Health and support
Al-Anon: Adult Children Focused Step meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Toll-free 1-888-425-2666.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: Christmas party, noon Dec. 15, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.
Quit smoking program: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 13-Jan. 17, Brooksville Regional Hospital, first-floor boardroom, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. This is a free program provided by the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center in cooperation with the Hernando County Health Department. The program provides free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum, in a group environment. Another program, which started this week, is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000 or visit online at gnahec.org.
Healthy Hearts Education Series presents "Testing for a Healthy Heart": 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oak Hill Hospital cafeteria, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The speaker will be Frank Guardiani, a cardiovascular technician and director of cardiology services at Oak Hill Hospital. He will discuss the types of cardiac testing available. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; reservations are required. (352) 597-6333 or visit oakhillhospital.com.
Holiday bereavement workshop: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Led by a hospice bereavement counselor, this workshop is for any grieving adult who is concerned about coping with the holidays. Tips for coping with grief will be given. Free. Preregistration is requested. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Visit hph-hospice.org.
"Look Good, Feel Better" program for women cancer patients: 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. This free program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients to help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Reservations are required. Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150.
National Alliance on Mental Illness 'Family-to-Family' education program: Starting Jan. 12 at NAMI Hernando's Beautiful Mind Outreach Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive. This is a free 12-week course for family members of individuals living with a mental illness. The program is taught by trained NAMI family members and is geared to help participants learn coping and problem-solving abilities. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call (352) 684-0004 or (352) 683-1350.
Our Children, Loved and Remembered: Candlelight vigil, 7 p.m. Sunday, Rooms 3 and 4, Cabrini Center, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with candles lit promptly at 7. Those who have lost a child at any age are encouraged to bring a photo to display. Also, those interested may say a few words about their child or read a poem. Refreshments will be served. This is a nondenominational group. Dorothy, (352) 684-1369; Carole, (352) 686-1310, or Nina, (352) 688-6217.
Cancer support group: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Building a Cafe, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. For caregivers, survivors or those currently dealing with cancer. Godfrey Eason, (352) 597-9916 or (352) 263-3784.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.