Originally created 12/31/98

Health and fitness 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.


GENETIC TESTING LECTURE: Dr. Phillip Reilly, a physician and lawyer studying the impact of advances in human genetics on medicine and society, will address the controversy over genetic testing in health care in two lectures on Jan. 20 at MCG; discussion of genetic tests and personal privacy at noon in the fifth-floor conference room of the Ambulatory Care Center; discussion of the rise of DNA databanks with emphasis on privacy issues for forensics, newborns and the pharmaceutical industry at 5 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium of the School of Dentistry; 721-1939.

Health classes

YOGA: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, St. Joseph Hospital; $20 per month, 481-7604.

Family, women's health

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN: Children's program coordinator works with dependent children of women attending group; 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays; Domestic Violence Intervention Center of the CSRA (Safe Homes of Augusta); 736-2499.

BRACHIAL PLEXUS CLINIC: Second Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8560 for appointment.

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 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, Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803) 642-9324.

NEW MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUPS: University Hospital Medical Center, Columbia Road at 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.

Health fairs, evaluations

WELLNESS RESOURCE ROOM: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital; information about cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, asthma and other general topics; Carol Pardue, 823-8797.

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.

AUGUSTA THERAPY SERVICES: Monday through Friday, Jan. 18-22; 1930-A Highland Ave.; free consultation and assessment for individuals who experience problems with incontinence; muscle control training through biofeedback; 481-9105.

Eating right

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly support group, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2005 Windsor Spring Road; 798-9510.

Community events

SHOE DRIVE: Today; Augusta-area podiatrists collecting shoes for homeless; 724-0586.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CLASS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, Family and Parenting Resource Center; 863-3843.

AUGUSTANS FOR NON-SMOKERS' RIGHTS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, Schlotzsky's Deli; 791-7780 or 825-1639.

CHILD-CARE CLASSES: 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, Family and Parenting Resource Center; classes on nutrition, food safety, early brain development and injury prevention; 863-3843.

VOICES VS. VIOLENCE: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, University Hospital Columbia County Extension; sponsored by Mental Health Association of Greater Augusta; for Columbia and Richmond counties; 721-3141.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Family and Parenting Resource Center; classes on managing child behavior will also be given; 863-3843.

LIFELINK: Public speakers available from agency that coordinates organ and tissue donations for Georgia; group also is seeking volunteers to assist with educational programs; (800) 544-6667.

RECONDITIONED HEARING AIDS: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center needs donated hearing aids; 722-1957.

WHEELCHAIR AND EQUIPMENT CLINIC: 2 p.m. third Wednesdays, 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; financial and emotional support and free services; (800) 967-3341.

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

AMPUTEE CLINIC: Third Thursdays, Walton Way Rehabilitation, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8511.

TONE MANAGEMENT: Walton Rehabilitation Hospital; addresses medication, seating, surgical intervention and evaluations for Baclofen pump; 823-8560.

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, 868-9800; Augusta Night meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village; 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Heritage Inn, Sandersville, Ga.; 9:15 a.m. first Thursdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 731-9060.

ALZHEIMER'S: Daylight Centre Group activities and respite program; 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays; $15 per session; support group 7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays; call Aiken Area Council on Aging to register, (803) 648-5447.

BETTER BREATHERS PULMONARY SUPPORT GROUP: Noon third Tuesdays, Columbia Augusta Professional Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 302; 651-2270.

BRAIN INJURY: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton West Transitional Living Center, 2501 Center West Parkway, West Augusta; 737-9300.

CANCER SHARE SUPPORT: 7 p.m. second and last Thursdays, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, 774-2902 or 774-5803.

CHRONIC PAIN: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8555.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, even months, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road.

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, mobile office behind day surgery entrance, 3651 Wheeler Road.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Room 252; (800) 313-0170.

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; surgical procedures such as mastectomy, hysterectomy or lymph node removal; or radiation and trauma; 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.

LUPUS: 2:30 p.m. fourth Sundays; St. Joseph Hospital, Sister Mary Louise Conference Room, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7604.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays; First Baptist Church.

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; 738-2489.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, 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.


STROKE SURVIVORS: For family members and care-givers; 2-3 p.m. last Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, outpatient classroom, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-8520.

STROKE SUPPORT: 2 p.m. last Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-5213 or 823-8520.

SPINAL CORD SUPPORT: Noon Wednesdays, spinal cord day room, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 826-5891.

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 Veterans Affairs, Downtown Division, 15th Street and Walton Way; 733-0188, Ext. 3726.

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.

Grief support

BEREAVEMENT INFORMATION AND SUPPORT: St. Joseph Hospice; 729-6000 or (800) 533-3949, Ext. 6334.

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 for adults and teens by Platt's Funeral Home; 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way; 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 4227 Columbia Road; 733-3636.

Arthritis groups

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION AQUATIC PROGRAM: Physician approval required; 8:45-9:30 and 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 CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Steppingstones; 796-7573.

ADULT SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT: For survivors of childhood sexual abuse and assault; University Hospital, 724-5200.

MANIC DEPRESSIVE: 6 p.m. third Wednesdays, First Baptist Church, Walton Way at Wheeler Road Walton Building, Room 105.

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.


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.

Alcohol, drug-abuse groups

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Several groups meet 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, Ext. 284.

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

Medical trials

CERVICAL DYSPLASIA: Dr. Daron G. Ferris of Medical College of Georgia seeking participants for paid study of topical retinoid cream for treatment of moderate or severe cervical disease; Nicole Heidemann at 721-2535 or 831-3472, or page at 723-6898.

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.

HEART FAILURE (DROPSY): Augusta Hypertension trial; travel compensation; 722-4688.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: For persons 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.

HPV VACCINE STUDY: Women ages 16-23 needed for paid Medical College of Georgia study of vaccine against genital infection human papillomavirus (HPV 16), 721-2535.

MACULAR DEGENERATION: Medical College of Georgia study of Xray treatment in patients with "wet form" of macular degeneration; 721-1172.

MENSTRUAL CYCLE: Medical College of Georgia research study for women age 30-70 to assess the effectiveness of a combination of two drugs in treatment ofpost-menopausal hot flashes; 721-7611.

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.

HYPERTENSION WEIGHT LOSS: Seeking those on high-blood pressure medicine, ages 40 and older, who need to lose weight; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc., 731-0117.

OSTEOARTHRITIS: Seeking those with osteoarthritis, ages 45-85, with creaking and popping in knees for study of new research drug. Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

HYPERTENSION: Study of currently approved drug for control of hypertension in blacks; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc., 731-0117.

ISH HYPERTENSION: Drug study on those with hypertension in the top blood-pressure reading only; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: Drug study on those taking Verapamil, Diltiozen, beta-blockers or Digoxin who continue to have problems with atrial fibrillation; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

FLU STUDY: Screening households of three to eight persons for upcoming flu season and possible treatment of flu; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc.; 731-0117.

SLEEP STUDY: For patients with Alzheimer; 733-0188, Ext. 6262.

WEIGHT LOSS STUDY: Drug study for people diabetic and on insulin; CSRA Partners In Health Inc.; 860-3001.

DIABETES STUDY: Non-insulin diabetics needed for seven-month study to evaluate a new drug for treating diabetes; CSRA Partners In Health Inc.; 860-3001.


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