published Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Chattanooga area health briefs

Bereavement camp

Amedisys Hospice Services will sponsor its 7th annual Bereavement Camp for children called "Camp Beacon," 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Johnston Woods, McDonald, Tenn. Camp Beacon is a day camp under the supervision of trained professional adults for children grades 1-12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Free to the first 20 children who register. Meals and snacks provided, activities, craft supplies and camp T-shirt. For information or to register, call Evelyn Thompson at 499-0018.

Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti

Chattanooga Cardiologist Mitchell L. Mutter will tell how the Children's Nutrition Program has brought the acute malnutrition rate among children of Leogane, Haiti, down from 24 percent in 1998 to 3 percent today. The talk is 6-8:30 tonight at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd. Limited seating. Reservations required by calling 495-1122.

Myeloma meeting

The Multiple Myeloma Networking group meets tonight, 6-7:30 p.m., at Memorial Center for Cancer Support, 605 Glenwood Drive (next to Memorial Hospital). Dr. Doshi of Associates in Oncology will speak about needed tests and how to interpret test results. Patients, caregivers and health professionals welcomed. Contact Linda or Jack Huguelet at 886-3554 for information.

T'ai Ji class

T'ai Ji class at Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St., 2 p.m. every Thursday. Cost: $60 for a 12-week series, $8 per class or love offering. Contact Chris Campbell, 821-8947, or Kiarra Ervin, 266-1384, or visit www.taijiheals.com.

Immune system

Boost your immune system with acupressure and doTerra Essential Oils at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at 6237 Vance Road, Suite 4. RSVP to Margie at 883-5462.

Wine and Pearls cancer benefit

Wine and Pearls 2012 is presented by Parkridge Medical Center to benefit The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, April 27, 6-9 p.m., at The Mill, featuring a cocktail reception, music and silent auction. Funds raised will be used to provide support and information to area residents going through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Individual tickets: $75. For information, visit www.minniepearl.org/events or call 877-467-1936, ext. 108.

Metabolic/bariatric surgery seminar

Learn about the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erlanger East, Gunbarrel Road, 6-8 p.m. Monday. This free seminar is for residents 100 or more pounds overweight and/or with health problems related to obesity. Registration is required. Call Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465 to register.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Free screening for men and women 65 or older, to detect bulge in artery wall, with no previous diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm and no abdominal CT in the past five years. Screenings held Monday-Friday, Monday-April 27, at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital Hixson and Memorial Ooltewah. Registration and appointment required at 495-6000.

Items for this column are due the Friday before Thursday's publication date. Write to Linda Weaver, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401-1447; fax 668-5071; e-mail lweaver@timesfreepress.com.

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