Health Notes

Health Notes

November 23, 2003

Health Department to offer workshop on cultural values

The Carroll County Health Department will offer a community workshop in "Cultural Competency Training" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the department.

Participants will learn how values and beliefs influence our actions and thoughts and how to create programs that cross cultural boundaries.

The workshop is free. The health department is at 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-8701.

Free prenatal classes for expectant mothers

The Carroll County Health Department offers free prenatal classes to pregnant women and their partner or support person.

"Stork Stories" is a series of classes held at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Upcoming classes are:

Hey, Mom, What's For Dinner?: breast-feeding and bottle-feeding, Dec. 10.

Cardiopulmonary Basics For Infant and Child: Dec. 17.

Registrations required in advance. Call: 410-876-4825.

Tai chi healing classes offered in Sykesville

Three Treasures Health Services of Sykesville will offer classes in the Chinese internal healing art of tai chi.

Frances Gander, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, will teach the classes.

Topics include qigong and internal energy cultivation, tai chi philosophy and principles and applications.

Tai chi classes are from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays starting Dec. 10 (no class Dec. 24 or 31) for six weeks. Classes are limited to 12 students.

Classes cost $85 in advance or $90 at the door. A 20 percent discount is available to those from the same household.

Registration is required. Checks can be sent to Three Treasures, 7532 Norwood Ave., Sykesville 21784. Information: 410-549-0156.

Red Cross offers CPR, first aid classes in county

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St. Westminster; and Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:

Adult CPR: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at GELC. Cost is $35.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at GELC. Cost is $40.

Infant and Child CPR: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at WSC. Cost is $35.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at WSC. Cost is $40.

Pet First Aid Training: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Carroll County district office, Brethren Service Center, lower level of Windsor Hall, New Windsor. Cost is $40. Registration: 410-635-8740 or 410-848-4334.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. The class is nine hours and costs $40. Information and registration: Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-386-2103.

Crime Avoidance Training: Instructors will come to a facility or group for training. A minimum of 10 people is required for classes. Cost is $9.95 per person.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-764-4609.

Grants available to groups for tobacco, other programs

The Carroll County Health Department has announced the availability of grants to community groups, churches and other organizations for tobacco- and cancer-related programs.

Programs must be designed for Carroll County residents and must be completed by June 30.

Organizations must fill out an application for a grant.

Information: Barbara White, 410-876-4443.

Carroll Hospital Center appoints benefits manager

Carroll Hospital Center recently appointed Christina Arenz manager of benefits and compensation.

She will oversee the administration of all health and welfare benefit and compensation programs for the hospital's employees.

For the past two years, she served as senior benefits specialist. She has been at Carroll Hospital Center since 1996 on the human resources staff.

A certified employee benefits specialist, Arenz has a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland and has completed coursework toward a master's degree at Loyola College in Baltimore.

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