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North Pinellas health notes for Sept. 1

A lone runner begins the final portion of the Tarpon Springs Triathlon, which is in its 24th year and will take place Sept. 7.

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A lone runner begins the final portion of the Tarpon Springs Triathlon, which is in its 24th year and will take place Sept. 7.

Classes in Bokwa, an approach to group exercise in which participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing a cardio workout routine, will be offered at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave.

The instructor for the Tarpon classes will be Yuni Dodge.

International fitness personality Paul Mavi, a Los Angeles-based group fitness instructor, developed Bokwa for his own classes by tapping into his native South African roots as a dancer and musician. The routine has developed a following across the globe, with certified instructors and participants in dozens of countries.

Bokwa steps are structured and based on the forms of letters and numbers. Popular music that appeals to a global audience provides a backdrop for the workout.

The cost is $6 per class.

To register and for other information, including the class starting date, call (727) 942-5628.

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Joy Davis, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist at the Palm Harbor Family Counseling Center, will present a 14-week book study therapy program for women with eating disorders starting Wednesday at the center, 2311 Alt. U.S. 19, Suite 1, Palm Harbor.

The class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Davis, who specializes in treating women who struggle with food, weight and body image issues, will lead discussions, art activities and journaling exercises that explore two books on the process of eating disorder recovery, Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, by author/songwriter Jenni Schaefer.

The fee is $20 per week (seven weeks will be spent on each book); or $250 for a package of 14 sessions, which includes a performance by Schaefer.

Preregistration is required. Call Davis at (727) 267-6247.

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It's time again for the Tarpon Springs Triathlon, a USAT-sanctioned, chip-timed race that begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive.

Now in its 24th year, the event includes a quarter-mile swim in Tarpon Springs' Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a 10½-mile bike ride through the downtown streets of Tarpon Springs. It finishes with a 5K run through the hard-packed trails of Fred Howard Park, just beyond the scenic route across the Fred Howard causeway.

Awards will be presented in all standard age groups.

A post-race party will follow with authentic Greek food, homemade cookies and free beer for all participants.

Registration is $85 (individuals) and $160 (relay).

The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs, helps raise funds for community projects, scholarships and more.

Call (727) 226-7223 or visit

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Could modern-day humans benefit from eating the same foods as their Stone Age ancestors?

Learn about the Paleo Diet — the meat and chicken (including organs), fish, eggs, fruit, root vegetables, nuts and berries that our ancestors consumed — and how to live a "primal diet" lifestyle by reducing sugar and adding beneficial fats to normalize weight and improve health.

A free seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Call (727) 443-6703 or visit

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Each year, more than 220,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the United States, with 27,000 deaths. If the cancer is caught early, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent. However, because symptoms are often nonexistent, many men never find out they have the disease until it's too late.

Morton Plant Mease Foundation's "Miles for Men" Prostate Cancer Awareness Race will begin at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Morton Plant Hospital campus, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

The family friendly event will feature a 5K and 10K race/walk over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge and back and will also include a Kids' Dash for ages 10 and under.

Presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, the fourth annual race benefits the prostate cancer programs at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

For more information, call (727) 462-7036, email or visit

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North Pinellas health notes for Sept. 1 08/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 2:50pm]
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