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For information or to make an appointment at any of the Missoula-area sites, call 543-6695 or the number listed. The Missoula center is at 401 W. Railroad St. This week's blood drives include:

Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m., sponsored by Knights of Columbus, call 327-2035; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main, 3 to 6 p.m., call 721-2665; and Three Rivers Bank, Kalispell, noon to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 29 - Safeway, 610 W. Broadway, 9 a.m. to noon in the bloodmobile, call 549-5429, Ext. 0; Drummond High School, 3 to 6 p.m. in the gym, call 288-3231; and Eureka Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 30 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 - Camas Ranch at Spring Creek, 145 Fitchett Road, 1 to 5 p.m., call 827-4344; and Kalispell Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.


Spinal cord injury support group - The group will host a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rehabilitation Day Room at Community Medical Center. Lunch and dessert will be provided as well at motivional humor by Lois McElravy. Call Nancy Kirk, 327-4057, to RSVP.

Healthy living workshops - Active Care Family Chiropractic, 504 Main St., in Stevensville will present a series of workshops in January on Mondays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Call 777-1048 to reserve a spot. Topics include:

Jan. 2 - "Decrease Your Weight, Increase Your Energy"

Jan. 9 - "Discover the Secrets of Enhanced Performance and Specific Strategies for Injury Prevention"

Jan. 16 - "Optimists Are Healthier"

Jan. 23 - "Tis the Season for Ear Infections, Colds and the Winter Bugs"

Jan. 30 - "Essentials to Your Health"

The clinic also will host an advanced nutrition workshop about acid/alkaline ratios Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.

Free pregnancy clinic - New Horizons Physical Therapy and Dr. Brett Heath will present the class Jan. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Public Library basement. Call 363-2570 to register.

Grand Rounds - A series of educational exchanges for health-care professionals presented by the Western Montana Integrative Healthcare Alliance continues Jan. 18 with a discussion of hypothyroidism. The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building's Conference Center Room 3. There is no fee and refreshments will be provided. Continuing medical education credits are available. For more information go to

Fitness classes - For more information about the following Missoula County Public Schools adult education courses starting the week of Jan. 9, call 549-8765, visit the Web at or stop by Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center at 310 S. Curtis:

Introduction to Fitness, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., $25.

Aerobic kickboxing, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., $25.

Strength and Conditioning, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Thursdays, noon-1 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.; $25.

Fitness Ball Strength and Conditioning, Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., $25.

Tone & Zone, Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., $25.

Cardio Sculpt, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., $25.

Beginnning yoga, Mondays, 9-10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.; Wednesdays, 6:40-7:40 p.m.; and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; $25.

Continuing yoga, Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.; $25.

Yoga/Pilates Fusion, Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m.; and Fridays, noon-1 p.m.; $25.

Pilates, Mondays, 10-11 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.; $25.

Continuing Pilates, Thursdays, 5:35-6:35 p.m. $25.

Fitness Ball Pilates, Fridays, 9-10 a.m., $25.

Introduction to Meditation, Mondays, 6:40-7:40 p.m., $25.

Beginning bellydance, Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., $37.

Tribal bellydance, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., $25.

Yoga Motion Dance, Wednesdays, 5:35-6:35 p.m., $25.

Country line dance, Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., $14.

Country swing dance, Mondays, 6-7 p.m., $14.

Country two step, Mondays, 7-8 p.m., $14.

Hip Hop Dance, Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., $25.

Herbal classes - Call 728-0543 to register for the following classes at Meadowsweet Herbs, 180 S. Third St. W., on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $20 per class.

Jan. 17 - Herbs for the Nervous System

Jan. 24 - Herbs for the Respiratory System

Feb. 7 - Herbs for the Immune System

Feb. 21 - Herbs for the Digestive System

Feb. 28 - Herbs for the Skin and Muscles

March 7 - Herbs for the Female Reproductive System

Sleep apnea/CPAP support group - The group will meet Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Family Pharmacy, 3804 Eastside Highway, Stevensville. Call Bob, 777-5885, for more information.

Addiction treatment programs - St. Patrick Hospital offers several addiction treatment programs for alcohol, chemical and gambling dependencies that are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information on specific programs, call the following numbers: Adolescent Addiction Services, 327-3040; Adult Addiction and Intensive Outpatient Services, 327-3020; and Family Treatment, 327-3029.

Albuterol products - The In Home Rx Program makes available breathing medications and nebulizers to patients who have asthma, emphysema or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at no cost if they qualify. Call 1-800-344-5764 or visit

Bariatric surgery seminars - Free informational seminars are held the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Hospital Conference Rooms A, B, C. The program, which offers a surgical treatment for morbid obesity, includes preoperative evaluation as well as postoperative followup and three support groups each month. Call 329-5866.

Breast cancer survivor water fitness - Community Medical Center offers a warm-water pool class for breast cancer survivors to reduce lymphedema, improve general flexibility and strength, and increase endurance and circulation. Fee is $48 for six weeks. Call 327-4257 for class schedule and registration information.

Cancer programs - Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information about these programs available in all Montana communities:

"Road to Recovery" provides free transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and home again.

"Reach to Recovery" offers visits by trained breast cancer survivor volunteers with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

"Look Good Feel Better" teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Trained cosmetologists lead the free group sessions.

Cancer transportation - Montana women may qualify for no-cost transportation to a cancer center of their choice. Call the Women's Cancer Care Foundation at (406) 862-8820 or e-mail for more information.

Cheerful Heart - Cancer patients who reside in Lake County and need non-medical help are urged to call Cheerful Heart, a local non-profit organization located in Polson. Services include transportation to doctor appointments and treatment as well as errands, pet care and light household chores. Call and leave a message at 883-3070. Messages are returned three times each day. Donations may be mailed to Cheerful Heart, P.O. Box 688, Polson, MT 59860.

Chronic wound care - St. Patrick Hospital's Outpatient Wound Care Center at 500 W. Broadway specializes in treating non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, pressure or surgery. Call 329-5736.

CPR classes - St. Patrick Hospital and the International Heart Institute (IHI) offer a full range of American Heart Association courses from Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers to Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Contact Mary Ann Zadick at 329-5613 or stop by the IHI on the hospital's third floor.

Diabetes support - The following support groups and programs are available:

Missoula Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center Conference Room at the St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building (lobby level). No charge and no registration needed. For more information call 329-5781.

Missoula Indian Center provides on-site blood sugar testing with a glucose monitor and quarterly immunizations, fasting blood sugar tests, lipid profiles and thyroid panels. Referrals to the diabetes self-management program also available. Call Kitty at 329-3373.

Self-management classes at St. Patrick Hospital include individual appointments with a nurse and nutritionist. The classes are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers. Payment plans and scholarships are available to those who qualify. St. Pat's also offers free diabetes glucose screening (overnight fast required), pre-diabetes prevention counseling, metabolic syndrome counseling, certified nurse diabetic educator visits for assessment and recommendation, a fitness center and water exercises classes. Call 329-5781 for more information.

Community Medical Center's Diabetes Management Program offers individual and group sessions to help you manage your diabetes and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Sessions are led by a nurse and dietitian certified in diabetes education. Physician referral required. Call 327-4325.

Community Medical Center also offers a pool class designed by a physical therapist for adults with diabetes to increase their level of activity in a fun and relaxed group setting. Call 327-4257 for more information.

Emphysema support - EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right to Survive) is an on-line, non-profit support/advocacy group for people with COPD/emphysema. Log on to to learn more about the disease and how to live with it.

Foot Care Program - St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center offers a Foot Care Program the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Broadway Building Duran Learning Center. Registered and licensed practical nurses provide a general assessment of the legs and feet, education about foot health, and simple treatment including soaking, buffing, nail cutting, massage and moisturizing. The cost is $26 for the first visit, which includes a foot kit, and then $20 for following visits. Gift certificates are available. To schedule an appointment or purchase a gift certificate, call 327-1733.

Free health exams - Women ages 50 to 64 who have no health insurance or insurance that will not pay for breast and cervical health exams, and who meet the necessary income guidelines, can receive free exams through the Partnership Health Center's Breast and Cervical Health Project. Call 523-4789 for an appointment.

Mall walkers - Meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Southgate Mall community room. No fee; all ages welcome.

Masters swimming - Workouts at the Missoula YMCA are coached Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Designed for fitness swimmers, triathletes and competitive swimmers, the sessions are open to all ages 19 and older, members or nonmembers. Register at the front desk. Call 721-9622 for more information.

Missoula Birth Network - The Missoula Birth and Pregnancy Resource maintains a community resource Web site contains information about pregnancy and birth, including natural birth, a listing of Missoula-area midwives and doulas and links to related topics. The address is Call Heather Sundheim at 549-1701 or e-mail her at

Missoula Healing Arts Clinic - The clinic offers alternative healing treatments the first and third Saturday of the month at the Unitarian Church, 102 McLeod Ave, beginning at 12:45 p.m. The nonprofit clinic has several modalities of healers volunteering their time on a donation-only basis. If you are interested in a session or to volunteer as a healer, call Mary at 273-2928.

Montana Athletic Club - Starting in January, the club at 5000 Blue Mountain Road will offer Bosu classes, rope climbing and the 2006 Fitness Challenge. Regular classes include Pilates, Tai Chi Chuan, group aerobics, swimming lessons, kayak lessons, scuba diving certification, yoga, group cycling, water aerobics and abdominal core training. Call 251-3344 for more information. Also visit the Montana Ocean Spa located in the same building or call 251-8200 to learn more about Core Somatic Therapy, Structural Integration, Five Element Acupuncture, Certified Zero Balancing Treatments, Rain Drop Therapy and Tai Chi Chuan group and private sessions.

Personal fitness assessments - The St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center offers the assessments - including body fat analysis, anthropometric measurements, aerobic fitness evaluation, muscular strength and endurance assessment, flexibility and goal setting - by appointment. Cost is $10 for nonmembers. Call 329-5895.

Power wheelchairs - Seniors citizens and the permanently disabled may qualify for electric wheelchairs at no cost for use in the home or independent living quarters. Call the Senior Wheels USA program at 1-800-246-6010; Miracle on Wheels at 1-800-749-8778; Senior Mobility Program at 1-800-451-0971; Independent Seniors at 1-800-383-8435; Three Wishes Inc. at 1-800-839-5715; or Wishes on Wheels at 1-800-823-5220. Medicare recipients who suffer from such conditions as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair, may also be eligible for an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. Call Gregory at Angels Have Wheels, 1-800-810-2877, for more information.

Senior exercise class - The Missoula Senior Citizens Center offers an exercise class that focuses on balance training, back strength and core conditioning through Pilates matwork every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Fee is $1.25 per class. All ages welcome. For information call 880-BFIT, e-mail or visit (click on specialty areas).

Tobacco use cessation group - Quit for Life classes consist of five evening group sessions with a licensed counselor at the St. Patrick Hospital Wellness Center Conference Room. Cost is $35 and includes a one-week supply of nicotine patches or gum. Call 329-5741 to register.

Wellness lecture series - One Source Healing Arts Center in Florence presents the free lectures on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. at 5549 Old Highway 93. Call 273-4923 for more information.

Wellness previews - Complimentary and preventive international wellness technologies presented the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Snacks and social time prior to the fourth Thursday preview starts at 6:30 p.m. Call Lynne at 543-7733 or 550-4355 for location, or e-mail

You Can! - The program for healthier aging through eating better and moving more meets on the third Thursday of each month and explores activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, cooking for one or two, hula dancing, food safety instruction, and walking programs with pedometers. Open to seniors; no pre-registration required. Contact Jaclyn at Missoula Aging Services, 728-7682, for more information.

The Fitness Calendar is printed each Tuesday inside the Health section. Deadline is noon Friday the week before publication.

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