For information or to become a donor, stop in at one of the blood-collection sites or call 543-6695 or 1-800-695-7258. This week's blood drives include:
Tuesday, May 1 - Sentinel High School, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Whitefish High School, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 2 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 3 - Missoula Red Cross Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Libby High School, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, May 7 - Kalispell Red Cross Center, 1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8 - Hamilton Community Drive, noon to 6 p.m.; and Polson High School, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Platelet donations - Call 543-6695 in Missoula for an appointment.
Red Cross classes - Call 549-6441 to register for these classes:
"Workplace Training: Standard First Aid" on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: May 5, May 12 or May 26. Includes book, training kit and certifications in adult CPR, AED and first aid. Cost is $35.
"Community First Aid and Safety," a two-evening class on May 7 and 9 or May 15 and 17, beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. Combines first aid with adult, child and infant CPR. All materials and certifications included. Cost is $45.
"Workplace Training: First Aid Basics" on May 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. or May 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25 including all materials and certification.
"Challenge Courses" on May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. You may challenge your skills and get a new certification (must provide current certification).
"CPR for the Professional Rescuer" on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes adult, child, infant, two-man and bag-valve CPR. A pocket mask is a mandatory part of the program.
Fibromyalgia pain management class - The course begins Tuesday, May 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Providence Center, Conference Room B. Topics will include symptoms, exercise, sleep, depression, nutrition, stress management, thought distortion and energy conservation. Cost is $40 for eight classes; first class is free. Call 329-5741 for reservations.
Free obesity seminar - Bariatric surgeon Milton Owens, of the Coastal Center for Obesity in California, will discuss treating severe obesity through surgery and local patients will share their success stories on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madison St. Call 800-554-9544 for reservations.
Osteoporosis presentation - Find out if you are at risk and how to prevent or manage this bone-thinning disease on Thursday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the YMCA board room, 3000 Russell. Presenters are physical therapist Linda Redfern and family nurse practitioner Carla Gibson. No registration is required for this free session. Call 721-3096 for more information.
Health and nutrition seminar - Michael O'Brien, an enzyme specialist and colon cancer survivor through natural means, will share his experiences on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Parkside. The seminar is free. Call 800-626-5143 for more information.
Free movement classes - The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, 629 Phillips St., will offer free Tai Chi and movement classes every Tuesday in May and June from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the MUD gardens. Instructors are Karin Schalm and Caraway Seed. This is a drop-in class and no special attire is required. Call 721-7513 for more information.
Cholesterol screening - Community Medical Center offers cholesterol blood screening on the first Tuesday of every month. A complete lipid profile is available for $15 and a total cholesterol test is $5. Appointments are available between 7 and 8:30 a.m. by calling Reyanna Rice at 728-4100, ext. 7128.
Diabetes support - The following support groups and programs are available:
Missoula Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 at St. Patrick Hospital in Conference Room C on Level 1 near the cafeteria. The program is free and no registration is required. For more information call 329-5781, Ext. 1.
Free diabetes screenings at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Overnight fast required. Call Diabetes Care Services at 329-5781, ext. 1, to schedule an appointment.
Type 1 Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room J at Community Medical Center. Call Billie Jo at 721-6454 for details.
Insulin Pumpers Club meets the first Monday of every month at noon for lunch. For location call Linda at 549-5205.
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.
Hepatitis C support and information group - Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Missoula Public Library small meeting room (lower level). Anonymous attendance, no fee.
Tobacco Quit Line - A toll-free line provides counseling to tobacco users who want to quit, sends out support materials and links callers to local resources throughout Montana. Call 1-877-612-1585 on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tobacco use cessation group - Quit for Life sessions begin the first Thursday of every month. Each session includes five group classes with an experienced facilitator. Call the Missoula City/County Health Department at 523-2789 to register.
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. No fee. Call Sharon at 728-4100, Ext. 7618, for class schedule and registration information.
Breast cancer support group - Meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room J, Community Medical Center Rehabilitation Building, 2827 Fort Missoula Road. Facilitated by social worker Tondy Baumgartner. Call the Montana Breast Center, 327-4010.
SIS - Sisters in Survival breast cancer support group meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center, 420 W. Pine, in Classroom 2 on the second floor. Call Jan Riva, 329-5713.
Breast Cancer Resource Guide - The second edition of this comprehensive list of resources and information across the state is available at no cost by calling (877) 314-6728 or visiting www.mbcrg.org.
Breast Cancer Resource Network - Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. For more information call Dee at 549-3401, Myrna at 273-2586 or Dorothy at 543-5664.
Mall walkers - Meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Southgate Mall community room. No fee; all ages welcome.
First Call for Help - Call 549-5555 Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. First Call is a telephone information and referral service on social service programs that can provide assistance.
TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 428 meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Methodist Church, 300 E. Main, lower level. Fees are $1 a month with a $20 annual fee. Call 543- 8529 or 549-3706.
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.
Montana Hot Line for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - This 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking provides information, resources and referrals to agencies all over the state. Call 1-800-655-7867.
Circles of Peace support groups - YWCA program for children of all ages who've experienced family violence and abuse. Offered free every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with women's groups. Children over age 8 can attend without a parent. Call 543-6691.
Sexual assault - Call the YWCA at 543-6691 for more information on these services:
A support group meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. New participants should arrive by 6:15 p.m. for a brief orientation. Children's groups offered at the same time.
YWCA Pathways provides services to survivors of sexual violence, including rape. Walk-in hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It also operates a 24-hour crisis line: 542-1944.
Power wheelchairs - Miracle on Wheels makes available electric wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens and the permanently disabled at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit the group's Web site at www.durablemedical.com.
The Fitness Calendar is printed each Tuesday inside the Health section. Deadline is the Friday at noon before publication day.