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Arthritis

February 26, 2001

"Complementary Arthritis Treatments," led by a doctor, will teach arthritis sufferers about nontraditional treatments. Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Education Center, 427 W. Carroll Ave., Glendora, Free. 7-9 p.m. (626) 335-4516.

EDUCATION

* Tuesday: "Heart Healthy Supermarket Shopping," led by a dietitian from Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, will teach how to identify healthful foods and read labels. Pavilions, 1110 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (800) 422-8820.

* Tuesday: "The Menopause Challenge: Staying Healthy and Preventing Osteoporosis" will focus on hormones, health consequences, osteoporosis prevention. Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium, 1343 6th St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Also on Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.) Free. Reservations required. (310) 829-8453.

* Wednesday: "Ask the Doctor About Radiation Treatment, Uses and Side Effects" will focus on leading treatments and side effects. Wellness Community-South Bay, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Upper Level Pier Plaza, Redondo Beach. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (310) 376-3550.

* Friday: "Colorectal Cancer: Treatment and Concerns," led by the director of gastrointestinal oncology at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, will focus on the latest treatments. Wellness Community-South Bay, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Redondo Beach. 6-8 p.m. Free. Reservations suggested. (310) 376-3550.

* Friday: Talking Generates Ideas and Facts on Diabetes, an informal drop-in session with a diabetes educator, offers diabetics the chance to discuss topics of interest. (Held every Friday.) Little Company of Mary Hospital, Del E. Webb Center for Health Education, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. 4-5 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (310) 543-6777.

* Saturday: "Writing for Wellness," led by a UCLA Writer's Program instructor, will help cancer patients, families and friends express their fears, frustrations, hopes and joys. Wellness Community-South Bay, 109 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Redondo Beach. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. (310) 376-3550.

SCREENINGS

* Friday: Blood pressure screenings. Glendale Memorial Hospital, Senior Service Center, 1330 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 10:30 a.m. Free to people 50 and older. (818) 502-22396.

SUPPORT GROUPS

* Today: Better Breathers group for people with lung disorders. (Meets fourth Monday of each month.) Northridge Hospital's Sherman Way Campus, 14500 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys. 1-3 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (818) 901-4522.

* Thursday: Group for parents of children with cancer. (Meets every Thursday.) Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. 2-3 p.m. Free. (323) 669-2121. (Support group also available for Spanish-speaking parents. [323] 226-3343.)

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