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LARGO - A successful Largo businesswoman said she had a life-changing, mid-life experience in a way she never ever expected.

Kris Hartland, 53, is a financial planner and owner of the Peace Wealth Management Company. A while back, she realized her job just wasn’t giving her enough exercise.

So she decided to change things.

“I started running about four years ago,” she said. “That was the life-changing experience. I was part of a group of 12 women who began running, and we haven’t stopped yet.”

The results for Hartland were spectacular.

“I lost more than 90 pounds,” she said. “My sedentary job kept me indoors. Now I take time to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”

Hartland was actually recruited into running by Dr. Pamela Paul, the founder of the Fab 50 running group. The group has grown from than initial 12 to more than 300, and according to Hartland, it has spread to many communities.

The success moved Hartland to begin a group that could combine exercise and financial planning. She calls it the Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Move/Mint.

“The first part of wealth is health,” she said. “Having gobs of money is no good if you don’t have your health.
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TAMPA - Clinical trials held at Moffitt Cancer Center have helped lead to the Food and Drug Administration approval of Opidivo (nivolumab), the first and only immunotherapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Non-small cell lung cancer affects seven out of eight lung cancer patients. The most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer occurs when cancer forms in the cells of the lung.

Opdivo shuts down the PD-1 pathway. PD-1 is a protein that inhibits the body’s immune system from attacking cancerous cells. The immunotherapy is approved for patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer with progressed disease on or after being treated with platinum-based chemotherapy.
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Friday, March 27
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LARGO - Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in Pinellas County to offer a new minimally invasive procedure to treat peripheral arterial disease in the upper leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, drug-coated balloons are a new type of medical device used to treat PAD in the upper legs once medical management has failed.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Northside Hospital recently introduced a pet therapy program.

The program involves volunteer handlers and their pet dogs visiting all of the medical units in the hospital during the week, as well as on evenings and weekends. The handlers check in at the nursing desk to inquire if there are any patients or families who might like a visit from one of the dogs. Restrictions on visitations include isolation rooms and those who are allergic.
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It’s a mystery! Success seems to elude many people. Some feel they have failed at a task, with a person or in their lives, in general. We all hope for success. We plan and think out our decisions carefully. Fates befall us and our humanness creeps in to muddy the water. We can blame karma or blame ourselves, and in the process we set the stage for the next perceived failure. The aforementioned is a common path trod by countless with heads hung low. They ask, “Why are other people successful and not me?”

In this article, I will unveil the mystery, shining light on the pathway to success and solving the riddle. It may appear some people are destined for success, and perhaps they were intended to walk the road that provided them wealth, fame or an attractive mate. But, are they successful? Who gets to define success?

In the past, you may have had a relationship that exploded in a blaze of heartache, and the reasonable thing to do was to end the connection. Failure, right? Well, it is an opportunity to feel defeated, or it is a chance to learn. There are only two things that stop the learning process: death or the decision not to learn from an experience.
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Tuesday, March 24
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Ah, pregnancy. It’s a rich tapestry of new experiences, especially for first-time moms, full of joy and awe and inspiration ... and fear and terror and a host of unpleasantness that is, at some times, unimaginable.

There are lots of journeys you take in life in which you know what to expect at the onset. But, as I can tell you from personal experience, pregnancy is not one such journey. Now into my seventh month of pregnancy, I can honestly tell you that nothing could have properly prepared me for the ups and downs I’ve experienced. And while I’ve still a ways to go on my journey to motherhood, I’ve compiled a few tips to getting through the first few months of the most epic trip of your life.
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Thursday, March 19
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ST. PETERSBURG - Frank Knight began donating blood as a ROTC student at Florida State University in 1959.

His subsequent 40-year career as a teacher in Pinellas County schools took a variety of courses, but one constant was a commitment to donating whole blood and platelets. Now, at the age of 75, Knight, who lives in St. Petersburg, achieved his 130-gallon donor milestone by donating platelets on March 9 at OneBlood’s Tyrone Donor Center.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been recognized as a Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus hospital by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

To receive the gold award, hospitals must have 85 percent adherence to achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. The indicators include:

- Percent of acute ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within 120 minutes of time last known well and for whom IV t-PA was initiated at this hospital within 180 minutes of time last known well.
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Thursday, March 5
CLEARWATER - Suncoast Hospice, a member of Empath Health, has created a program with Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group designed to help physicians and patients engage in important end-of-life conversations so that patients and caregivers can establish a plan for their health care that is centered on their goals and choices.

The Timely Access Partnership brings Suncoast’s expertise into DCMG’s multi-specialty physician practice. A Registered Nurse on-site at the clinic will collaborate with the physician, patient, and caregiver. In these sessions, patients will have the opportunity to clarify their goals and preferences for care through written documents and medical orders such as advance directives and Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.

When a physician determines a palliative approach to care is indicated, patients will also be able to discuss palliative care options including hospice care when recommended. The TAP program is being funded through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation, and services began in November at DCMG’s main campus in Largo.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Janice Balzano was recently named as chief executive officer by the board of St. Petersburg General Hospital.

Balzano brings to her new role more than 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership. She replaces retired CEO Robert B. Conroy Jr.

Peter Marmerstein, HCA West Florida president, presented Balzano as his selection for the post to the board.
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• Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Author program
New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick will present a program Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m., at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

Bostwick will be on hand to launch her new book, “The Second Sister.” The author is best known for her Cobbled Court Quilt Series. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a program and book sale and signing at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin Friends of the Library and Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe, the event is free.

For information, call 298-3080.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Safe boating class
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.

Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.

The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.

For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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Senior luncheon
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Recreation Division will host its next senior luncheon Tuesday, March 31, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.

The theme is “Rolling in the Dough the American Way.” Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. The Clubhouse Restaurant will serve barbecue chicken, baked beans and cole slaw

Charlie Morris will perform at this event. After lunch, attendees will view the movie “The Great Gatsby.”

Tickets are $7 and must be purchased by Thursday, March 26. For more information, call 391-8345.  
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SilverSneakers FLEX program
TREASURE ISLAND – The SilverSneakers FLEX program is now available Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The program is free to SilverSneakers members and $5 per class for others.

The workout includes easy-to-follow, low-impact movement and upper-body strength, abdominal conditioning, stretching and relaxation exercises designed to energize your life style. Chairs are available.

For additional information, contact instructor Linda Roeder at 920-376-0214 or email linda@whereslinda.net.  
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Take a Hand support group meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.

The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.

For more information, contact Missy Peterson at 214-4527 or takeahandmeeting@gmail.com.
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• Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Alzheimer’s support group
CLEARWATER – Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter will host a new, monthly support group for caregivers with a loved one with dementia who lives at home or in a facility which focuses on intimacy needs and concerns.  

Beginning May 7, the group will meet first Wednesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the conference room at Alzheimer’s Association’s Clearwater office, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709.  

This support group will help caregivers come up with new relationship rituals and healthy alternatives for finding the care, hope, and intimacy every human being needs and deserves.  

Heidi Crockett, MSW, will facilitate. Crockett is a geriatric care manager with Aging Care Advocates. She advocates for improved quality of life for seniors specifically on the subject of intimacy and has presented several seminars for professionals and caregivers including, “Sexual Concerns Associated with Dementia,” and “Intimacy as We Age: Loving our Loved Ones Safely.”  

Call Peggy Macaluso at 578-2558 or email macalusop@alzflgulf.org.
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