinics to help smokers who want to quit. The next clinic is from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Monday and will continue to meet Mondays through June 2 at 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. Cost is $30 and low-income participants may be eligible for a reduced rate. Each participant receives a workbook, relaxation CD, incentives and optional nicotine patches. Call (727) 861-5250, ext. 161 for reservations.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, offers a prepared childbirth course from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday and will continues one night a week for six weeks. Cost is $70. Call (727) 834-5630 to register.

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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 the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will host its regular breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. Thursday. The group meets every other Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. It will host the American Cancer Society's Look Good ... Feel Better program from 2 to 4 p.m. May 5 at the same location. Open to all female patients in active treatment, the program will help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment by teaching beauty techniques. Call (727) 842-8411 for reservations.

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Hospice offers a grief group from 2 to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway and from 2 to 3 p.m. each Monday in the lab conference room of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Another group meets at the Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6807 Rowan Road in New Port Richey from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday beginning April 22. These groups are sponsored by Hernando-Pasco Hospice and there is no charge to participate. Anyone grieving over a loss of a loved one is invited to participate. Call (813) 780-6797 to register.

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Helping the Elderly with Legal Problems (HELP) offers free appointments at 1 p.m. April 24 at CARES, Claude Pepper Senior Center, New Port Richey. At 1 p.m. Monday, appointments are available at the CARES, Phil Mishkin Center in Port Richey. A legal seminar for elders is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the CARES Mishkin Center. Topics include trusts, property and long-term care insurance, Medicare Part D, potential fraud and power of attorney. Breakfast and lunch will be served at no charge. Call (727) 844-3077 or (727) 862-9291 for appointments or to register.

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Community Hospital offers several classes. Cholesterol Counts is at 10 a.m. April 22 and includes understanding facts about cholesterol, how it affects health, and how to control levels through diets. A Carbohydrate Counts class is set for 9:30 a.m. April 23 and will discuss myths, sources of carbohydrates in diets, why they are important and how to eat favorite foods. A class Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is planned for 10 a.m. April 22 and will cover understanding high blood pressure, eating plans to reduce sodium and recipes to cook health healthy meals. All the classes are at the hospital at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (877) 834-5630 for reservations.

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Adult children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Unity of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey. This is a 12-step program that maintains anonymity. Call Bonnie at (727) 862-4556.

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The Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers three types of support group meetings each month for family and friends of those with mental illness and those with mental illness. This includes all types of brain disorders, including, but not limited to OCD, depression, autism, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Daytime meetings are from 3 to 5 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Regency Park Civic Association Building, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. The evening meetings are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Monday (except holidays) of the month at Conference Room C at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call Gloria at (727) 992-9653. The Family and Friends Adolescent Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the North Pinellas Children's Medical Center, River Crossing Professional Center, 5508 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Charity at (727) 457-8514. There are two recovery support group programs for adults living with mental illness. One group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Shoreline Café Meeting Room, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Call Robin at (727) 808 -6757. Another group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday at Community Hospital, Health Resource Room, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Call Olga at (727) 457-0049.

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Nicotine Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Educational Center of St. Vincent DePaul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive in Holiday. Call (727) 937-1396.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers three support groups this week. On Tuesday, two groups meet. One group meets at 1:30 p.m. at Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-3077. Another group meets at 2:30 p.m. at New Port Inn, 6120 Congress St. New Port Richey. Call (727) 848-3617. On Wednesday, a group meets at Heather Hill Healthcare Center, 6630 Kentucky Ave., New Port Richey. Call (727) 848-4459. The organization has a program to help people who are homebound and need transportation to a special needs shelter in the event of a hurricane. The organization will present a Charity Luncheon Fashion Show at noon June 16 at the Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Lunch will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. The cost is $25 per person and there will be door prizes, auctions and raffles. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at (888) 496-8004.

Please send any health related meetings or information 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.

Kick the habit

A quit smoking support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. The group is facilitated by a tobacco prevention specialist. Free nicotine patches are available. Call (727) 861-5250, ext. 161.

South Pasco health notes 04/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:32am]

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