Health notes: Mease Dunedin Hospital earns Energy Star honor for second consecutive year

Mease Dunedin Hospital has earned the prestigious Energy Star for the second consecutive year.

Energy Star is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that is designed to minimize energy consumption, cut costs and reduce impact on the environment through voluntary energy-efficient products and practices. Energy Star's ability to help businesses, organizations and consumers across the country reduce energy consumption and costs in 2010 was estimated at $18 billion.

"Earning a second Energy Star rating is a significant achievement because it validates that these efforts are successful in helping to manage our resources, while also benefiting the environment through better conservation practices," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer for Mease Dunedin. "We are committed to continuing these efforts while also maintaining the highest quality of patient care possible."

To earn the honor, Mease Dunedin took the following actions:

• Installed Power Logic electric submeters that allow staff to monitor, analyze and react to energy consumption.

• Created custom programs in the building's automation system to optimize the heating and cooling equipment while providing a comfortable environment.

• Educated team members to be aware and diligent about turning off computers, printers and non-essential equipment when not in use.

• Maintained and improved operation of energy plant equipment including a preventative maintenance program.

Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

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Slow-movement tai chi classes are offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Clearwater's Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road.

Slow-movement tai chi, while listed as a martial art, is an ancient integrated body and mind exercise directed more at improving fitness levels and less at self-defense than its reputation as a martial art suggests. The slow-movement method, while beneficial to all age groups, is gentle and particularly well suited for older muscles and joints.

Class fees range from $3 for those with a Clearwater Parks & Recreation Play Pass to $5 for those with no card.

Call (727) 724-3070 or visit myclearwater.com/agingwell.

Seminars, classes and support groups

THE MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 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. The ancient holistic healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu will be discussed. Survivors and caregivers are always welcome to attend. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, email katek1@verizon.net or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport group.com.

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, Educational Building, second floor, "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):

9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

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. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (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.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, 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. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

Health news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, faxed to (727) 445-4119 or emailed to sbeall@tampabay.com.

Health notes: Mease Dunedin Hospital earns Energy Star honor for second consecutive year 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:25pm]

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