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Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.

Narcotics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 754-7200.

Weight Watchers: For area meetings, call toll-free 1-800-651-6000.

Winn-Dixie offers flu shots: Winn-Dixie pharmacies offer flu vaccinations for all ages, as well as a new high-dosage flu vaccine for those 65 and older. Both vaccinations include protection against the H1N1 virus (swine flu). Scheduled flu clinics will be provided at the following local Winn-Dixie stores:

• 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Timberhills Plaza, 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4600.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, South Plaza, 1230 S Broad St., Brooksville. Call (352) 799-1832.

Flu vaccinations are $28, and the high-dosage vaccines are $48; those with Winn-Dixie customer reward cards receive a $5 discount. Vaccines are administered by certified pharmacists. No appointments are necessary. For a complete list of dates, times and locations where flu clinics will be available, visit winn-dixie.com/Store_Locations/search.asp; type in the city and state or ZIP code.

Brooksville

CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous): Words of Wisdom group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Salvation Army Fellowship Hall, 15464 Cortez Blvd. The purpose of this program is to help develop healthy relationships and to build self-esteem. Val, (352) 596-2492.

Diabetic Support Group: 4 p.m. Monday, Brooksville Regional Hospital, conference room, 17240 Cortez Blvd. There is no cost, and no registration is required. Sponsored by Horizon Homecare. (352) 684-3550.

Hernando County Community Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The event will include complimentary samples of signature items from local food establishments, live music and entertainment. Flu shots will be available. Denise, (352) 544-5206. Web: hernandohealthandfitness.com.

MTC Technical Institute hosts quit-smoking session with hypnotist: 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 661 S Broad St. Vendors welcome. Rae, (352) 593-4556 or raecraven@yahoo.com.

Reiki Clinic: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St. Sponsored by the Inner Peace Church of the Spirit. Maria, (352) 544-0304, or Vicki, (352) 442-1240.

Ridge Manor West

Take Off Pounds Sensibly 530: 8:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. Evelyn, (352) 796-0477.

Spring Hill

Al-Anon: Adult children focused step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Meetings are open to all Al-Anon members and anyone suffering from the confusion of being raised in a home where alcohol was a problem. Toll-free 1-888-4AL-ANON (425-2666).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services will provide hearing screenings and wax removal: Tuesday, by appointment, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Free amplified telephones from the Florida Telecommunications Relay are available for those who qualify. Call (727) 853-1010 or toll-free 1-866-685-9477. Web: ftri.org/ptrichey.

Fibromyalgia Support Group: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are welcome. The group shares the latest information on current research, medications, alternative approaches and personal experiences. Irene, (352) 666-2803, or Joan, (352) 686-0238.

Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, Suite 203 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. Pamela McGee, (352) 688-7744.

Moving On: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Perkins Family Restaurant, 4685 Commercial Way. This is a self-help support group for seniors who have difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one. Marilyn, (352) 597-5315, or Rita, (352) 684-3916.

Oak Hill Hospital hosts "Celebration of Life": 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. All breast cancer survivors are invited. Admission and parking are free. Complimentary refreshments will be served. There will be a variety of activities, including a presentation by a panel of Oak Hill Hospital physicians. The presentation, "Advances in Women's Breast Health," will feature radiologist Denny Horn, general/vascular surgeon Kevin Palmer and plastic surgeon Todd Sisto. Call for reservations, (352) 597-6333.

Overeaters Anonymous: Bridge to Serenity group, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. This is a 12-step program for those suffering from compulsive overeating. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins for this support group. Belinda, (352) 293-3455.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group: Caregiver support group, 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 14, the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road. A weekly tai chi group for those with Parkinson's and their caregivers meets 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Body Fitness, 5181 Mariner Drive. Charlene Miller, (352) 688-7261, or Barbara Kent, (352) 666-1584.

Spring Hill Stroke Support Group: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Family and friends welcome. Coffee and cake follows the meeting. A. Schaffer, (352) 688-2594, or the church, (352) 683-9016.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 604, weigh-in from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd.; Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.

"Understanding Neuropathy" seminar: 4 p.m. today, Changes, 12587 Spring Hill Drive. The speaker is Dr. Robert J. Martinez of Martinez Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Topics include the seven signs of neuropathy, who gets it, how it affects you and balance, and available treatment options. Free. Reservations required. RSVP to Susan, (352) 686-1686.

Weeki Wachee

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 461, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Dorothy Kuta, (352) 596-6697, or Pat Gall, (352) 688-6755. TOPS is a weight-loss support group that promotes successful weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support.

New Port Richey

Community Chatterboxes: 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Community Hospital Health Care Center, 5400 School Road. For those with communication deficits. Caregivers welcome. (727) 845-0757.

Send information for the Health and Support column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail pday@sptimes.com. Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Health and Support column 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 5:12pm]
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