Originally created 07/23/98

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.

Health classes

DIABETES WELLNESS AND AWARENESS CLASS: 10-11 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. today, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road, Diabetes Classroom, First Floor; register, 651-2468.

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

PRE-SURGERY TEACHING CONFERENCE: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 202 University Parkway, Aiken; (800) 641-2771.

Stop smoking

AUGUSTANS FOR NONSMOKERS' RIGHTS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 501 Winchester Drive, Waverly Subdivision; 733-8869, or 791-2408.

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

FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the MCG Alumni Center, 919 15th St.; for Augusta area middle and high school students who want to participate in school sports; offered by Medical College of Georgia Center for Sports Medicine; pre-registration and referral not required.

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 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.

Healthy kids

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.

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, 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.

Community events

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.

EMPLOYED AND EMPOWERED: Program presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-GA Chapter for individuals with multiple sclerosis who are working; program at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Wyndham Garden Buckhead Hotel; $10 per person includes a brunch; anyone interested in attending, or in starting other groups outside the MetroAtlanta area should call 800-822-3379.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 150-K BIKE TOUR: Presented by BellSouth Mobility; Sept. 19-20; register;; 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.


ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE REFERRAL SERVICE: South Carolina Services Information System at University of South Carolina School of Medicine; (800) 922-1107.


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