First-aid, emergency classes scheduled for child care...

HEALTH NOTES

March 06, 2001

First-aid, emergency classes scheduled for child care providers

Anne Arundel Community College is offering continuing education courses for child care providers in areas of first aid and emergency treatment at its Glen Burnie Town Center satellite campus .

"Infant and Child First Aid," a two-session class covering emergencies, sudden illnesses and general first aid, is required for people seeking a child care license from the Maryland Child Care Administration. The $55 course will be offered from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and March 15; April 5 and 12; and May 3 and 10.

"Child Care Environment Safety and Accident," a one-session course geared to providers and parents, will show how to maintain a safe environment that will make common accidents less likely. The $25 course is offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 13, April 10 and May 8.

"Child Care Provider CPR," a $28, single-session course that provides training in basic life support for treating infants, children and adults, will meet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 27, April 17 and May 15.

Registration and course information: 410-541-2912.

Health screenings set for school-age children

Anne Arundel County Health Department has scheduled mandatory health and vision screenings of children entering county public and nonpublic schools, and third- and eighth-graders.

Testing, which also is being conducted at nurseries and daycare centers, is available to home-schooled children through area public schools they would have attended.

Schools scheduled for screenings this week include Magothy River Middle and Old Mill Middle North today; Davidsonville Elementary, Maryland City Elementary and Ridgeway Elementary tomorrow and Thursday; and Asbury Community Christian Preschool Thursday and Friday.

Scheduled next week are Edgewater Elementary and Windsor Farm Elementary on March 12-13; Marley Middle, North Glen Elementary and Odenton Elementary on March 14-15; and Creative Gardens-Annapolis on March 16.

Children are screened for vision or hearing problems that could impair performance in school. Parents are notified by mail if a possible deficiency is detected and are advised to contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice.

Information: Anna M. Edwards or Kathy Haskell at 410-222-6838.

Cancer-prevention tips target grocery shoppers

"Good Food for Good Health" weekends will be featured this month at three area supermarkets as a part of the county health department's "Learn To Live" cancer-prevention program. Shoppers may visit nutrition booths staffed by dietitians and take home free recipes, brochures and coupons for healthful food products.

Featured stores include: Lauer's Supermarket on Fort Smallwood Road, Riviera Beach, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Graul's Supermarket at Cape St. Claire Shopping Center on March 16, 17 and 18; and Graul's on Taylor Ave., Annapolis, on March 23, 24 and 25. Hours will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Information: the Learn To Live Line, 410-222-7979 or the health department's Web site: www.aahealth.org.

Parents offered guide on respiratory virus

North Arundel Hospital is offering a free guide for parents on the prevention and treatment of respiratory syncytial virus, which causes lower respiratory tract infections in infants. The guide offers a list of common symptoms, facts, possible treatment options and preventative procedures.

For a free respiratory syncytial virus guide or to receive more information: 410-787-4367.

Luau to benefit Arthritis Foundation

An "Escape to the Tropics" luau to benefit the Arthritis Foundation will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 16 at Homestead Garden, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. The event will feature live Hawaiian-style music by the Hula Monsters and catered food from Fresh Fields, Adam's Ribs, Ledo's Pizza and Pit Boys. Beer and wine will be available. A silent auction will be held. Participants will see a "tropical" preview of Homestead's spring floral show that runs March 17-25. A portion of the proceeds will go to research at the Southern Maryland branch of the Arthritis Foundation. Tickets purchased in advance are $75 for two and $40 for individuals. They are also available at the door for $45 each. Tickets: 410-544-5433. Checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

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