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CLEARWATER – Morton Plant Mease health experts will present a variety of free health seminars in October focusing on activity, menopause and atrial fibrillation.

The health seminars will be presented at various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers. Following is a list of upcoming programs:

• Creating Your Activity Road Map – Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m., at the Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Attendees will learn about exercise options for diabetics in this session presented by an exercise physiologist.

• Menopause and Women's Health Concerns – Wednesday, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m., at YMCA of the Suncoast, Teen Room, 1005 S Highland Ave., Clearwater. Ob/gyn Alexis Lipton, M.D., will discuss hormone replacement therapy and other treatments for menopause, as well as abnormal symptoms that can indicate bigger problems.

• Keeping Kids at a Healthy Weight – Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, Classroom, 1426 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. Pediatrician Kathryn McNeely, M.D., will discuss a healthy diet for kids as part of the Parent Power Lecture Series.

• Improve Your Memory – Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon, at Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Neurologist Diana Pollock, M.D., will discuss the various techniques used to improve memory. The discussion, part of the Wellness Wednesdays Lecture Series, will include cognitive training, neuro feedback, and posit science to help attendees develop better memory skills.

• The Weight and Heart Health Link – Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., at Dunedin Community Center, The Elliott Room, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Recent studies show that obesity can cause the heart's upper left chamber to become enlarged and develop an overly rapid heartbeat. This condition, called atrial fibrillation, increases the risk of stroke, especially for women. Cardiologist Wayne Cheng, M.D., will explain ways in which weight can jeopardize heart health and how you can adopt a more heart healthy lifestyle.

• Ask Your Educator: Panel Discussion – Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 1-3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Two certified diabetes educators will be available for a question and answer panel discussion about diabetes.

• Preventing Dementia – Monday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m., at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Neuropsychologist Angela McBride, PhD, will review factors associated with lowering one's risk of dementia, as well as tips for improving memory, as part of the Medical Matters Lecture Series.

• Diabetes Self-Care for Exercise – Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., at Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. A certified diabetes educator will discuss how to manage your blood sugar while exercising.

• Could You Have an Aneursym? – Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Neurosurgeon Carrie Shulman, M.D., will describe what an aneurysm is, who is at risk, how they are diagnosed, and what treatment options are available.

To pre-register for a health seminar, call 253-4076, or visit www.B­ayCar­eEven­ts.or­g.
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