College expanding noncredit offerings in nursing, health...

HEALTH NOTES

May 12, 2002

College expanding noncredit offerings in nursing, health care

Carroll Community College's Office of Continuing Education is expanding its noncredit offerings in the nursing and allied health areas.

"Challenging Behaviors in the Pediatric Setting" will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday. This two-session class will assist the participant in developing skills, strategies and a new perspective for responding to challenging behavior (hitting, kicking, biting, sassing, tantrums and general unrest).

"Understanding Respiratory Illness in Children" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6 and 13 and is appropriate for health care workers, parents or caregivers.

The class will help students to understand the differences in the common respiratory illnesses that children acquire.

"Infection Control in the Long Term Care Setting" is designed to provide the tools for the development of an infection control program in the long-term-care setting.

The course will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Wednesdays, July 24 to Aug. 7.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Relay for Life slated at Westminster High

Carroll County Relay for Life will be held, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday morning at Westminster High School track.

Relay for Life is an overnight fund-raising activity that allows participants to join together in the fight against cancer.

Teams of eight to 15 people will walk the Westminster High School track in relays through the night. Participants solicit pledges for their efforts. The American Cancer Society provides food, entertainment, contests and activities for walkers.

Entertainment will include music by H and the Beatlemaniacs, a silent auction, bingo, movies and children's activities.

The school is at 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-781-4316.

Mental health festival to be held Saturday

"Peace of Mind - Spread the Seeds of Awareness" is the theme for the second Mental Health and Well Being Festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Westminster City Park.

Part of Mental Health Month, the event is designed to provide information and enlightenment in a spirit of fun, entertainment and goodwill. The focus will be on the positive aspects of good mental and emotional well-being.

Participants will include Brian McLean, WTTR radio sports announcer; Mike O'Hara; and Fool Proof. Arts and crafts, balloon artists, a disc jockey, free T-shirts and refreshments will be available.

The Carroll County Core Agency, in partnership with other health-related agencies, sponsors the festival.

The park is off Longwell Avenue.

Information: 410-876-4440.

Child safety seat check is scheduled May 22

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a child car safety seat check from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 22 at Len Stoler Chevrolet.

The safety seat check is sponsored by Safe Kids/CRASH Coalition.

Staff members will check for proper installation of safety seats and answer questions about car seats.

The dealership is at Center Street and Route 140, Westminster.

Appointments are requested.

Information: 410-876-4448.

Nakielny is president of cardiac rehab group

Kay Nakielny, clinical coordinator of the cardiac rehabilitation program at Carroll County General Hospital, has been named president of the Maryland Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

She will assume her new position June 4 and serve for two years. She was chosen by committee members who represent 40 cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs in Maryland.

Nakielny, a registered nurse, has been at CCGH for 21 years and helped start the cardiac rehabilitation program in 1989. She has been clinical coordinator the past two years.

She received her nursing degree from Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing in Pennsylvania and training in exercise physiology at Western Maryland College. She also is certified as a critical care nurse and forensic nurse examiner.

Calendar

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

will hold a support group for people with inflammatory bowel disease at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster. 800-618-5583.

Eating Disorders Support Group

will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Women's Place at Carroll County General Hospital, 300 Memorial Ave., Westminster. 410-848-2244.

DRADA,

Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, offers a mutual-help support group for people suffering from depression and bi-polar illness. A group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church on Johnsville Road, Eldersburg. 410-781-6838.

The VA Maryland Health Care System

mobile health clinic will be stationed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and May 30 at Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave. The clinic will provide health screenings and offer VA enrollment information for veterans in an accessible location. 800-351-8387, Ext. 2281.

Compassionate Friends, a Carroll County group for parents suffering the loss of a child at any age for any reason, will meet at 8 p.m. Friday at Westminster Church of the Brethren, Bond Street and Park Place. 410-756-6215 or 410-876-2256.

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