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Health and Fitness Expo is Saturday

The Women’s Health and Fitness Expo, hosted by the Business Women’s Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Florida National Guard Armory in Crystal River. Presenting sponsor is Bayfront Health Seven Rivers.

The free event is open to the public.

Information is available at CitrusCountyChamber.com; click on the BWA Expo link under upcoming events. Information is also available from the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce’s Crystal River office, from any Business Women’s Alliance member, or email bwa@citruscountychamber.com.

The expo’s purpose is to educate women and those around them about their health, fitness and wellness. Proceeds are dedicated to furthering the education of women from Citrus, Crystal River, Lecanto and Seven Rivers Christian high schools and Withlacoochee Technical College. Thanks to robust community participation, the BWA has already been able to donate $112,000 to fund scholarships for Citrus County students.

15th Annual Healthy Living Fair

Join Citrus County Support Services on Friday, Nov. 8, from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the 15th annual Healthy Living Fair.

Admission is free. There will be over 50 vendors on site offering free information, health screenings, demonstrations, product sampling and door prizes.

Proceeds to benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.

For information or to be a vendor or sponsor at our event, call 352-527-5975.

Weight loss without gastric surgery

Advanced Gastroenterology will offer presentations about endoscopic nonsurgical weight loss at the office at 6152 W. Corporate Oaks Drive, Crystal River, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

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.

For more information and to RSVP, call 352-564-3900.

Resource center open during Oct. 19 walk

The Floral City Library will become an Alzheimer’s Resource Center during Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s on Oct. 19. There, individuals attending the walk will find information tables for a wide range of resources available to caregivers for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in Citrus County, many of which are free.

The library will also have a table for literature, videos, and other information provided through the Citrus County Library System.

For information on how to become a sponsor of Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s 2019, call Debbie Selsavage at 352-422-3663. To sign up for the event, visit www.alzheimersfamily.org/walkaware.

Library to host talk on medication

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m., the Central Ridge branch of the Citrus County Library System will host “Health Talk: The Who, What, Where, and How of Medication Use.”

During this presentation, Larry Diamond, pharmacy clinical coordinator, will educate the audience on the complicated world of medication and drug interactions. This talk will focus on safety and the importance of understanding what types of effects medications can have on the body, how they work and the possibility of allergies.

For more information call 352-746-6622 or visit www.citruslibraries.org.

ABC of Dementia workshop on tap

The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast will host a free ABC of Dementia workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The workshop, to be conducted by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC, will define Alzheimer’s and dementia, explain how dementia affects individuals, discuss ways to interpret dementia behaviors for better communication and results and show how compassion and the proper use of voice, approach, and appropriate touch can result in more effective and less stressful caregiving.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To make a reservation, call 352-422-3663 or email deb@coping.today.

Free diabetes workshop to be held

A free diabetes workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.

Laurel James, BSN, MA, will be the presenter. Many topics related to living with diabetes will be covered.

There is no charge for the workshop, but seating is limited. Call 352-527-5993 to sign up.

Public mammography event set

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Women’s Club of Dunnellon and

Michelle-O-Gram will host a mammography event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11756 Cedar St., Dunnellon.

Michelle-O-Gram is an organization that assists women without insurance or other funds to obtain screening/diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. Precision Imaging Centers will have their mobile mammography suite at the clubhouse to conduct mammograms. This is an easy and convenient way for women to complete their annual exam. Precision Imaging will send exam results to a woman’s physician and submit the bill to their insurance provider. If no insurance is available, Michelle-O-Gram will assist with the expense. Call 352-489-2121 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to Precision Imaging, the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida’s mobile hearing clinic will be there offering free hearing and screening consultations. Other local organizations participating include Food-4-Kids, Family Hope Resource and Pregnancy Center, and Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Center. The Woman’s Club will be selling hot dogs and drinks and holding a bake sale.

Learn about Oriental medicine

Dr. Joseph E. Samuels will be the guest speaker at Dr. Joey Bennett’s educational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute.

Dr. Samuels is medical director of Citrus Alternative Medicine in Lecanto. His talk will give participants the opportunity to ask questions about how Oriental medicine assists patients with many different types of services, including acupuncture, Chinese pharmacology, nutritional counseling and more. He will also tolk about the integration of Eastern and Western medicine in the treatment of cancer.

The educational program meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:45 p.m. A light lunch will be served, so reservations are required. Call Shawn at 352-527-0106 to RSVP.

ABC of Dementia at Central Ridge

The Central Ridge Public Library, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills, will host a free ABC of Dementia workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The workshop will define Alzheimer’s and dementia, explain how dementia affects individuals, discuss ways to interpret dementia behaviors for better communication and results, and show how compassion and the proper use of voice, approach, and appropriate touch can result in more effective and less stressful caregiving.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is recommended for planning purposes. To make a reservation, call 352-422-3663 or email deb@coping.today.

Women's health talk at YMCA

Citrus Memorial Hospital will present a lunch-and-learn-style women’s health seminar at noon Thursday, Sept. 26, a the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

“Let’s Talk About Women’s Health” will feature a presentation from OB/GYN Dr. Ashok Buddhadev of Genesis Women’s Center. The seminar will focus on pelvic health concerns related to pelvic prolapse such as urinary leakage, the chronic urge to urinate and pelvic pain along with available treatment options.

RSVP by calling 352-637-3337 or visit www.citrusmh.com.

Walk will include Virtual Dementia Tour

Attendees at Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s, which will take place in the Town Center in Floral City on Saturday, Oct. 19, will have an opportunity to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour, a science-based simulation that demonstrates what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is provided by Senior Helpers of Spring Hill and Lecanto, a home health care company that offers a wide range of personal and long-term care services to help seniors age in the comfort of their own homes in both Citrus and Hernando counties.

Citrus County Walk Aware is a fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, a charitable nonprofit that serves eight west-central Florida counties, including Citrus County. Individuals who want to join the Walk can register online at www.alzheimersfamily.org/walkaware. Individuals and companies interested in becoming sponsors of the Walk can call 352-422-3663 or 352-616-0170.

Learn mindfulness techniques at YMCA

Would you like to learn how mindfulness can help to heal the body and impact your overall health?

The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute’s medical social worker will host a four-week introductory course offered at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

The class will be on Fridays beginning Sept.27, from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. The course is offered at no charge and taught by Wendy Hall, who is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and licensed clinical social worker employed at RBOI.

Evidenced-based research has shown that the practice of mindfulness can have a powerful influence on one’s health, well-being and happiness. Former participants have said that they were able to control stress better and have more focus and emotionally felt better when practicing mindfulness. To register, call Wendy Hall at 352-527-0106.

Women’s Health Seminar at YMCA

Citrus Memorial Hospital will present a lunch-and-learn women’s health seminar at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1pm at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

“Let’s Talk About Women’s Health” will feature a presentation from OB/GYN Dr. Ashok Buddhadev of Genesis Women’s Center.

The seminar will focus on pelvic health concerns related to pelvic prolapse such as urinary leakage, the chronic urge to urinate and pelvic pain, along with available treatment options.

RSVP by calling 352-637-3337 or visit citrusmh.com.

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