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By SUSAN ASCHOFF and Times wires
Published September 16, 2003

THE ANNUAL NIGHT SCHOOL at Tampa General Hospital returns this month, offering the public weekly classes on medical issues taught by experts.

This year's session, "Healthy Bodies from Head to Toe," begins Sept. 24 with migraines and ends Nov. 12 with aching feet. Classes meet every Wednesday, and topics will include arthritis, heart disease and more, presented by physicians from TGH and the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Each session begins at 6 p.m. with registration and refreshments, with class from 6:30 to 8, including a question-and-answer period. Class meets in the MacInnes Auditorium in the East Pavilion at TGH, 2 Columbia Drive, in Tampa.

There is no charge, but participants must register in advance. Call toll-free 1-800-822-3627.

TODAY IS national "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day."

The idea is to encourage individuals to take charge of their health by visiting a doctor, nurse or other health care provider or helping a friend or relative do so.

Other proactive steps include taking the time today to make an appointment for a checkup or screening, participating in a class or joining a gym.

This is the second year for the event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is particularly targeting minorities, who statistically make fewer visits to the doctor.

[Last modified September 15, 2003, 11:15:10]

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