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Health notes for March 3, 2011

Health notes

Wellness seminar today at library

Ashleigh Gass, a specialist in certified strength and conditioning and medical exercise, will present a wellness seminar called Health, Exercise, Proper Food Selection and Body Composition Results: Why and How They are Connected, at 6:30 p.m. today at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N.

This discussion will cover the importance of food choices and exercise selection for health and optimal body composition and key concepts required to actually reach your health goals. With more than a decade of experience in the strength and conditioning industry, Gass can combine physical training with nutritional strategies.

The seminar is free.

Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

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Join pediatrician Greg Savel, MD, for an interactive discussion about the joys and challenges of raising children in their first two years of life at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Learn more about immunizations, proper infant and toddler nutrition, discipline and more. Light refreshments will be served.

To register for the seminar, call (727) 953-6877.

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Five sleep centers now fully accredited

All Morton Plant Mease's sleep disorders centers are now fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine.

A chronic sleep disorder such as sleep apnea leads to sleep deprivation, causing health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, onset of diabetes, mental illnesses and injuries. Seventy million Americans are not getting the seven to nine hours of nightly sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.

Receiving the AASM accreditation is the gold standard for sleep disorders centers. The sleep disorders center at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater received AASM accreditation in 2008 and the following four sleep centers recently became accredited: Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey; Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor; Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Largo; BayCare Outpatient Center, Tampa.

"Our goal at all of our sleep centers is to provide high quality patient care while assessing and treating sleep disorders," said Lisa Whims-Squires, DO, medical director, Morton Plant Mease sleep disorders centers. "Sleep is a necessity to good health, and we are proud to be recognized with the gold standard accreditation from the AASM."

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional care by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center's facility and staff, evaluation of patient contacts, physician training and testing procedures.

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Twenty percent of the American work force are shift workers suffering with disruption in their normal sleep patterns. Lack of the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep can lead to health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, mental injuries and the onset of diabetes.

Pulmonologist Robert Stein, MD, will speak on common sleep disorders and the consequences of fatigue in the workplace at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

The presentation will cover the perils related to lack of sleep, poor sleep habits, how to effectively improve sleep and productivity and minimize safety risks in the workplace.

To register for this seminar, call (727) 953-6877.

Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

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MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. Thursday (meets the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, e-mail, or visit

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at the following times and locations: 1 p.m. Mondays, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

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ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors welcome. (727) 787-1837.

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 781-2597; 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin, (727) 733-6858; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., (727) 784-3375. Free. Open to everyone.

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