Pinellas health notes

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May is the Month of the Woman, so women are invited to a question-and-answer session about women's health issues on Wednesday at the Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater.

Morton Plant Mease physicians will form a panel to answer questions about gynecology, breast health, oncology, gastroenterology, neurology and more.

The session, in the library's community room, will begin at noon and last about an hour. For more information, call (727) 940-2776.

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Are you losing your hearing, or do you live with someone who is?

The Clearwater Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America offers emotional support, camaraderie, tips and technical information about hearing assistance devices to those affected by hearing loss.

The chapter meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. Live captions are provided. Admission is free. Call (727) 724-1525, or visit hlaclearwater.com. (No meetings are scheduled for July and August.)

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Ageless Grace, a fitness and wellness program consisting of 21 simple exercise tools designed for all ages and abilities, meets at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

The exercises are based on natural, everyday movements and focus on the healthy longevity of body and mind. Designed to be performed while seated, the movements can also be done on the floor or standing. Cost is $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers. Call (727) 298-3299.

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Massaging kale imparts flavor and helps tenderize the leaves by breaking down the cell walls, softening the kale while making it sweeter.

Learn how it's done and make your own "massaged" kale salad during a raw foods demonstration at 4 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call (727) 443-6703. Visit naturesfoodpatch.com for information.

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Al-Anon Family Groups meet in more than 130 countries to help families and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one's drinking. Members help each other by practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous themselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

There are more than 40 meetings every week in locations throughout Pinellas County. For information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.

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Developed by neuropsychiatrist and University of Illinois professor of psychiatry Dr. Abraham Low, the Recovery International Method is a system of cognitive-behavioral self-help techniques for controlling behavior and changing attitudes.

People who practice the skills learn to change their thoughts and behaviors; changes in attitudes and beliefs follow. A support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday at Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Grace Lutheran, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 10 a.m. every Saturday, Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave. NE, (727) 586-2585. The meeting is free, but offerings are appreciated. For information, visit lowselfhelpsystems.org.

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Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating and provides a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another's anonymity.

OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor. There are no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

Meetings are scheduled at 10:15 a.m. every Monday, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road, Palm Harbor; 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 2875 State Road 580, Room 4, Clearwater; 11 a.m. every Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St.; and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor, 2021 Nebraska Ave. Call (727) 785-9208. Visit oapinellas.org.

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Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of coping with an addicted relative or friend.

Nar-Anon family group meetings are 7 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday at All Saints Church, 1700 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs; 8 p.m. every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Dunedin (behind the church in Fellowship Hall), 411 Wood St.; 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Largo Alliance Church, 1633 Lake Ave.; and 10 a.m. every Saturday at United Methodist Church, Manahan Hall, 207 Buckingham Ave., Oldsmar.

Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

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Pinellas health notes 05/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 2:10pm]

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