Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 19, 2005

Water quality readings available online, by phone

Water sampling results from 101 county beaches are available online and by phone through Labor Day.

See www.aahealth.org or call 410-222-7999 for water-quality information. The Web site and phone line also announce emergency closings on beaches and waterways.

In emergency closings, the areas are closed to recreational uses such as swimming and other water sports.

Focus group forming on smoking habits

The county Department of Health is seeking African-American smokers and ex-smokers for focus group research. All participants must be county residents and 18 to 34 years old. Men and women are needed for the study.

The groups will meet for two hours in the evening in the Annapolis and Glen Burnie areas. Members will discuss their attempts at quitting, experiences with smoking and opinions of smoking cessation materials.

Groups will meet this month and next. Meals will be provided, and each participant will receive $50. 410-222-7979.

Orientation offered for health professionals

Anne Arundel Community College is offering the following orientations for health professionals:

Tomorrow, 10 a.m., Emergency Medical Technician Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

Wednesday , 6 p.m., Physical Therapist Assistant Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

All programs are free. Registration: 410-777-7318, or www. aacc.edu/healthprofessions.

Hospital has urgent need for blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is urgently seeking blood donations. Although some hospitals purchase blood or use donations from the Red Cross, AAMC depends solely on donations made at the hospital. The hospital's blood bank is open for donations from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday; 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday; and 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday. Any healthy adult between the ages of 17 and 70 who weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate. Appointments: 443-481-4215.

American Red Cross offers CPR, first-aid classes

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at sites in Anne Arundel County by American Red Cross of Central Maryland.

Adult, infant and child CPR, which includes rescue breathing, clearing obstructed airways and one-rescuer CPR, will be held held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

All courses are first-come, first-served, and advance registration with payment is required. Information: 410- 624-2060.

Free health screenings, panels at Arundel Mills

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and discussions at its Arundel Mills storefront:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will offer information on its services.

Friday , 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

June 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

July 5, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., diabetes discussion.

July 7, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., blood pressure screening.

July 11, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screening.

July 13, 8 a.m. to 10 am,. information on colon cancer.

July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., cancer risk assessments.

July 13, 9 a.m. to noon, cholesterol screenings.

July 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

July 18, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Department of Aging will offer information on its services.

July 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

July 21, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 25, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

July 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings. 410-553-8129.

Screenings, exhibits set at North Arundel

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and exhibits in the main lobby:

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, Special Beginnings breast-feeding support group meets. 410- 626-8982.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a class in breast-feeding basics, offered by Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center. Cost of the class is $10 for nonmembers of the center. Registration. 410-626-8982.

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening at the Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie. 410-787-4367.

July 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings in main lobby.

July 10, noon to 3 p.m., Community Fun Day with free health screenings, educational exhibits, moon bounce and face painting,

July 12, 6 p.m., free weight loss education seminar. Registration. 800-492-5538.

July 18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, a motherhood seminar for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Reservations. 410-626-8982.

July 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, breastfeeding group meets. 410-626-8982.

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