Health Notes

Health Notes

February 20, 2005

American Red Cross offers CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St., Westminster; and Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:

Adult CPR: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at WSC and March 19 at GELC and cost $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 at WSC and cost $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at GELC and cost $42.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. Students learn to interview for a job, react to an emergency or sudden illness, play with children of different ages (infant to primary school age) and supervise children in all aspects of care. The class is nine hours and costs $40. Note that state law requires that children younger than 8 must be in the care of someone age 13 or older. Information and registration: Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-386-2103.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-624-2060.

Workshops aimed at fitness instructors

Freedom Area Recreation Council's adult fitness program, Health and Fitness, and NETA, a nonprofit fitness professional association, will co-sponsor two nationally recognized workshops next month.

The Group Exercise Workshop will be held at 8 a.m. March 5 for potential and current fitness instructors to learn basic academic and practical application of teaching group exercise.

No college, science or teaching background is required. Workshop registration includes a full-day review, written exam, two-year certificate and NETA membership.

The Boot Camp Continuing Education Workshop for fitness instructors will be held at 8 a.m. March 6. This workshop is for fitness professionals to earn continuing education credits toward their certification.

The workshop offers an exercise format that includes endurance games, intervals, circuits and obstacle courses to train the entire body.

Both workshops will be held at Health and Fitness in Carrolltown Center, Eldersburg.

To register: 800-AEROBIC or go online at www.netafit.org.

Church to host summit on youths, alcohol, drugs

St. Joseph Catholic Community Church will host the second Community Drug Summit Awareness Program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the church, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

The program, "Your Child's Future Begins Here," is sponsored by the Kids for Christ Middle School Youth Group and Junction Inc.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. for complimentary food and beverages and information booths. Vendors will include the Heroin Action Coalition, state's attorney's office, MADD, the Carroll County Health Department, Department of Juvenile Services, Tobacco Coalition, Celebrate Recovery, CRASH, Westminster City Recreation, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, National Guard, Carroll Hospital Center and American Lung Association.

From last year's summit, which focused on heroin usage, St. Joseph's researched the drug and alcohol problem in Carroll for people age 25 and younger. Statistics indicated that in 2004, there were 517 alcohol-related and 546 marijuana-related cases in Carroll for individuals 25 and younger.

This year's program will feature Debbie Yohn, a registered nurse, telling "True Stories from Shock Trauma." Fool Proof, the teenage improvisational theater group, will perform.

Mark Yount, substance abuse prevention coordinator for Junction, will give an update on trends and statistics.

Information: 410-795-7833 or 410-549-1380.

Carroll Hospice offers bereavement skills training

Carroll Hospice will offer bereavement skills training this spring for those who wish to become volunteers and work with the terminally ill and their families.

Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays March 7 to April 18 at hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster. The course is designed for volunteers who want to offer emotional and practical support to patients.

Topics will include facing your mortality, signs and symptoms of dying, palliative care, family dynamics and grief.

Registration is required in advance.

Information: 410-871-7228.

Speaker to tell how humor can enhance health

Carroll Lutheran Village will launch its 2005 Community Outreach seminar program with humor therapist Elaine Lundberg at 7:30 p.m. March 10 in Krug Chapel Auditorium on the Village campus.

Her presentation, "Laugh for the Health of It! Make the Most of Your Endorphins," will demonstrate how to incorporate positive humor into one's life in order to live healthier and more stress-free.

Lundberg, who grew up with 21 foster siblings, speaks nationwide to corporations and educational and medical groups about the effects of positive humor on wellness.

She is author of two books: If They're Laughing, They're Not Killing Each Other and No More Bummers! 121 Ways to Add More Levity to Your Life.

Carroll Hospital Center is co-sponsoring the free lecture that is open to the public.

Parking is at 300 St. Luke Circle on the Westminster campus.

Information: 410-848-0090.

Longaberger basket bingo to benefit CHANGE Inc.

CHANGE Inc., a nonprofit agency providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities, will hold a Longaberger basket bingo March 11 at the Gamber fire hall on Route 32 at Niner Road.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for food purchases, and games will begin at 7 p.m. A 50/50 raffle, door prizes and special games will be held.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

All proceeds benefit CHANGE Inc.

Information: 410-876-2179 or 410-848-4114.

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