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Health survey to help CDC set priorities

By TIMES STAFF
Published April 30, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

The Pinellas County Health Department will conduct an anonymous, random telephone survey of about 1, 500 adults in Pinellas County. The survey will not ask for any personal identification information. It will include about 134 questions on demographics, physical activity, diet, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, weight control, immunization, health care access, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, oral health, women's health and colorectal cancer screening. Public health officials plan to use the information to set priorities and make plans. Most calls will take place weekday and Sunday evenings and during the day Saturdays. To learn more about the survey, visit www.cdc.gov/brfss.

LARGO

Panel to discuss transgender issues

A public forum about transgenderism will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The forum, called Transgender Issues 101, is sponsored by the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County. It is intended to help educate people about transgenderism and describe some of the obstacles facing transgender people. Panelists include a religious leader, a plastic surgeon and a gender therapist. Call 363-6727.

PALM HARBOR

Learn facts on conserving energy

Find out about global warming, water shortages, peak oil, renewable energy and what you can do to make a difference from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call 784-3332.

Q&A on qualifying for disability pay

Representatives of the Disparti Law Group will speak to the MS Self-Help Group about the qualifying process for Social Security disability insurance and answer questions at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 2675 Tampa Road. Call 698-4346.

TARPON SPRINGS

Boating skills course dead ahead

The Coast Guard Auxiliary 11-9 will have a Boating Skills and Seamanship Program from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Tuesday at the auxiliary building at the Landings Marina, 23 Oscar Hill Road. The program will be Tuesdays and Thursdays until May 22. Cost is $50 and includes all materials. Participants who complete the program will receive a safe boating card. Call 938-8568.

Art and jewelry to be on display

The fine art and jewelry exhibit "Turning Points: Vibrant Awakenings" opens Friday and runs through June 30 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. The exhibit will feature the work of artists Susan Duda Schultz, John Disanza, Maria Panopoulos, Andrea Torraca and Diana Williams. Admission is free. The cultural center is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. except May 7 and 28, when it will be closed. Call (727) 942-5605.