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ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY ORGANIZATION will hold two support group meetings at 3 p.m. Monday at Zephyr Haven Health and Rehab Center, 38250 Avenue A, Zephyrhills. For information, call Sharon Albone or George Carpenter, chaplain, (813) 782-5508. The second meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Park, 37135 Coleman Ave., Dade City. For information, call Mary Beth Lumbra or Nile Premer, (352) 567-8615.

HEART HEALTHY NUTRITION — EATING FOR A HEALTHY HEART: The Medical Center of Trinity is offering a community education class called, Heart Healthy Nutrition: Eating for a Healthy Heart at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Classes are conducted by a registered dietitian on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. The class will present concepts of heart healthy eating to control blood pressure to protect the heart.  Participants will learn about dietary balance of fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean protein; good and bad fats; controlling sodium intake; importance of dietary fiber. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information, or to make reservations, call, (727) 834-5630.

TOOLS TO QUIT: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is partnering with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center to provide a free tobacco cessation seminar.  “Tools to Quit” tobacco cessation program is a one-time, 21/2- hour program aimed at providing all the information, tools and resources needed to quit using tobacco. Participants will receive four weeks of optional nicotine replacement therapy including patches, gum or lozenges. There is no cost to attend. The next program will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wellness Center Conference Room at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd. To register, call (813) 929-1000.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host a seminar at noon on May 3, presented by Stephen Hanff, a board certified in orthopedic surgery. Hanff will provide a glimpse of common orthopedic injuries and discuss traumatic and sports injuries to shoulders, elbows, knees and toes. Admission is free. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For program information, or to register, call, (727) 834-5630 or email, MedicalCenterTrinity@HCAHealthcare.comROBUTTON.

ALZHEIMER’S MONTHLY SUPPORT: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, offers an Alzheimer’s monthly support group meeting from 10 a.m. to noon May 7 in the Shoreline Cafe conference room. The meeting is open to caregivers and other interested people to discuss and exchange ideas, as well as help and encourage those who are involved in the care for Alzheimer’s patients. For information call Laura Arnold at (727) 863-0176 or the Alzheimer’s Family Organization at (727) 848-8888.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES: The Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Pasco and Hernando is enrolling families for a free program to teach American Sign Language to deaf and hard of hearing children ages 12 and younger and their parents. To register, contact Jeff Thomas at (727) 853-1010 or jthomas@deafhhsfla.org.

YOUNGER NEXT YEAR: Wellness and fitness classes and seminars will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Participants will use the book “Younger Next Year” to learn about nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes in order to get and stay fit. For information, call (727) 863-6868.

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUPS: Aware 4 Autism in East Pasco, a support group for caregivers, meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at First Congregational Church, 7900 Fort King Road, Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-9431 or email aware4autism@gmail-.com. Another Autism Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. For information, call (727) 793-6006 or email, jonica.chittum@HCAHealthcare.com.

FREE AMPLIFIED TELEPHONES: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey, offers free amplified and text telephones and ring signaling devices to Florida residents with hearing loss. Equipment is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free hearing screenings also are available the first Wednesday and third Tuesday of each month. For appointments, call (727) 853-1010 or (866) 685-9477.

HOSPICE GRIEF GROUPS: Adults grieving the death of a loved one can participate in one of HPH Hospice’s free grief groups. They meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Center, 38750 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills; from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the New Port Richey Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey; and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. For details, call (800) 486-8784 or visit, www.hph-hospice.org.

WANDERERS ID PROGRAM: The Alzheimer’s Family Organization offers the Wanderers Identification Program to assist caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The patient receives a bracelet or pendant with a code and telephone number to a participating sheriff’s office. The person can be identified through a shared database of patient information and caregiver contacts. For information, call (727) 848-8888.

FOUNDATION OFFERS VOUCHERS: The Pasco Pediatric Foundation offers vouchers for radiology services to qualifying participants. Open MRIs will be offered through Ultra Open MRI in Palm Harbor; CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays will be done through Radiology Associates in New Port Richey. For information, physicians should call the foundation, (727) 845-7735.

BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS: The Pasco County Health Department offers a breast and cervical cancer screening program for women who are low income and uninsured who are between ages of 50 and 64. In addition the Pasco County Health Department offers no cost screening mammograms through Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Florida Suncoast funding. If you live in Pasco County, are low income and uninsured, and between the ages of 40 and 49, you may qualify for a free screening mammogram. Mammogram exceptions may be given if the client has a breast abnormality suggestive of cancer; and is a female 19 to 39 years of age, or male over 19 years old.

This program can be accessed at one of the five health department sites (Dade City, Hudson, Land O’ Lakes, New Port Richey, Zephyrhills). For information, call (727) 861-5661, ext. 1016.

WISHES TO WHEELS: People age 65 and older and disabled people of any age may qualify for a power wheelchair. Candidates must be able to operate an armrest joystick controller, understand basic instructions and get a doctor’s approval. For information, call (800) 823-5220.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute: Opportunities include serving in patient care, clerical duties and supply areas. For details, call volunteer coordinator Lois Babcock at (727) 934-3100.

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind: Drivers are needed to take clients to and from rehabilitation classes in a Lighthouse van. The position requires a commitment of three hours a week. For information, call (727) 815-0303.

American Cancer Society: People with cars may volunteer a few hours each month between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays to drive cancer patients to treatment facilities as part of the Road to Recovery program. For information, call Cindi Crisci, (727) 812-7028 or Elena Fernandez, (813) 949-0291, ext. 114.

Gulfside Regional Hospice: Volunteers are needed for patient care, bereavement telephone calls, hospice residence visitation and office work. For information, call (727) 845-5707.

Good Samaritan Health Clinic: Volunteers are needed to help answer phones, file, make photocopies, schedule appointments and count pills. For information, call Melissa Fahy, (727) 848-7789.

FREE BREAKFAST AND WALKING CLUB: Pasco Regional Medical Center sponsors a free Breakfast and Walking Club for seniors from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays at the hospital’s Medical Plaza I cafeteria, 13100 Fort King Road. Seniors are invited to share a light breakfast and learn health tips and then enjoy an invigorating walk with other seniors who want to improve their health. Sit-and-be-fit exercises are also offered when walking is not permissible. First-time participants need to register at the club and sign a waiver. A photo identification is required. Permission from the participant’s doctor to exercise is also needed but can be handwritten on a prescription pad. Good walking shoes are also needed. After these requirements are met, each participant receives a pedometer to help keep track of their steps. For information, call (352) 518-1087.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: The Pasco County Health Department offers immunizations for ages 18 and younger at 13941 15th St. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and bring a record of immunizations. For information, call (352) 521-1450.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP: A support group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City, to discuss issues related to managing diabetes. To register, call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423.

HIV TESTING: Pasco County Health Department, 13941 15th St., offers anonymous testing for $20. For details, call (352) 521-1450, ext. 350.

The Rainbow House at Farmworkers Self Help, 37240 Lock St., offers free HIV and tuberculosis testing from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. For information, call (352) 567-0200.

GULFSIDE REGIONAL HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT CENTER: 37826 Sky Ridge Circle, holds individual counseling sessions by appointment. Newly Bereaved Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Alumni 2011 Social group is open for new adults to join and meets every Friday at 1 p.m. Lunch is served after or before this meeting. For information, call Joan Kolb, (813) 715-4163.

REDLANDS CHRISTIAN MIGRANT ASSOCIATION: A children’s group meets at 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 1533 14th St.; a parents’ group meets at 4 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call (813) 780-1235.

EAT RIGHT/MOVE RIGHT: Seniors and caregivers can participate in free nutrition and gentle movement classes at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Classroom B, Dade City. For information, call (727) 643-7159.

YOUTH AND PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP: The groups meet at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 14410 14th St. Both groups meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, except the last Wednesday of the month.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meets at 10 a.m. the first Monday of the month at Harvester Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway. The dates for 2013 are: May 6, June 3, July 8, Aug. 5, September 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. For details, contact Phyllis Bross at (813) 996-1361 or pebross@verizon.net.

CONQUERORS IN RECOVERY: Groups for men and women that offer help with codependency and drug, alcohol and sexual addictions meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz.

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS WORKSHOP: The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute and Land O’ Lakes Senior Center offer free workshops to enrich family relationships. The workshops are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at 6801 Wisteria Loop. For details, call (813) 929-1200.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: The Pasco County Health Department offers immunizations for children up to age 18 at 4135 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and bring a record of immunizations. For information, call (813) 558-5173.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Gulfside’s Thrift Shoppe, 21780 S.R. 54, Lutz. The sponsor is Gulfside Regional Hospice.

PREGNANCY CENTER: The Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Pregnancy Center, 1528 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Suite 102, Lutz, offers free nursing assessments, pregnancy testing, prenatal vitamins and limited obstetrical ultrasounds. For information or an appointment, call (813) 948-7734.

GULFSIDE REGIONAL HOSPICE GROUPS: Children’s Grief and Anticipatory Group, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, 5 p.m. Tuesdays; Patient Care Support Group, 12:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, call (727) 992-8034; West Winds Support Group, 37411 Eiland Blvd., 3:30 Wednesday, individual counseling by appointment.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: TOPS Chapter 722 meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays at Zephyrhills Community of Christ Church, 7334 16th St., Zephyrhills. Weigh-in is at 8:45 a.m. For information, call Marion Ferguson at (813) 788-9000.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Families coping with the death of a child can meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at His Gathering Place, 39031 County Road 54.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Learn to conquer the challenges of life from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the True Life Center, 4797 Allen Road, Zephyrhills. For information, email CelebrateRecovery@truelifecenter.com, go to www.truelifecenter.com or call (813) 788-5433.

FLORIDA HOSPITAL ZEPHYRHILLS: 7050 Gall Boulevard, support and other groups include: Fibromyalgia, 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month; Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. daily; Parkinson’s support, 2 p.m. second Wednesday monthly; depression, 7 p.m. Mondays; A.C.E.S. for multiple sclerosis, 3 p.m. first Thursday monthly; diabetes class, 3:30 p.m. first Tuesday monthly; Gentle Movement classes, 2 p.m. fourth Tuesday. Most groups meet in the Wellness Center Conference Room, 7050 Gall Blvd. The depression group meets in Speech Therapy. For information, call (813) 788-0411, ext. 1431.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: The Pasco County Health Department offers immunizations for ages 18 and younger at 4717 Airport Road. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and bring a record of immunizations. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For information, call (813) 780-0747.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER: The free program teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope Zephyrhills Center, 38010 Medical Center Ave. Reservations are required. For information or to make reservations, call Mimma Molinari at (813) 783-1676.

GOOD HEALTH MOVEMENT: Nancy’s Gentle Movement classes focus on reducing stress. The free classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road, Classroom B, Dade City; 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Bentley Commons Senior Living Facility, 38130 Pretty Pond, Zephyrhills; 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Westwinds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills; and 2 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Florida Hospital Wellness Center, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. To register, call Nancy Finck, (727) 643-7159 or email GoodHealthMovement@gmail-.com.

SUPPORT FOR CHRONICALLY ILL: Support group meets at 11 a.m. the second Wednesday monthly at Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road. For information, call (813) 783-3186.

WEIGHT WATCHERS: A Weight Watchers group meets at 12:45 p.m. Sundays at Sports and Field, 2029 Arrowgrass Drive. Registration is free. For details, call Marilyn Manning at (813) 500-4528.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Pasco County Chapter of NAMI offers a support group meeting for family and friends of those living with mental illness the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p. m. at the Branch of Christ Storefront, Cypress View Square Shopping Complex located at 27223 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. For information, call (727) 992-9653.

FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT: The West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For details, call Pam Ludwig, (727) 863-3439.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB & PULMONARY SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly at the Conference Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For information, call (727) 869-5566.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the second floor conference room, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For information, call (727) 861-3713.

HEART TO HEART CARDIOVASCULAR SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every other month at the Conference Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For dates, call (727) 869-5498. For group information, email nancy.dahl@hcahealthcare.com.

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP FOR WEST PASCO: The group meets at 9 a.m. the first Saturday monthly in the Shoreline Cafe, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For details, call (727) 844-5106.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of every other month in the Conference Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, Rooms 1 and 2, 14000 Fivay Road. For information, call (727) 207-5968.

INTERNAL CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATOR SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every other month at the Conference Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For dates, call (727) 869-5498.

OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 1 p.m. the last Saturday monthly in the Shoreline Cafe, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point campus, 14000 Fivay Road. For information, call (727) 207-5968.

SMOKING CESSATION: For a class schedule, call the Pasco County Health Department, (727) 861-5250, ext. 279.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: The Pasco County Health Department offers immunizations for ages 18 and younger at 11511 Denton Ave. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and bring a record of immunizations. For details, call (727) 861-5661.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Pasco County Chapter of NAMI offers a support group meeting for family and friends of those living with mental illness the first and third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Hudson located at 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. For information, call (727) 992-9653.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS: Florida Cancer Affiliates, a community based medical oncology and hematology practice, announces that its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road, will offer several cancer support groups. A bi-weekly breast cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday each month. A general cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday each month. A spirituality and healing support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. For information, call (727) 372-9159.

LIVING HEALTHY: CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, offers Living Healthy from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. The group explores ways to stay healthy with a chronic disease. To register, call (727) 844-3077.

SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS: HPH Hospice, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, offers the Comfort for Caregivers Support Group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the HPH Hospice office, 6807 Rowan Road. Light refreshments are served. To register, call (727) 863-7971.

BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Starkey Tower, 6600 Madison St., in meeting rooms 2 and 3.

BEREAVEMENT COMMUNITY CENTER: The center, 6224 Lafayette St., offers: individual counseling by appointment; parents’ support group at 5 p.m. Thursdays; children’s and teen support groups at 5 p.m. Thursdays; bilingual grief support group at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; loss of a child support group at 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Newly bereaved support group, 3 p.m. Tuesdays; and Patient Care Group, 10 a.m. Tuesdays every other week. Call (727) 844-3946. Sponsored by Gulfside Regional Hospice; call (727) 844-3946.

HOSPITAL OFFERS RIDES, GROUPS: Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., is offering patients and visitors free transportation to and from the hospital or Trinity Outpatient Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. To schedule a ride, call (727) 859-4730 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hospital also offers the Laryngectomy Club at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday monthly and a stroke support group at 10:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Florida Community Cancer Center, 8763 River Crossing Blvd., hosts meetings at 2 p.m. the first Monday monthly. For information, call Sharon Stacey, (727) 842-8411.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Gulfside Regional Hospice offers support groups that meet at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old Country Road 54, New Port Richey. The Alumni 2006 Social group is open for adults to join, and meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Visitors can enjoy lunch after the meeting. For information, call Cam Loveland, (727) 376-6119. The Newly Bereaved Support Group meets at 11 a.m. Tuesdays. For information, call (727) 844-3946.

HIV TESTING: Anonymous and confidential testing costs $20 at the Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road. For testing, call (727) 861-5250, ext. 177.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: The group meets at 10 a.m. Mondays at Andrus Hall at Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd. For information, call (727) 844-5525.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS: The Pasco County Health Department offers immunizations for ages 18 and younger at 10841 Little Road. For times, call (727) 861-5260.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS: Community Hospital of New Port Richey, 5637 Marine Parkway, offers blood pressure testing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. For details, call (877) 442-2367.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: A bereavement support group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at Community Hospital of New Port Richey, 5637 Marine Parkway.

BIPOLAR SUPPORT: The Depressive Bipolar Support Alliance of West Pasco meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at 5650 W. Missouri Ave. For information, call (727) 845-7780 or (727) 376-1481.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Pasco County Chapter of NAMI offers two types of support group meetings monthly at the Medical Center of Trinity West Campus (old Community Hospital) in Conference Room C, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Meetings are the second and fourth Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for family and friends of those with mental illness, and a recovery support group meeting for those with mental illness every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This includes all brain disorders, including, but not limited to OCD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. For information, call (727) 992-9653.

GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR HEALTHY LIVING: The Trinity Outpatient Center, 2101 Trinity Oaks Boulevard, is offering Group Psychotherapy for Healthy Living at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; health screenings at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; a women’s issues group at 6 p.m. Thursdays; and a support group for parents and children of divorce at 9 a.m. on the last Saturday monthly.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Understanding Your Cancer meets at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday and at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday monthly at the Helen Ellis Medical Arts Building, 2114 Seven Springs Blvd. For information, call (800) 940-1969.

COMMUNICATION DEFITCIT SUPPORT: The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, offers “Chatterboxes,” a support group to assist individuals suffering from communication deficits as a result of neurological disorders, meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every other Thursday. Caregivers and spouses are encouraged to attend. For information, call (727) 845-0757.

LAP BAND SURGERY: The Medical Center of Trinity will host a free, monthly seminar entitled “Is Lap Band Surgery an Option for Me?” the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The program is conducted by Keith Chisolm, who is board certified in general surgery. Those who attend learn more about weight loss surgery options. For information call (727) 834-5630 or email, medigalcentertrinity@HCAHealthcare.com/Options.

LOOK GOOD The American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program meets the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at The American Cancer Society Resource Center at Medical Center of Trinity, MCT Medical Arts Building, Suite 402, 9332 State Road 54. This is a free, national public service program that helps women cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by teaching them hands-on beauty techniques to manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Educational information as well as wigs, hats, turbans and prostheses will be available. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630.

LYMPHEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP: The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, will host a monthly Lymphedema support group meeting at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of every month. For information and to make reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, offers a monthly MS Support Group the second Tuesday of each month from 12 to 2 p.m. in the main building in Conference Room A. Caregivers and family members are also invited to attend. For information or to register, call (727) 372-1568.

NUTRITION AND DIABETES: Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, offers a community education class called, Nutrition and Diabetes on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Classes, conducted by a registered dietitian, will teach basic principles of nutrition and diabetes, including meal planning, how food affects blood glucose, label reading and dining out with diabetes. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630.

STEPS FOR FAMILIES: A free support group for people with special needs meets the second Thursday monthly at the South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive.


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