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North Pinellas health notes for Sept. 8

The American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

The two-hour free program will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in the Axelrod Pavilion oncology services conference room on the second floor of Morton Plant Hospital, 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Look Good Feel Better group programs are open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. In the United States, more than 850,000 women have participated in the program, which offers 15,400 group workshops nationwide in more than 2,500 locations.

Beauty professionals who volunteer with the program are trained and certified by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association at local, state and national workshops. Other volunteer health care professionals and individuals also give their time to the program.

For men who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, there is a free self-help brochure available. It addresses how to deal with the way treatment and side effects can change their appearance and includes other information. Available in English and Spanish, it also features a tear-out sheet with steps to help them with their skin and hair care routines.

For meeting information, call (727) 953-6877.

For more information on the Look Good Feel Better program, call toll-free 1-800-395-5665 or visit lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

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Through the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, educational materials and free insurance counseling by volunteers are available to Florida elders, caregivers and family members. The goal is to help elders understand and receive the health insurance coverage they need through Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and insurance, and assist with other health care issues.

Learn more about choosing a plan that covers medications, options for prescription drug plans and advantage plans in a free, one-on-one counseling session with a trained SHINE counselor at 10 a.m. the second and third Wednesday of every month at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.

For meeting information, call (727) 394-690. To reach the Elder Helpline, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337 or email [email protected]

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Weight loss can be especially difficult for people with arthritic joints. Finding low-impact activities that can raise the heart rate and boost cardiovascular fitness, such as cycling and swimming, is key.

Orthopedic surgeon Duane Belongie will discuss how carrying extra weight places an added burden on joints and offer ways to reduce stress on knee and hip joints and strategies for weight loss to help ease osteoarthritis symptoms at a 5:30 p.m. lecture Wednesday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

For more information, call (727) 724-3070.

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The old saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is especially true for maintaining good health.

Primary care physician Chrisoula Kiriazis will discuss how dietary choices, screenings and lifestyle changes are vital for longer, healthier living at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearwater YMCA, 1005 S Highland Ave.

For more information, call (727) 461-9622.

Mail health items to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100-A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email [email protected]

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