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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:00 am

Free seminar on heart-healthy eating

Dr. Michelle May, Author of “Am I Hungry?” will present the free seminar, “Heart-Healthy Eating: Love What You Eat and Eat What You Love” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane.

May will guide you out of the food-focused, diet-driven downward spiral that leads you to eat, repent, and repeat. Learn a powerful approach to ending your love-hate relationship with food and start eating mindfully and joyfully.

The first 20 to arrive will receive a free copy of Dr. May’s latest book: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Plus, Banner Health will offer free blood pressure and cholesterol checks as part of the Heart Healthy Campaign.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and are available online at or by calling 602-230-CARE (2273).

Wednesday is World COPD Day

World COPD Day will be held this year on Nov. 18. The event is organized by GOLD (the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease,, with further support from the International COPD Coalition (ICC, It represents a partnership between health care groups and respiratory educators to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is a highly prevalent disease, has a large impact on quality of life for patients and their families, and kills millions of people worldwide. The early stages of COPD are often unrecognized, but it is very easy to determine whether a person is at risk. In patients at risk, a simple, painless test called spirometry can help diagnose the disease. If COPD is detected early, treatments are available to prevent further deterioration of lung function.

If you believe you have COPD or need help with your breathing, contact your doctor or call Arizona Respiratory Medicine, PC for an appointment with pulmonary specialist Dr. A. Kadikar at (480) 759-1027.

Further information about World COPD Day 2009 is available online at


 Local chiropractic practice aims to fight poverty

Back in Line Family Chiropractic is helping fight poverty in Arizona by collecting food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots.

Bring in a bag of canned food by Nov. 25 and the Ahwatukee Foothills office will donate its time to help jump start your health before. You will receive a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment for helping them fight hunger.

Make a child’s Christmas brighter by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy by Dec. 18 and they will also honor a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment.

Back in Line Family Chiropractic is located at 15215 S. 48th St., Suite 156. Visit for more information, and to make an appointment call (480) 704-8818.


Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd.

The guest speaker will be Jenny Nordine, owner of “Driving to Independence.” The program is designed to give people the resources for safe driving, transportation options for those who are no longer safe to drive, as well as tools for safe independent living.


PCH hosts annual golf tournament

The 2009 Annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. and the 19th Hole celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Proceeds will support the areas of greatest need at Phoenix Children’s Hospital including funding of the expansion initiatives to help fulfill the long term needs of children and families in need of pediatric medical care.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For a complete listing, visit For more information or to participate, visit or call the PCH Foundation at (602) 546-2652.


Celebrity Martini Mixer moves to fall

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Celebrity Martini Casino Night has moved to fall and will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Devil’s Martini North, 10825 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Celebrity bartenders from television, sports teams, Hollywood, radio and music scenes will be pouring martinis for guests. Test your luck and skills at the gaming tables and win great prizes through the auctions and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For details, visit


Country music star hosts “Miles & Music for Kids”

On Nov. 21, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will host the “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The motorcycle tour begins at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, with the last stop and concert taking place at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Bentley will perform along with other music talent, and all proceeds will benefit patient and family services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The motorcycle ride registration starts at 1 p.m., doors open at Tempe Marketplace at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets, $20 to $300, are available at


Tee off to make wishes come true

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona along with Major League Baseball great Luis Gonzalez will host the 2009 Golf Classic on Nov. 23 at Whirlwind Golf Club at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Be among an elite group of 260 players to participate in this event, which will help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the golfers tee off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Lunch will be served at multiple grill stations and the day of golf ends with an exciting silent auction and cocktail reception.

Sponsorships, foursomes and playing spots are available. For golf classic details, e-mail or call (602) 395-9474, ext. 126. For information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, visit


Black Friday Botox Extravaganza

Derma Health Institute will host a Black Friday Botox Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at 1345 E. Chandler Blvd. to help men and women in the Valley start out the holiday season with discounted rates on the most popular treatments. The event will feature discounts on Botox and Juvederm, 10 percent off all skin care products as well as discounts on Photofacial, Titan, Laser Genesis, Microgen, Latisse and B-12 shots. 

For details, visit


 Holiday food drive, Angel Tree at Team Orthodontics

Dr. Ken Danyluk and Team Orthodontics’ annual food drive is underway and will continue through Dec. 17 at 4350 E. Ray Road, Building 4, Suite 121. All non-perishable food items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank.

Team Orthodontics is also partnering with the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree organization and two local churches. During the Christmas season, this program services over 15,500 children in Arizona. Team Orthodontics will be collecting gifts for 30 “Angels,” and each child will receive a fun gift and a much needed clothing item, each valued at $15 to $20 per gift. 

To be a part of changing and impacting someone’s life, please bring in non-perishable food items or stop by and pick up your “Angel.”

For more information, call (480) 759-3333, e-mail or visit

If you are interested in more volunteer opportunities and more information about the food bank and the St. Vincent de Paul organization, visit For more information about the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Organization, visit


 Derma Health Institute supports “Dress for Success”

Bring in your new or gently used business clothing to any Derma Health location and enter for a chance to win 20 units of Botox or a syringe of Juvederm. The nearest location is at 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Building 1, Suite 105. Derma Health Institute will offer the $50 Express Success Rebate through Dec. 31, or as long as supplies last.

Go to for more info.


 Holy Yoga Retreat

The teachers of Mountain Park Community Church Yoga Ministry have announced that their next “Face Down on Your Mat” Holy Yoga Retreat will be held Jan. 22 to 24 at the Triangle T Guest Ranch in Dragoon, Ariz., just outside of Tucson.

If you love yoga and hiking, or just need to get away, then you will thoroughly enjoy this life-changing retreat. Group and early bird discounts are available. Space is limited, so be sure to register early. This retreat will sell out! 

For more information, e-mail or call (480) 250-5867.


 Advances in hip replacement

Join Dr. David Ott, orthopedic surgeon, for a free talk on advances in hip replacement. This educational lecture will be held in the Prenatal Classroom at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Road, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Free valet parking is available.

Call (602) 230-CARE to reserve a space.


 Arts Engagement helps those with dementia

Arts Engagement is an innovative arts program that actively engages adults with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. This series of interactive talks and activities helps promote social interaction, creative expression, and overall quality of life. Sessions start in January at several locations.

For more information about the program, call Vicki at (602) 839-6928.


Racing for Recovery offers support

A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.

Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction – addict, family member or friend – and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.

For information, call Clay at (480) 252-9903, e-mail or visit


24-hour help hotline

The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.

Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.

More information is available online at


Bike MS: Round Up Ride FY10

The Bike MS: Round Up Ride will be held March 27 and 28, 2010, starting at Heritage Park at 600 N. Main St. in Florence. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m., with a 7 a.m. start time.

This ride is the largest and best supported two-day, fully-catered cycling event in Arizona, attracting nearly 1,000 cyclists from across the country.

Proceeds will help end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

For details, visit or contact Sarah Meeks at (480) 968-2488, ext. 209 or e-mail


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