Health Notes


March 03, 2006

Safety courses set at Columbia church

Central Maryland Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid and other safety courses are to be held this month at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, 9325 Presbyterian Circle.

Adult CPR, for victims ages 8 and older, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 13 and 23 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25. The course covers cardiac and breathing-emergency skills, including rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR. The cost is $40.

Adult, infant and child CPR will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25. The training can be used with adult, infant and child victims. Cardiovascular disease and injury prevention will also be discussed. The cost is $45.

First-aid basics, which trains participants to identify and care for victims of illness and injury, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 9. Discussion will include controlling bleeding; dealing with shock and musculoskeletal injuries; dealing with sudden illness because of poisoning; and heat- and cold-related emergencies. The cost is $35.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060.


Mammograms -- Howard County Health Department offers free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements. 410-313-4255.

Hearing -- A free hearing screening will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 23 at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway. 410-740-7601.

Body analysis -- A computerized body analysis that includes lean body mass-to-fat ratio, estimated basal metabolism, exercise guidelines and suggested weight loss will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 8 at the hospital's Wellness Center. The cost is $15; a repeat analysis within six months costs $10. 410-740-7601.

Osteoporosis -- An osteoporosis screening will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Wellness Center. Participants should wear socks and shoes that can easily be removed; the test is performed on the heel. Appointments are necessary. The cost is $35. 410-740-7601.


Tutorial -- The STTAR (Specialized Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery) Center Inc. is offering private safety education for families. The presentations -- which cover topics such as "stranger danger," good touch/bad touch/confusing touch; child abuse; Internet safety; sexual harassment; safe dating; and date-rape drugs -- are designed for parents seeking help in guiding their children in safe behavior. The cost is $45 a family for a 45-minute class. Larger groups pay $100 a hour. To schedule a class: Heidi Strominger, 410-290- 6432.

Classes, services

Prediabetes -- Howard County General Hospital's Community Health Education program will offer the following classes and services:

Losing weightIndividualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital. Appointments, which cost $25 for a half-hour visit, must be scheduled in advance. 410-740-7601.

YogaClasses in Yoga I is being offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 18 at Columbia Medical Center. Yoga II is being offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. through April 19. The cost for an eight-week session is $80. 410-740-7601.

Tai ChiA class for beginners is offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Advanced beginners meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the same location. The cost is $80. 410-740-7601.

`Mall Milers'A walking-for-health program at The Mall in Columbia is co-sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, local agencies and businesses. The program is free. 410-730-3300.

Self-defenseA self-defense class for mothers and daughters, ages 12 to adult, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon March 18 at the Wellness Center. The cost is $75 a pair; $36 for each additional daughter. 410-740-7601.

Send health-related notices to or fax to 410-715-2816.

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