Health and support
Community Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Featuring more than 60 health care vendors, complimentary samples of signature items from local food establishments and live music. There will be a Kidz World area that will include corn hole games, information about poison prevention, health and safety tips, arts and crafts, Hernando County Fire Rescue's smoke house, basketball shoot and hoops game, interactive children's obstacle course, and a special appearance by the Clown Krewe with balloon animals, face painting and temporary body art for children. All activities are free. Denise Nohejl, (352) 544-5206.
Access Health Care lectures: The following lectures will be offered by Access Health Care:
• Diabetes Mellitus Education Series, at Access Healthcare, 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive. The first lecture, "Diabetes Mellitus 101: Understanding Why the Blood Sugar is High," will be 5:15 to 7 p.m. today. Conducted by registered nurse practitioner Verna Pedersen Runyan, the series is open to anyone with diabetes mellitus and family members. Seating is limited; reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 688-8116.
• "Iodine — What You Should Know About This Essential Nutrient," 5:15 p.m. Oct. 11. The speaker will be Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh. RSVP to 688-8116.
Hernando County Ostomy Association: Upcoming meetings: 7 p.m. today, Grace Lutheran Church, 411 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Bob Barnard, (352) 442-9787, or Carol Krause, (352) 683-5586. Also, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2 (first floor), 17249 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426, or Linda Ravenhorst, (352) 686-1956. Saturday is World Ostomy Day. This year's theme is "Let's Be Heard." Ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an artificial opening for the elimination of waste, usually required after cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. The aim of World Ostomy Day is to improve rehabilitation of ostomates worldwide by bringing attention their and their families' needs and aspirations. The Hernando County Ostomy Association is selling World Ostomy Day bracelets and will have announcements on WWJB-AM 1450 radio.
Memory Screenings offered free: HPH Hospice and the Alzheimer's Association have teamed up to offer free screenings for adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss. The screenings will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. The screenings are not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Appointments must be scheduled. Call Carla Hayes, (352) 597-1882.
Vista Grand Fall Festival Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 10380 Quality Drive. There will be health care and wellness exhibits; information from health care providers; tote bags with free mugs, pens and other goodies; blood pressure checks; memory screenings; vision screenings; research study possibilities; Medicare information; spinal adjustments, and giveaways. (727) 825-0018.
War documentary shown for Mental Illness Awareness Week: For Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7-13), the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer a free showing of Halfway Home, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The Paul Freedman documentary acknowledges the toll of war that extends beyond the battlefield. Narrated by Martin Sheen and told by a handful of American veterans, their families and those charged with their care. Refreshments and a panel discussion will follow the movie. (352) 684-0004.