Health Notes


September 12, 2004

Seminar planned on medicine and spirituality

Dale A. Matthews, a medical doctor and author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer, will present a seminar on "Medicine & Spirituality" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Krug Chapel Auditorium at Carroll Lutheran Village.

Matthews will review findings from numerous scientific studies to address the questions: "Is religion good for your health?" and "Does prayer enhance healing?"

Matthews is a practicing physician with the Washington Internists Group and is affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital. Besides his scientific articles, he has written an annotated bibliography of clinical research on spiritual subjects.

Co-sponsored by Carroll Hospital Center, the free seminar is part of the village's Educational Development and Community Outreach programs.

Information: 410-848-0090.

Self-defense class for women offered

Health and Fitness in Carrolltown Center will hold an eight-week women's self-defense class with Lt. Kirby Maybush of the Frederick County Sheriff's Department from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays beginning this week.

Maybush is a 29-year veteran of the police force and was recently honored at the 24th Annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony.

He will teach women what to do and what not to do if physically threatened; basic stretching and fitness moves; throws, bear hugs, choking techniques, arm locks, and gun and knife disarming.

The class is sponsored by Health and Fitness, a nonprofit affiliate of the Freedom Area Recreation Council.

The cost is $89. Registration required.

Information: 410-795-9101.

College to offer meditation course

Carroll Community College will offer a meditation course this fall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays Sept. 19 to Oct. 10 at 1601 Washington Road.

Students will learn to the calming and empowerment of meditation to reduce stress and tension.

Various styles and methods will be practiced.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Volunteers sought for health fair

The Arthritis Foundation is seeking volunteers to help at the Carroll Hospital Center Health Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the TownMall of Westminster.

Volunteers can work as many hours as they want, but two or three people at a time are needed to staff the table.

Call Karen Krug, Arthritis Foundation president of education, by Sept. 22.

Information: 410-239-8492.

Meditation group to meet on Tuesdays

Brightspot Arts and Wellness offers a nondenominational white light healing meditation group at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the center.

The half-hour meditation includes gentle breathing, mind and emotional calming, circle of light, and visualization. The group is led by Susan Beverly.

The meditation is open to the public. Donations are accepted. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and are welcome to stay afterward for quiet discussions and refreshments.

The center is at 2200 Brightspot Drive, near Taylorsville.

Information: 410-875-2411.

Sports injury clinic to be held Saturdays

Maryland Sports Care & Rehab will offer a free sports injury screening clinic from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30.

Sessions will be staffed by athletic trainers, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons.

The clinics will be held in the Eldersburg office in the Princess Shopping Center, Suite B, 1207 Liberty Road.

Information: 410-549-5700.

Foundation awards nursing scholarships

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation has awarded the first scholarships of the Libman Nursing Scholarship Fund to Lori Mercer, a hospital employee, and Christine Peterlinz of Hampstead.

Mercer, also of Hampstead, has been a patient care technician at the hospital for nearly two years. She hopes to work in critical care when she receives her nursing degree.

Peterlinz, a single mother of two, was motivated to pursue a new career in nursing after working with people of all ages and walks of life.

Each one-year scholarship is for $2,000 for educational expenses associated with pursuing a nursing degree.

The Libman Nursing Scholarship Fund was established this year for nursing students at Carroll Community College and named for Westminster resident Frank Herbert Libman, whose donation made the scholarship possible.

Libman is a member of the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation board of trustees and former president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation maintains the scholarship fund.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must be a county resident seeking a registered nurse degree through Carroll Community College. Special consideration is given to students working at Carroll Hospital Center.

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