Originally created 11/27/03

Health and fitness calendar

The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. 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.


MORNING FITNESS CLASS: 8:45-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; members only; Doctors Hospital, Building III, 1305 Interstate Parkway; 651-6716.

WATER AEROBICS: 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital's Outpatient Building; $32 a month; 823-5294.

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS: 9-9:45 a.m., 10-10:45 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital's Outpatient Building; $37.50 a month; 823-5294.

AMPUTEE CLINIC: 1-3 p.m. Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; for new and experienced prosthetics users; 722-1244.

WHEELCHAIR AND EQUIPMENT CLINIC: 1-3:30 p.m. third Mondays and second Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. fourth Thursdays, Augusta Rehabilitation Associates Building; serves children and adults; 722-1244.

AUGUSTA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. second Thursdays; Walton West, 2501 Center West Parkway; for brain injury survivors, family and caregivers; 737-9300.

FOCUS ON HEALING: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building; an exercise class for breast cancer survivors of all ages and fitness levels; 823-5294.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: 1-2 p.m. last Wednesdays of the month, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; open to all stroke survivors in the area; 823-5213.

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP: 10:30-11:30 a.m. first Thursdays; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; open to anyone with chronic pain; 823-5294.

MENINGITIS VACCINATIONS: Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination against meningitis for all first-year college students living in dormitories; contact University Medical Associates Travel Clinic for information and appointment; 774-7400.

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Transitions Centers Inc., 1835 Wrightsboro Road; 737-3393.

FREE DIET COUNSELING: For diabetics or those with high cholesterol; CSRA Partners in Health, Augusta West Parkway; class times and schedules to be announced; 860-3001.

VOLUNTEERS FOR UNITED HOSPICE OF AUGUSTA: Need volunteers to lend support to terminally ill patients; training done at convenience of volunteers; Kathy Gerstein, 650-1522.

ALZHEIMER'S CARE: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care; adult day center and home care available; provides families and caregivers a break during day and provides activities; 738-5039.

HEPATITIS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 6-7 p.m. third Mondays, Dining Room B, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 302 University Parkway, Aiken; Jeff Maxey, (803) 593-5461, 339-7822 or (803) 641-5926.

TRANSPLANT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 7-8 p.m. third Mondays, Dining Room C, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 302 University Parkway, Aiken; Jeff Maxey, (803) 593-5461, 339-7822 or (803) 641-5926.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CSRA Partners in Health Inc. needs volunteers for type-2 diabetes study; study participates must be nondiabetic, at least 50 years old and have some of the common risk factors for developing diabetes; 860-3001.

FREE WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC: 6-8 p.m. first, third and fifth Tuesdays, Salvation Army and Welfare Center, 1383 Greene St.; Pap smears, breast exams, diagnosis and treatment of STDs; 828-3444.

VOLUNTEERS FOR 12-WEEK STUDY: The Medical College of Georgia Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care needs volunteers for a study on long-term treatment for asthmatic adults; compare inhaled steroid use alone to inhaled steroid combined with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pill; participants must have moderate, persistent asthma for at least six months; will be compensated; Betsy Willis, 721-7405.

HATHA YOGA: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, St. Joseph Wellness Center, Daniel Shopping Center; $60 per month, $10 per class; 738-2782.

PILATES-BASED EXERCISE CLASSES: 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The Core Center, Ron Jones Academy of Ballet, 639 Furys Ferry Road; pay by class or multiple-class packages; 399-9715.

TRAFFIC INJURY PREVENTION ADVOCACY GROUP MEETING: Sponsored by Safe Communities Coalition Augusta Inc.; noon to 1:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Health Department training room, Building D, 1916 North Leg Road; area businesses provide lunch; members provide surveys, letters to editor, exhibits and fact sheets; Priscilla Bence, 667-4691.


DONATIONS NEEDED: University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center requests donations of old, broken or discarded hearing aids to help others less fortunate; program is funded by University Hospital's Speech and Hearing Center, The United Way of the CSRA and University Health Care Foundation; 774-8666.


CAR SEAT EDUCATION: Every first Friday; Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; offered by SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia; 721-5437.

CHILDREN'S MEDICAL SERVICES CLINIC: By appointment; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; 722-1244.

WEE WISDOM PROGRAM: Free parenting sessions for families with children 5 or younger; noon Wednesdays, Children's Medical Center Family Resource Library, 1446 Harper St.; topics include discipline, nutrition, keeping children healthy, keeping children safe, the medically fragile child and finding quality child care, disabled children, and child care for children with disabilities; 721-KIDS.


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: If you think you have a problem with alcohol, help is available at no cost. For more information, call 860-8331.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Summerville Professional Building, Room 420, St. Joseph Hospital; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fairview Presbyterian Church basement, 1101 Carolina Ave., North Augusta; (800) 313-0170.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR LUPUS FOUNDATION GEORGIA CHAPTER: 6:30 p.m. first Monday each month, Summerville Professional Building, Suite 420, St. Joseph Hospital; Vera L. Butler, 772-9001.

TAKE OFF THE POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5;15-7:30 p.m. Mondays; St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 2321 Lumpkin Road; 831-4529.

NARCONON OF GEORGIA: For questions about how to talk with children about drugs, or if you or someone you know is having a drug problem and would like more information; toll free (877) 413-3073.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: For those who want to stop using food as a drug and who want to recover from compulsive eating; free; 278-5156.

OPTIFAST - WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: 5-6 p.m. Thursdays, University Hospital Weight Management and Nutrition Center, 3500 Walton Way; free; registration required; 774-8917.

RCMS PROJECT ACCESS INC.: An outreach program of the Richmond County Medical Society to assist qualified uninsured residents of Richmond County by providing comprehensive health care services through volunteerism; 733-5177 www.rcprojectaccess.org.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE: For relief from pain and stress; Monday-Friday, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; $35 for 30 minutes, $65 for 60 minutes and $95 for 90 minutes; by appointment only; 823-5294.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Open for donations noon to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays; Blood Collections Center, 106 Pleasant Home Road, LePavilion shopping center.


BETTER LIVING IN AUGUSTA:6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesdays in English, 6:30-8 p.m. second Thursdays for Spanish speakers; life skills and bilingual parenting classes; conference center BT 1810, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Tuesdays, Grovetown Senior Center, 103 W. Robinson Ave., Thursdays; free; 721-5437.

LA LECHE LEAGUE: 10 a.m. second Thursdays, St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church nursery, Monte Sano Avenue and McDowell Street; 736-1893.

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

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


SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Pastoral Care Conference Room, BP 2477; for parents who have lost a child during pregnancy, childbirth or early infancy; free; Sue Ellen Abney, 721-8299.

WELCOME BABY: Support group for new mothers providing infant-care packets and community resource information; sponsored by Aiken County Mental Health Association; (803) 641-4164.

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.


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