Health calendar

The Health 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 (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to newsroom@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

SPECIALS

ADULT CPR CLASS: One-day classes for certification; 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8 and 22, American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St.; to give knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for breathing and cardiac emergencies; certification valid for one year; $35; (706) 724-8481, www.arcaug.org

INFANT/CHILD CPR CLASS: One-day classes for certification; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11, American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St.; for those who care for children; teaches participants how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and children ages 12 and younger; $35; (706) 724-8481, www.arcaug.org

FIRST AID CLASS: One-day classes for certification; 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St.; to give knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic first care for injuries and sudden illnesses; certification valid for three years; $35; (706) 724-8481, www.arcaug.org

ADULT CPR/AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATION/FIRST AID/BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS CLASS: One-day classes for certification; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, American Red Cross of Augusta, 1322 Ellis St.; $60; blood-borne pathogens added for an additional $5; (706) 724-8481, www.arcaug.org

EVIDENCE-BASED NURSING CONFERENCE: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Medical College of Georgia Allied Health Sciences Building, 987 St. Sebastian Way; Finding the New Road: The Application of EBP in the Clinical Arena; registration is $60 and includes lunch; register online at mcghealth.org; MCGHealth Human Resources (706) 721-4458

ARTHRITIS: A MEDICATION REVIEW: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, University Hospital cafeteria, Dining Rooms 1-3, 1350 Walton Way; an educational class for people with arthritis; dinner served; free; reservations required; (706) 828-2502

HEART ATTACK AND STROKE SURVIVOR DINNER: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, Belair Conference Center, 4083 Singh Lane; guest speaker Zonya Foco, nutritionist, author and TV host; for anyone who has survived a heart attack or stroke, and one guest; reservations required, space limited; (706) 828-2502

SMART HEART EXPO: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; free activities include blood sugar testing, blood pressure screening, heart-healthy cooking demonstration, heart counseling and educational breakout sessions; sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle; (706) 828-2502

MCG HEALTH CHILDBIRTH TOURS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. first Tuesdays; 10:30-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays; Medical College of Georgia Hospital, seventh floor west, Labor and Delivery, 1120 15th St.; free tours guide expectant parents through the labor and delivery units; advance registration required; Carla Allen (706) 721-5502

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION: First Fridays, Medical College of Georgia Annex II, 15th Street; how to use a car seat; free; (706) 721-7606

FAMILY FOCUSED CHILDBIRTH TOURS: 2-3 p.m. first Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. first Saturdays, Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; tours of mother/baby wing; (706) 481-7727

HOME CARE ASSESSMENT: In-home clinical care or personal aides provided by University Home Health Services; free; (706) 774-4160

CLASSES

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE-INTERMEDIATE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, first-floor conference room, 1446 Harper St.; $40, plus $35 for text materials; (706) 721-6929

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS: 9-9:45 and 10-10:45 a.m., 12:15-1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fri-days, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; $37.50 per month; (706) 823-5294

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR EXERCISE: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; (706) 823-5294

BREAST-FEEDING CLASSES: 6:45-9 p.m. third Tuesdays, Medical College of Georgia Ambulatory Care Center, fifth floor, Room 5306, 1447 Harper St.; provides support and knowledge on breast-feeding; free; registration required; (706) 721-9351

BREAST SELF-EXAM CLASSES: 4 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; free; registration required; (706) 774-4141

CAR SEAT CLASSES: 9:30 a.m. to noon third Mondays, Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center, 1446 Harper St.; safety, education and training; $10 fee; registration required; financial assistance available to Medicaid or Peach Care eligible families; (706) 721-7606

FIBROMYALGIA AQUATICS: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Building, 1355 Independence Drive; $32 per month; (706) 823-5294

HEALTH AND VASCULAR EDUCATION: 8:25 and 9:25 a.m., 1:55 p.m. Wednesdays, University Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, Classroom 2, 1350 Walton Way; heart-related education classes on a variety of topics; www.universityhealth.org/calendar

JOINT EFFORTS: 11-11:45 a.m. thursdays, augusta orthopaedic clinic, 1521 anthony road; causes of knee and hip pain and latest treatments, tips on medicine, food and exercise; (706) 481-7604

LYMPHEDEMA EDUCATION CLASS: 5 p.m. first Tuesdays, University Hospital, Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; registration required; (706) 774-4141

MY BROTHAZ HOME INC.: HIV-prevention education and risk-reduction counseling; weekly educational groups; call for times and locations; (706) 798-0244

NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH: 6 p.m. board meeting, 7 p.m. membership meeting, first Thursdays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; for those interested in mental health issues; volunteers and computer needed; (706) 733-8838

WEE WISDOM-CARING FOR NEWBORNS: noon to 1 p.m. wednesdays, medical college of georgia children's medical center, first floor, family resource library, 1446 harper st.; free; for parents of children under 5; topics on newborn care; (706) 721-5437

SUPPORT GROUPS

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: For anyone who needs help with drinking problems; call for meeting times and locations; (706) 860-8331

ALS SUPPORT GROUP: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. first thursdays, medical college of georgia ambulatory care center, fourth floor, room 4306, 1447 harper st.; for als patients and their loved ones; reservations required; lunch provided; (888) 636-9940

ALZHEIMER'S CARE: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care, 1901 CENTRAL AVE. ; (706) 738-5039

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-RICHMOND COUNTY: 10 A.M. FIRST THURSDAYS, ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, AUGUSTA OFFICE, 1899 CENTRAL AVE.; (706) 731-9060

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE-WESTWOOD: 3 p.m. third Thursdays, Westwood Nursing Facility Conference Room, 561 University Drive; (706) 731-9060

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Alzheimer's Association, Augusta chapter, 1899 Central Ave.; (706) 731-9060

AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP: Noon to 1 p.m. third Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Health System, 1355 Independence Drive; new amputation patients and experienced prosthetic users invited; (706) 823-8504

BETTER BREATHERS: 11:30 a.m. second Tuesdays, University Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, St. Sebastian Way; bring covered dish; (706) 774-5864

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. second thursdays, walton west transitional living center, 2501 center west parkway; for survivors of brain injury and their families; features social activities, speakers and more; (706) 829-0370

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30-7 p.m. second Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, first floor, Breast Health Services, 1120 15th St.; (706) 721-4726

CANCER SHARE: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital, Cancer Learning Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 104, 818 St. Sebastian Way; registration required; (706) 774-7000

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7 P.M. SECOND THURSDAYS, AUGUSTA ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES, 3696 WHEELER ROAD; FREE; (706) 651-2283

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 2-3 p.m. second Tuesdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Cradle Club Classroom, Suite 310, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; (706) 651-2283

CELIAC DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: 7-8:30 p.m. third Tuesdays; Summerville Building, Suite 120, 2258 Wrightsboro Road; also for gluten intolerance; Rose Cruickshank (706) 738-8253, roseforhealth@aol.com

COPING WITH GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP: 6-7 p.m. third Thursdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Suite 110, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; refreshments; (706) 650-1522

CSRA BEREAVED PARENTS: Grief support for parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a child; 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road; Cathy McNitt, (803) 279-8179

CSRA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, dining room in St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; for Parkinson's patients, caregivers, family and friends; (706) 364-1662

EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHILDREN: 10 a.m. third Saturdays, University Hospital Education Center, third floor, 1350 Walton Way; for infants through elementary-school age; (706) 863-5557

DIALYZE FOR LIFE: 6-7 P.M. first Thursdays, 1829 Wrightsboro Road, in front of Macedonia Baptist Church; for dialysis patients, group support and help; free; (706) 447-1114

HUNTINGTON DISEASE GROUP: 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical College of Georgia Movement Disorders Clinic, Marks Building, Room 1122, 1429 Harper St.; (706) 721-4895

LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES: 5 p.m. second Thursdays, University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Room 1, 1350 Walton Way; (706) 868-3241

LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA SUPPORT GROUP: 7 p.m. first tuesdays every other month starting nov. 3, aiken church of christ, 134 rinehart way, aiken; for people with lupus; randy collins (803) 642-4805

MOM'S CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays, old Fairway Ford dealership, 1225 Walton Way; weekly support group for new mothers; (706) 721-8283

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. last Mondays, Medical College of Georgia Hospital, sixth floor, Augusta MS Center, 1120 15th St.; dinner provided; (706) 721-7239

MY MOM HAS BREAST CANCER GROUP: 5 p.m. third Thursdays, University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way; (706) 774-4141

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Meetings throughout the week; open discussion, closed discussion (addicts only), open text study, step study; smoking and nonsmoking areas; (706) 855-2410, (706) 855-2419

PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF ABUSED CHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7 p.m. second and fourth tuesdays; support for nonoffending parents and caregivers of abused children; call for meeting location; maggie tucker, (706) 737- 4631

parents healing together: 7 p.m. first Mondays, University Hospital, Cafeteria, Dining Room 2, 1350 Walton Way; for parents, families and friends who have lost infants through miscarriage, death, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth; (706) 774-2751, (706) 774-5802

PINK MAGNOLIAS BREAST CANCER: 6:30 p.m. second Mondays, University Hospital, Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 ST. SEBASTIAN WAY ; group for partners of women with breast cancer meets at same time; free; (706) 774-4141

PREGNANCY LOSS GROUP: First Tuesdays; for anyone affected by the loss of a baby; call (706) 721-8299 for times

SICKLE CELL SUPPORT GROUP: 6-7:30 p.m. second Mondays, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Downtown Division, Room 2B106, 950 15th St.; Mary L. Brown, (706) 793-8471

SKIP TO MY LUPUS: 6:30 p.m. second Saturdays, Doctors Hospital, Medical Office Building I, Suite 309, Classroom 1, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle; for those with lupus and similar autoimmune disorders; (706) 496-2558, www.skiptomylupus.org

SPINAL CORD INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: Noon to 1 p.m. second Thursdays, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, Inpatient Ortho Gym, 1355 Independence Drive; survivors and families living with spinal cord injury invited; Shantay Evans (706) 823-5213 or shevans@wrh.org

STROKE AND OUTPATIENT SUPPORT GROUP: 1-2 p.m. second wednesdays, walton rehabilitation hospital, board room, 1355 independence drive; stroke survivors, family and caregivers are invited; refreshments served; shantay evans (706) 823-5213

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY CHAPTER GA 110: 5:15-6:15 p.m. social and private weigh-in, 6:30-7:30 p.m. meeting and motivation, Mondays, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 2321 Lumpkin Road; nonprofit weight loss support group; Joy Southern, (706) 737-1120, www.tops.org

TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Noon to 1 p.m. third Wednesdays, Medical College of Georgia Medical Center, third floor, Shock Trauma Conference Room, 1120 15th St.; former patients as well as family, friends and other affected by a trauma are invited; (706) 721-4633

WEIGHT LOSS AND BARIATRIC SURGERY INFORMATION AND SUPPORT GROUP: Information meeting 5:30 p.m., support meeting 7-8:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Trinity Hospital, ground floor, Sister Mary Louise Conference Room, 2260 Wrightsboro Road; (706) 481-7298

COMMUNITY SERVICE

TRINITY HOSPITAL: Trinity Hospice, a department of Trinity Home Services, needs volunteers; Ronnie Merry, (706) 729-6328, (800) 533-3949, Ronnie.Merry@Triadhospitals.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Red Wagon Society looking for members to assist with fundraisers, volunteer at events and play with young patients; (706) 721-4004


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