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Health notes for week of June 16-22

Seminar discusses syndrome's link to arterial plaque

People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary artery disease and other diseases related to arterial plaque buildups as well as type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mushtaq Nabi, internal medicine, will discuss this syndrome at a free Lunch & Learn seminar at noon Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

A light lunch will be served. To reserve a seat, call (727) 943-3600.

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Oldsmar Fire Rescue is offering a Child and Babysitting Safety program sanctioned by the American Safety & Health Institute from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

The course, facilitated by Oldsmar Fire Rescue's EMS Coordinator, Aaron Gonzalez, is designed for anyone 12 years old and older interested in skills training and information regarding the caring of infants and children. The course is particularly beneficial to young adults interested in babysitting.

Attendees will learn infant care, emergency action steps, personal safety, fire and water safety, basic first aid and choking management. Books are included.Program cost is $15. Space is limited. To register, call Oldsmar Fire Rescue at (813) 749-1200.

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Morton Plant Mease Women's Services joins the national group, Red Hot Mamas, to raise awareness of women's health in menopausal years. MPM will kick off its local Red Hot Mamas program 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in MPM's Tuttle Auditorium, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for mingling, shopping, massages and refreshments followed by a fun-filled, informational workshop focusing on treating symptoms, tackling midlife weight gain and understanding mind and body approach while moving through menopause. Guest speakers include Dr. Stephanie Van Zandt, life coach Elizabeth Nelson and wellness educator Cathleen Shears.

The purpose of the local Red Hot Mamas program is to educate women on understanding menopause, to provide community support, and empower women to make better choices for their health, comfort and well-being.

The event is free. Advance registration is required by calling (727) 953-6877. Visit

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

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 these 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 message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings appreciated.

alzheimer's caregivers support group: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

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. Visit

the mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. today (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

Coast Dental makes oral care affordable

Coast Dental has three free offers to make it affordable to maintain good oral health. New patients who do not have dental benefits can schedule a free comprehensive exam and X-rays at any of the 125 Coast Dental practices in Florida and Georgia through the end of July.

Coast is also waiving the $75 first-year membership fee for its exclusive discount dental plan, Smile Plus, so patients can receive substantial savings on any treatment that may be needed, even if they don't have dental insurance.

"During tough economic times people tend to put off dental checkups," said Coast Dental Chief Clinical Director Dr. Cindy Roark. "We know oral health is connected to serious systemic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. So, a visit to the dentist is about much more than maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. It's also about maintaining good overall health."

For information, call toll-free 1-888-262-7844 or visit

Health notes for week of June 16-22 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:53pm]
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