Originally created 12/26/96

Health and Fitness calendar



The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Mark the release to the attention of Tharon A. Giddens and include a contact name and phone number.

Community events

RECONDITIONED HEARING AIDS AVAILABLE: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center screens applicants to determine eligibility; for information on donating a hearing aid or to participate, call 722-1957.

WHEELCHAIR AND EQUIPMENT CLINIC: Available after Jan. 6; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8560.

SUMMER PROGRAM OFFERED: To minority or disadvantaged undergraduates to be held at Medical College of Georgia to prepare them for graduate education in the health professions. Program offers college-credit courses in physiology or neuroanatomy and medical writing and non-credit courses in learning skills and preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are Georgia residents who are interested in health professions can apply and a limited number of out-of-state residents will be considered. Applicants will be judged on grade point average, standardized tests scores and overall potential for graduate study.

For more information or an Application, contact the Office of Special Academic Programs, Student Educational Enrichment Programs, Medical College of Georgia, Suite, AA-153, Augusta, Ga. 30913-1900 or call 721-2522.

Health classes

TONE MANAGEMENT CLINIC: Available after Jan. 6; evaluates children and adults with spasticity/high tone or hypotonicity/low tone in a comprehensive manner; first and second Tuesday mornings; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8560.

Healthy kids

PEDIATRIC OUTPATIENT THERAPY: Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 337 S. Belair Road; 651-9400.

HEALTHY HEARTS: Aerobics and water aerobics for ages 6-12; 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, 690 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; eight weeks for $30; (803) 648-8344, extension 24.

WORKOUT OPTIONS: Tae Kwon Do, youth ballet, Aikido, gymnastics; YWCA, 3532 Wheeler Road; 738-6678.

Women's health

BREAST CANCER GROUPS: 7-8:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, 15th Street; 721-6751.

MOMMY TALK: Informal support group for new mothers; 10 a.m. first Tuesdays, University Hospital-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road, Martinez; 7-8:30 p.m. second Tuesday, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8787.

FIBROMYALGIA/CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME/VULVO-DYNIA: 4 p.m. second Sundays, 2027 Pheasant Creek Drive, Martinez; 855-7059.

SISTERS OF SILICONE: Breast-implant support group; 3-5 p.m. second Sundays, YWCA, 3532 Wheeler Road; 733-5810 and (803) 827-3030.

POST-ABORTION RECONCILIATION: Counseling and support group through Project Rachel and St. Joseph Hospital; 481-7724 for information.

BIRTHRIGHT: Free pregnancy testing and support; St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 733-5683.

Medical trials

ASTHMA STUDY: Children 6 to 12 with mild to moderate asthma, taking only limited medications needed for 18-week study conducted at MCG Children's Medical Center of new liquid medicine to replace inhaler therapy; compensation provided for travel; call Wendy Andrews at 721-2635.

SCHIZOPHRENIA STUDY: Families with two or more diagnosed schizophrenic siblings needed for genetic study; each member does a one-time interview and blood sample; research staff will travel to participants; participants will be paid; 733-0188, extension 7452.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: Medical College of Georgia study of use of anti-depressant Zoloft to treat post-traumatic stress disorder associated with war veterans and other traumatic events; free evaluation for those with symptoms of the disorder; 14-week investigation followed by an optional 24-week study; call the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at 721-7835.

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE STUDY: Type II diabetics, diagnosed after age 30 but before age 70, and controlled with diet, oral agents or insulin; participants in four-year research study receive free physician visits, study medication and study lab tests; Southeastern Clinical Research and Management Inc. at 731-0117.

DIABETES STUDY: National Institutes of Health study of first-degree relatives, ages 4-45, of patients who have Type 1 diabetes; participants will be screened for the presence of islet cell antibodies; 721-8596.

TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER'S: National Institutes of Health-funded study compares patients treated with prednisone over 68 weeks with others who do not receive the drug; includes medical monitoring, assessment of memory and behavior; 733-0188, extension 6262, Tuesdays or Thursdays.

ASTHMA: People 12 and older currently treating asthma with an inhaled beta agonist such as Primatene, Ventolin, Proventil or Maxair needed for study of new oral medication; examinations, medication and travel expenses provided; 721-2951.

CHRONIC HEADACHES: People who suffer headaches at least three days a week needed for nondrug treatment study at the Medical College of Georgia; participants will be paid; 733-0188, extension 2678.

DEPRESSION DRUG STUDY: 80 people with depression, age 18-65, needed for 19-week study to find lowest therapeutic dose for antidepressant Prozac; free evaluation and medication; study conducted by Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Medical College of Georgia; 721-7835.

HEART FAILURE:Augusta Hypertension clinical trial involving advanced heart failure (dropsy); participants receive free study-related medications, office visits, lab tests, heart scans and travel compensation; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE STUDY: Augusta Hypertension study includes free examinations, laboratory tests and medication; 722-4688.