Health Digest

September 18, 2001

Mandatory health, vision screenings set for schoolchildren

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

Testing, which also is being conducted at nursery schools and day care centers, is available to home-schooled children through the public schools they would have attended.

Schools scheduled for screenings this week are Chesapeake Academy and Montessori International Children's House today; Indian Creek School tomorrow and Thursday; and Woods Memorial Child Development Center tomorrow through Friday.

Next week's schedule includes Chesapeake Montessori School on Monday; St. Andrew's Day School on Monday and Sept. 25; Focus Point School, Meadow Brook Education Center and the Goddard School of Pasadena on Sept. 26; Annapolis Area Christian School on Sept. 27; and Weems Creek Nursery School and Kindergarten on Sept. 27 and 28.

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 testing and advice.

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

Health Department offers healthy eating tips, recipes

The county Health Department is offering a free "Back to School" recipe series to help county residents prepare healthy meals. The series includes such recipes as "aloha bagels" for breakfast, "wrap and go" veggie sandwiches for lunch and "amigo casserole" for dinner. The recipes include information on calories and sodium and fat content.

Also being offered is a "Learn To Live Healthy Eating Kit" with nutritional information. Information: 410-222-7979.


New director: Mike Taylor has been named director of North Arundel Hospital's Joslin Diabetes Center. Taylor, a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator and certified insulin pump trainer, will be responsible for planning and development at the center.

New board member: William A. Badger Jr. of Brooklyn Park has been named to North Arundel Hospital Foundation's board of directors. Badger is president and chief executive officer of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

New director: Erdne Weidow has been named director of patient accounts at North Arundel Hospital. Weidow, who previously worked for Maryland Orthopedics of Ellicott City, will be responsible for the hospital's billing and collection operations.


Walking group: The O'Malley Marchers walk from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays at Wheels Skating Center in Odenton on Route 175. Information: 410- 787-4925.

Blood pressure: North Arundel Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at its Arundel Mills storefront. Appointments are not needed. Information: 443-755-8773.

End of life: Dr. Ira Byock will present the lecture "Dying Well: Reclaiming the End of Life" at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at North Arundel Hospital's Padussis Conference Center. Byock will discuss dying, improving care of the dying, and the impact of dying on patients and families. Information: 410-787- 4529.

Rabies clinic: The county Health Department will hold its cat, dog and ferret rabies immunization clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 141 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park; Owensville Primary Care Center, 134 Owensville Road; and the county health services building, 3 Harry Truman Parkway in Annapolis. The cost is $5 per vaccination. All animals brought to the clinics must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Information: 410-222-7229.

Sleep disorders: North Arundel Hospital's Sleep Center will hold a sleep-disorder screening and offer information on sleep-related topics from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the hospital's Arundel Mills storefront.

Bipolar seminar: Laurel Regional Hospital will hold a seminar on bipolar disorder from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the J.R. Jones Conference Room of the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. Information or to register: 301-497-7948.

Lifestyle coaching: Anne Arundel Medical Center will present a three-part session on lifestyle coaching from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Oct. 1 and 8 in the Sajak Pavilion at AAMC's Medical Park campus. Participants will be coached to reach their goals and will learn about the concept and practice of lifestyle management. The sessions cost $65. Registration: 410-573-5490.

Car seats: The county health department has scheduled a child safety-seat check from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Babies "R" Us store, 8100 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Certified child-safety technicians from the department will check child seats. Information: 410-222-4223.

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