Health Happenings

• Alzheimer's Association fundraiser — The Newnan Ruby Tuesday's restaurant through the company's Ruby Tuesday's Community GiveBack Program is working with the local Alzheimer's Association to raise funds for the Walk To End Alzheimer's. On specified dates, for meals where patrons mention the Alzheimer's Association effort, the Ruby Tuesday's at 1120 Bullsboro Drive is giving 20 percent of the purchase to the organization. Upcoming dates include: Aug. 24 and 27. "They must mention they are there for the event," said local Alzheimer's Association volunteer Lynnette Smith. A raffle will be held which will include a limited edition “Walking Dead” poster and other collectables from the show, along with gift baskets and gift certificates. • Biblical Counseling Training — Faith Bible Church in Sharpsburg offers two Biblical Counseling Training sessions beginning in August. Classes cover a practical theology of biblical counseling and a practical methodology of biblical counseling. Option one meets 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 26 through Dec. 9, and Jan. 6 through April 28, 2014. Option two meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. two Saturdays a month Sept. 7 - Dec. 7 and Jan. 4 - April 19, 2014. Details: call the church at 770-252-8244.

• Kidney Smart — Piedmont Newnan Hospital and a local dialysis group are working to raise education on kidney disease. Kidney Smart classes are held the second Wednesday of every month on the bottom floor of Piedmont Newnan next to the cafeteria at 4:30 p.m. The one-hour class is free and materials are sent home with the recipient, said Cassie Carson, a licensed practical nurse with Davita Dialysis of Newnan. Fourth shift/professional shift allows for dialysis patients wishing to work or wishing to free up the day to enjoy the outdoors. Also, Urgent Start is a program being collaborated with hospitals regarding unexpected kidney failure in an attempt to avoid dialysis in center and return the patient home as soon as possible by beginning an alternate modality at home. All interested patients must go to www.kidneysmart.org under “classes near you” to register for any upcoming classes. Classes are offered across Georgia for individuals that live farther. Call Cassandra Carson at 770-304-5850 for more information.

• The North Face Endurance Challenge — On Sept. 28 and 29 at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, The North Face Endurance Challenge will bring a hardy test for trail runners of all levels. There event will feature music, refreshments and food, free samples, product trials, demonstrations and raffle prizes from The North Face, GORE-TEX and more. The race is from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. The fee is $5 parking. Call 706-663-4858 for more information.

• Lewis Grizzard & Catfish Memorial Bike Ride — The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy will host a fundraising bicycle ride in Moreland Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. The ride begins at the Moreland Museum with a ride lengths optional (12, 25, 62 and 100 mile rides). Registration for individuals is $28, $75 for families. Pre-registration should be completed by Sept. 10. Signing up on-site on the day of the event will increase registration fee to $35. Lunch is included at the end of the race to every rider. Rest stops, refreshments and bike repair vehicles are available at certain intervals. For more information, email Nelda at nboren59@att.net or Linda at lbrass@wspackaging.com.

• Parkinson's Support Group meets at First United Methodist Church, Greenville Street, Newnan, second Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Meetings are in the Gathering Room in the main building. Caregivers welcome. Details: Herman Fletcher, 770-251-1687.

• Cancer Support Group will resume its meetings in the fall. Group normally meets at First Baptist Church of Newnan, 15 W. Washington St. Details: Annie Joe Berkowitz at 770-252-0894 or Katie Jackson at 770-502-9097. Group also operates a Durable Medical Equipment program. Items may be donated or obtained by calling John and Nancy Weinig at 770-502-1835.

• Spina Bifida Association of Georgia holds SBAG's Walk-N-Roll Oct. 6 at Georgia Tech's campus in Atlanta. For details check at Sbag@spinabifidaga.org .

• Heart Healthy Class — Held last Tuesday of each month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Piedmont Heart Institute, 20 Francis Way, Sharpsburg, third floor conference room. Register with cardiac rehab office, 678-854-2970.

• Scleroderma Support Group — Meets every other month. Bridge Community Center, 208 Willow Bend Rd., Peachtree City. Details: Richard or Barbara Moore, 770-252-1633.

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group — Meets first Thursdays, 10 a.m., Wesley Woods of Newnan, 2280 Hwy. 29 N. Details: Beth Lever, 770-683-6833.

• Celiac Disease Support Group — Meets second Saturdays, 1 p.m., Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Poplar Road, Bistro Conference Room, 0-019. Details: Bill Becker, 770-683-2613 or billbecker@numail.org. Chapter of Celiac Sprue Association/ USA.

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group — Meets third Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Savannah Court, 27 Belt Rd., Newnan. Details: Ellie Farrington, 770-253-4402.

• Lupus Support Group — Meets monthly at Country Inn and Suites, 1125 Newnan Crossing Blvd. E. First Mondays, 7 p.m. Details: Regina Olmstead, 404-550-5263.

• TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly — Meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 958 Summers-McKoy Rd., Newnan. First meeting free, annual dues $28.

• TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly — Thomas Crossroads Area. Meets Mondays with weigh-in 6:15 p.m., meeting to follow. Community Christian Church, 1717 Hwy. 154, Sharpsburg. Details, Ruth, 770-254-8913.

• Al-Anon Meetings — Mondays 7:30 p.m. Community Christian Church, Highway 154 at Lower Fayetteville. Details: Barbara, 678-876-0102.

• Diabetes Support Group at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Poplar Road, Newnan. Meets second Tuesday, every other month, 2-3 p.m.

• Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group — Meets second Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Room 112 of Crossroads Church, Highway 154 Campus, Newnan. Meeting is free and open to anyone who has lost someone to suicide. Details: Lynn and Nancy Bradley, facilitators, at 770-251-6216.

• East Coweta Cancer Support Group — Meets 2 p.m. fourth Tuesdays. Call Ivie Bowman at 770-599-3245. Email: senoiaunitedmeth@bellsouth.net . Meets at Senoia United Methodist Church, Bridge & Seavy Streets.

• Narcotics Anonymous — Meets Monday-Thursday 6 p.m., Fridays 7 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., 9 Perry St., Newnan Club. Details: 678-758-3552.

• Multiple Sclerosis Support Group — Meets second Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Heatherwood Baptist Church, 721 Shenandoah Blvd., Newnan. Details: 770-502-1984.

• Alcoholics Anonymous — Meetings at Newnan Presbyterian, St. Paul’s, Ramah Baptist, Turin UMC, Senoia UMC, Grantville Baptist, and at 9 Perry St. in Newnan. For details and meeting times, call Chris, 770-842-4519.

• La Leche of Newnan — Mother to mother breastfeeding support offered. Call Lara McCarthy, 678-423-9881.

• Amputee Support Group Meeting — Details: 770-583-2158.

• Stroke Support Group — Meets third Thursdays, 4 p.m., Center for Therapeutic Recreation. Roosevelt Institute, Warm Springs. Details: 706-655-5658.

• Overeaters Anonymous — St. Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, Peachtree City, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. Details: Barbara, 770-502-1358.



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