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.
TAI CHI: Free exercise demonstration featuring motivational speaker and fitness instructor Rita Downey, age 82, 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, July 16, at Augusta Physical Medicine, 2902 Professional Parkway. Call 855-2767 for information or reservations.
KNEE AND HIP SEMINARS: Offered through St. Joseph Hospital's Joint Efforts Program; 481-7604.
PRE-SURGERY TEACHING CONFERENCE: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (800) 641-2771.
ADULT CPR: 6-9 tonight, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Classroom B, Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; $10; register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
HEALTH DISCUSSION: Thyroid Disease -- Its Diagnosis and Treatment; 7 tonight, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP: Two-part workshop for individuals interested in becoming Hospice volunteers or increasing their helping skills to terminally ill and bereaved persons; Part One -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; Part Two -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 22; register, 729-6330.
FIRST AID: 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Classroom B, Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; $15; register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
DIABETES WELLNESS AND AWARENESS CLASS: 10-11 a.m. to 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, Diabetes Classroom, First Floor; register, 651-2468.
AUGUSTANS FOR NONSMOKERS' RIGHTS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thai Jong Restaurant, 2810 Washington Road; 733-8869, or 791-2408.
FRESH START SMOKING CESSATION: Presented by the American Cancer Society; 5:30-6:30 p.m. each Monday in July, University Hospital Medical Center-Columbia County, 4106 Columbia Road; $30, refundable upon completion of all classes; register, 737-8423.
Family, women's health
PRAYER AND HEALING: Regular monthly women's luncheon; Tuesday, July 21, St. Joseph Hospital, Sister Mary Louise Conference Room, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; $5; register, 481-7727.
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.
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.
FREE DIET COUNSELING: CSRA Partners in Health, 1228 Augusta 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.
SAFE SITTER COURSE: Designed for boys and girls ages 11-13; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; register, 826-5873; $25.
GROWING UP GIRLS: Class on puberty for girls ages 9-12; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Classroom A, Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
HOME ALONE: Will teach children ages 8-11 skills necessary for taking care of themselves; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 4, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Classroom A, Sixth Floor, 202 University Parkway, Aiken, register, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.
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, 4106 Columbia Road; 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.
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.
CAMP JULIET: Offered through University Hospital Diabetes Services for children ages 7-16 years old with diabetes; Aug. 6-9 at Boy Scout Camp Linwood Hayne; 774-5798.
WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL GOLF CLASSIC: Monday, Aug. 31, West Lake Country Club; driving range opens 9:30 a.m. with a golf-skills challenge at 10 a.m. followed by registration and lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start begins the Lauderdale-style tournament; $1,000 registration fee per team/$250 per person includes greens fees, golf cart, golf-skills challenge participation, FootJoy DryJoy golf shoes, lunch, snacks and drinks on the course, and the awards reception; benefits Walton's programs and services for children and adults with physical disabilities; register, 823-8559.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 150-K BIKE TOUR: Presented by BellSouth Mobility; Sept. 19-20; register by Wednesday; for information on fees, registration forms, write to: National MS Society/MS 150K bike tour: 1100 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 630, Atlanta, GA 30339.
LIFELINK: Public speakers available from agency which coordinates organ and tissue donations for Georgia; (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.
CEREBRAL PALSY FOUNDATION: Seeks families with children affected by cerebral palsy interested in starting a new chapter in the area; offering financial and emotional support and free services; (800) 967-3341.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN RESOURCE GUIDE: 823-8526.
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE REFERRAL SERVICE: South Carolina Services Information System at University of South Carolina School of Medicine; (800) 922-1107.
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.
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.
LYMPHEDEMA SUPPORT GROUP: For persons experiencing swelling of the arms and legs after stroke or surgical procedures such as mastectomy, hysterectomy, lymph node removal or radiation and trauma; 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.
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.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.
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. last Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, outpatient classroom, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-5213.
STROKE SUPPORT: 6 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.
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 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.
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: For survivors of childhood rape and assault; 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, 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.
BALDNESS DRUG STUDY: Healthy men aged 40-60 for Medical College of Georgia study to determine whether drug finasteride, when taken to treat baldness, affects a marker in blood that can indicate prostate cancer; 80 percent of participants receive medication at no cost, remainder receive placebo; all participants compensated; 721-0193.
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.
LOWERING CHOLESTEROL 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.