Health Notes


March 29, 2006

Office on Aging to hold workshop

"Living Well ... Take Charge of Your Health," a free six-week workshop for people with chronic conditions, will be offered by the Howard County Office on Aging at Heartlands, the Bain Center and Ellicott City Senior Center.

The class will focus on techniques to manage symptoms, communicate effectively with doctors, lessen frustration and fatigue, make daily tasks easier and get more out of life.

"This is a research-based program developed by Stanford University, and what it shows is that people who go through this series will have fewer days of hospitalization, will report that they are more active and have a better quality of life," said Phyllis Madachy, administrator of the county Office on Aging.

A session will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, April 24 through June 5 (with a one-week holiday break) at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. A session will be offered in May at Vantage House in Columbia on a date still to be determined. Names are continually taken for future programs.

The workshop is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging.

Information or registration: Maryland Access Point of Howard County, the information and assistance program of the Office on Aging, 410-313- 5980.

Adult CPR is subject of Red Cross course

The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer classes in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and April 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.

The class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 and 29 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The cost is $40.

Adult, infant and child CPR classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 at First Presbyterian Church and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 at Owen Brown Community Center. The cost is $45.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060.

`Get Active Columbia' to start Saturday

A 10-week health initiative, "Get Active Columbia" is to begin Saturday at the Columbia Association Supreme Sports Club from noon to 4 p.m. Daily activities will be available throughout the 10 weeks, including fitness classes, 5k and 10k walks, blood pressure screenings, minicamps for children and more. All participants will be asked to complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week.

Registration and information are available at Columbia Association headquarters (10221 Wincopin Circle) and the Wellness Center at Howard County General Hospital, as well as at www.getactivehoward 410-715-5523.


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

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, Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite L-9. 410-740-7601. 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.

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

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