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Donate a pint of blood this month, get a free pound of coffee

January is National Blood Donor month and Dunkin' Donuts has teamed up with Florida Blood Services to thank all lifesaving donors with a "Give a Pint — Get a Pound" coupon for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

In addition, Florida Blood Services will provide donors with an insulated mug and a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

"If it weren't for the generosity of millions of American blood donors, people with disorders such as thalassemia and sickle cell would not live a productive life," said Donald Doddridge, Florida Blood Services CEO and president of America's Blood Centers. "Many more are alive today because there was blood on the shelf when they needed it after an accident or emergency surgical procedure."

Here in Florida, as a new year begins and the winter population increases, so does the demand on the community's blood supply. With more than 800 donations needed daily to save the lives of patients throughout the Tampa Bay area, Blood Services is requesting the vital support of all eligible citizens to help prevent blood shortages.

Individuals age 16 (with parental permission) and older, who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors.

To find donation locations, call toll free 1-800-68 BLOOD or visit

Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier will discuss the principles of his bestselling book, The Thrive Diet, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The free lecture will explain a plan that will help people develop a lean body, sharp mind and an abundance of energy.

RSVP required by calling (727) 443-6703.

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Barbara Bedingfield , director of development and enrollment at Suncoast Waldorf School, will share research on the importance of recess and movement, how the arts enhance learning, the detrimental effects of high-stakes testing, and the importance of nutrition and healthful, beautiful environments for learning 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Bedingfield holds a master's degree in early childhood development from Antioch University New England and a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Florida. She has taught in public and private schools and in Liberia, West Africa, where she served in the Peace Corps. She helped found Suncoast Waldorf School in 1998.

Call (727) 443-6703.

Seminars/support groups

T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.

T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-0934. Fee.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (12 STEP): 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Grand Villa ALF, 750 Starkey Road, Largo, (727) 460-7824.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach. E-mail naranonfamily or visit

Thyroid CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (WOMEN): 10:30 a.m. Saturday (the second Saturday of every month), Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

diabetes SUPPORT GROUP: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

alzheimer's caregiver's support group: 10 a.m. Monday and Jan. 26 (the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month) Room 114, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

Childbirth preparation (2 week series): Begins 7 p.m. Monday, Sarah Walker Women's Center, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500. Fee.

Donate a pint of blood this month, get a free pound of coffee 01/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 5:15pm]
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