Health Notes


May 25, 2004

Exercise classes offered for those with joint problems

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

Joints in Motion, offered 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, offered 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, offered 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, offered 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. Information: 443-481-4000.

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.

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 compacted service for early-morning patients and visitors, and will take employees to their work area from the parking areas.

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.


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