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Tampa Bay area health support groups

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 07:29 PM

Health screenings

ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY: Be scanned by Laser Therapy Center for the status of antioxidant activity in your body. The cost is $10, and appointments are required. Call (813) 874-4700.

CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS: 2 to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday monthly at South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City. No appointment necessary. The cost is $20. Call (813) 757-8511.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City. No appointment is necessary. Call (813) 757-8511.

HEALTHY WOMEN TODAY: The Pasco County Health Department's Healthy Women Today program offers free or reduced-cost mammograms and other health screenings for women 50 and older who lack health insurance and meet eligibility requirements. Services are available at clinics in Dade City, Land O' Lakes, Hudson, New Port Richey and Zephyrhills, and at Good Samaritan Health Clinic in New Port Richey. For an appointment, call (727) 816-1100.

HIV TESTING: Anonymous testing for HIV is $20 at the Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. For an appointment, call (727) 861-5250, ext. 161. Confidential testing also is available by appointment; call (727) 862-0782.

MEMORY: Roskamp Institute Memory Clinic, 5208 E. Fowler Ave., Suite E, Tampa, offers free memory screenings for adults 60 and older. Appointments are required. Call (813) 979-2008.

MEMORY: Stedman Clinical Trials, 3212 Cove Bend Drive, Tampa, offers free memory screenings from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (813) 971-8311 for an appointment.

Support groups

AFRICAN-AMERICAN BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: Sisters Network of Tampa Bay meets monthly at Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N. Central Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 806-0597 or e-mail sistersnetworktampa@hotmail.com.

ALCOHOL: For a local listing of Al-Anon and Alateen, anonymous support groups for those affected by alcoholics, go to www.tampabayalanon.org.

ALZHEIMER'S: The Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Brandon Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Superior Residences, 1819 Providence Ridge Blvd. Call (813) 684-1296.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: A group for caregivers of people with memory loss meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at First Baptist Church of Plant City, 503 N. Palmer St., Room 140. Call Linda Bryant at (813) 754-3761 or Bill Barr at (813) 719-8392. Call the Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at (863) 292-9210 or 1-800-772-8672 if you need to arrange care for your loved one so you can attend.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: Beacon Pointe Assisted Living, 1513 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. The group meets at 2 p.m. the third Monday monthly. Call Beth Ann Joseph at (813) 971-8311.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: Ptak Orthopedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater. The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: Homewood Residence, 3910 Galen Court, Sun City Center. The group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Call (813) 971-8311.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Web Blvd. W., Sun City Center. The group meets at 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays monthly. Call (813) 971-8311.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS: Interbay-Glover Family YMCA, 4411 S. Himes Ave., Tampa. The group meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Tuesday monthly. Call (813) 839-0210.

AMPUTEES: UnLimbited Possibilities Amputee Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the last Monday of every month in the private dining room at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill. Call (352) 592-4279.

AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS: Bardmoor Outpatient & Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. The group meets at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

ARTHRITIS: The support group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday monthly at University Community Hospital-Carrollwood, 717 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call (813) 615-7300.

BEREAVED PARENTS: 7 p.m. the fourth Monday monthly at South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City. No appointment is necessary. Call Jan Faulkner (813) 779-9353.

BEREAVEMENT: Resolve Through Sharing, a bereavement support group, meets at 6:45 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St. Call (727) 462-7500.

BEREAVEMENT: Hernando/Pasco Hospice offers a bereavement support group meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph's Parish Center, 38750 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 780-6797.

BRAIN INJURY: The Brain Injury Family Support Group, for families with a loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, meets from 5 to 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays monthly at Tampa General Hospital, fourth floor, Rehabilitation Center, Room R417. Contact Rebecca McAlaster at (813) 844-7759 or rmcalaster@tgh.org.

BRAIN TUMOR: Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

BRAIN TUMOR: Gulfcoast Cancer Institute, conference room, 1201 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call (727) 825-1253.

BREAST CANCER: A support group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call (727) 862-3713.

BREAST CANCER: The Tampa Bay Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at St. Joseph's Medical Arts Building Auditorium, 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 854-2858.

BREAST CANCER: Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. The group meets at 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays monthly. Another group meets at 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Call (727) 734-6060.

BREAST CANCER: Understanding Your Cancer meets at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday and 7 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly at Helen Ellis Medical Arts Building, 2114 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. Call 1-800-940-1969.

BREAST CANCER: 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Tampa General Hospital Health Education Center, 740 S. Village Circle. Call (813) 654-9596.

BREAST-FEEDING: La Leche League of Central Pasco, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. The league offers information, education and support to women who are breast-feeding or wish to breast-feed. Mothers and babies can meet at 10 a.m. the third Friday monthly. Call (813) 541-3137 or e-mail lllmelissa@yahoo.com.

CANCER: New Port Cancer Center, 7651 Medical Drive, Hudson, hosts a support group the first Thursday monthly. Call (727) 868-9208 for meeting times.

CANCER: Florida Community Cancer Center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey, hosts meetings at 2 p.m. the first Monday monthly. Call Sharon Stacey at (727) 842-8411.

CANCER: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive (fifth floor), Tampa, support group meets at 11 a.m. Thursdays. Call (813) 745-8470.

CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. A group for patients in the early stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment and caregivers meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly. Call (727) 462-2149.

CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. A group for patients in the early stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP IN SPANISH (LA LUNA DE PINELLAS): Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call (727) 462-2149.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN: Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly. Call (727) 462-2149.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR YOUNG WOMEN: Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN: Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call (727) 462-7500.

CHARCOT MARIE TOOTH DISORDER: St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg., ground floor auditorium. Group meets Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (727) 825-1100.

CHEMO BRAIN: Hands for Hope "Chemo Brain" Cancer Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday monthly, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, second floor, meeting room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. (727) 462-7500.

CHILDREN'S CANCER RESEARCH: The Children's Cancer Research Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, 3005 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The group promotes awareness about pediatric cancer and raises money to benefit research at the hospital. Call (813) 968-7562 or go to www.childrenscancerresearchgroup.com.

CONTINENT OSTOMY: A support group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg , on the fourth floor southeast. Call (727) 825-1100.

CROHN'S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION: A support group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, Conference Center Room 4. For reservations, call facilitator Doreen Kraeuter at (352) 684-0427.

DIABETES: 5 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City. To register, call (813) 757-8202.

DIABETES: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly in the Wellness Center Conference Room at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Call (813) 715-6683.

DIABETES: 7 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz. Call (813) 968-3983, ext. 153.

DIABETES: 11 a.m. the second Thursday monthly at Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 968-3983, ext 153.

DIABETES: 2:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the Tampa General Hospital Health Education Center, 740 S. Village Circle, Tampa. Call (813) 844-8091 or e-mail lgil@tgh.org.

EATING DISORDERS: A therapist-supported group for people with eating disorders meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays monthly at Van Dyke Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz. Call (813) 968-3983, ext. 201.

ENDOMETRIAL CANCER: A support group meets
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of each month at St. Joseph Women's Hospital Pavilion, 4321 N. MacDill Ave., Classroom 3, Tampa. Call (813) 783-6039.

EPILEPSY: Suncoast Epilepsy Association, 5700 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. A group meets at 1 p.m. the first and third Fridays monthly. Call (727) 546-2856.

EPILEPSY: 10 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday monthly in the cafeteria conference room at South Florida Baptist Hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City. No appointment is necessary. Call (813) 754-4444.

EPILEPSY: 6 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly at Carillon Outpatient Center, 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 561-2300.

FAMILY CAREGIVERS: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at Grand Court Tampa, 4902 Bayshore Blvd. Call (813) 835-4475.

FIBROMYALGIA: 2 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Conference Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call (352) 523-2570.

FIBROMYALGIA: The Fibromyalgia Support Group of Zephyrhills meets at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly at the Florida Hospital Wellness Center, 7050 Gall Blvd. Call (813) 994-9627.

FITNESS: G.I.F.T. (Get Into Fitness Today) support groups meet at several locations and times. Call (813) 307-8071:

10:30 a.m. Mondays at El Bethel Tabernacle, 2121 S. 78th St., Tampa

1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico

6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Quality Time, 4031 Amber Road, Valrico

6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Winston Park, 7605 Destin Drive, Tampa

5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Children's Board, 1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin, Room 103. No fees, dues or weigh-ins. Call (727) 501-2125 for information on the Tuesday meeting or (727) 786-3113 for information on the Saturday meeting.

HISPANIC BREAST CANCER: Juventud LUNA, a support group for Hispanics diagnosed with breast cancer, meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday monthly at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa. Call (813) 903-6812 or e-mail martind@moffitt.usf.edu.

HISPANIC BREAST CANCER: 6 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at St. Joseph's Hospital, 3001 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 870-4747.

LARYNGECTOMY: 2 p.m. the third Sunday monthly at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Call 1-888-676-8484.

LIVER DISEASE/HEPATITIS: The Liver Disease/Hepatitis Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly at Tampa General Hospital, West Pavilion. Call (813) 844-7799 or e-mail vanderson@tgh.org.

LYME DISEASE: Gulf Coast Lyme Disease Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday monthly in the children's educational building at Journey Assembly of God Church, 5019 37th St. E., Bradenton. Call (941) 870-4816 or e-mail Jessica@sneeked.com.

LUNG CANCER: 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays monthly at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 462-7500.

LUNG CANCER: Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Morton Plant Hospital auditorium, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Call (727) 462-7500.

LUNG TRANSPLANTS: One Breath at a Time supports lung patients before, during and after a transplant, and meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Monday monthly at Tampa General Hospital, first floor. Call (813) 844-4635 or e-mail dmylet@tgh.org.

MENTAL ILLNESS: The National Association on Mental Illness family support group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at 1402 Jontilly Place, Brandon. Call (813) 571-9811 or visit the events section at www.namihillsborough.org.

MENTAL ILLNESS: A support group for family and friends of those with mental illness meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays monthly at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Call (727) 992-9653.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 7 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Lake Magdalene Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 973-4430.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 3 p.m. the first Thursday monthly (except June and December) in the Wellness Center of Florida Hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 782-9306.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A support group for women with multiple sclerosis meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly (except in November, when it meets the second Tuesday) at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St. (Knox Hall, room 156), Tampa. Call (813) 253-5388.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: National Multiple Sclerosis Society Self Help Group meets at noon the first Tuesday monthly at Ragan Community Center, 1200 E. Lake Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 989-3416 or (813) 994-2561.

NEUROPATHY: 1 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly at Morsani building, 13330 USF Laurel Drive, Room 1013 B, Tampa. Call (813) 300-1745.

NEW MOMS: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Tampa General Hospital's Community Health Education Center in Old Hyde Park Village, upper level, 740 S. Village Circle. Call (813) 844-8945.

NICOTINE: Clearwater You Can Do It, a Nicotine Anonymous group, meets at noon Sundays in the boardroom on the first floor of Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St. Call (727) 447-7482 or (727) 462-7111.

OSTOMY: United Ostomy Association of America Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. the third Saturday monthly at Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Call (727) 462-7500.

OSTOMY: Hernando County Ostomy Association meets at 2 p.m. the third Thursday monthly (except July and August) at the Oak Hill Enrichment Center, behind the hospital on Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 597-5426.

OVARIAN AND GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS: Ovacome, Gynecologic Cancer Support Group of Tampa Bay, meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at St. Joseph's Medical Arts Building, auditorium 3, Tampa. Call (813) 223-9108.

OVARIAN CANCER: Ovacome, Ovarian Cancer Support Group of Tampa Bay, meets from noon to 2 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Nature's Harvest Market and Deli, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 223-9108.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Eighteen groups meet in the Tampa area. There are no dues or fees for membership. For a meeting schedule, go to www.oa.org or call (813) 254-4190 (Hillsborough), 1-800-544-6353 (Pinellas) or (813) 842-7840 (Pasco).

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road, Tampa. Call (813) 903-9530.

PARKINSON'S: For friends and families of those with Parkinson's, a group meets at 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday monthly at Grand Court Tampa, 4902 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Call (813) 835-4475.

PARKINSON'S WELLNESS PROGRAM: Ptak Orthopedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater. A group meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Call (727) 462-7500.

POST-OPERATIVE WEIGHT LOSS: For patients who have had weight-loss surgery, a group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Tampa General Hospital's Rehabilitation Center. Call (813) 844-7473 or e-mail sorellan@hsc.usf.edu.

POST-POLIO: Post-polio Group of Southern Hillsborough County meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the third Thursday monthly, September to May, at United Methodist Church chapel, 1210 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center. Call (813) 642-8707.

PROSTATE CANCER: The American Cancer Society's prostate cancer support group meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday monthly at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Call 1-800-940-1969.

PROSTATE CANCER: 2 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 462-7500.

PROSTATE CANCER: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at Brandon Regional Hospital H2U Offices in Oakfield Medical Plaza, 228 S. Moon Ave. Call (813) 653-1065 or visit www.myBRH.com.

QUITTING SMOKING: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 861-5250, ext. 279.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Thursday monthly at Forest Hills Recreation Center, 724 109th St., Tampa. Call (813) 495-3000.

SCLERODERMA: Noon the third Saturday monthly at Shriners Hospitals for Children, near the University of South Florida Tampa campus. Call (813) 684-8949 after 11 a.m.

SINGLE PARENTS: 9 to 10:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays monthly at South Pointe Community Clubhouse (on U.S. 301 between Symmes and Big Bend roads), Riverview. Call (813) 235-2693, e-mail ricklmhc@gmail.com or visit www.rickpattonlmhc.com.

SLEEP: The Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic support group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday every other month at Tampa General Hospital West Pavilion. Call (813) 844-4292 or e-mail wbeaucha@tgh.org.

SLEEP DISORDERS: An Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic Sleep Disorders support group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday monthly at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 462-7500.

SMOKE-FREE: A smoke-free support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays to motivate and encourage overcoming nicotine addiction at Morton Plant Hospital, boardroom, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-8904.

SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA: 10 a.m. the first Saturday monthly in the CSD Building, Room 4004, at the University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 974-9792.

SPINAL CORD INJURY: 5 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill, 12440 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 592-7237.

STROKE: The Tampa Bay Stroke Support & Prevention Group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly at Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center, 740 S. Village Circle. Call (813) 844-7707 or (813) 844-8434.

STROKE: 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at University Community Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, 3100 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 615-7300.

STROKE: Stroke Support Club at Morton Plant meets at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays monthly at Ptak Orthopedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater. Call (727) 462-7500.

STROKE: 10 a.m. the first Friday monthly at Palm Harbor Wellness Center, 36732 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 772-2222.

STROKE: For patients and caregivers, a group meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Thursday monthly at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 462-7500.

STROKE: 3:30 to 5 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill, 12440 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 592-7420.

STROKE: Noon the second Thursday monthly at the Tarpon Springs Recreation Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church, 420 Bullard Parkway. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Call (813) 988-6465 or (813) 986-4236.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Summerfield Community Center, 13011 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview. Weigh-in at 6:30 p.m. Call (813) 671-2005.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 14925 N. Blvd., Tampa. Weigh-in from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Call (813) 961-3209 or (813) 948-8115.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): To find a local chapter, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org.

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME: 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. For locations, visit www.tsa-fl.org.

WEIGHT CONTROL:The Weight Control Group of Sun City Center meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 941 Library Walkway, Pelican Room. The support group assists in weight loss through diet, exercise and weekly monitoring. Call (813) 633-3130.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: The Gulfcoast Central Florida Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is for anyone who is thinking about, plans to have or has had weight loss surgery. This group is not affiliated with any hospital or surgeons. Call (352) 597-2895.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY (LAP BAND): 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Mease Dunedin Hospital Education Conference Room, 601 Main St., Dunedin. Call (727) 462-7500.

WOMEN IN CRISIS: For women dealing with issues such as divorce, financial difficulties, domestic violence, emotional abuse, child custody/support battles and difficulties paying for legal representation, a group meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Friday monthly at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 11810 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call (813) 264-2782.


Send your health events information to Vickie Beck at vbeck1@tampabay.rr.com. Information must be received two weeks before publication.

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