Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 11, 2006

Opening of business to benefit hospice

Let's Eat! - a meal-preparation business that offers supplies and facilities for customers to make a month's worth of meals in a social setting - will hold an opening celebration benefiting Hospice of Howard County at its new store in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center.

The event will be held Aug. 25 at 10040 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 120, Ellicott City. Customers, who normally would assemble eight to 12 meals at a Let's Eat! store, will be invited to try the concept with one or two meals, choosing between spinach Florentine ravioli and Dijon steak in Bourbon sauce.

The cost will be $25 for one meal; $40 for two; each meal serves four to six people. Checks can be made out to Hospice of Howard County.

Eight sessions will be offered between 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Complimentary refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-203-1586.

Support

Terminally ill -- Howard County General Hospital has started a Compassionate Companion Program to help terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers, who receive extensive training, stay with the patient when members of the family are not able to be present. Volunteers must commit to a specified on-call time and come in to be at a work station each week. Barbra Swann, 410-884-4580.

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

A peer-based C.A.R.E. group for people 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 at 7:30 p.m. 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.

NAMI will offer a free 12-week course for family members of those living with mental illness. "Family to Family," a course taught by trained family members, will cover the biological basis of mental illness, communication skills and resources. Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Aug. 31. 410-772-9300.

Quit smoking -- 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 (800-586-4872), or www.marylandlung.org. Freedom From Smoking Online, a free smoking-cessation program, is available at www.lungusa.org.

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

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