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Health notes

Hospital's health awards are quite a mouthful

Florida Hospital North Pinellas received the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

"The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients," said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "Additionally, Florida Hospital North Pinellas is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients."

According to the AHA, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure, and ASA statistics show that stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.

"Florida Hospital North Pinellas is dedicated to ensuring our care for heart failure patients is always among the best in the country. We will continue our successful efforts by adhering to the guidelines of the American Heart Association's Heart Failure program," said Bruce Bergherm, president/CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. "As important is stroke care. With a stroke, time lost is brain lost; our staff is committed to providing care to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocol."

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, is a member of the Florida Hospital network of the Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state.

Saturday

Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic: This scenic, out-and-back race begins at Coachman Park and takes participants over the Memorial Causeway to Clearwater Beach. Choose from 1-mile, 5K and 10K races. Free long-sleeve shirts for the first 1,500 runners. $19 in advance, $25 race day. $8 ages 13 and younger. 8 a.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 434-3409. www.saynotodrugs.com.

Managing Holiday Eating: Registered dietitian Mariah Reid will discuss how to enjoy food during the holidays while staying true to healthy nutrition goals. Topics include respecting hunger and satiety cues, tricks to prevent overeating at holiday gatherings, eating mindfully and understanding why diets don't work. Seating is limited. Call to register. Free. 10 a.m., Palm Harbor Family Counseling Center, 2311 Alt. U.S. 19, Suite 1, Palm Harbor. (832) 721-0992.

Santa's Twilight 5K: Dress as your favorite Christmas character for this timed run that takes place entirely within Honeymoon Island State Park. There's also post-race food and music. $35 to Dec. 14, $40 race day. 7 p.m., Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the west end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. (352) 394-1320. www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland

Wednesday

Laughter Yoga: Laughter Yoga is fun for all ages, combining laughter exercises with yoga breathing to improve overall health and relieve stress. $5 members/$7 nonmembers (per class). 6:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 733-7296.

Recurring

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics. There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake. (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Donations accepted. Visit foodaddicts.com.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

Nar-Anon Family Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin (behind church in fellowship hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free at 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Caregiver Support Groups: Local author and senior advocate Linda S. Burhans facilitates caregiver support groups at the following times and locations: 3 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Home Health, 13787 Belcher Road S, Suite 220, Largo; 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road; 10 a.m. the last Thursday of every month at Barrington Terrace, 333 16th Ave., Largo. Burhans presents a journaling workshop for caregivers at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at Pacifica Senior Living, 620 Belleair Road, Clearwater.

Co-dependents Anonymous: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Union Street United Methodist Church, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. This 12 Step meeting welcomes both men and women. Call (727) 798-7069.

Mail health news to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

Health and support notes 12/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 4:57pm]

    

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