Health and support
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 7251 Grove Road, west of Brooksville; Deb Scherder, (352) 277-6277. 2 p.m. Nov. 17, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill; Miranda Griffin, (352) 263-1483. Weekly meetings: 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; Miranda Griffin, (352) 263-1483. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Marlu Gibson, (352) 688-5758.
Fall Education Festival: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Heron Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1445 Howell Ave. Information available on Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, veterans, disability, home health, assisted living, skilled nursing and advanced directives. There will be raffles, as well as complimentary German food and beer. (352) 799-1451.
Hernando Ostomy Association: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2, 17240 Cortez Blvd. New members welcome, as well as family members and friends. Linda Ravenhorst, (352) 686-1956, or Ellen Boldt, (352) 597-5426.
Meridien Research offers free memory screenings: In observance of the Alzheimer's Foundation's National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, complimentary memory screenings will be offered at Meridien Research, 16176 Cortez Blvd. Appointments are being scheduled for Tuesday, but other appointment days can be arranged. (352) 597-8839.
Health Fair: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Winn-Dixie pharmacy, 2240 Commercial Way. Includes free cholesterol and diabetes screenings. Toll-free 1-800-713-3301.
Healthy Hearts education series at Oak Hill: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oak Hill Hospital, cafeteria conference room, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Mary-Anne Flowers, a registered and licensed dietitian and the clinical nutrition manager at the hospital, will discuss "Healthy Eating for the Holidays." Those attending will learn about healthy eating ideas that are simple and can be applied to any time of the year. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Seating is limited; reservations are required. (352) 597-6333.
"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Cancer Center-New Hope, Suite 203, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Beckett, (352) 688-7744. Another group will meet at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Florida Cancer Center-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Kadri Boulevard (across from High Point). RSVP to Mary Capo, (352) 596-1926, ext. 150. This is a free group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help combat the cosmetic effects of treatment. These groups are open to all women cancer patients in active treatment, not just FCI patients.
Multiple Myeloma Support Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind the hospital). Herb and Dianne Terry, (352) 621-0672.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: TOPS 604, Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and meeting 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Visitors are welcome to the first meeting for free. TOPS is a weight-loss management program for men and women, and has a philosophy of combining healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education and support from others. Doris, (352) 666-9525, or Nancy, (352) 592-1088.
Weight Loss Challenge: Reservations are being taken for an upcoming weight loss challenge through Hernando Loser, 13315 Cortez Blvd. This is a 12-week course that includes group support, a personal coach, a meal plan and tips and information about good nutrition and long-term health. The cost is $35, which goes toward cash prizes for top achievers. Jenn, (727) 243-1246.
Cancer Support Group: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Building A Cafe, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. Godfrey Eason, (352) 597-9916, (352) 263-3784 or email@example.com.
"Surviving the Holidays" bereavement workshop: 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Building B, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. For those who have recently lost a loved one and are facing the first holiday season without them. The cost for the workbook is $5. Preregistration required. Kathy, (352) 596-1388, ext. 224, or register online at ccwildwood.com.
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.