North Pinellas health calendar

Get information on healthful eating

CoreHealth of Clearwater LLC will give a presentation on how to eat based on nutritional research, and offer a new way to look at food as fuel for health at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1501 S Missouri Ave., Clearwater.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

Seating is limited; RSVP is required. Call (727) 216-3216.

Children's HEALTH center plans open house Saturday

Mease Countryside Hospital will celebrate the opening of the St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center on the hospital's campus 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3253 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

During the free community event, guests can enjoy refreshments, visit with the physicians and medical staff and tour the center. Child life specialists will be on hand to engage children in play with activities including face painting, arts and crafts, games, the teddy bear clinic, child safety expo, visiting with St. Joseph's NICU transport team and vehicles. Free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings will also be available for parents.

The opening of the St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center will provide more access to advanced pediatric care in north Pinellas. The specialty center offers physical, occupational, speech, and sensory therapy programs as well as pediatric physician specialty services for neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and cardiology. The center also will have convenient, on-site pediatric laboratory services for the smallest of patients.

For more information on the center, call (813) 644-4336.

Doctor will discuss children's arrhythmias

Each year, millions of people experience abnormal heart rhythms known as arrhythmias. But some arrhythmias are dangerous and require treatment and management.

Dr. Bhavya Trivedi, a pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist, will speak on different types of arrhythmias, palpitations and treatments for the condition in children at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morton Plant Mease Professional Center North, St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center, 3253 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

To register, call (813) 644-4336.

High-tech exercise equipment available

New LifeFitness interactive, touchscreen cardio equipment is ready for public use at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater.

Four high-tech but easy to use treadmills have arrived along with two state-of-the-art recumbent bicycles. A standing leg raise machine facilitates abdominal strengthening without back strain.

All machines have 17-inch high-definition televisions. Patrons can bring their iPods or iPhones and watch a favorite movie while working out since the new machines are Apple-user friendly. Those who bring an audio headset can choose from 80 basic cable channels. A virtual personal trainer is available to guide users through workouts at no charge. Patrons can upload and download workouts from virtualtrainer.lifefitness.com where 36 custom workouts are available in 20 different languages.

Countryside Recreation Center, open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, is the only public or commercial fitness center in Florida to feature these machines. City staff is available to demonstrate use of the new equipment upon request.

For more information and membership fees, call (727) 669-1914.

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 United Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail naranonfamilygroups@yahoo.com or visit Naranonfl.org.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors welcome. (727) 787-1837.

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. Monday, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but an offering is appreciated.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CLEARWATER SPEAKERS MEETING: 7 p.m. Monday (meets weekly), Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 E Druid Road, Clearwater, (727) 787-1837.

North Pinellas health calendar 02/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:42pm]

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