Health Notes


March 18, 2003

Walking programs plan meetings to start new seasons

North Arundel Hospital, three area merchants and a senior center sponsor walking programs in the region.

The Severna Park Bagels Walkers, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will begin its spring session at 8 a.m. Monday at the Severna Park Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, in Park Shopping Center on Ritchie Highway. The meeting will have a St. Patrick's Day theme. The group walks the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail. Information: 410-787-4367.

Tick Neck Travelers will begin the season at 8 a.m. March 31 at Tick Neck Park in Pasadena. They are sponsored by Pastore's at Mountain and Hog Neck roads in Pasadena. Information: 410-787-4246.

Bay Hill Hikers will begin their spring session at 8 a.m. April 7 at City Dock Coffee in Bay Hills Shopping Center, on College Parkway in Arnold. The group uses the walking course at Anne Arundel Community College. Information: 410-787- 4246.

Pascal Pacers will assemble at 8 a.m. April 14 at Pascal Senior Center on Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Information: 410- 787-4246.

All new walkers must attend the first meetings.

Program to discuss joint replacement

North Arundel Hospital and the Baltimore-Washington Hip and Knee Center offers "Joint School," a monthly program for people considering total joint replacement surgery. Free educational seminars include a video, as well as information from physician assistants about the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery and post-surgical expectations.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Chesapeake Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, lower level, 200 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Reservations are required. Information: 410-768-5555.

Free health screenings planned at Marley Station

Marley Station mall and North Arundel Hospital will co-sponsor free health screenings for members of the Marley Milers walking program and area residents. North Arundel Hospital physicians and health care professionals will offer screenings from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on these dates:

April 2: Skin cancer

June 5: Pulmonary function

Aug. 7: Hearing

Oct. 2: Vision

Dec. 4: Carpal tunnel syndrome

The hospital also offers blood pressure screenings from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Relaxation Station in the mall.

Reservations are not required. Participants are screened on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 410-787-4367.

County medical center offers family programs

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers "Growing Family" programs for expectant mothers and their families. With approximately 4,700 births at its Clatanoff Pavilion last year, AAMC ranks fourth among Maryland hospitals in the number of babies delivered.

The hospital offers:

Labor and Delivery Orientation: Expectant parents who register to deliver at AAMC but do not attend a prepared childbirth class are encouraged to attend this program about their pending labor and delivery experience. The class is free.

Labor and Delivery Orientation for Families: This is a program for expectant parents who are registered to deliver at AAMC and would like to bring family members older than age 3 to the orientation. The class is free.

Prepared Childbirth Education for First-Time Parents: This basic program helps expectant mothers and coaches prepare for childbirth. Classes, which are offered at various times and locations, include information about childbirth, comfort measures and pain control. The cost is $90.

Childbirth Education for Teen Parents: This six-week course is designed for teens who are expecting their first baby. Participants are encouraged to bring a labor coach to class. The cost is $10.

Prepared Childbirth Refresher Program: This four-hour series provides a review of childbirth, including relaxation techniques and comfort measures, and an orientation to labor and delivery services offered at AAMC's Clatanoff Pavilion. The cost is $45.

Grandparents Update: This program provides grandparents-to-be with the latest information about labor, delivery and infant care. The cost is $10.

Preparing Brother/Sister: The 90-minute program introduces children ages 3 to 7 to the concept of having a new sibling in the family. The cost is $10.

Information: 443-481-4000, 800-MD NURSE or www.

CPR, first aid classes offered by Red Cross

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled by the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

"Adult CPR," teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for victims age 8 and older. It is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 26 at Edgewater Red Cross, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Edgewater Red Cross and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis. The cost is $35.

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