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Health notes for Pasco County

Volunteer physicians and nurses are needed for the CARES Senior Health Clinic at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey. This program provides low-income and uninsured seniors 55 and older with limited medical care. Call (727) 844-3077.

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Lunch and Learn, a series by St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute, 43309 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs, presents Dry Eye Syndrome by Dr. Vipul Shah from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. The series is free, but reservations are required by calling (727) 943-3111, ext. 2475.

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The West Pasco Fibromylagia Support Group meets at 2 to 4 p.m. March 6 at the Conference Center, Yosemite Drive in Hudson directly behind HCA Bayonet Point Hospital. Disability experts from Florida will speak on how to handle disabilities and answer questions. Call (727) 863-4738.

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Helen Ellis Hospital is offering a free seminar titled Blood in the Urine — Should I be concerned? At 1 p.m. Friday. The hospital is at 1395 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs. Dr. Christopher Shieps is the speaker. Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

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The West Pasco Multiple Sclerosis Self-help Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday and every last Thursday of each month at Café Grand, 6238 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 843-8043.

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CARES Senior Moments programs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the Rao Musunuru MD Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson and at the CARES Crescent Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., Dade City. This is an interactive program of fun and activities to help improve the ability to remain independent and may delay the progression of memory loss. Call (727) 863-6868 or (352) 518-9300.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey, will host the regular breast cancer support group at 6 p.m. March 5 at the center and every other Thursday. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150 for reservations.

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Pasco Regional Medical Center hosts the Diabetic Support Group, which meets monthly to discuss nutrition and health issues related to managing diabetes. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in Medical Plaza I, Suite 107, off State Road 52 in Dade City. Call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423.

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Community Hospital offers a Cholesterol Counting Class at 10 a.m. today at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. It is offered on the fourth Tuesday of every other month. Conducted by Allison Pernecky, registered dietitian, the class includes helping participants understand the facts about cholesterol, how it affects health, how to control cholesterol levels and recommended diets. Call (727) 834-5630 to reserve a place.

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Al-Anon, an anonymous support fellowship for family and friends of alcoholics, meets from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the A Club at 5650 Missouri Ave. in New Port Richey. Call (727) 862-0336. Several groups for Al-Anon and Alateen meet throughout Pasco County. Call the AA hotline toll-free 1-800-847-0777.

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The Pasco County Lupus Support Group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. every third Saturday at the New Port Richey Public Library, Room 2, 5939 Main St. Call Nicole at (727) 447-7075.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital offers regular classes in prenatal yoga from 7 to 8:15 p.m. every Monday at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Registration is required and the fee is $50 for four sessions. Call (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host the regular General Cancer Support Group at 6 tonight at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. This group meets every other Tuesday. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150 for reservations.

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TOPS, a weight support group, meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. Call (813) 780-6696.

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TOPS Chapter 416 meets at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Jasmine Lakes Clubhouse on Jasmine Boulevard in Port Richey. Call (727) 869-1747.

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Community Hospital has scheduled a meeting of Community Chatterboxes from 3 to 5 p.m. March 5 at 5400 School Road in New Port Richey. This is for individuals suffering from communication deficits including aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria. Call (727) 845-0757. The group meets every other Thursday.

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Community Hospital offers an Easy Eating for Diabetics class at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Bridget Shapiro, registered dietitian, teaches the class at the hospital at 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Sources of carbohydrates, myths surrounding the diabetic diet and how to eat favorite foods will be included in the lessons. Call (727) 843-5630 for reservations.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host the American Cancer Society's Look Good ... Feel Better program from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Free beauty techniques for women cancer patients are provided. Reservations are required by calling (727) 842-8411.

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Are you stressed out? Do you want to increase bone strength and muscle flexibility? Yoga can help. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson offers a yoga class from 11:30 to a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $6 per session. Bring a pad to kneel on and a towel. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice offers several bereavement support groups in both east and west Pasco County. The hospice also offers individual counseling as well as support for children, older adults and for the newly bereaved. Call (352) 567-6100, (813) 780-1235 or (727) 844-3946 for times and dates.

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The Veterans Outpatient Clinic on Little Road and NAMI Pasco will offer a 12-week free class to families of veterans who have mental illness beginning Thursday. The class is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and covers post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia and medications, side affects, coping and communication skills, problem solving, empathy and advocacy. Seating is limited so registration is required. Call (727) 992-9653.

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La Leche League, an international, nonprofit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing education information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed, meets at 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Meetings and phone help are free. Call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

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Susie's Group Support for former smokers meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 868-3835.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous meet at 10 a.m. Mondays at Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

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A Sleep Apnea and CPAP/BIPAP Clinic is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, Suite 1, New Port Richey. Sleep questions, mask fittings, pressure checks and equipment questions are offered for free. Call (727) 845-0459.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will host monthly lymphedema support group meetings at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey, from 3 to 4 p.m. March 19 and on the third Thursday of each month. Call (727) 845-0757.

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Any adult trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one is invited to participate in a Hernando-Pasco Hospice ongoing grief support group at no charge. Led by counselors, the following groups meet.

• 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Trouble Creek Square, New Port Richey.

• 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson.

• 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish Center, 38710 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills.

• 2 to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, in Land O'Lakes.

For information, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit the Web site at hphospice.org.

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A Lunch and Learn program will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 3 at the Zephyrhills Center, 38010 Medical Center Ave. Sponsored by the Florida Cancer Institute, the program will be on Skin Cancer: Its Causes and Treatment; What to look for. Seating is limited so reservations are required to this free program. Call (813) 783-1656.

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Community Hospital offers free blood pressure screening from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. Call (877) 422-3627.

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Boot Camp for New Dads, a course for fathers-to-be, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity. Cost is $25. Participants will learn about holding, comforting, burping, diaper changing and dressing. Other topics include safety, preventing child abuse and managing work hours. Call (727) 462-7500.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free blood pressure and diabetes screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will offer free Quit Smoking Now tobacco cessation support groups on Tuesdays. The groups meet once a week for six weeks. Call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 for locations dates and times.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host its regular breast cancer support group meeting at 6 p.m. March 5. The group meets every other Thursday at the center at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Anyone touched by cancer and family members are encouraged to attend. Reservations advised. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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The Florida Cancer Institute will hold a caregiver support group at 6 p.m. March 10 at the center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Anyone touched by cancer is invited to attend. Reservations are advised by calling (727) 842-8411.

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Co-Dependent Anonymous: Freedom CoDA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community Congregational UCC, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-5525.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers several support group meetings for those with mental illness and their family and friends. This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to OCD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization hosts monthly support group meetings. This week there are two. One group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. Call (727) 376-6814. Another group meets at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cottages, 5905 Pinehill Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 845-0527.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com, or fax to (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200 with any questions. Please send information at least 10 days prior to event.

Health notes for Pasco County 02/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 23, 2009 4:07pm]
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