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Pinellas health notes, April 26 and beyond

Health Notes

Free physicals for student athletes saturday and may 5

Physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists from Morton Plant Mease's sports medicine program will provide free sports physicals to Pinellas County high school student athletes.

All student athletes are required by the Florida High School Athletic Association to complete a physical evaluation before participating in high school sporting activities.

The exams include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and musculoskeletal system. Pediatric cardiac nurses will be available for heart health screenings. The Morton Plant Mease Lung Center will also be on hand to offer students information on managing asthma symptoms. If a student is found to have a medical condition and needs additional treatment, the student will be referred to a Morton Plant Mease specialist at a later date.

The free sports physicals will be offered on the following dates at two locations:

• 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Morton Plant Hospital's Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Suite 101, Clearwater.

• 8 a.m. to noon May 5, Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor.

The sports physicals will be on a first come, first served basis. Student athletes under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or registration forms must be presigned. The exams done by Morton Plant Mease are complimentary, however, a small fee may be required by some schools to support their booster clubs. Call (727) 953-6877.

Community Health Fair: Morton Plant Mease Primary Care physicians and their practice teams will host a community health fair offering health screenings, health seminars, healthy cooking demonstrations and fun activities for the family, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Countryside High School, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater.

Health screenings will include blood pressure and blood glucose. Health seminars will be held on various health topics including nutrition and wellness, heart health and children's health. Guests will be able to chat with health professionals including physicians and nurses, learn more about primary care, specialists, hospital health services and get information about how a patient-centered medical home benefits patients.

Family fun activities include face painting, inflatables, balloon artists and complimentary snacks and beverages.

To register for this family health event, call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community 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. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or you may email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at 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.

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. Although there is no cure, it can be controlled by following a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.com.

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.

• 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749.

The support group is free, but offerings are always appreciated.

MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellas braintraumasupportgroup.com.

Mail news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

Pinellas health notes, April 26 and beyond 04/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:48pm]
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