Originally created 01/01/02

Health calendar



The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Call ahead for special holiday hours. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

HEALTHY WOMEN

WOMEN'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP: 736-2499 to schedule interview.

WISE OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN: Noon second and fourth Wednesdays, Aiken Regional Medical Centers cafeteria, Dining Rooms A-C; 302 University Parkway; (800) 641-2771.

FREE WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC: 6-8 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Salvation Army and Welfare Center, 1384 Greene St.; includes pap smear, breast examination, diagnosis/treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; call St. Vincent dePaul Health Center, (706) 828-3444.

GET FIT

YOGA CLASSES: 6:30 p.m. alternate Tuesdays; conference room, Patriots Park, Appling; $1 per class; 772-7761; 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, St. Joseph Hospital, fourth floor, Summerville Professional Building; $60 a month or $10 per class; 481-7604.

AEROBICS/BODY SCULPTING: 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aurora Pavilion Gym, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; 12 classes $24; (800) 641-2771.

EXERCISE CLASSES: Augusta State University Division of Continuing Education; aquacise, tai chi, golf, fly fishing and dance classes; 737-1636 for dates and times.

GET FIT AEROBICS: 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, St. Joseph Hospital, fourth floor, Summerville Professional Building, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; $2 per class; registration required; 481-7604.

HATHA YOGA: 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, St. Joseph Hospital Summerville Professional Center, Room 430; two-hour sessions; bring water and towel; $10 per class or $60 a month for unlimited classes; 738-2782.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly; 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Mize Methodist Church, 302 Barrow Drive; 793-1981.

WATER AEROBICS: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Aurora Pavilion Gym, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; 12 classes $24; (800) 641-2771.

EVALUATIONS

BLOOD PRESSURE: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Aiken Mall, sponsored by Aiken Regional Medical Centers, (800) 641-2771.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Tests for cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides and blood sugar, 7 a.m. Monday-Friday, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, main lobby; $12; 481-7706.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND OXYGEN LEVEL SCREENING: 1-3 p.m. third Tuesdays, University Hospital; 774-5696.

SPEECH AND HEARING SCREENING: Available for adults and children, University Hospital; 774-8666.

PULMONARY FUNCTION AND OXIMETRY SCREENING: 2 p.m. second Tuesdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building, 3624 J. Dewey Gray Circle.

STOP SMOKING

FRESHSTART PROGRAM: Free four-to six-week series of one-hour sessions; 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Medical College of Georgia Family Medicine Center, Conference Room 1134, Ambulatory Care Center, Harper Street; 721-2273.

SUPPORT GROUPS

ADULT RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: University Hospital; 724-5200.

ALZHEIMER'S: 4 p.m. third Tuesdays, Brandon Wilde, 868-9800; 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village, Wrightsboro Road, 731-9060; Burke County, 1:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Wimberly House, Waynesboro, Ga., (706) 554-2306; 9:15 a.m. first Thursdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, 733-0513; 5 p.m. third Thursdays, Sunrise Assisted Living, activities room, Boy Scout Road, 738-6003; Washington County, 11 a.m. third Thursdays, IHS Homecare Services, Sandersville, Ga., (912) 552-7441; Thomson, 2:30 p.m. first Wednesdays, First United Methodist Church Youth Building, (706) 731-9060; Johnson County, 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Senior Citizens Center, Wrightsville, Ga. (478) 469-3409; Washington, Ga., 6:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, (478) 678-3221; Tennille, Ga., 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, Tennille Christian Church, (478) 552-1266.

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

BETTER BREATHERS: Noon second Tuesdays, University Hospital; for people with emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma; 774-5864.

BEYOND THE BARS: 7 p.m. Thursdays, St. Joseph Home Health Care, Daniel Village; for those with incarcerated loved ones; 855-8636.

BIRTHRIGHT OF AUGUSTA INC.: Free pregnancy testing and support for women, St. Joseph Hospital basement, near cafeteria; 733-5683.

BLIND SUPPORT: 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meeting, second Thursdays, St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; 860-0735.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT: 7-8 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton West Transitional Living Center, 2501 Center West Parkway; 737-9300.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia, day-surgery/ambulatory-procedure center, first floor, 15th Street at Laney-Walker Boulevard; 721-6744.

BREAST CANCER: 7 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Breast Health Center; 774-4141.

BUTTERFLIES: Bereavement support for children, teens and parents; 729-6000.

CANCER SHARE: Second and fourth Thursdays, University Hospital; 774-5803.

CHRONIC HEPATITIS: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 302 University Parkway; (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771.

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Marvin United Methodist Church, Evans; 868-1740.

CROHN'S AND COLITIS: 7 p.m. first Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital, Summerville Building; 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 793-0606.

CSRA TRANSPLANT SUPPORT: 12:30 p.m. third Fridays, Meeting Room B, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 302 University Parkway; (803) 593-5461.

DIABETES: University Hospital; 5 p.m. second Thursdays; free blood-sugar testing before meetings; 774-5798 to register or obtain location.

DIABETES: 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, every other month, surgical waiting room, Doctors Hospital; 651-2468.

DISCOVERY GRIEF SUPPORT: 2 p.m. first Tuesdays and 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital; 729-6000.

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS: 6:30 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Behavioral Health Center.

FIBROMYALGIA: For sufferers of chronic pain; 10 a.m. to noon, third Thursdays, Richmond County Health Department, 950 Laney-Walker Blvd., 793-4232.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Joseph Hospital; (800) 313-0170.

LARYNGECTOMY SUPPORT: 3 p.m. second Sundays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 481-7396.

LUPUS SUPPORT: 772-9001.

LYMPHEDEMA: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, Medical Park Drive, Aiken; (803) 644-8837.

MULTIPLE DYSTROPHY: For people affected by any of 40 neuromuscular diseases, including muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and their families; for information or referrals to clinics, call (800) 572-1717 or visit Web site (www.mdausa.org).

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ASSOCIATION: Free services range from medical information to therapeutic equipment; (800) 532-7667 or Web site (www.msaa.com).

NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL) AUGUSTA: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, Fellowship Hall, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; 432-0021.

OSTOMY ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. third Mondays; Student Center, Medical College of Georgia; 738-2489.

PAIN MANAGEMENT: 10 a.m. first Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, outpatient classroom; 823-5294.

PARENTS OF HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN: Join mailing list, 481-7396.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; 738-7580.

PINK MAGNOLIAS: Support group for women who have undergone breast-cancer surgery or treatment; 7 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital, Breast Health Center, Professional Center Two, Suite 205; 774-4141.

POST-ABORTION RECONCILIATION: Counseling and support group through Project Rachel and St. Joseph Hospital; 481-7724.

PROSTATE CANCER: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Suite 51, Resource Center on Aging, Daniel Village Shopping Center, 2803 Wrightsboro Road; 863-0003.

STROKE AND OUTPATIENT SUPPORT: 1-2 p.m. last Wednesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 823-5213.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP: 863-6785.

TEENS UNDER FIRE: Shows youths ages 12-18 the consequences of drug abuse, violence and crime; Beth Purvis, (803) 642-1607.

WALTON PAIN-MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Support, encouragement and education on chronic pain; 7 p.m. first Tuesdays and 10 a.m. first Thursdays, Outpatient Classroom, Walton Rehabilitation Outpatient Building; 823-5294.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPER GROUP: 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Picadilly Cafeteria, Augusta Mall, and Golden Corral, Whiskey Road, Aiken; 729-6000.

FAMILY LIFE

LA LECHE LEAGUE: 10 a.m. second Thursdays, St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Monte Sano Avenue at McDowell Street, 736-1893; 10 a.m. second Fridays and 7 p.m. fourth Mondays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road 736-1893.

MOTHERS AS MENTORS: Intervention program trains mothers of children birth to age 4 to function as mentors for pregnant teens; mentors must be age 20 or older; (803) 641-4164.

MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES: 7 p.m. second Thursdays; Becky Okkerse, 854-0781.

ALCOHOL, DRUG ABUSE

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 860-8331; 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, (803) 641-5926 or (800) 641-2771; for other groups, call 738-7984.

AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information.

ALCOHOLICS VICTORIOUS: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wildwood Christian Church, 2627 Tobacco Road, Hephzibah; 793-1413.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: 12-step program to healthy relationships; 7 p.m. Mondays, Marvin United Methodist Church, Martinez; 868-1740.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 8 p.m. Sundays, St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; 855-2419.

NARCONON: Drug rehabilitation and education; www.stopaddiction.com or (800) 468-6933.

CHILDBIRTH, EDUCATION

DOCTORS HOSPITAL: 3651 Wheeler Road; classes offered for new and expectant parents; topics include breast feeding, infant CPR, hospital tours, childbirth preparation and programs for siblings and grandparents; registration required; 651-2229.

MCG HEALTH: 15th Street; offered for new and expectant parents and siblings; topics include breast feeding, baby-care basics, infant CPR and hospital tours; registration required; 721-9351.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL: 2260 Wrightsboro Road; offered for new and expectant parents; topics include baby-care basics, breast feeding, infant CPR and programs for siblings; registration required; 481-7727.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL: 1350 Walton Way; offered for new and expectant parents; topics include childbirth preparation, Lamaze, breast feeding, parenting and grandparenting and programs for siblings; registration required; 774-2825.

BRADLEY METHOD CHILDBIRTH CLASSES: Natural childbirth classes; topics include pregnancy, exercise, nutrition, relaxation, pain management, labor and delivery and breast feeding; registration required; call for fees and locations, 541-0970 for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday classes; 210-9371 for 7-9 p.m. Thursday classes.

SPECIAL EVENTS

AUGUSTA HEART BALL: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Fort Discovery; buffet dining, live and silent auction and music by the O'Kayslons; $125, or $75 for younger than age 30, benefits American Heart Association; 855-5005.