Health Notes


April 21, 2006

CPR courses set at two locations

An American Heart Association Family and Friends cardiopulmonary resuscitation course for the adult victim will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Hammond High School. The class is for young people and adults, ages 12 and older, who want to be prepared for an emergency but do not require certification.

Admission is free. Information or registration: 410-740-7601.

The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer a class in adult CPR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 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 29 at Owen Brown Community Center. The cost is $45.

Adult CPR with automated external defibrillator skills is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Community Center. The cost is $50. The adult CPR course with automated external defibrillator skills and first aid will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $55.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060.

NAMI seeking help, fundraiser sponsors

The Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is seeking sponsors and volunteers for its annual fundraising event, "NAMIWALKS For the Mind of America," to be held April 30 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Walkers from around the state are expected to attend.

Information: 410-772-9300, or and click on NAMIWALKS.

NAMI -- Howard County is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children and teens with emotional or behavioral problems such as serious depression, anxiety and bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, oppositional-defiant and co-occurring disorders.

The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-772-9300.


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


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

Wellness -- Howard County General Hospital's Community Health Education program will offer these 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.

"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 research-based program 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. A session will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, next week through June 5 (with a one-week holiday break), at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. A session will be offered next month at Vantage House in Columbia on a date to be determined. Names are continually taken for future programs. The workshop is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging. Information: Maryland Access Point of Howard County, the information and assistance program of the Office on Aging, 410-313-5980.

Tai chi -- A 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. Both 10-class series are to begin May 3. 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. Blood pressure screenings are available on the second Tuesday of each month. The program is free. 410-730-3300.

Aquatic fitness classes, a nonweight-bearing alternative to aerobic exercise to increase muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, coordination and balance, are offered by the Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at the Howard Community College pool. Classes are held Monday and Friday afternoons. The cost is $5 a class. 410-312-9000.


Drug-plan Web site -- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and other major mental health organizations have established a Web site on Medicare's prescription drug benefit: www. The site contains information for psychiatrists and other physicians, providers of services at community health centers and consumers and their families. The goal is to provide help in choosing a Medicare prescription drug plan. Information or to contact NAMI-Howard County: 410-772-9300, or

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