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Directions for Mental Health is hosting a benefit golf tourney at Belleair Country Club today

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Golf tournament will benefit safety for kids at home

Directions for Mental Health will host a charitable golf event, the Keep Kids Safe at Home Golf Inaugural, today at Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Registration begins at 11 a.m., shotgun start is at noon. The event includes a reception, prizes for first, second and third places, and a silent auction with sports and "getaway" items. Individual entry fee is $250, a foursome is $1,000.

The event comes at an important time, with studies indicating increased mental health issues in both children and adults, and when many nonprofit mental health centers such as Directions are in need of additional financial support.

A report from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh showed a significant rise in injuries due to shaken baby syndrome. Economic stresses have been cited as potential sources of the increase, which makes sense, according to Directions for Mental Health president and CEO David J. Lomaka.

"The economy plays a major role in many individuals' mental health," he said. "There are very real concerns that come with financial hardship.

"The funds raised through this event — and whenever someone donates to our organization — help ensure that our children are not the victims of these hardships and are safer, healthier and have a shot at success down the road."

Keep Kids Safe at Home Golf Inaugural will benefit services that help keep kids safe at home, including counseling, psychiatric therapy, case management and foster care services.

Visit or call (727) 524-4464, ext. 1700.

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The free seminar, "Overactive — There Are Solutions," will be presented by Dr. Christopher Shiepis at 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

The urologist will discuss the symptoms, causes and latest treatment for urinary control problems, such as exercise, medications and the InterStim therapy. Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

Reservations are necessary. Call (727) 943-3600, anytime.

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Morton Plant Mease and St. Anthony's hospitals are celebrating the Month of the Woman by focusing on women's health with lectures and events throughout the month of May.

Woman to Woman, an open discussion with a panel of physicians and clinical specialists, will start at noon Friday at Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Health professionals from the fields of breast oncology surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology and family medicine will attend. A light lunch will be served.

Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call (727) 953-9159.

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Healthy living for the senior adult means staying physically active, independent and mobile. Staying active and mobile requires, among other things, healthy feet. Dr. Salvatore DeLellis, podiatric medicine specialist, will provide valuable information on how to care for your feet at a free seminar on pain relief for foot problems at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. A basic foot and ankle screening will also be offered for those interested.

Also discussed will be pro-active steps to prevent foot problems, as well as the latest medical and surgical intervention to restore a spring in one's step. Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600 weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide free athletic physicals to Pinellas County high school student athletes 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St.

The exams include height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and musculoskeletal system.

The health checks are free, but a fee may be required by some schools to support their booster clubs. Call (727) 462-7861.

Directions for Mental Health is hosting a benefit golf tourney at Belleair Country Club today 05/12/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:02pm]
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