Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 02, 2006

Healing with Horses to hold open house

A new program, "Healing With Horses," will hold an open house for the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 at Moon Rising Farm in Boyds.

The program, for those ages 18 and older, is sponsored by a partnership between the farm and Bridge of Light Healing LLC. Individual sessions and workshops in which horses will be partners with people to achieve physical and spiritual balance are included.

The open house will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 1, rain or shine.

The farm is at 21800 Slidell road. Information: 301-335-2340. Or visit www.bridgeoflight.us.

Screenings

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 tomorrow. The cost is $15 for the initial analysis; $10 for repeat studies within six months. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

Hearing, diabetes -- A free hearing screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. A free diabetes screening is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 12. To register: 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

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. Thursday. Women are also welcome to participate. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

Support

Peer support -- The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital will offer a new support program for women with breast cancer. Survivors Offering Support (SOS) is to be an all-volunteer network of breast cancer survivors who will be matched with newly diagnosed women for support throughout each patient's treatment. The center is recruiting breast cancer survivors to serve as mentors. Volunteers must 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. Tina Beerman, 410-884-4650 or Denise O'Neill, 410-884-4574.

NAMI support -- NAMI -- Howard County is offering a peer-based group for people who are living with mental illness 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 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 are open to non-NAMI members. 410-772-9300.

Classes, services

Self-defense -- Self Defense for Young Women, ages 12-14, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The cost is $30. To register: 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

Infant massage -- The Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center will offer a class in Infant Massage, for parents, caregivers and the baby, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center. Bring a pillow and towel; massage oil will be provided. The cost is $20. To register: 410-740-7601.

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. tomorrow and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday 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 Continuing Education Units are available; 15 contact hours are available for nurses. 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

Baby-sitting -- The hospital will offer "Essentials in Baby-sitting" 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 learn how to manage children, create a safe environment and apply emergency techniques. 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.

Aquatic fitness classesAquatic fitness classes will offered by the Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at the Howard Community College pool. Sessions 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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