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Mental health training on tap for professionals

The Citrus Health Improvement Partnership invites health care professionals in Citrus County to take advantage of the nationally recognized mental health training, Mental Health First Aid for Adults, at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the College of Central Florida’s Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, in the Thomas Ivy Building, room 104.

Register for this free workshop upon arrival.

The eight-hour course will focus on enhancing skills to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, to provide initial help and to guide a person toward appropriate care.

Health professionals can earn eight hours of continuing education units (CEUs) for attending the workshop. Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch or cash to order out. Space is limited.

YMCA offers Pedaling for Parkinson’s program

The YMCA of the Suncoast offers a free community program proven to help those with Parkinson’s disease at its Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA in Lecanto.

“The Pedaling for Parkinson’s Program uses our indoor, stationary cycling bicycles to allow participants to pedal at a high speed for small bursts of time. Research shows that doing this three times per week can forestall the progression of the disease and alleviate symptoms,” said Summer Cruff, YMCA of the Suncoast director of Community Integrated Health Programs.

“It is done in a group environment with a motivating instructor and great music. We hope participants will see the great benefits of the program and make some new friends along the way.”

The Citrus Y just kicked off the program on Dec. 9.

The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. The program is free for eight weeks to both members and nonmembers.

For more information about the program, email Summer Cruff at To sign up, call Bill Coyle at 352-500-9622.

Learn more about weight loss sans surgery

Advanced Gastroenterology will offer presentations about endoscopic nonsurgical weight loss at 6152 W. Corporate Oaks Drive, Crystal River, at

10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

The seminars share helpful information and experiences. The presentations give a general overview of obesity and weight loss options, including the process to become a candidate for nonsurgical weight loss.

Patients with a BMI of 30-35 are not appropriate for surgical therapy, but may wish to have medically supervised nonsurgical and endoscopic intervention.

Obesity is the excess accumulation of body fat, to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on your health. It can lead to reduced life expectancy and increased health conditions such as certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea and type II diabetes.

RSVP to 352-564-3900.

Support group for parents who lost children

JordansJourney Grief Support Group bi-weekly meetings are a place where parents come together to support each other and grieve with a mutual understanding of what it’s like to lose a child 25 younger, including miscarriages.

If you are new to a loss of your child or if it’s been awhile since his/her passing (no amount of time lessons the grief), we need each other to lean on, to talk to and to walk with during this journey. Meetings are the first Monday of the month at Nature Coast Church, Homosassa. If a meeting falls on a holiday, we meet the following Monday.

For more information contact, Melissa Seney 352-364-3701 or email

We have a private Facebook group; send us a request to join:

LIFT Program for widows and widowers

You may see this gathering of friends all around Citrus County lunching together, enjoying field trips, listening to presentations from a variety of speakers, participating in holiday activities, or attending movies, plays and concerts as a group. These on-the-go folks have more in common than a desire to get out of the house. They are widows and widowers who, as members of the Living Information For Today (LIFT) social support program, share entertaining and educational experiences to find purpose and understanding as they put their lives back together after the loss of a spouse.

Sponsored in Citrus County by Dignity Memorial and facilitated by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast, LIFT’s goal is to create an atmosphere of comfort and support for widowed individuals by reinvesting emotional energy through fellowship, learning and living, providing an opportunity for improved quality of life.

There are no membership fees or dues, but members pay for personal expenses such as the cost of meals, event tickets, travel and accommodations. Anyone who wishes to join LIFT or learn about grief support opportunities should contact Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Community Education Manager Jonathan Beard at 352-249-1470.

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