Health Notes


July 07, 2006

High-maintenance children to be topic

The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will sponsor a presentation by psychologist Joyce Derby, "Parenting High Maintenance Children," at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The forum is designed to present a variety of parenting strategies for children with emotional and behavioral problems, and to support parents in creating a loving learning environment.

Parents are invited to come with questions.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Self-defense class for women is July 15

Howard County General Hospital will offer a self-defense class for women from 9 a.m. to noon July 15 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Students, ages 16 and older, will practice effective and easy-to-learn techniques designed for adult situations.

The cost is $45 a person.

Information: 410-740-7601, or


Baby-sitting -- A class, "Essentials in Baby-sitting," will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the 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

NAMI -- NAMI Howard County is offering three support groups.

A peer-based group for people who are living with mental illness meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 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 teenagers with serious emotional or behavioral problems meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the Patuxent Room of 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 in the Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The groups are free and are open to non-NAMI members. 410-772-9300.

Pediatric center benefit -- Elkridge Furnace Inn will hold its fifth Bastille Day Celebration to benefit the Pediatric Trauma Service of Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 14. The event includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $50. 410-379-9336.

Breastfeeding support -- La Leche League of Columbia PM will meet at 7 p.m. July 18 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. The topic will be "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant mothers, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome. The group offers information, guidance and support at meetings and by phone. 410-864-8080 or 410-461-3423.`Quit Kit' -- The American Lung Association of Maryland is offering a "Quit Kit," a free packet of material to help smokers stop smoking. The packet includes a booklet of tips for quitting successfully, a summary of nicotine-replacement therapies, strategies for weight control and a list of local smoking-cessation programs. To order the packet or find a smoking-cessation group: 800-LUNG-USA, or Freedom From Smoking Online, a free smoking-cessation program, is available at

Breast cancer -- The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital is to offer a new support program for women with breast cancer. Survivors Offering Support (SOS) matches volunteer breast cancer survivors 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 they must 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.

Classes, services

Aquatic fitness classes -- Aquatic fitness classes are 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.

Losing weight -- Individualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered by Howard County General Hospital 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.

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