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'Tools to Quit' smoking cessation class: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23, Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Also, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. The classes are provided at no cost by the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and Florida Department of Health. Four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy is available (patches, gum or lozenges). Registration is required. RSVP to (813) 929-1000.

Brooksville

Hernando County Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Bayfront Health Brooksville, first-floor Conference Room 2, 17249 Cortez Blvd. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Linda Ravenhorst (wound care nurse), (352) 686-1956. The association offers a visitor program for new ostomy patients who need counseling and support. For details, call Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426, or Ravenhorst at number above.

Spring Hill

Crescent Community Clinic: The clinic, 5244 Commercial Way (Winchester Plaza), provides medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Those wishing to receive services from the nonprofit, volunteer-staffed clinic must first apply for services. To apply, potential patients must visit the website at crescentclinic.org and download the application on the first page. The clinic is staffed by volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, except Thursdays. For information, call (352) 610-9916. Potential patients are not to call the office for appointments.

Diabetes mellitus lecture 'The Role of Obesity — Glucometer Workshop': 1 p.m. Monday, Access Healthcare, 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive. Presented by Verna Pedersen Runyan, nurse practitioner. Seating is limited and reservations required. RSVP to Arlene, (352) 597-7249.

Memory screenings offered: Appointments will be scheduled between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association will provide free memory screenings for adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss. The 15-minute screening is not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Space is limited. Call Carla Hayes for an appointment, (352) 597-1882.

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando: Support groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays; 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. There are two separate meetings: one for those with mental illnesses, the other for family members. NAMI also offers free ongoing classes for those with mental illness and for their families. NAMI Basics is a six-week class for parents or caregivers of children younger than 18. There is also a Peer-to-Peer class for those with mental illness. A variety of life enrichment activities is offered, such as bowling and art classes. For details and schedules, call the Beautiful Mind, (352) 684-0004. Web: namihernandofl.org or NAMI.org.

'Weight Reduction: Awareness is the First Step' lecture: 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive. Conducted by Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh. RSVP to (352) 688-8116.

Pasco County/Trinity

Huntington's Disease Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. Nina Qualters, (727) 236-3578 or npappasqualters@gmail.com.

Send information for the Health and Support column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email pday@tampabay.com. Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

iPad Users Group for Stroke Recovery: 10 a.m. today, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Open to anyone looking to improve memory and dexterity after a stroke, using iPad applications. Renee Payne, (352) 263-9265 or renee@handleit4u.com.

Health and support 10/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:37pm]
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