Health Notes


April 20, 2004

Exercise classes set for those with joint, muscle problems

Anne Arundel Medical Center, with Major Changes Inc., will offer a series of exercise classes designed to help people with joint, muscular, cardiovascular or neuromuscular limitations. The courses include:

Joints in Motion. Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. This class is designed for people who have had or will have joint-replacement surgery, and for those experiencing joint, muscular, cardiovascular or neuromuscular limitations. The program emphasizes increased flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.

Stretch, Tone and Balance. Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. This class includes full-body seated warm-up exercises and progresses with toning exercises. Balance drills are followed by gentle stretches and relaxation exercises that are performed sitting or standing behind a chair.

PACE - People with Arthritis Can Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. This class is not limited to people with arthritis. The program uses gentle activities to help joint flexibility and range of motion to maintain muscle strength. Participants must be ambulatory.

Forever Fit. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. A combination of low-impact aerobics, light toning exercises and gentle stretching designed to help older people improve range of motion, muscular strength, balance and cardiovascular endurance. Participants must be ambulatory.

Registration is required. 443-481-4000.

Red Cross schedules first aid, CPR classes

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

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics. The class teaches rescue breathing, how to clear an obstructed airway and how to perform one-rescuer CPR on victims ages 8 and older. The course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. The class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at a place to be named; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 27 and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 29 at Edgewater Red Cross. The cost is $42.

Infant and Child CPR. The class teaches emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for victims 8 and younger. The classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Edgewater Red Cross. The cost is $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, including infant and child CPR certification. The class emphasizes first aid for those who work in child care settings. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Edgewater Red Cross. The cost is $42.

Crime Avoidance Training. The interactive class focuses on empowering people 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 come 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 a person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc. org.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration with payment is required.

Information: 410-764-4609.

Volunteers sought for asthma research

ENTAA Care in Glen Burnie is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial of investigative asthma medicine.

To be eligible, participants must be 12 or older and have asthma. The study will last 12 weeks and involve five office visits.

Participants will receive investigational medication, study-related office visits and study-related physical exams at no cost.

Information: 410-760-8840, Ext. 269.

North Arundel offers screenings, lectures

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and educational exhibits on its main campus and at other locations:

Osteoporosis screenings, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on the third floor of the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center. Reservations are required. The cost is $20. 410- 787-4367.

Nutritional education for cancer patients and their family members and caregivers, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. Reservations are required. 410-553-8129.

Diabetes support group meetings, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow on the lower level of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

An educational session on the preparation for, recovery from and benefits of hip- and knee-replacement surgery, at 4 p.m. tomorrow on the lower level of the Tate Cancer Center. Reservations are required. 410-553- 8282.

A lecture on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, at 10 a.m. Thursday at the O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. 410- 787-4367.

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