Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

May 14, 2006

Tai Sophia Institute to offer seminar

The Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school for healing arts and sciences, will offer "Redefining Health," a two-day weekend seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 4 at the institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel.

The workshop, led by Tai Sophia President Robert Duggan and Chancellor Dianne M. Connelly, provides strategies to enable participants to re-examine themselves, their work and their relationships and make positive changes in their lives.

The cost is $140. Twelve CEUs are available; 15 contact hours are available for nurses.

Duggan and Connelly co-founded the institute, which offers graduate programs in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts. Duggan is author of Common Sense for the Healing Arts; Connelly is author of Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements and All Sickness is Homesickness.

The school, which has an enrollment of more than 300 full-time students, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Information: 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

Red Cross offers classes in CPR

The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer a class in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The cost is $40.

Adult CPR and first-aid basics will be offered in two sessions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and in one session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at the church. The cost is $45.

Infant and child CPR, focusing on overcoming reluctance to act in emergency situations involving children younger than age 8, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $40.

Infant and child CPR and first aid will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $45.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060.

NAMI offering support groups

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 Patuxent Room of the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia.

A group for family and friends of adults with mental illness meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

A group for adults who are living with mental illness meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Screenings

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

Safety

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:

Baby-sittingThe hospital will offer "Essentials in Babysitting" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 and July 8 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Participants will hear how to manage children, create a safe environment and apply emergency techniques. Lunch for children and a certificate of attendance will be provided. The program is co-sponsored by Health Quest Inc. The cost is $46. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

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.

`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.

Send health-related notices to fay.lande@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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