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North Pinellas health notes for Nov. 17

Clearwater's Aging Well Center will present the second installment of its lecture series, Medical Matters, from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday in the center's Grand Room at 1501 N Belcher Road.

The lecture will be about the relationship between health and good nutrition. Nutritionist Nadine Pazner will discuss the importance of a healthy diet in fighting disease, correcting imbalances in the body and providing energy.

The monthly lectures, hosted in partnership with Morton Plant Mease Hospitals and BayCare Corporation, are free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (727) 724-3070.

Thanks4Giving blood drive set for Tuesday

In an effort to build up the community's blood supply before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Bright House Networks has teamed up with Florida Blood Services and Chili's restaurants to host the seventh annual "Thanks4Giving" blood drive Tuesday. FBS bloodmobiles will be on site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at these participating Chili's restaurants:

• 25987 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater

• 13359 Seminole Blvd., Largo

• 5430 East Bay Drive, Clearwater

• 3701 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor

• 40584 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs

• 7520 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park

In addition, all Florida Blood Services and Blood Net USA Donor Centers in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties will be participating in this vital blood drive during the hours listed at these addresses:

• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1680 S Missouri Ave., Clearwater

• 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 11401 Belcher Road, Largo

All donors will receive a $5 Chili's gift card, a limited edition "Thanks4Giving" T-shirt and a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening, plus entry into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate towards a Bright House Networks account. In addition, one lucky winner each week, among all donors from Nov. 1 to Feb. 29, 2012, will receive a key and have a chance to win a 2012 Kia Soul from Friendly Kia. (For more information and official rules, visit www.fbsblood.org)

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Identification is required prior to donation. For more information, call toll-free 1‑800‑682-5663 or visitfbsblood.org.

Brain trauma support group to meet today

The Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, Second Floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo.

A representative from Florida Alliance for Assistive Services will speak about assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. For more information, call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, e-mail katek1@verizon.net, or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

Seminars, classes and support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor "The Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo; and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS): Weight-loss group meetings are 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at the First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS): Meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

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 United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

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

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 foodaddicts.com.

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

North Pinellas health notes for Nov. 17 11/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:04pm]
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