Originally created 05/28/98

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

CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK WEEKEND OF CHAMPIONS:

To benefit the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; begins 9 p.m. Saturday, and continues for 21 hours on WRDW-TV (Channel 12); local portion broadcast from center court at Augusta Mall.

OFF-ROAD RIDE FOR KIDS:

Presented by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on Sunday, at the Aonia Pass Motocross off-road park, six miles east of Washington, Ga., on U.S. Highway 78; fund-raiser for pediatric brain tumor research; family-oriented event for off-road motorcycles and 4-wheel ATVs and featuring a separate beginner's riding area for children at least age 7; registration open 8-10 a.m.; minimum of at least $35 required for each registered rider; free coffee and doughnuts and lunch provided; for more information, call (800) 253-6530.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 150K BIKE TOUR:

Presented by BellSouth Mobility; Sept. 19-20; register by July 1; for information on fees, registration forms, write to: National MS Society/MS 150K bike tour: 1100 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 630, Atlanta, Ga. 30339.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN RESOURCE GUIDE:

823-8526.

REFERRAL SERVICE OFFERED:

South Carolina Services Information System at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine; designed for families and care-givers of patients with Alzheimer's disease; (800) 922-1107.

LIFELINK:

LifeLink of Georgia, the agency which coordinates organ and tissue donations for Georgia, has speakers available for civic groups, churches, schools, corporations, etc.; presentations will be tailored to specific audience; call (800) 544-6667.

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.

Stop smoking

SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES:

Held five Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, Out Redeemer Lutheran Church, Boy Scout and Aumond Road; presented by the Parish Nurses and the American Cancer Society.

AUGUSTANS FOR NONSMOKERS' RIGHTS:

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, Zaxby's, 3909 Washington Road, Martinez; 791-7780.

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.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUPS:

University Hospital Medical Center, Columbia Road and Flowing Wells Road; Mommy Talk, 10-11:30 a.m. first Tuesdays; Mom's Night Out, 6-7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays; Breastfeeding Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m. third Wednesdays.

CRADLE CLUB:

Classes on childbirth preparation, baby care, sibling education and maternity section hospital tours for Columbia Augusta Medical Center; 651-2229.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS SOCIETY:

Offered by University Hospital Women's Center; classes for new and expectant parents; for schedule or to register, call 774-2825.

Health evaluations

DIABETES TESTING AND SUPPORT:

2 p.m. first Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital; 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7524.

BLOOD TESTS:

$10; triglycerides 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.

TALK WITH 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

FREE DIET COUNSELING:

CSRA Partners in Health, 1228 August West Parkway; for diabetics or high cholesterol problems; call for class times and schedules; 860-3001.

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

FOOD, FIT AND FUN:

Sessions begins June 8; Summer Fitness Camp for children ages 7 to 14 emphasizes healthy eating, exercise and wellness; activities include field trips, guest speakers and outdoor adventures; supervisors and instructors are health care professionals at University Hospital; program at Health Central, 945 Broad St., from 8:30 a.m.to 4 p.m.; $125 per child, per camp; 774-8917.

GROWING UP GIRLS:

Class on puberty for girls ages 9-12; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 23 and Aug. 4, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Classroom A. Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

BABY SITTING EDUCATION AND SAFETY TRAINING:

For ages 12-15 years; accident prevent, CPR and children's developmental needs; 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Classroom A, 6th Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (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, University 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., Thomson.

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

KNEE AND HIP SEMINARS:

Offered through St. Joseph Hospital's Joint Efforts Program; 481-7604.

ARE YOU OK?:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through June; sign-up at Kroger, 15th Street; Kroger, Deans Bridge Road; Peabody Apartment Homes, 1425 Walton Way; and W.C. Ervin Towers, 1365 Laney Walker Blvd.

DIABETES CONTROL:

Class designed for Type I or Type II diabetes patients; 8 a.m. to noon each Tuesday in June, Aiken Regional Medical Centers Classroom A. Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; physician order required to attend all sessions; call the Diabetes Center at (803) 641-5272.

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.

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION BETTER BREATHERS:

Noon to 1 p.m. second Wednesdays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village, Wrightsboro Road; 774-5864.

AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP:

5:30 p.m. June 9 and June 30, Aiken Regional Centers, private dining Room B, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

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.

HORMONE:

Support group for women with hormone problems; 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Bernie Ward Recreation Center, Lumpkin Road.

LUPUS:

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

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; 793-3523.

RAPE AND INCEST SURVIVORS:

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:

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; 823-1712.

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, indoor pool at Walton's Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; $30 for 12 visits; 823-8504.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.

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.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS:

7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Carolina Avenue, North Augusta; (800) 313-0170.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE:

738-4022.

SASSI (SEXUAL ABUSE, ASSAULT SHARING INSIGHT):

6 p.m. Wednesdays, Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Aiken; (803) 641-4162.

SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS:

294-6204.

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.

Grief support,counseling

TOWARD TOMORROW GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP:

Free to adults and teens by Platt's Funeral Home; 10 a.m. Mondays, Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2220 Walton Way; or 6:30 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road; 733-3636.

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, 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

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.

CHOLESTEROL LOWERING STUDY:

Medication, blood work, and diet counseling; compensation provided; CSRA Partners in Health; 860-3001.

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:

For persons aged 55 and older; Augusta Hypertension study; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:

Southern Clinical Research and Management study; 731-0117.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL DRUGS:

Medication, laboratory tests and office visits; Southern 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.

MELATONIN AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE:

Open to ages 55 733-0188, ext. 7821.

PROZAC STUDY:

25-week study of people age 18-65 with depression; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Medical College of Georgia; 721-7835.

ST. JOHN'S WORT:

Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia study to examine decisions to use St. John's Wort to treat depression; 721-2204.