Originally created 02/18/99

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.

Health classes

DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN DEMENTIA, DEPRESSION AND DELIRIUM: 3 p.m. today; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Uptown, Room 3C-104; register, 733-0188, Ext. 7989.

CARING FOR PROBLEM WOUND: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road.

DISCIPLINE IN THE CRITICAL YEARS: 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road.

DISABILITIES AND FITNESS: 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Uptown, Room 3C-104; register, 733-0188, Ext. 7989.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL, LEARNING CENTERS AND SCIENCE FUN:8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Family and Parenting Resource Center, 3970-B Columbia Road, Martinez; designed for child-care staff and providers; register, 863-3843.

SO YOUR'RE THINKING OF HAVING A BABY: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Columbia-Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road; Classrooms 1-2.

YOGA: 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, St. Joseph Hospital; $40 a month, 481-7604.

YOGA: 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Columbia Augusta Professional Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 210; and 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Columbia Augusta Medical Center, 3651 Wheeler Road; $5; 651-6122.

Family, women's health

STEPPING INTO MANHOOD: 6-9 p.m. Monday, St. Joseph Family Life Center; 481-7604.

DISCIPLINE IN THE CRITICAL YEARS: 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; register, 481-7604.

PARENT WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: If you know an exceptional mother or father who has multiple sclerosis, the National Scelrosis Society-Georgia Chapter wants to recognize him or her as Mother or Father of the Year; send phone and address to National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Georgia, 12 Perimeter Center East, Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30346; or phone (770) 393-8833.

Health fairs, evaluations

FAMILY HEALTH FAIR: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 6, Augusta Mall, lower level; services include blood chemistry, cholesterol, colorectal kits, joint replacement and dental exams; 724-8483.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND PULSE OXIMETRY SCRRENING: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, Columbia Augusta Medical Center; Professional Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 302; identify pulmonary problems or disease.

Healthy kids

HOME ALONE:Class for ages 8-11; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, sixth floor, Classroom A, 655 Medical Park Drive; registration required; (803) 641-5926.

STAYING HOME ALONE: Class for ages 9-12; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, St. Joseph Hospital; $15; register, 481-7604.

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 o'clock 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.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Cancer Clinic.

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.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: First Mondays; free blood-sugar testing, 2-3 p.m.; support group, 3-4 p.m., St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7604.

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

BETTER BREATHERS: Pulmonary support group; noon Tuesday, Columbia Augusta Professional Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Suite 302.

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

HARD OF HEARING: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, First Baptist Church, Walton Building, Room 101; 738-2796.

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.

NAMI CARE: Support group for consumers only; meets 6:30 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Behavioral Health Care, 1350 Walton Way; family members only, 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, parish hall.

AUGUSTA OSTOMY ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. third Mondays, Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way; 738-2489.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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; 823-8520.

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

STROKE SUPPORT: 6 p.m. first Tuesdays, Colombia Augusta Medical Center, 5 East Rehab Dining Room; 651-6160.

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.

EMPTY ARMS: For parents who have experienced death of a child; 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-4227.

DISCOVERY: 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays and 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Home Health Care Services Building, 2803 Wrightsboro Road; 729-6000 or (800) 533-3949.

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 a.m. 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.

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 CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Steppingstones; 796-7573.

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

BEYOND GAMBLING: 7 p.m. Mondays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 641-5926.

MANIC DEPRESSIVE: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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.

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.

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

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

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; paid; 733-0188, Ext. 2678.

DIABETES WEIGHT TRIAL: For ages 40 and older with Type II diabetes who are overweight and using insulin but having trouble controlling blood glucose level; Southern Clinical Research and Management Inc., 731-0117.

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.

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 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.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT: Medical College of Georgia study of women age 45-65 for investigational hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women; free medical exam and mammogram; 721-2617.

HOT FLASHES: Medical College of Georgia study of women age 30-70 to assess the effectiveness of a combination of two drugs in treatment of post-menopausal hot flashes; 721-7611.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

WEIGHT LOSS: Eight-month evaluation of injectable drug for possible weight loss; participants must be 50-100 pounds overweight, in good health, older than 18 and non-diabetic; 860-3152.

Stop smoking

FRESH START: 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, Suite 302, Columbia Augusta Professional Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle; 651-2270.