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    Pinellas digest

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 7, 2002

    Medical center offers programs on diabetes

    CLEARWATER -- Largo Medical Center's Diabetes Educational Center offers free programs this month at the center at 1300 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. The programs are offered in the second-floor classroom and are part of the hospital's yearlong series promoting health awareness. To reserve a seat at the programs, call the hospital's Healthcare Referral Service at 588-5702. Slated are: 2 to 3 p.m. June 12, "Gluco Watch Automatic Glucose Biographer," a program on how to check a diabetic's blood sugar without finger-pricking; 5 to 6 p.m. June 18, "Diabetes and Eye Disease," presented by Dr. Jonathan Mines, a specialist in ophthalmology; 1 to 3 p.m. June 21, support group and program on "Understanding Blood Glucose Reading."

    Sessions to help smokers kick tobacco habit

    LARGO -- A smoking cessation program is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Largo Medical Center, 201 14th St. SW, Largo. The session combines hypnosis and behavior modification. Participants learn to stop smoking without weight gain or withdrawals. Cost of the program is $55 and includes a hypnotic session, behavior modification booklet, a home reinforcement audio cassette tape and unlimited free repetitions of the seminar, which is regularly sponsored by the hospital. For information, call 1-800-848-2822.

    Hypnosis used as tool to reduce weight

    The hospital is offering a weight control seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospital. It costs $55 and, like the smoking cessation program, includes hypnosis, behavior modification, home reinforcement audio tape and unlimited free repetitions, if needed. For information, call 1-800-848-2822.

    Bloodmobile stops at Kmarts in Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs

    A Florida Blood Service bloodmobile will be at the Kmart at 3140 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, from noon to 6 p.m. today and Saturday. A bloodmobile also will be at the Tarpon Springs Kmart, 41232 U.S. 19 N, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Generally, healthy people 17 or older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood. Identification is required prior to donation. For information, check www.fbsblood.org or call 1 (800) 682-5663.

    Collision closes Tampa Road for about an hour

    PALM HARBOR -- A van and a pickup truck collided at Tampa Road and County Road 1 Thursday afternoon, closing Tampa Road for about an hour. The accident severely damaged the fronts of both vehicles. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue had to extricate the driver of the GMC Sonoma pickup, Corey Chechak. Chechak, 18, of Clearwater, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was alert and talking, and his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, said Debra Styers, a community services officer for the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the van, Susan Strachan, 57, of Palm Harbor, proprietor of Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream, suffered a broken wrist and was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital, Styers said. She was in good condition Thursday evening. Strachan was headed east on Tampa Road, Styers said, but the direction of the pickup had not yet been determined.

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