Health Notes


May 26, 2006

Program to aid those with breast cancer

The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital will offer a new support program for women with breast cancer.

Survivors Offering Support is to be an all-volunteer network of breast cancer survivors who will be matched with newly diagnosed women. The mentors are to share insights and provide support throughout each patient's treatment.

The center is recruiting breast cancer survivors to serve as mentors.

Volunteers must complete an application, provide a release from two doctors attesting to their emotional readiness to mentor and attend an SOS training session that includes information on therapeutic listening and communications, diagnosis and treatments, patient advocacy and resources.

Mentors must also attend two of four yearly training sessions on breast cancer research and treatment.

Information or to volunteer: Tina Beerman, 410-884-4650 or Denise O'Neill, 410-884-4574.


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

Men's health -- Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center will offer a blood chemistry test that includes total cholesterol levels, a blood cell count, a thyroid test and a measure of 18 blood chemicals, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8. Women are also welcome to participate. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or

Body analysis -- Howard County General Hospital will offer a computerized body analysis, including lean body mass-to-fat ratio, estimated basal metabolism and suggested weight loss, from 8 a.m. to noon June 3. The cost is $15 for the initial analysis; $10 for repeat studies within six months. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or


NAMI support -- NAMI -- Howard County is offering a peer-based group for people who are living with mental illness who work, go to school or regularly participate in the community, at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

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, and oppositional-defiant 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. The groups are free, and you need not be a member of NAMI to participate. 410-772-9300.

Classes, services

Red Cross classes -- The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer a class in adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The cost is $40.

Adult CPR and first-aid basics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the church. The cost is $45. 410-624-2060.

Healing arts -- 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's 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. 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

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

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 classesA nonweight-bearing alternative to aerobic exercise to increase muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, coordination and balance, is 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.

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