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Pinellas County health notes for March 14

Palm Harbor Blood drive needs your support

Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. will host its sixth blood drive this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 2100 Alt. U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor and is calling on the public to come by and donate blood.

NTC has hosted several blood drives through Florida Blood Services. In the Tampa Bay area, 38 hospitals and 80 ambulatory care centers in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties depend on FBS for whole blood as well as other blood products and services.

Each year, NTC tries to increase the amount of blood donated by way of its blood drives.

"It's important that we all remember that people in our own hometown need help, and through charities and blood drives such as those sponsored by NTC, we are doing something about it," said John Hillman, CEO of NTC. "Having the blood drive right here on our premises is an incentive for our employees to take a break from work and donate."

NTC is inviting local businesses and residents in Palm Harbor to participate in the blood drive on its campus with the goal of exceeding the amount of blood collected in previous drives and set a new record of 55 pints.

To donate blood during NTC's drive, email Janice Rush at

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East Lake Community Library invites the public to attend a panel discussion sponsored by Recovery International, "Telling Our Stories of Recovery," at 1 p.m. Tuesday at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. A second panel discussion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 26.

Developed by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Abraham Low, this self-help philosophy offers a method of recovery for individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, fears, frustration, panic, anger and many other mental health symptoms.

There is no cost for attending the self-help discussions, but voluntary offerings will be accepted.

Call (727) 773-2665.

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Florida Hospital North Pinellas, 1395 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs, has introduced Operation Sunshine, a sun safety program for Pinellas County and the Tarpon Springs community initiated by the hospital's oncological services program with the support of the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation.

Through this program, a mobile skin cancer screening program will focus on sun safety education and on-site skin cancer examinations for schools, organizations and industry in Pinellas County.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas recognizes Sun Toyota of Holiday, which donated a 2012 Toyota Tundra, dubbed the "Sun Spotter," that will travel throughout the county to schools and companies to perform on-site education and skin cancer screenings. Eventually, this program will expand into other cancer screenings for lung, breast, colon, cervical and prostate cancers.

Early detection of cancer offers greater hope for a cure. For that reason, the Florida Hospital North Pinellas Cancer Screening Program continuously promotes health and awareness and actively participates in community activities that encourage consumer wellness.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas is a member of the Florida Hospital network of the Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state.

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Tampa native Michelle LeMay, a former fitness and health reporter for WTVT-Ch. 13 (FOX), will launch her Underground Yoga Lifestyle System with workshops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday; and workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Shapes Total Fitness, 32872 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. Instructor/training certification is also available.

The Underground Yoga Lifestyle System, comprised of Underground Yoga and Underground Yoga Dance, blends yoga, dancing, fitness, stretching, breath work, meditation and music provided by a DJ to positively affect mind, body and soul.

LeMay's career in fitness and dance began 27 years ago in the Tampa Bay area, where she majored in dance and exercise physiology at the University of South Florida. After nearly a decade training spa counselors and instructors, she moved to Los Angeles, where she works with national television shows and shares her fitness and dance expertise with instructors around the world.

Cost is $199 per workshop. (Underground Yoga and Underground Yoga Dance are separate workshops.) For information and to register, visit


Hearing Loss Association of America: The Clearwater Chapter meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St., Safety Harbor. Live captions provided. Free admission. (727) 724-1525. (No meeting in July and August.)

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics. There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming 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, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Overeaters Anonymous: 10:15 a.m. every Monday, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road, Palm Harbor; 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Northwood Presbyterian Church, 2875 State Road 580, Room 4, Clearwater; 11 a.m. every Thursday, First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St.; and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and 10 a.m. every Saturday, Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor, 2021 Nebraska Ave. Meetings are free and open to all. Call (727) 785-9208.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit midpinellasbrain

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

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.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin (behind church in fellowship hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave., Largo; and 10 a.m. Saturdays at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885. Visit

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Pinellas County health notes for March 14 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:35pm]
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