Health Notes


August 25, 2006

Health fair scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Guilford Gardens Apartments, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The event will include blood pressure and other screenings, and educational programs about cancer, mental health, nutrition, teen pregnancy, teen and drunken driving and smoking.

Twenty to 25 vendors are expected to attend. Representatives from the Howard County Health Department, Howard County General Hospital, Faces of Our Children, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and other agencies will be on hand. Food, giveaways, music, games and face-painting are also planned.

The event is part of the youth council's Adopt-a-Block Program, an effort to bring about positive change for youth through empowering information about health, education and economic and other issues.

Information: Doretha McLaughlin-Owens, 301-483- 6588, or Bessie Bordenave, 301- 490-7059.

Stop-smoking class is to begin Sept. 5

Howard County General Hospital will offer a "Freedom from Smoking" class from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 5, at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The eight-week program offers support and strategies to stop smoking. It is not necessary to stop smoking by the first class.

The cost is $60.

Information: 410-740-7601, or

Classes, services

Aquatic fitness -- 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.

Baby-sitting -- Howard County General Hospital will offer an "Essentials in Baby-sitting" class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, and will be repeated Sept. 9 and Oct. 7 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway. The cost is $46. Lunch will be provided. 410-740-7601.

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.

Alzheimer's talk -- Erika Atkins of the Maryland chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will talk about coping with the disease's symptoms and progression at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. She will answer questions and suggest helpful resources. Registration, which is required, is to begin Tuesday. 410- 313-7860.

Yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia, 8950 Route 108, will offer a certificate training course for parents, teachers and therapists in yoga for children Sept. 15-17. No experience with yoga is necessary. The course, called "Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training," will focus on helping children to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, concentration and body awareness, as well as awareness of thoughts and feelings; sleep problems such as insomnia and nighttime fears may also be addressed. Professionals who work with autistic children and children with learning disabilities and ADHD are invited to participate. 410-720- 4340, or


Hospice benefit -- 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 today at its new store in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, 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. Complimentary refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Reservations are required. 410-203-1586.


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.

Caregiver support -- Winter Growth, a private nonprofit organization that offers assisted living, medical adult day care and a wellness program for seniors, offers a free caregiver support group for anyone in the community from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required. Winter Growth is at 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-964-9616.

Send health-related notices to or fax to 410-715-2816.

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