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Health-related news and events in North Pinellas

Nurse to discuss mental illness

Bernadette Ackerman, A.R.N.P., M.S., will discuss the signs and symptoms of mental illness, medications used to treat these illnesses and the recovery model at the National Alliance on Mental Illness education meeting at 7 p.m. today at Suncoast Hospice, Building 100, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

Ackerman is the psychiatric nurse practi­tioner at Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

She was a featured presenter at the 2009 Guard­ian Expo, sponsored by the Pinellas County Guardian Association. In addition, she is a mem­ber of the NAMI Pinellas Advisory Board, president of the Suncoast Nurse Practitio­ner Association and a member of the National Soci­ety of Collegiate Scholars and the American Nursing Association/Flori­da Nursing Asso­ciation.

Education meetings are free and open to the public.

Call (727) 791-3434 or visit

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Weight Away Tampa Bay is a free weight-loss service for the medically obese in our community. Dr. Cesar A. Lara of the Center for Weight Management and certified hypnotist Debbie Lane have joined forces to help bring awareness of the complex health problems associated with obesity and to offer their services to some who otherwise would not be able to afford a weight-loss program.

Participants in this plan have been successful. They write about their experiences with both weight loss and behavior modification at and write on Twitter and Facebook about it, as well.

Lara and Lane are looking to add more people. Participants must agree to lose weight publicly using social media to share their experience and complete a process that includes written application, interview and background check.

For information and an application, visit All applications must be received no later than Jan. 15.

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Florida Blood Services has had an overwhelming response to Walt Disney World's "Give a Day — Get a Disney Day" promotion and would like the public to know that appointments for all FBS volunteer opportunities regarding this promotion have been filled.

Additional non-FBS volunteer opportunities are available with other Tampa Bay area nonprofit organizations. Those interested are encouraged to visit for other volunteer opportunities.

Even though the allotment of appointments to volunteer and get a free Disney ticket are gone, there is still a need for additional blood, platelet and plasma donations to meet the needs of local patients. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors.

Prospective donors can visit for a list of donation locations in their neighborhood. For further eligibility information, call toll-free 1-800-682-5663.

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Learn about new antioxidant data, weight-loss and vitamin therapies, foods that age skin faster, new techniques in weight management and more at a free informational program, Anti-aging and Slimming Secrets and New Pharmacological Advances, with medical exercise specialist Ashleigh Gass and certified personal trainer Andrea Irick at 6:30 p.m. today at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

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

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All adults and children ages 8 or older are invited to participate in a morning of dancing, live music, healthy snacks and more at a Zumbalicious Dance Party from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Recreation Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo.

The cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Call (727) 518-3021.

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A Parkinson's disease support group will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Villa of Largo, 750 Starkey Road, Largo.

Professionals will speak about medications, beneficial exercise, physical therapy, the disease itself and more.

Call (813) 974-5909.

Health-related news and events in North Pinellas 01/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 5:51pm]
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