Originally created 01/08/98

Health and fitness calendar

The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Meetings dates may have changed for some groups because of the holidays. Please call groups in advance. 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: 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.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SEMINAR OFFERED: "Helping Front Line Staff Delight Your Customers" seminar presented by the Augusta VA Medical Center and the Georgia Cooperative Health Education Program of Dublin, Ga.; seminar held Jan. 22, VA Medical Center, uptown division, Wrightsboro Road; advance registration required; registration fee $50 includes instruction, materials, breaks, and continuing education credit; sign-up at 8:30 a.m., workshop held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; to register call (912) 277-2705.

WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL MARDI GRAS BALL: 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 14, Marion Hatcher Center; featuring beads, a king's cake and the Men of Distinction band; benefits Walton's programs and services for children and adults with physical disabilities; 823-8559.

Stop smoking


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, 501 Winchester Drive; 791-7780.

Family, women's health

RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES IN CHILDREN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; register, 737-8423.

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.

GET HIP TO JOINT REPLACEMENT: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County; register, 737-8423.

PARENT TO PARENT: Support and information group for parents of children with disabilities and 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. Saturday, Jan. 17 , St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 860-6965.

Health evaluations


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.

Eating right

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.

Healthy kids

RESPIRATORY ILLNESS IN CHILDREN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, University Hospital Medical Center-South Richmond County; presented by Dr. Terrence Cook; 737-8423 to register or for information.

Grief support

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.


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.

Health classes

COMMUNITY FIRST AID AND SAFETY CLASSES: Tuesday and Jan. 15, and 26, 28, Augusta Red Cross, 811 12th St.; register, 724-8481.

FIRST AID CLASSES: Monday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 21, Augusta Red Cross, 811 12th St.; register, 724-8481.

CPR INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE: Monday and Jan. 14, 16, 20, 22 and 23, Augusta Red Cross, 811 12th St.; register, 724-8481.

Support groups

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

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. first 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.

SELF-HELP HARD OF HEARING GROUP: 7 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, adult building; speaker: Dr. Bruce Fetterman.

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

RAPE AND INCEST SURVIVORS: Call Rape Crisis; 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.

TMJ: For people with tempero mandibular joint disorder, a disorder of the jaw; meets 7-9 p.m. first Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8595.

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 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.

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

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

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 6-7 p.m. Mondays, (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.


SASSI (SEXUAL ABUSE, ASSAULT SHARING INSIGHT): 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Aiken; (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, 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: 6-7 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

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, age 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 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.

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.


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