Health News 7-20

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Sacred Heart Hospital

The following classes will be held at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. To register, call 278-3600 or toll-free (877) 416-1600 unless noted.

•Joint replacement: Bi-weekly education classes at 1 p.m. July 22 in the hospital’s Resource Center Suite 3 conference room. To attend, call Linda Ledford at 278-3646.

• Diabetes classes: Jenny Stuckey, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, will host self-management classes from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 for adults with diabetes who are looking for ways to manage their disease. Pre-registration required and a physician referral is needed to attend. Call 278-3683.

• Online childbirth class: Families will learn about the stages of labor, comfort techniques, common medical procedures, including epidurals and cesareans, and newborn and postpartum care. Engaging videos, personal birth stories, 3D animations, games, and activities make learning easy and fun. Rolling registration. Cost is $35.  

Blood drive

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast will host the Oneblood mobile unit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25 at the main entrance of the hospital. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and a meal ticket to the hospital’s café. Anyone who donates blood two times between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2013 will receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse.

Alzheimer’s support group

Alzheimer's Family Services will hold a support groups for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 1 p.m. July 25 at the Destiny Worship Center, 122 Poinciana Blvd. in Miramar Beach. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements for respite during the meeting, call 866-478-7790.

Grief support group

Covenant Hospice will offer a six-week grief support group from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Aug. 20 at the Hospice office, 220 Eglin Parkway, N.E. The support group is free, but registration is required by Aug. 15 at 729-1800 or email