Originally created 01/16/97

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.

Health classes

AESTHETIC DENTISTRY: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road, Martinez; register, 737-8423.

MEN'S HEALTH ISSUES: Impotence, benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; registration required; (803) 641-5926.

DENTAL SEMINARS: To help dentists in private practice update their skills; "Practical Answers for Fixed-Restorative Dentistry", offered Jan. 30-Feb. 2, at Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Atlanta; "Intravenous Conscious Sedation" offered Feb. 17-21 at Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, 15th St; 721-3967.

HOW STRESS AFFECTS YOUR BODY: Lecture/workshop; 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday; led by Dr. Henk de Graaf, de Graaf Chiropractic Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, 592 Bobby Jones Expressway; register, 868-8893.

TONE MANAGEMENT CLINIC: 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.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE: 6 p.m. Wednesday; University Hospital Medical Center-South Richmond County, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; register, 868-1884.

SONG AND DANCE: Learn and Live program will teach current line dances; $10 fee includes 10 lessons; 9 a.m. Tuesday and each Tuesday through Feb. 13; Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walton Way; register, 733-7262.

CPR and first aid

Healthy kids

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.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Hospital; $10; register, 481-7604.}

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

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

GROWING UP FOR BOYS: Class for boys ages 10-13 on physical and emotional changes of puberty; 6:30-8:30 p.m. , Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; registration required; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

HOME ALONE: For ages 8-11; includes information on safety and support systems; 4-7 p.m. Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; registration required; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

GROWING UP FOR GIRLS: Class for girls ages 9-12 on physical and emotional changes of puberty; 6-8, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; registration required; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

Women's health

BREAST CANCER: 7 , Carolina Cancer Center, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

WISE OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN: Support group for mature women; Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

SMART WOMEN IN THE '90S: Learn and Live program examine ways to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home; noon Tuesday, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road, Martinez; register, 737-8423.

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

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: 10-11:30 a.m. third Wednesdays, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road, Martinez; registration, 774-8787.

MOMMY TALK: Informal support group for new mothers; 10-11:30 a.m. first Tuesdays, University Hospital-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road, Martinez; 774-8787.

PARENT TALK: 7-8:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, cafeteria, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8787.

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.

Medical trials

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center four-year diabetic kidney disease research study; participants receive physician visits, medical monitoring, study medications and study lab tests; volunteers must be active duty soldiers, retirees or eligible family members, diagnosed as Type II diabetics after age 30 but before age 70, controlled with diet, oral medications or insulin; 787-2875 or 787-2521.

MENOPAUSAL STUDY: For women with history of breast cancer currently taking Tamoxifen and having hot flashes but unable to take hormones; 721-7611.

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 combat 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.

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.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Southeastern Clinical Research and Management study offers free evaluation, study-related treatment, medication and management; 731-0117.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: Medical College of Georgia evaluation of X-ray treatment that may preserve or improve sight of elderly people suffering from the "wet form" of macular degeneration, a blinding disorder; 721-4239.

SENSITIVE TEETH TREATMENT STUDY: No drilling or anesthesia involved; must have at least two teeth with gumline sensitivity to cold or sweets; must visit clinic four times in six months, be in good health and at least age 18; call Barbara Cliett at 721-0868.

Arthritis groups

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION AQUATIC PROGRAM: Physician approval required; 8:45-9:30 a.m., 9:45-10:30 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; $30 for 12 visits; register, 823-8504.

Stop smoking

NONSMOKERS MEETING: Augustans for Nonsmokers' Rights; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, Boll Weevil, Riverwalk at Ninth Street; 791-7780.

KICK THE HABIT: Support group for people who have quit tobacco; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, University Hospital Behavioral Health Center Conference Room, 1350 Walton Way; 724-1720.

STOP SMOKING FOR VETERANS: Veterans who are interested in utilizing nicotine patches should call Department of Veteran Affairs, 733-0188, extension 7734.

Health evaluations

DIABETES TESTING AND SUPPORT: 2 p.m. first Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital; 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7524.

BLOOD TESTS: Triglycerides, cholesterol HDL and blood sugar; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; St. Joseph Hospital Family Care Center, Suite 180, Summerville Professional Center, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; $10 for all tests; 481-7604.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND OXYGEN LEVEL SCREENINGS: 1-2 p.m. third Wednesdays, University Hospital, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center; free; 774-5864.

THE NURSE IS IN: Nurse answers health-related questions, provides health information and blood-pressure checks upon request; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Aiken Mall; free health screenings and educational fairs, 2-6 p.m. first Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. third Fridays; (803) 641-5926.



DOCTORS WHO COOK: Fund-raiser to benefit Children's Heart Program at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; 90 local physicians will cook their favorite dish; event begins 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Radisson Riverfront Hotel; entertainment provided by Doctor Rock; Tickets are $50 each and must be purchased in advanced; for more information, call 736-2554.

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: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8560.

SUMMER PROGRAM OFFERED: Medical College of Georgia program prepares minority and disadvantaged students for graduate education in health professions; college-credit courses in physiology or neuroanatomy and medical writing, non-credit courses in learning skills and preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test; rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are Georgia residents and are interested in health professions can apply, and a limited number of out-of-state residents will also be considered; judged on grade-point average, standardized test scores and overall potential for graduate study; write the Office of Special Academic Programs, Student Educational Enrichment Programs, Medical College of Georgia, Suite, AA-153, Augusta, Ga. 30913-1900, or call call 721-2522.


groups, seminars

Support groups

INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELING: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Family Counseling Center of CSRA Inc., 630 Ellis St.; fees; 722-6512.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28; St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.

PARENTS EXPERIENCING TROUBLED TEENS: Support group meeting; 7:30 p.m. third Mondays, Community Mental Health Center, Old Savannah Road, Room 88, Building A; 592-2968.

ADD/ADHD: CH.A.D.D., 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3321 Wheeler Road; group for parents and educators to learn how to help children and adults with attention deficit disorder; nonmembers, $1; CH.A.D.D. members, free; 650-9568.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Support group for cancer patients, their families and friends; 7 p.m., Carolina Cancer Center, Aiken Regional Medical Center, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

PROSTATE CANCER: 7 p.m., Carolina Cancer Center, Aiken Regional Medical Center, 202 University Parkway; Aiken; (803) 641-5926; (800) 641-2771.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way; 738-8594.

OSTOMY SUPPORT: Augusta Area Ostomy Association meets 7 p.m. third Mondays, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way.

SICKLE CELL: Paul F. Milner sickle cell support group meeting; 6-7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, MCG's Sickle Cell Clinic, 1521 Pope Ave.

LARYNGECTOMY SUPPORT: 3 p.m. second Sundays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7396.

CROHN'S AND COLITIS SUPPORT: 7 p.m. first Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 593-9423.

STUTTERING SUPPORT: 7 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road; 774-8666.

ALZHEIMER'S: 2 p.m. second Tuesdays, Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road in Evans, 868-9800; other groups meet 10:30 a.m. second Fridays, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Uptown Division, second floor, Unit 2C, Classroom 2C104, 733-0188, extension 7996; 9:30 a.m. first Thursdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; 731-9060; 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village, 731-9060.

BETTER BREATHERS SUPPORT: Offered by American Lung Association; noon-1 p.m. second Mondays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village Activity Room, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, and Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; 774-5864.


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