Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

December 09, 2003

Health Department offers free kits on nutrition, cancer

The county Health Department is offering 13 health information kits on topics ranging from quitting smoking to information on colon cancer. The choices include:

Healthy Eating Kit: Contains healthful recipes and menu ideas, as well as cancer-prevention ideas.

Women's Health Kit: Features facts on breast and cervical cancer prevention, screenings, immunization information and tips for healthy skin and strong bones.

Colorectal Cancer Kit: Provides brochures on the risk factors and prevention of the disease. It also contains information on nutrition and exercise.

Fifty-Plus Health: Features health and wellness tips for older citizens, including safe exercising, oral health and men's cancer prevention.

Safe-in-the-Sun Kit: Offers guidelines for prevention of skin cancer in children and adults.

Overcoming Colorectal Cancer in the Korean Community: This is a bilingual brochure on colon cancer, prevention and treatment.

Teen Quit Kit, Quit-Smoking Kit for adults, Spanish language Quit-Smoking Kit, Xtreme Quitting Kit for young adults, Clean Lung Kit for African-Americans and Smoke-Free Kids Activity Kit for parents.

To order kits, call the department's Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979, or go to www. aahealth.org.

Red Cross schedules CPR, first aid classes

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at several sites in Anne Arundel County by the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult, infant and child CPR: Provides training for use with victims of all ages in a variety of emergency situations, including how to perform rescue breathing, clear an obstructed airway and perform one-rescuer CPR. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 in Edgewater. Cost is $40.

First-aid basics: Course trains participants to identify and care for victims of illness and sudden injury such as bleeding, shock, musculoskeletal injuries, poisoning and heat and cold injuries. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Cost is $35.

Adult CPR and first-aid basics: Learn rescue breathing, how to clear an obstructed airway and how to perform one-rescuer CPR on victims age 8 and older. Course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Edgewater. Cost is 40.

Crime avoidance training: Interactive training focuses on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class, organized around a typical day, covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an automated teller machine safely and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will come to a facility, group or organization at a time convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. Fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc.org.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and pre-registration with payment is required. Information: 410- 764-4609.

North Arundel Hospital plans health screenings

North Arundel Hospital will offer free screenings and educational exhibits at its Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and entrance No. 4:

Today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., information on colon cancer; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., information on diabetes; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., cholesterol screenings. No appointment necessary.

Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., information on genetics and cancer; 10 a.m. to noon, back screenings.

Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will provide information about its services and answer questions.

Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blood pressure screenings; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., lung capacity.

Dec. 20, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Dec. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Medical center in need of blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is seeking donors to help ease a blood shortage.

The medical center's Blood Donor Center has expanded its hours for donor appointments to:

Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on Level One of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. Information: 443-481-4215.

AAMC offers yoga classes for beginners and experts

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers yoga instruction. Classes, unless noted, meet on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion:

"Beginning Yoga," 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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