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.
CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST: For patients at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; list is at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores for shoppers who want to brighten the holidays for hospitalized children. Toys will be distributed to hospitalized children on Dec. 25; shoppers can purchase a gift certificate at either store or send a check payable to the MCG Children's Medical Center: to Medical College of Georgia, Department of Child and Adolescent Life, BAS 848, 1120 15th St., Augusta, GA 30912 (please specify on check that it's for Christmas toys); for more information, call 721-6838.
SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE: Presented by the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association; Augusta-area podiatrists will collect new and used shoes to be distributed to the homeless; donations may be taken to any Augusta podiatrist's office until Jan. 2.
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 Tuesday; 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.
WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL MARDI GRAS BALL: 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 14, Marion Hatcher Center; featuring beads, a king's cake, the Men of Distinction band and more; proceeds to benefit Walton's programs and services for children and adults with physical disabilities; 823-8559.
Professional groups, seminars
MEMBERSHIP OPEN: Registered nurses with at least a bachelor's degree can apply for membership in the Beta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; deadline is Jan. 1; to apply, call 721-3844.
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, Jan. 13, 501 Winchester Drive ; 791-7780.
Family, women's health
HOLIDAY BLUES: Programs to help people deal with the holiday blues; 7-8 tonight, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, classrooms 1, 2.
CH.A.D.D.: ADD/ADHD group; Attention Deficit Disorder in the Schools; 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3321 Wheeler Road; for parents, adults with ADD, teachers and interested individuals; free to CH.A.D.D. members and educators, $1 for nonmembers; 650-9568.
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.
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: 12step program for anyone with an eating disorder; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center day-surgery entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road; 651-6750.
SAFETYFEST: Designed for children ages 8-12 to learn about a variety of safety issues, including first aid/CPR, fire safety and bike safety; 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, University Hospital Medical Center-South Richmond County, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; register, 737-8423.
GROWING BOYS: Class on puberty for boys ages 10-13; 6:30-8:30 p.m. , 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. , 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.
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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD TRAINING: Call 724-8481 for information on instructor class and lifeguard-review classes to be offered in December.