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North Pinellas health and support news starting Aug. 18

A blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.

All donors will receive a wellness checkup including a cholesterol screening and a limited edition tropical-themed T-shirt or towel just for surfing in and saving lives.

Donors must be 16 years of age or older (age 16 with parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and bring an I.D.

To make an appointment, call Florida Blood Services toll-free at 1-800-682-5663 or visit (use Sponsor Code F0860).

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Hot flashes affect up to 80 percent of women going through menopause and can disrupt sleep and can be very uncomfortable for women.

Morton Plant Mease's local Red Hot Mamas continues its workshop series this month with Hot Flashes 101 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the multi-purpose room of Sarah Walker Women's Center, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Dr. Stephanie Van Zandt, OB/GYN, will discuss what causes hot flashes and provide the latest information on treatment to help women stay cool.

Light refreshments will be served.

To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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The University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship welcomes two new fellows. Fellows are doctors who are receiving specialized graduate medical education in a subspecialty and have already completed medical school and graduate training, or residency, in a primary specialty. The incoming fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year are Dr. Steve Sabo and Dr. Jonathan Phillips.

Dr. Sabo is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, attended the Uniformed Services School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. and completed the University of Nebraska Family Medicine Residency in Omaha. Dr. Phillips attended the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies, and completed the Latrobe Area Family Medicine Residency in Pennsylvania. This year's fellowship program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, began on July 1.

In addition to the two fellows, the University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes 10 recent medical school graduates who also began their postgraduate training on July 1. The resident physicians in the three-year program practice under the supervision of faculty physicians at Morton Plant Hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Pediatric Unit at Mease Countryside Hospital and the Turley Family Health Center.

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Health and wellness educator Dr. Pat Sovonick will present a free informational "Tea and Topics" seminar 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Sovonick will talk about the causes of falls, proven methods to help prevent them, and discuss the "Matter of Balance Program" a national evidence-based program offered at the Aging Well Center.

Refreshments will be served.

To register, call (727) 724-3070.

Seminars, classes, 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. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, 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. 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 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.

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

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

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 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

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

North Pinellas health and support news starting Aug. 18 08/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 6:49pm]
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