Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

July 17, 2005

Health Department offers free materials on quitting smoking

The county Health Department is offering materials to help smokers kick the habit.

"Xtreme Quitting" is aimed at young men who want to stop smoking. The booklet sets the program as an extreme sports adventure, using three plans: The Sky Dive, The Cliff Hanger and The Flip. The program can be obtained by calling 410-222- 7979, or online at www.aa health.org/contactfree.asp.

Stop smoking materials for Korean-speaking residents can be obtained by calling Jung Ja Beckwith, the department's Korean coordinator of special programs, at 410-222-4415.

Red Cross blood drive tomorrow in Odenton

The Red Cross will hold a blood donation drive from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rita's Italian Ice, 1111 Odenton Road, Odenton. Donors will receive a free Italian ice.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not gotten a tattoo within the past 12 months, and have not donated blood in the past 56 days.

Appointments for donating can be made at the store before tomorrow, or by calling 410-672- 0900.

Water quality results on Web, by phone

Water-sampling results from 101 county beaches are available online and by phone through Labor Day. Go to www.aahealth. org, or call 410-222-7999.

The Web site and phone line also announce emergency closings of beaches and waterways.

During such times, the areas are closed to recreational uses such as swimming and other water sports.

Free health screenings, panels at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, formerly North Arundel Hospital, is offering free screenings and discussions at its Arundel Mills storefront:

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

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung-capacity screenings.

Thursday, 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.

Medical center offers free screenings, exhibits

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering free screenings and exhibits in the main lobby:

Tomorrow, 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.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, breast-feeding group meets. 410-626-8982.

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center will offer a sibling preparation class for parents and children getting ready for the new arrival. Reservations. Fee: $10. 410-626-8982.

Wednesday, 1 p.m., lecture on melanoma, Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, 410-222-6680.

Wednesday, 4 p.m., lecture on preparation, recovery and benefits of knee and hip replacement surgery. Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, lower level, Tate Center. Reservations. 410-553-8282.

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Joslin Circle, diabetes support group meets, Joslin Diabetes Center, lower level. Reservations. 410-787-4940.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, Breastfeeding Basics class. Fee: $10. Reservations. 410-626-8982.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., blood pressure screenings, Community Center in Severna Park.

July 25, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center will hold a motherhood seminar for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Reservations. 410-626-8982.

July 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., osteoporosis screening, Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor. Reservations. 410-787-4367.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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.

Hospital offers program on joint replacement

Specialists from Advanced Orthopedics at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a Joint School to provide participants with a free opportunity to learn about total joint replacement therapy.

The program is offered at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Courtney Conference Center on the lower level of the Tate Center at North Arundel Hospital.

The program explains joint replacement surgery and gives those who are contemplating such surgery an opportunity to ask questions and receive information on what to expect.

Reservations are required. 410-553-8282.

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