Health Notes


February 17, 2004

Health Department offers inspections of child safety seats

The county Health Department offers year-round car-safety seat inspections at:

Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-6620.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month. No appointment required. 410-222-6660.

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Tuesday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-7249.

In recent inspections, 85 percent of child seats were found to be improperly installed.

Information: 410-222-4223.

Health screenings set for Arundel Mills site

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and activities at its Arundel Mills storefront:

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

Tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings. 410-787-4366.

Red Cross is offering CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland will offer several classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid this month. Classes include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for victims age 8 and older: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR, training for use with adult, infant and child victims in a variety of emergency situations, including performing rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaching rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims age 8 and older; and first aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road . Cost: $42.

Baby Sitter Training, interactive program for youths ages 11 to 15, giving them knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants through primary school-age children. Includes reacting to emergencies and sudden illness, playing with and supervising children. State law requires children younger than 8 to be in the care of someone 13 or older. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis. Cost: $65.

Crime Avoidance Training, interactive training that 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 and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will go to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or

All courses are first-come, first-served. Preregistration with payment is required.

Information: 410-764-4609.

North Arundel Hospital plans screenings, activities

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and activities:

Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, to discuss current issues regarding diabetes management, at the Joslin Diabetes Center, lower level. 410-787-4940.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m., free educational session on hip and knee replacement surgery, Courtney Conference Center, lower level of the Tate Center. Reservations: 410-553-8282.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., blood pressure screening, Marley Station mall relaxation station.

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screening, at Pasadena Senior Center, 410-222-0030.

Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road.

Health Department has 13 information kits

The county Health Department offers 13 health information kits, including:

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

Women's Health Kit: Features facts on breast and cervical cancer prevention, screenings, immunization information and tips for healthy skin and 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 people, including exercise safety, oral health and men's cancer prevention.

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

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