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December 14, 2010

Health The Examiner

Soothing strings

Music as therapy – Page 4 Wellness 2-3 • CoLDS AND FLU 3 • CaLENDAR 6-7

Lori BOYAJIAN O’NEILL Volleyball comes to KC – page 2

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The volleyball world is watching KC this week This week, Kansas City plays proud host to the NCAA 2010 Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship. One of the most popular sports in the world, volleyball is hot in Kansas City, which every year sends dozens of players to Division I programs. Volleyball, what do you know, T or F? 1. USA Volleyball Adult Open features an Over 75 age bracket. 2. The Number 1 seed was Florida, which lost to Purdue. 3. Penn State’s four national championships is the most in history. The 2010 collegiate volleyball season began with 317 teams. And then there were four. USC v. Cal and Penn State v. Texas are the featured semi-final matches on Thursday at the Sprint Center with championship match on Saturday. All matches will be televised live on ESPN. These matches highlight a week during which Kansas City is the center of the volleyball universe. Major volleyball organizations such as USA Volleyball and American Volleyball Coaches Association host events and

Lori Boyajian O'Neill Sports and wellness Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill can be contacted at meetings this week in Kansas City in conjunction with the national championship. Excitement is brewing for a great week of volleyball in Kansas City. USA Volleyball is holding coaching clinics and the Coaching Accreditation Program today at the Kansas City Convention Center. USAV is also sponsoring two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor who will meet the public and sign autographs at the Sprint Center on

Thursday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. For more information, access or the Heart of America Volleyball Club The Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match & Skills Competition on Saturday at Municipal Auditorium is sponsored by the AVCA which holds its 2010 Annual Convention this week in KC. The match features 24 of the best high school players in the country. They will compete and demonstrate skills from 3-5 p.m. Hanna Forst, 5-foot-11 outside hitter from St. James Academy in Lenexa has been selected First Team All-America and is set to compete. She led SJA to the Kansas 4A State Championship and has committed to the University of South Carolina. Forst won the Evelyn Gates Award as the best volleyball player in the metro area last month. The NCAA Powerade Youth Volleyball Clinic is provided for girls and boys ages 8-13. It is sponsored by the NCAA and AVCA and supported by the Women’s Intersport Network for KC. It is held from 4:30-6:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Kansas City Convention Center Hall D. Young workshop participants will be instructed by NCAA coaches, receive a T-shirt

and a ticket to Championship Match. The event is sold out. The U.S. Women’s National Team left Beijing with a silver medal and looks to return to the gold medal match. Future Olympians are playing on the Final Four teams. These and other elites are feeder programs for the U.S, National Teams. But, long before they played D-I, these athletes honed their skills in the US Volleyball Junior Olympic Program. The HOAVB club, the regional division of USA Volleyball, serves to provide opportunities to local players and clubs to develop skills and compete at the highest levels. Their efforts have borne fruit in the success of Forst and many other area players whose next team will be with the NCAA. Volleyball has grown immensely since its invention in 1895 at a Mount Holyoke, Mass., YMCA gym. The sparkling multi-million dollar Sprint Center is not only symbolic but tangible evidence of just how far the sport and its celebrated athletes have come. World, meet Kansas City. Welcome. Answers: 1. T 2 T 3. F (Stanford has won 6)

healthSHORTS Six Centerpoint nurses receive their certification

great deal on that treadmill or elliptical you’ve been eyeing. – Life Fitness

Six nurses at Centerpoint Medical Center received certification through the National Certification Corporation. The registered nurses were Ashley Auffert, Janet Mathis, Casey Paris, Debbie Hamilton, Lisa Eliason, Wendy Espinosa, and Angela Dutton. National Certification Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides a national credentialing program for nurses, physicians, and other licensed health care personnel. – Michael Glover

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health tip

Stay active while shopping It may be hard to stay active during the holiday season, but 30 minutes is all most people need to keep fit. Try power walking while shopping at the mall or build muscle while toting your gifts. Take time to walk shopping carts back to the store and park at the back of the parking lot. Now is also the time to find a

Emergency room visits from medications decline According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after a voluntary withdrawal of nonprescription baby products in 2007, the number of emergency room visits caused by adverse events from cough and cold medicines for children under 2 substantially declined from 2,790 to 1,248. Among children under the age of 12, however, emergency department visits related to adverse events from cough and cold medicines remained steady. Still, about two-thirds of all emergency department visits involving cold and cough medicines were caused by children unknowingly ingesting these medicines while unsupervised. – American Academy of Pediatrics

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’Tis the season

The season for colds and flu, that is

By Patrick Greenwood, MD Emergency Physician St. Mary’s Medical Center

It may be the season in which some people are holly and jolly, but we’re moving into the season in which some people are wheezing and sneezing. It is the cold and flu season. And so far, it appears to be a fairly mild season – we’ve seen just a few cases in the ER of patients seeking treatment for respiratory illnesses. But, the flu GREENWOOD season can last well into spring, so if you haven’t been vaccinated yet this year, it’s still a good idea. While most people recover from seasonal colds and flu with simple home care, flu can be serious. It typically kills 36,000 people every year.

Protect yourself The best protection against the flu is the vaccine. The vaccine this year protects against both H1N1 and the seasonal flu, so you only have to get one shot. And despite the myths that are still out there, you cannot get the flu from the shot. The viruses in the flu shot are dead, so they can’t give people the flu. The nasal spray vaccine contains weakened viruses, so there is the possibility of a slight reaction, but symptoms won’t be severe. There are other precautions to help keep you healthy. Wash your hands, early and often. Use soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds. Keep your hands away from your face to keep from picking up the virus on a surface then allowing it to get into your body. Get enough sleep and eat properly.

Cold vs. Flu Some people refer to any winter illness as “the flu.” And while the common cold and are caused by different viruses, they do have similar symptoms and it can be hard to tell them apart. But, in general, flu symptoms tend to be

much more severe than and cold. The flu usually starts suddenly with a headache and dry cough. It causes fever (sometimes very high), shaking chills, body aches and fatigue. These symptoms usually last as long as five days, after which you may have a dry cough and fatigue for another week or so. Most adults can expect to catch a cold two to four times a year. It’s likely a cold will go away on its own after about five days or so. Usual symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and sneezing. Coughs are hacking and productive. It’s unusual to have fever, chills, headaches and body aches, or if present, those symptoms will be mild. Forget about “starving a cold,”or “feeding a fever” – or however the old saying goes. If you do get sick, eat if you’re up to it – but it’s very important to get plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration. Treat the symptoms with overthe-counter medications, rest and most importantly stay home from school or work. If your symptoms get worse, you get an extremely high fever, or fever lasting more than three days, get medical help. The flu can lead to other, more serious illnesses.

Benefits of exercise Let’s face it, exercising in the cold weather is a challenge. But a recent study showed people who exercise regularly tend to have fewer colds then people who don’t. The study, in the online edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine followed more than 1,000 adult men and women over twelve weeks. Researchers found that the frequency of colds among those who exercised at least five days a week was 46 percent less then the frequency of colds in people who seldom exercised. Researchers also found the number of days people suffered with cold symptoms and the severity was also much lower among those who exercised. Researchers believe exercise activates the immune system at a higher rate than normal, allowing for a better attack on viruses. So get a jump start on your new year’s resolution, lace up your shoes and get out and enjoy the crisp air. Not only will it help ward off a cold, it’s good for your heart and it will help work off those extra holiday treats you’ve been enjoying.

Food service inspections l Jackson County The Jackson County Public Works/ Environmental Health Division conducts inspections anywhere food is handled, prepared and served to the public for cities other than Independence.

Blue Springs ■ Meiner’s Phillips 66, 1005 N.E. Coronado Drive – On Dec. 3, inspectors found hot dogs on roller were 104 degrees, and taquitos were 94 degrees, products discarded.

Greenwood ■ Greenwood Country Tea Room, P.O. Box 315 – On Dec. 3, employee beverages without lids and straws were observed on counters, shelves, and in the reach-in cooler, corrected.

Lee’s Summit ■ Fortuna Wok, 1333 N.E. Douglas St. – On Nov. 29, numerous potentially hazardous foods were found stored under no form of temperature control on the cook’s line. Operator indicated that these foods were prepared more than 3 or 4 hours

before the inspection, all were discarded. ■ Westside Grill and Bar, 221 S. Missouri 291 – On Nov. 30, inspectors found gravy in steam table was not reheated to 165 degrees prior to placing in steam table (internal temperature was 88 degrees). Violation was corrected, a re-inspection is required to insure continued compliance. ■ Maxwell’s Downtown Grill, 301 S.E. Douglas St. – On Dec. 3, several live roaches were observed on the bar side of the establishment on counters, under the bar counter and in cabinets.

Raytown ■ Applebee’s, 9330 E. Missouri 350 – On Dec. 2, inspectors found the dishwasher in the bar not sanitizing. ■ Herndon Career Center Culinary School, 11501 E. Missouri 350 – On Dec. 2, inspectors observed a student eating a cookie in the kitchen. The dish machine did not provide a final sanitizing rinse of at least 160 degrees, as evidenced by test paper. Provide sanitizing in three-compartment sink until inspector verifies that dish machine can provide proper sanitizing. – Jillayne Ritchie

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Harpist plays for patients’ physical, spiritual needs By Steven Spearie GateHouse News Service

ith a cart and a bungee cord, Jan Mulrooney-Kuhn wheels “Uriel,” a nearly 5-foot petite folk, or Celtic, harp around the halls of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., giving visitors such as Sandy Smothers cause to smile. “Where are you going?” inquires Smothers. When Mulrooney-Kuhn explains that she plays the harp bedside for patients – on this day, in the cardiac pulmonary unit – Smothers exhorts her to come by her son Bobby’s room. Bobby Smothers was rushed to St. John’s late the night before when doctors put a stent into his heart. In Smothers’ room, as Mulrooney-Kuhn launches into the song “In the Garden,” there’s a cacophony of everyday hospital noises: a squawking ultrasound from across the room, carts being pushed down the hall, announcements for nurses. In a corner chair, Sandy Smothers has her head in her hand, mesmerized by Mulrooney-Kuhn’s playing. Candie West, Bobby’s fiancee, stands by his bed, rubbing his hand. After three songs, there’s polite applause and Sandy Smothers jumps up to hug Mulrooney-Kuhn. “That was so sweet,” she tells her. “I could sit and watch you all day.” Despite pain medication and an appearance suggesting otherwise, Bobby Smothers says later that he was attuned to Mulrooney-Kuhn’s playing. “It was very soothing,” he recalls. “When you’re in here, you’re hurting,” Sandy Smothers said. “You heal when you rest. This (music) makes you rest. That’s awesome therapy.”


‘The harp lady’ Mulrooney-Kuhn has been a certified healing musician since late 2006 and was hired by the hospital in 2007 through a grant from the Friends of St. John’s Hospital. The only certified healing musician on staff, Mulrooney-Kuhn, known as “the harp lady,” plays 15 hours a week, from the intensive care unit to hospice to the psychiatric unit. Mulrooney-Kuhn says her playing is less concentrated on performance and more on creating a mood of relaxation. She also tries to bring a spiritual connection to the patients. “I am spiritual about what I do,” said Mulrooney-Kuhn, a Roman Catholic. “What I do is considered by many as a ministry, and I feel that way about it, too.” The harp’s therapeutic uses go back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. There are many mentions of it in the Bible, most notably David’s lulling King Saul into a restful, healing sleep. “Once or twice a month, a patient, nurse or someone at the desk says, ‘I can understand what happened to Saul by David’s playing,’” Mulrooney-Kuhn said.

Praying with strings Mulrooney-Kuhn enters the hospital room, and a woman readily admits she’s in a lot of pain. “That’s OK,” Mulrooney-Kuhn said. “I’m going to pray with these strings.” Settling into “From the Old Country,” seemingly every pluck of the string, every note, is measured. The woman winces in pain; by the second song, she’s fallen asleep. “Sometimes, that’s a sign of success,” jokes Mulrooney-Kuhn. Mulrooney-Kuhn says some patients’ faces go with her. Once, while she was playing in the hospice unit, a patient died. “The nurse said, ‘You played him into heaven,’” she recalls. Mulrooney-Kuhn calls the moments between her and the patient “a privilege.” As a response to her playing and the environment it creates, she’ll see a spouse grab a hand or walk across the room to be with a patient or see a group of people crying. “When I play, I intuitively connect with that patient. I’m trying to get in touch with what’s going on,” Mulrooney-Kuhn said. When she asks if she can play “Amazing Grace,” Kenny Earp, a patient, gives a nod. At the end, he shakes Mulrooney-Kuhn’s hand. “Now you’ll have to provide some enjoyment to someone else,” he said. Steven Spearie can be reached at

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Alternatives to B12 deficiency shots DEAR DR. BLONZ: I have a vitamin B12 deficiency, and my doctor keeps telling me that I need shots and cannot rely on dietary supplements. Is this some sort of drug company game? Aside from the fact that I do not like the injections, I am on a fixed income and find it difficult to afford the continued office visits, and I was wondering why the dietary supplements can’t do the job. – F.J., Kansas City, Mo. DEAR F.J.: There is nothing underhanded here. The body relies on two separate components, and they both need to be on the scene for oral vitamin B12 to be absorbed successfully. The first is the vitamin itself, and this is what you get when you take a dietary supplement. If your deficiency is simply a matter of not having enough vitamin B-12 in your diet, having more or taking a dietary supplement may be all that’s needed. The second component is equally as important, and it relates to the fact that vitamin B-12 does not get absorbed unless it comes into contact with a specific protein manufactured by the body. This protein, known as the vitamin B-12 ‚“intrinsic factor,” is released into the stomach for the specific purpose of combining with B12 and escorting it through the absorptive surface of the intestines. Only a minuscule amount of vitamin B-12 gets into your system

Ed Blonz On Nutrition Ed Blonz, Ph.D., is a nutrition scientist and author. Send questions to: “On Nutrition,” Ed Blonz, c/o Newspaper Enterprise Association, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. E-mail him at if there is no intrinsic factor. Pernicious anemia is the condition when there is not enough vitamin B-12 in the body due to a lack of intrinsic factor. The intrinsic factor cannot be taken as a dietary supplement because it is a protein, and it will be denatured and digested before it can carry out its escort responsibilities for vitamin B-12. To date, the most effective method to treat pernicious anemia has been through injections of the preformed vitamin B-12. The injection bypasses any need for the intrinsic factor.

There are other possibilities, including the administration of B-12 as a sublingual (under tongue) lozenge, a nasal spray, or even a patch. As with the injection, these other methods allow the B-12 to go right into the body. Much depends on your particular case and the extent of your deficiency, so I would encourage you to discuss the noninjection options with your physician to see if any might be appropriate. DEAR DR. BLONZ: Do dried, freezedried or frozen fruits, such as blueberries, give the same antioxidant benefits as the fresh fruits? -- F.G., Oakland, Calif. DEAR F.G.: Using blueberries as an example, they are about 80 percent water by weight, and once dried, they are 15 percent water (it may be less, depending on the degree of drying). With a dried berry, you are going to get more nutrients (and calories) on a per-weight basis. If the fruit is freeze-dried, there is a slight loss of nutrients, but the loss of antioxidants is negligible. If heat is used during the drying process, such as picking your own and leaving them out in the sun, the losses might be slightly greater but nowhere near enough to dampen the flavors, healthfulness and nutritive value of the food. Dried fruits are a wonderful source of nutrients and dietary fiber. Use fresh or dried, whichever you prefer.

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Yourtake What hobbies/activities during the winter months do you find to be the most effective at improving and/or enhancing your overall health? Grace Pulcrano, Independence I do many things. I make cookies with Splenda. Singing and dancing. I play games on my computer

Items for the Health Calendar may be e-mailed to or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie. The following items are for Dec. 15 through 21.


Independence DIABETES DURING THE HOLIDAYS, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Noland Road Hy-Vee. After this presentation and food tasting, you’ll leave with a survival guide to controlling your blood sugar. Call 510-5694 to register. “MODERATION NATION, presented by Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Noland Road Hy-Vee. Learn how to arrange a health plate while enjoying your favorite foods. Free. Call 478-6557 to register. “KID’S COOKING CLUB, 10:30 to 11:30 Friday, 23rd Street Hy-Vee. Kids will prepare some Christmas gifts and goodies. Cost, $3. Registration deadline, Thursday. Register at the Customer Service desk or call 510-5684. DIABETES STORE TOURS Dec. 22, 10 to 11 a.m. at 23rd Street Hy-Vee; or 4 to 5 p.m. at Noland Road Hy-Vee. Take a trip through the aisles to learn which foods you should choose to control your blood sugar. Free. Tour starts at the Customer Service desk.

Addiction groups

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p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, First Baptist Church. Narcotics Anonymous Help Line: 531-2250. Living Free – Al Anon meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1723 Appleton Ave. 461-0039. Blue Springs ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, meetings available daily, most sessions are closed, and there are beginner meetings also, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). There is a total of 29 meetings per week. For times, call 228-7921. CHAPEL HILL AL-ANON, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. Saturday, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). BLUE SPRINGS ALATEEN, 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). Raytown NEW DAY AL-ANON, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church. 353-5446.

Bereavement groups

Blue Springs Widowed Persons support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Annex A. 224-0677 or 229-8093. Independents Singles Ministry grief support group, 7 p.m. Tuesday, First United Methodist Church. 228-3788. Adult Bereavement support group, sponsored by St. Mary’s Medical Center, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. several times throughout the year, Vesper Hall. To register, 655-5490. Independence

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Bereavement support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Columbian Adult Day Care Center. 836-8303. The Compassionate Friends, for those dealing with the death of a child, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Walnut Gardens Community of Christ. Call Barbara Starr, 229-2640, or the hotline: 531-6464. Other Infant loss group, sponsored by Carondelet Health. 655-5582.


Independence Gentle Tai Chi for those 50 and older, 6 p.m. Monday, The Palmer Center. Free. 325-6200. LOW IMPACT EXERCISE, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesday, Friday, Fairmount Community Center. 254-8334. Wake Up Workout, 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, The Palmer Center. 325-6200. Walk to the Beat, 8 a.m., Monday-Friday, Fairmount Community Center. 254-8334. PEPPI exercise classes, 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, The Palmer Center. Free. To register, 325-6200. PEPPI exercise classes, 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Fairmount Community Center. To register, 254-8334. PAVEMENT POUNDERS 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Friday, The Palmer Center. 325-6200. SITTIN’ FIT chair exercises class, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, The Palmer Center. Free. 3256200. STRETCH AND TONE, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, The Palmer Center. Cost, $1. 325-6200. ZUMBA GOLD, dynamic workout to Latin and international rhythms, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Palmer Center. Cost, $2. 325-6200. TAI CHI by the Three Dragons Way, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sermon Center. Cost, $35 for a four-week session; $40 for a 5-week session. 3257370. WALK TO THE BEAT, 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, The Palmer Center. Free. 325-6200. Blue Springs Swimnastics, 9 to 10 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday; 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Friday, Centennial Pool-Plex. Cost, $3.75 per visit. 228-0188. Therapeutic swim, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Centennial Pool-Plex. Cost, $3.75 per visit. 228-0188. Crosstrainer aerobics, 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $2.50 per class. 228-0181. Prenatal and postnatal exercise classes, 9:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 300 N.W. Mock Ave. 655-5400. Weight room for ages 50 and older, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $10 per month; $2 per visit; $96 for a year. 228-0181. Yoga — For beginners and beyond, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $2.50 per class. 228-0181. YOGA-GENTLE FLOW, 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $8 per visit, $48 for six classes. 2280181. Tai Chi, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $2.50. 228-0181. Swimnastics, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Friday, Centennial Pool-Plex. Cost, $3.75 per visit. 228-0188.




Stretching exercise, 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $1.50. 228-0181. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM for older adults, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $1 per session. 228-0181. Stretch AND TONE, 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Vesper Hall. Cost, $2.50. 228-0181. Raytown Tai Chi, 11 a.m. Thursday, Elliott Place Retirement Community. Free. 313-6800. Kansas City WALK AND TALK, 7 to 10 a.m. Monday-Friday, Ascension Lutheran Church, 4900 Blue Ridge Blvd. 358-1919. PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood. 373-4415, Ext. 1175.


Independence MATERNITY UNIT TOURS, Centerpoint Medical Center. Call 751-3000 for dates and to register. Food handler/manager permit training classes, food handler classes, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Truman Memorial Building, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Independence Health Department. There is a fee. To register, 325-7803. Blue Springs Break Time Club, sponsored by Shepherd Center of Blue Springs, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Timothy Lutheran Church. For older adults with some physical and/or mental limitations. A donation of $10 to the cost of the program is suggested. 228-5300.

Prenatal/Infant/Child programs

Independence WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 404-6460 or 257-2335. Blue Springs WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 220-1007. Blue Springs/Lee’s Summit Tough Love support group, for families dealing with unacceptable adolescent behavior, 7:30 to 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, First Christian Church. 913-492-1200. Moms & Moms-to-be prenatal and postnatal class, 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Family YMCA. 224-9620. Kansas City WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 404-9740 or 923-5800.


Independence Blood pressure for those 50 and older, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Palmer Center. Free. 3256200.

Support groups

Independence Domestic violence group for men, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Family Conservancy of Eastern Jackson County. 373-7577. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Fairmount Community Center. Lead by

Monica Benson. 254-8334. Parkinson’s, 3 p.m. Tuesday, The Fountains at Greenbriar. Call Desiree Rogers at 257-5100. Moms Off Meth, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church, Room 206. Free. Terri, 210-9574. CARETAKER’S OF PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Comprehensive Mental Health Services. Call Pat Aldridge, 254-3652, Ext. 222. CHADD – Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Trails West Library. Call Teresa, 796-3659. Alzheimer’s Caregivers, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Christ United Methodist Church. 461-1101. Caring Communities Divorce and Step Family, 6:30 p.m. once a month, days vary, Blue Hills Elementary School. 796-6290. Blue Springs Overcomer’s Outreach 12-step, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Blue Springs Assembly. 229-3298. CANCER support group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, Room 100. Call 2298108. Alzheimer’s, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Manor. 228-5655. Self-help group for people with Multiple Sclerosis, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Medical Center. Call Dixie Bozarth, 229-2851. PARENTS OF NICU BABIES, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Birthing Center. Moms delivering at other facilities are welcome. 655-5574, option 5. Breastfeeding, offered by St. Mary’s Medical Center, 10 a.m. Thursday, 206 Mock Ave., Suite 101. 655-5574. CHRISTIAN 12-STEP RECOVERY PROGRAM, 7 p.m. Friday, Blue Springs Christian Church. Call Steve, 229-7311, Ext. 243. Lee’s Summit Diabetes, sponsored by Lee’s Summit Hospital Health Connection, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Lee’s Summit Christian Church. 524-9416 or 347-0147. Alzheimer’s and dementia, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Village Care Center Conference Room. Call Elisabeth Tyler, 347-2491. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, every other month, Lee’s Summit Hospital. 753-2220.

Women’s Issues

Blue Springs Mom to Mom Lunch Club, a support group for new moms, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, St. Mary’s Medical Center Professional Building, 300 Mock Ave. 655-5585. La Leche League of Blue Springs, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Parkview Church. For breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding. Call Kayl, 254-5992 or Stephanie, 8330250. Independence Women’s Empowerment Groups, sponsored by the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), 6:30 to 8:30 Monday. For locations, call Karen Costa, 252-8388, Ext. 16. Other Hope House Inc. weekly support groups, open to any female who has been or is now involved in an abusive relationship. For times and location, call the hotline at 461-4673. – Jillayne Ritchie

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