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Babysitter training

The American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Program will be presented 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

The course teaches basic child care and first aid and is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 18 only.

Cost is $85.

To register, call the Red Cross toll-free at 1-800-733-2767.

Oct. 17–24 has been designated as "Radon Awareness Week" by the federal government. Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the country.

The Federal Radon Action Plan was passed June 20, calling for the government to implement programs to reduce the risk of lung cancer to Americans in their homes and workplaces.

Testing for radon gas during real estate transactions will be required, and remediation will be necessary when the levels of radon gas are dangerous. Schools, workplaces and day care facilities will be tested for radon to protect people outside of their homes. The goal of the Federal Radon Action Plan is to save lives through radon testing and mitigation.

For more information, call the National Radon Hotline toll-free at 1-800-767-7236. Materials, statistics and publications about indoor radon gas are available at or RadonWeek.US.

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Certified recovery peer specialist Les Ambush will present an informative workshop for coping with depression, addiction, codependency and anger 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Hospice, Room 100, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

A $5 workshop fee includes materials. Lunch purchase is optional.

Reservations are requested. Call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail

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Morton Plant Mease will host a free educational seminar focusing on breast cancer at noon, Tuesday at the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Learn about the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer from a panel of experts including Dr. Peter Blumencranz, breast surgical oncologist; Dr. Tyler Kirby, gynecological oncologist; Scott Klavans, urologist; Hitesh Patel, medical oncologist; and Michael Portillo, radiologist.

Space is limited. For reservations call (727) 940-2776.

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To honor Morton Plant Hospital's first female chief of surgery, Dr. Zena Lansky, and her latest $1.5 million commitment to the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, the pavilion at the Bardmoor Outpatient Center now bears her name.

The Lansky Pavilion at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, located at 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, is one of a three-building complex that houses physician offices; advanced diagnostic services including open MRI, digital mammography and a 64-slice CT scanner; surgery center for same-day procedures; BayCare Laboratories for outpatient testing; Nature's Table cafe; YMCA fitness center; and The Marketplace retail store.

"For more than four decades, Dr. Lansky has been a pioneer for women in health care and very supportive of innovative, accessible and high-quality health care," said Holly Duncan, president of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. "We are so proud of her accomplishments and her philanthropic commitment to the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease."

In addition to being the first female chief of surgery, she was the first female member on the hospital's Medical Executive Committee and a founding board member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

In addition to lecturing on nutritional support therapy across the country, she pioneered the program at Morton Plant. Today, Dr. Lansky enjoys retirement from the medical profession and continues her philanthropic work.

Seminars, classes, support groups

take off pounds sensibly (tops): Weight-loss group meetings are 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.

take off pounds sensibly (tops): Meets 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.

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. 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 weekly 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, 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

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

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Health notes 10/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:33pm]
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