Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Pasco County health events

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Tools to quit smoking: Medical Center of Trinity and Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center offer a free seminar to help tobacco users quit. Participants set a quit date, make a plan, work through the steps to quit, and are provided with optional free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, lozenges, or gum. The seminar is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room C, Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. Registration is required. Call (813) 929-1000. To find other tobacco cessation programs, visit gnahec.org.

Smoking cessation program: 5:30 to 8 p.m. in room J105 at Pasco-Hernando Community College west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The free program facilitates the process of quitting smoking using counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy. Participants are eligible for four weeks of free products, including gum, patches and lozenges. Registration is required. Call (813) 929-1000.

Caregiver stress buster day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at The Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. The free event features lunch, refreshments, chair massages, manicures and facials. Registration required by Wednesday. Call (727) 848-8888.

Neuro intervention seminar: Board certified neuroradiologist Nasser Razack presents a free seminar during Stroke Awareness Month at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. Call (727) 869-5498 or 1-888-741-5119.

The Weekend Warrior: Stephen Hanff, board certified orthopedic surgeon, will present a free seminar on common orthopedic injuries at noon Friday at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. He will discuss sports-related and traumatic injuries to shoulders, elbows, knees and toes. Complimentary light lunch provided. Reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630 or email [email protected]

Gentle yoga classes: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering a new 45-minute yoga class, which incorporates traditional Chinese holistic health exercises and somatic exercises into yoga stretching and breathing. The class meets at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays starting May 4 at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave. $5 per class. Call (727) 942-5628.

Boot camp: The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department is offering a boot camp program for adults looking for an exercise class with calisthenics, weight training, running and an emphasis on the individual's exercise goals. The class is offered from 6 to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Tarpon Springs Gymnasium, 400 S. Walton Ave. The first class is free, then the cost is $33.21 per month for non-residents. Call (727) 942-5628.

Melanoma Monday: Free cancer screenings are offered on a first come, first served basis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 6 at CARES Senior Health Clinic at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Call Pam Healey at (727) 844-3077.

Sleep apnea options: Morton Plant North Bay Hospital offers a CPAP/BiPAP clinic for sleep apnea patients at 1 p.m. Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 at the hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Hope, Humor and Healthy Grief: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pasco County features a free presentation on grief by Grace Terry from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 6 at Medical Center of Trinity's west campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653.

Ostomy support group: 1:30 p.m. May 7 in the Bekesh Education and Conference Center, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Newborn care: 9 a.m. May 18 at Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity. $15. Free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Heart healthy nutrition class: 1 p.m. May 21 at Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Learn eating habits to help prevent and treat heart disease. Reservations required. Call (727) 869-5498.

Bariatric support group: 6 p.m. May 28 in Starkey Tower Meeting Rooms two and three, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

A Matter of Balance: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers a program to help people manage concerns about falling and increase physical activity. Classes start May 29 and occur twice a week for four weeks at the hospital, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Reservations required. Call 1-877-442-2362.

Stroke survivor and caregiver support group: 10:30 a.m. May 30 in the Bekesh Education and Conference Center at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Adult day care: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration to provide breakfast, lunch, snacks, activities, and nurse monitoring. Call (727) 844-3077.

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