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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 nonresidents. Call (727) 942-5628.

Melanoma Monday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at CARES Senior Health Clinic at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Free cancer screenings are on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 this month at the hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit

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. Monday at Medical Center of Trinity's west campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653.

HEALTH fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Banyan Senior Apartments, 11390 U.S. 19, Port Richey. The free fair features health and wellness exhibits, information from healthcare professionals, giveaways, blood pressure checks, Medicare insurance information and dental information. Call (727) 835-0880.

Ostomy support group: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday 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

Alzheimer's and dementia support: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edwinola Retirement Community's sixth-floor chapel, 14235 Edwinola Way, Dade City; and 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 21 at HPH Hospice, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Adults caring for a family member or friend suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia are invited to a free Caregiver Comfort support group. Education is provided by an HPH social worker. Preregistration is requested by calling toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

Summer fun without back pain: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Orthopedic spine surgeon Kirill Llalov presents the seminar during a luncheon sponsored by CARES and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Registration required. Call (727) 863-6868.

Pet loss support group: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Gulfside Regional Hospice's Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Gulfside's pet loss support group meets every other week for participants to share their feelings and receive support from a trained bereavement counselor. Call (727) 457-7722.

CARES Elfers Center grand reopening: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the center, 4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey. Self-guided tours, meet and greet, demonstrations of center activities, artisan displays from artists, 15-minute staged reproductions from the Golden Age of Radio by the Old Time Radio Club at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a True Oldies live remote broadcast, giveaways, and prizes from 10 a.m. to noon. Ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Call (727) 847-1290 or visit

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

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

Grief support group: 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 23 at Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road, Trinity. Adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one may participate in HPH Hospice's Grief's Journey support and educational group. The group meets for eight consecutive Thursdays ending on July 18. Preregistration is required by calling (727) 863-7971.

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

A Matter of Balance: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers a program designed 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 (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

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. Charges based on the level of care needed. Call (727) 844-3077.

Pasco County health news 05/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 7:35pm]
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