Originally created 07/03/97

Health 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

DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA: Week-long American Lung Association event begins Monday, July 28; activities include arts, crafts and sports and information about managing asthma; 855-6546.

CAMP JULIET: Campers ages 7-16 with diabetes learn how to live with the disease; activities include hiking, canoeing and crafts; Aug. 7-10, Camp Lynwood Haynes; free, advanced registration required, deadline Tuesday, July 15; 774-8486.

RECONDITIONED HEARING AIDS: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center needs donations of hearing aids; 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.

JET NEBULIZERS: University Hospital's Pulmonary Rehabilitation provides devices, at no charge, to asthma patients who can't afford them and cannot use other treatments because of the severity of their disorder. To receive or donate one of these machines, call 774-5864.

Professional groups, seminars

Health evaluations

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

BLOOD TESTS: $10; 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; 481-7604.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND OXYGEN LEVEL SCREENINGS: 2-3 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; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Aiken Mall; free health screenings and educational fairs, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. third Fridays; (803) 641-5926.

Support groups

AUGUSTA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: 7 p.m. today, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walton Way at Johns Road.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: 731-9060 or 731-0630

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION BETTER BREATHERS: Noon to 1 p.m. second Mondays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village, Wrightsboro Road; 774-5864.

BRAIN INJURY: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

CANCER SUPPORT: 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Zachery Kilpatrick Room, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, 774-8900.

CH.A.D.D.: ADD/ADHD group, 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3321 Wheeler Road; for parents, teachers, school administrators or counselors who want to learn how to help people with learning disabilities; support group for grades 6-12 held during meeting; 650-9568.

CHRONIC PAIN: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

HEART DISEASE: 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital solarium, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8870.

LUPUS: 2:30 p.m. fourth Sundays; St. Joseph Hospital, Classroom 1, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7727.

MENDED HEARTS: For people with coronary artery disease and people who have experienced heart attacks or heart surgery; 7 p.m. fourth Thursdays, second-floor meeting room, South Richmond County Medical Center, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; 736-8361.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. July 22, St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.

PARENTS OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN: 481-7369.

PROSTATE CANCER: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Resource Center on Aging, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 51, Daniel Village Shopping Center; 793-3523.

RAPE AND INCEST SURVIVORS: University Hospital; 724-5200.

STROKE SURVIVORS: For family members and care-givers; 2-3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village Shopping Center, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 51.

WALTON REHABILITATION AFTER CARE: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive.

HIV, AIDS

SEEDS FOR LIFE: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; 774-8990.

AIDS AND HIV POSITIVE: (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM: Monday and Monday, Aug. 4, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; call (803) 641-5926.

Behavior support, counseling

ADULT SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT: For survivors of childhood sexual assault; University Hospital, 724-1200.

CHRONIC GAMBLING: 7 p.m. Mondays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

CONSTRUCTIVE LOVE: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

DEPRESSIVE-MANIC DEPRESSIVE: Aiken group meets 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Mental Health Association, 149 Chesterfield St., Aiken; (803) 641-4164.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: (803) 641-4162.

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: Twelve-step program to help people cope with stress; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, behind day surgery at Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE: 738-4022 or 724-4409.

SASSI (SEXUAL ABUSE, ASSAULT SHARING INSIGHT): (803) 641-4162.

SOUTH CAROLINA SELF-HELP ASSOCIATION REGARDING EMOTIONS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Mental Health Association, 149 Chesterfield St., Aiken, (803) 641-4164.

Alcohol, drug abuse groups

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Several groups meet 8 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays. For locations, call 860-8331; 7 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays and Mondays and Fridays, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771; 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, call 868-6625; for information on other groups, call 738-7984.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 8 p.m. Sundays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, 855-2419; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Atonement Episcopal Church, 2616 Tobacco Road; 796-3545; 7 p.m. Mondays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PHP MULTIFAMILY: Support group; 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays; multifamily therapy and after-care support group, child and adolescent inpatient and PHP families meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.

AL-ANON: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.

ALA-TEEN: 793-5919 for hours, locations.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: Martinez group meets 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road; 823-0510.

Medical trials

HIGH CHOLESTEROL STUDY: Trial involving four currently marketed medications and a research medication; free medication, laboratory tests and office visits; Southeastern Clinical Research and Management Inc., 731-0117.

ASTHMA: People 12 and older treating asthma with inhaled beta agonist needed for study of new oral medication; travel expenses provided; 721-2951.

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

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

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center four-year study; must be active-duty soldiers, retirees or eligible family members, diagnosed Type II diabetic, ages 30-70, controlled with diet, oral medications or insulin; 787-2875 or 787-2521.

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Type II diabetics, diagnosed between ages 30 and 70, controlled with diet, oral agents or insulin; Southeastern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

DIABETES: Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center study of first-degree relatives, ages 4-45, of patients who have Type I diabetes; participants screened for presence of markers for developing diabetes; 721-4158.

ESTROGEN AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Women age 60 or older needed for study of estrogen and Alzheimer's disease; 733-0188, ext. 6262.

HEART FAILURE (DROPSY): Augusta Hypertension trial; travel compensation; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Augusta Hypertension study; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Southeastern Clinical Research and Management study; 731-0117.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: Medical College of Georgia study of X-ray treatment that may preserve or improve sight in patients with "wet form" of macular degeneration, a blinding disorder; 721-1172.

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

NON-INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES: Seven-month research study to evaluate a new drug for treating diabetes; CSRA Partners in Health Inc., 860-3001.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: Medical College of Georgia and Department of Veterans Affairs study of anti-depressant Zoloft to treat post-traumatic stress disorder; 721-7835.

SCHIZOPHRENIA: Families with two or more diagnosed schizophrenic siblings needed for genetic study; one-time interview and blood sample; researchers travel to participants, who are paid; 733-0188, ext. 7452.

Grief support

EMPTY ARMS: For parents who have experienced death of a child; 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7634.

PASTORAL CARE ASSOCIATES: Nondenominational counseling; 860-8860.

PARENTS HEALING TOGETHER: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road; 774-8787.

WIDOW/WIDOWER: Informal supper group, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays; Augusta groups meet at Shoney's Restaurant, 218 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez, 481-7490; Aiken group meets at Ryan's Steak House, 1928 Whiskey Road, Aiken, (800) 381-2273.

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Organization for bereaved parents; Augusta group candlelight memorial service, 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road; Aiken group meets 7:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Millbrook Baptist Church, 176 E. Pine Log Road; (803) 279-8179; Thomson group meets 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Heckle House, behind First Baptist Church, 253 Jackson St., Thomson.

DISCOVERY SUPPORT: 7:30-9 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, fourth floor, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7490; Aiken group meets 7:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Homecare Services office, 681 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken; (800) 381-2273.

HEARTS THAT CARE: For families who have lost a loved one to suicide; 7:15 p.m. second Tuesdays, Beulah Grove Baptist Church Resource Center; 796-6371.

Stop smoking

NONSMOKERS MEETING: Augustans for Nonsmokers' Rights; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 501 Winchester Drive; 791-7780.

Health classes

FOOT CARE FOR THE DIABETIC: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, University Hospital Medical Center, South Richmond County, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; speaker: Mark Messenger, podiatrist; register 737-8423.

Healthy Kids

SAFE SITTER COURSE: Two-day course for ages 11-13; 8:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, July 17-18, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; $25; register, 868-3200.

Family, women's health

BREAST FEEDING: The Art of Breast feeding and Overcoming Difficulties; 9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19, Classroom 1, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 860-6965, or 796-7898.

CSRA INFERTILITY/ADOPTION: 7:30 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, North Augusta; (803) 278-1852.

Eating right

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly support group, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2005 Windsor Spring Road; 798-9510.

CPR and first aid

CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS: 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays, July 8 and 15, Evans Medical Plaza; register, 860-8583.