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.
FREE FLU SHOTS: Offered by Muscular Dystrophy Association to people affected by any of 40 neuromuscular disorders covered by its program; (800) 572-1717 or Web site at http://www.mdausa.org
FREE COUNSELING: Augusta State University Counselor Training Center offering free service through Dec. 9; 731-7988 for appointment.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN RESOURCE GUIDE: 823-8526.
RECONDITIONED HEARING AIDS: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center needs donated 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.
A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE: 7-9 p.m. today, St. Joseph Hospital; program includes lighting of candles dedicated to the memory of an individual, a musical program and refreshments; 729-6222; memorial donations accepted for indigent patient care.
CARE GIVERS CONFERENCE: An educational conference on specialized care for Alzheimer's disease patients; Friday and Saturday, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, Riverwalk; begins 8:30 a.m. Friday and concludes noon Saturday; to register, call 731-9060.
Professional groups, seminars
NURSES TO MEET: Augusta Chapter Oncology Nursing Society; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sixth at Watkins Restaurant; reservations required by Nov. 14, call 650-0573.
RECOVERING SMOKERS SUPPORT GROUP NOW FORMING: Anyone interested in participating should call 556-6094 between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. weekdays, all day weekends.
AUGUSTANS FOR NONSMOKERS' RIGHTS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Boll Weevil, 10 Ninth Street; Dec. 9, Wings, 3412 Wrightsboro Road; 791-7780.
Family, women's health
PARENT TO PARENT: Support and information group for parents of children with disabilities and/or chronic illness; 7 p.m. last Tuesday of each month, Warren Baptist Church.
HORMONE, MENOPAUSE, PMS GROUP: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Bernie Ward Recreation Center, Lumpkin Road next to Butler High School.
LA LECHE LEAGUE: Support group for mothers who breastfeed; 9:45 a.m. third Saturdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 860-6965.
WISE OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN: Support group for mature women; noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, Aiken Regional Medical Center, Dining Room B, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.
LA LECHE LEAGUE SUPPORT GROUP: 9:45 a.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Hospital, Classroom One, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.
WOMEN VETERANS RECOGNITION PROGRAM AND WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM: Presented by Augusta VA Medical Center, Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Garden City Chapter of Federally Employed Women; for women veterans from Georgia and South Carolina; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Uptown Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way; Col. Patricia Wise speaks at noon luncheon; $7.50, call 733-0188, ext. 3730.
CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Aiken Regional Medical Centers; 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
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.
ASK A NURSE: 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.
TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly support group, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2005 Windsor Spring Road; 798-9510.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 12-step program for anyone with an eating disorder; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center day-surgery entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road; 651-6750.
JUST FOR KIDS: Baby-sitting education and safety training for ages 12-15; 4-9 p.m. today; $10; Aiken Regional Medical Centers private dining room, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
HOME ALONE: Class designed for children ages 8-11; 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20; Aiken Regional Medical Centers private dining room, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
GROWING BOYS: Class on puberty for boys ages 10-13; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Aiken Regional Medical Centers private dining room, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
GROWING GIRLS: Class on puberty for girls ages 9-12; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Aiken Regional Medical Centers private dining room, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
BEREAVEMENT INFORMATION AND SUPPORT: St. Joseph Hospice bereavement staff can help with community bereavement groups, individual counseling or reading material; 729-6000 or (800) 381-2273 in Aiken.
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 Monday, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road; 774-5884.
WIDOW/WIDOWER: Informal supper groups, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays; Shoney's Restaurant, 218 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez, 729-6000; Ryan's Steak House, 1928 Whiskey Road, Aiken, (800) 381-2273.
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Organization for bereaved parents; Augusta group, 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; 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; 729-6900.
GRIEF AND THE HOLIDAYS: Community seminar provides tips for surviving the holidays when someone you love has died; 10 a.m. Dec. 6, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.
HEARTS THAT CARE: For families who have lost loved ones to suicide; 7:15 p.m. second Tuesdays, Beulah Grove Baptist Church Resource Center; 796-6371.
CSRA INFERTILITY/ADOPTION GROUP: 7:30 p.m. first Mondays, First Baptist Church, 602 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 278-1852.
ARTHRITIS SELF-HELP COURSE: Tuesdays in October; Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; register, (803) 641-5926; $15 for workbook.
DIABETES CONTROL: 1-5 p.m. today and Nov. 20; Diabetes Center in Aiken; physician order required to attend; to register, call (803) 641-5272.
CPR and first aid
ADULT CPR CLASSES: Today, Augusta Red Cross office, 811 12th Street; to register, call 724-8483.
ADULT AND PEDIATRIC HEARTSAVER CPR: 4-9 p.m. today, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; $15; registration required, (803) 641-5926.
INFANT CPR: Includes first aid for infants and children; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aiken Regional Medical Centers private dining room, Aiken, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; registration required, (803) 641-5926.
FIRST AID CLASSES: Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, and Nov. 24-25, Augusta Red Cross office, 811 12th St.; to register, call 724-8483.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: 731-9060 or 731-0630.
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Aiken Area Council on Aging, 159 Morgan St., Aiken; (803) 641-5926.
ALZHEIMER'S: Daylight Centre Group activities and respite program; 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays; $15 per session; call Aiken Area Council on Aging to register, (803) 648-5447.
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION BETTER BREATHERS: Noon to 1 p.m. second Wednesdays, 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.
CHRONIC PAIN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Building, 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.
AUGUSTA OSTOMY ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. third Mondays, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way; 721-2459.
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.
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, Hospital Rehabilitation classroom, fifth floor, 651-2411
WALTON REHABILITATION AFTER CARE: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.
POST-ABORTION RECONCILIATION: Counseling and support group through Project Rachel and St. Joseph Hospital; 481-7724 for information.
WOMEN'S VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP: To share common feelings, interests and concerns resulting from one's life experiences and its limitations; second and fourth Wednesdays, Department of Veteran Affairs, downtown division, 15th Street and Walton Way.
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 in the indoor pool at Walton's Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; $30 for 12 visits; to register, call 823-8504.
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.
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.
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 Day Surgery Entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Carolina Avenue, North Augusta; (800) 313-0170.
MANIC DEPRESSIVE: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, First Baptist Church, Walton Way at Wheeler Road, Walton Building, Room 105.
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 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, mobile office behind Columbia Augusta Medical Center day-surgery entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road; 651-6750; 8 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; for locations, call 860-8331; 7 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays and Fridays and 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, 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.
COCAINE ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center day-surgery entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road, Augusta; 651-6750.
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 in-patient and PHP families meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.
AL-ANON: 8:30 a.m. and 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.
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 25-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; Southern Clinical Research and Management; 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 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.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL: 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.
MACULAR DEGENERATION: Medical College of Georgia study of Xray 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.
NONINSULIN-DEPENDENT DIABETES: Seven-month research study to evaluate a new drug for treating diabetes; CSRA Partners in Health Inc., 860-3001.
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.
SLEEP DISTURBANCE IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Individuals 55 and older needed for study of melatonin and Alzheimer's disease; 733-0188, ext. 6262.