Health Notes

Health Notes

October 10, 2004

Curves promotion to raise awareness of breast cancer

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Curves fitness and weight loss centers in Carroll County will offer a promotion to encourage early detection and exercise to help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Those joining Curves from tomorrow to Saturday and showing proof of having a current mammogram will have their service fee waived.

Information: Finksburg, 410-861-9111; Hampstead, 410-374-8386; Manchester, 410-374-9032; Westminster, 410-386-0980.

Public briefing to coincide with melanoma symposium

The Finksburg-based nonprofit Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation will conduct a public briefing and news conference in conjunction with the "Melanoma 2004" symposium Oct. 17 in Baltimore.

The symposium, cosponsored by the Melanoma Research Foundation, will highlight recent advances in melanoma prevention, detection and treatment.

The briefing will introduce the JMNMF board's comprehensive strategic plan and achievements since the foundation's formation in January.

The plan identifies goals and objectives to promote prevention, early detection and research to end melanoma.

The organization has funded a $50,000 research grant, promoted May as nationally recognized "Melanoma Awareness Month," co-hosted a children's poster contest and established advisory and honorary boards to assist in the plan.

The JMNMF briefing and news conference will be held at 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, 101 W. Fayette St. Advance registration and a $15 donation are suggested for a symposium and lunch starting at 10:15 a.m.

Information: 410-871-0515.

Health Department to hold child car seat safety check

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a child car safety seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wantz Chevrolet on Chevro Drive in Taneytown.

Another safety seat check will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at AAA Mid-Atlantic, 1030 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

The safety seat check is sponsored by Safe Kids/CRASH Coalition. Trained, certified personnel check the seats for proper installation, including seat belts being locked and locking clips used correctly.

Staff will answer questions about car seats and other child safety restraints.

Appointments are required.

Information: 410-876-4448.

Yard sales encouraged to help prescription fund

Volunteer Carroll is organizing the second annual Carroll County "Make a Difference Day" on Oct. 23.

Churches, neighborhoods, businesses, civic groups, youth and seniors are encouraged to hold yard sales, with the proceeds going to the prescription fund at the Shepherd's Staff ecumenical ministry.

The Shepherd's Staff will hold a flea market parking lot sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Vendor spaces are $20.

Direct donations to the Shepherd's Staff prescription fund also are welcome.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Volunteers needed to help monitor nursing facilities

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to monitor nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and to uphold the rights of residents in those facilities.

Volunteers visit facilities and investigate complaints, from proper resident care and hygiene issues to abuse and privacy rights, and seek to resolve problems experienced by residents. Ombudsmen monitor conditions to ensure regulatory compliance.

Potential ombudsmen must be 21 years old and complete three days of classroom training. Training provides a working knowledge of the ombudsman program and the long-term care system.

Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 to 28 at the Bureau of Aging offices, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Volunteers must attend all classes.

Registration is required. Information: 410-848-4049 or 410-876-3363.

Auxiliary center awards $50,000 to foundation

The Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary recently presented $50,000 to the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation as part of its $1 million pledge in support of the hospital's current expansion.

The auxiliary has met half of its goal, having donated $500,000 in 2 1/2 years to the project.

Dottie Cole, auxiliary president, presented the check to Ellen Finnerty Myers, vice president of development at the hospital, during the group's meeting last month.

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