Health Notes


September 01, 2006

Consultations, fittings set at Mayer center

Comfort Care Medical Equipment of Towson will be at Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Suite 2, Columbia, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11-16.

The company will offer professional consultations and fittings of post-mastectomy products for women who have had breast surgery.

The center, a project of Howard County General Hospital, has extended its hours and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

The Mayer center provides educational resources for cancer patients and their families and aesthetic services for cancer patients.

Information: 410-740-5858, or

TV program to focus on a new clinic

On the Horizon, a series of conversations on health and community issues with Richard Krieg, president and chief executive officer of the Horizon Foundation, will focus on a new clinic - the Columbia center of Chase Brexton Health Systems, a collaboration between the foundation and Chase Brexton to supply health care for those with or without health coverage.

The program airs on Gtv Comcast Channel 70 at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Information: 410-715-0311.

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.

Stop smoking -- Howard County General Hospital will offer a "Freedom From Smoking" class from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting next week, 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. 410-740-7601, or www.hcgh. org.

Baby-sitting -- Howard County General Hospital will offer an "Essentials in Babysitting" class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and again on 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 resources. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

Yoga -- The 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 www.columbia


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.

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

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