Originally created 03/12/98

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

AMERICAN DIABETES ALERT DAY: Tuesday, March 24; University Hospital Diabetes Services screenings to identify those at risk of developing diabetes; 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. March 24 at J.B. White, National Hills and Augusta Mall; certified diabetes educators will be available to answer questions; 774-5798.

OPERATION DETECT DIABETES: Free diabetes risk assessments; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the Diabetes Center at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.

HEART PROGRAM FOR WOMEN: Conference on risks of heart disease and stroke and tips on reducing risk; Saturday, March 28, First Baptist Church of Augusta; speakers include heart surgeons, a gynecologist, nutritionists, registered nurses and survivors of stroke and heart attack; $10, includes materials and lunch; registration required; American Heart Association, 855-5005.


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.

REFERRAL SERVICE OFFERED: Through the South Carolina Services Information System (SCSIS) at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine; design for families and care-givers of patients with Alzheimer's disease; SCSIS maintains a computerized information and referral system for the elderly, people with disabilities and Alzheimer's patients; (800) 922-1107.

Professional groups, seminars

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: For medical and emergency medical services personnel; Tuesday, March 24, Radisson Riverfront Hotel, 2 10th St.; Hazardous Materials, registration, $30; Car Seats and Passenger Safety, registration, $10; 667-4336.

HEALTH CONFERENCE: Approaching Life-Limiting Illness and Disenfranchised Grief; Wednesday, March 25, Medical College of Georgia, 15th Street; $10 registration fee includes lunch; speaker: Dr. Kenneth Doka.

Stop smoking

RECOVERING SMOKERS SUPPORT: 556-6094 between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. weekdays, all day weekends.

AUGUSTANS FOR NONSMOKERS' RIGHTS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Augustino's an Italian Eatery, Radisson Riverfront Hotel; 791-7780.

FRESH START SMOKING CESSATION: Harry W. Jernigan Jr. Cancer Center at University Hospital; sessions 5:30-6:30 p.m., four consecutive Thursdays evenings, beginning today; University Hospital Medical Center-South Richmond County, 3121 Peach Orchard Road; $30, refunded if class is completed; registration required; call 737-8423.

Family, women's health

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: 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. third Saturdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 860-6965; Aiken group meets first Tuesdays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 642-9324.

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.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.

OPERATION DETECT DIABETES: Diabetes Center at Columbia Augusta Medical Center will provide free diabetes risk assessments and give free blood glucose test; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Target store, 235 Robert C. Daniel Parkway; 651-2468.

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

BABY-SITTING EDUCATION AND SAFETY TRAINING: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Classroom B, sixth floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (800) 641-2771.

GROWING UP GIRLS: Class on puberty for girls ages 9-12; 6:30-8:30 April 30, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Classroom B. Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

Grief support

BEREAVEMENT INFORMATION AND SUPPORT: St. Joseph Hospice; 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: Support for those who have lost babies through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death; 7 p.m. first Mondays, Universidy Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County; 774-5800 or 774-2751.

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.

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

Health classes

FREE KNEE AND HIP SEMINARS: Offered through St. Joseph Hospital's Joint Efforts Program; 481-7604.

NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION: "Recognizing and using Non-verbal Communication for Violence Prevention," 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, One Freedom Way, Room 3C-104; 733-0188, 7989.

MENOPAUSE WITHOUT MEDICINE: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, One Freedom Way, Room 3C-104; 733-0188, ext. 7989.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP: Two-part workshop for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or increasing their helping skills to terminally ill and bereaved persons; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Part One, Thursday, March 19, Part Two, March 26, Barnwell Presbyterian Church, Franklin Street, Barnwell, S.C.; to register, call (800) 533-3949.

Support groups

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: For information and support for care-givers and family members; call 731-9060; 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Brandon Wilde.

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; 7 p.m. today, Augusta Gardens Retirement Residence, 3725 Wheeler Road; register, 868-6500.

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.

FIBROMYALGIA/CHRONIC PAIN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, The Center, 112 Davis Road, behind Shepeard Blood Center; for reserved seating, call 860-7518.

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.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; 738-7580.

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.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: 7:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.

AUGUSTA OSTOMY ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. third Mondays, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way; 721-2459.

PROSTATE CANCER: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Resource Center on Aging, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 51, Daniel Village Shopping Center; 793-352/3.

RAPE AND INCEST SURVIVORS: Call Rape Crisis; 724-5200.

SELF HELP HARD OF HEARING: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, Pinnacle Club; reservation deadline is Friday, May 1; 738-2796.

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: 5 p.m. first Tuesdays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, 5 East dining room, 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.

WOMEN'S VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP: 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

DEPRESSIVE-MANIC DEPRESSIVE: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, First Baptist Church, Room 105, Walton Way at Wheeler Road; education and sharing.

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.

SEXUAL TRAUMA SURVIVORS PROGRAMS: A 13-week treatment program for childhood rape survivors and a treatment program for assault survivors; 721-6710.

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, 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.

AL-ANON: 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Charter Augusta Behavioral Health System, 3100 Perimeter Parkway; 868-6625.

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

Medical trials

ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUG: A 25-week study of people age 18-65 with depression to find lowest therapeutic dose for Prozac; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Medical College of Georgia; 721-7835.

CHRONIC HEADACHES: Nondrug treatment; open to people who suffer headaches at least three days a week; Medical College of Georgia; participants paid; 733-0188, ext. 2678.

DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE: Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center four-year study open to 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 with Type I diabetes; 721-4158.

ESTROGEN AND ALZHEIMER DISEASE: Open to women 60 and older; 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 DRUGS: 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.

WEIGHT STUDY: Participants needed for eight-month research study to evaluate a new injectable drug for possible weight loss; for more information, call 860-3152.


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