Health Notes


April 27, 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 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 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.

Hospital has screenings, exhibits at Arundel Mills

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

Today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., a representative for the county Sexual Assault Crisis Center will offer information and answer questions.

All screenings and information are free, and no appointment is necessary.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Medical center operates a free shuttle service

Anne Arundel Medical Center will operate a free campus shuttle service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

During main operating hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the shuttles will travel the entire campus, with stops at the front door of the Acute Care Pavilion, the Sajak Pavilion entrance, the Acute Care Pavilion garage entrance and the emergency department entrance.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., the shuttle will offer a condensed service for early morning patients and visitors, and will take employees to their work area from the designated parking areas. During this time, the shuttle will travel among the Sajak parking facilities and the Acute Care Pavilion and the Clatanoff Pavilion entrance of the Acute Care garage entrance circle, with a stop at the front door of the Sajak Pavilion.

The shuttle service is expected to reach each stop every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and every 20 minutes the remainder of the day.

Information: www.aahs. org.

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