Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

October 04, 2006

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and O-negative.

The center's blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Appointments: 443-481-4215.

Outreach Center lists activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center between Dave and Buster's and entrance No. 4:

Monday, 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Oct. 16. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will provide information on services and answer questions.

Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings. Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers October activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month:

Tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., free blood pressure screenings in main lobby.

Tomorrow and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., AARP Driver Safety Program. Drivers 50 years and older will learn defensive driving techniques, improve driving skills and review highway laws. Registration. Fee: $10. 410-787-4367.

Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Prostate Cancer Support Group, Tate Center Conference Room. 410-553-8130.

Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Stroke Support Group, Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center. 410-787-4118.

Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free blood pressure screening at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Oct. 11, 6 p.m., University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness, free weight loss education seminar. Registration. 410-328-8940.

Oct. 12 and 26, Journeys, a support group for cancer survivors seeking other survivors, will meet in the First Floor Conference Room, Tate Center. Further information, call the center's Outreach and Education Information Line at 410-553-8229.

Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., skin cancer screenings, with a skin care awareness clinic to inform on skin care and skin cancer prevention. 410-553-8119.

Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to noon, free nutrition information for cancer patents, family members and caregivers. Reservations. 410-553-8129.

Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Joint School, free educational session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery. Reservations. 410-553-8282.

Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group discusses advances.

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screening at Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joslin Diabetes Center Community Open House, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 119, free screenings and educational displays. 410-787-4367.

Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1, Beginning and Intermediate Yoga, Introduction to Pilates and Pilates I, and Beginning and Intermediate Yoga/Pilates Combo classes are being offered. Fee: $30 for six-week session. Registration. 410-787-4367. Information: 410-787-4367.

Expectant-parent programs slated

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering the following programs for expectant parents and their families about prenatal care, birthing and infant care:

Clatanoff tour, for expectant mothers and their partners. An hour-long tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion with questions and answers on delivery. Free.

"Birth Class," for expectant mothers and partners on normal labor and birth, anesthesia, birth technologies, Caesarian delivery and information on baby safety. Fee: $60.

"Refresher Birth Class," for mothers experiencing their second pregnancy. Fee: $45.

"Spa Mama," on making an expectant mother comfortable with massage, aromatherapy, using the birth ball and additional positions during pregnancy. Fee: $25.

"Hypno Birthing," on use of hypnosis and other natural forms of pain management to achieve relaxation and relief during childbirth. Fee: $200.

"Prenatal Nutrition," a private hour consultation with a registered dietitian to aid expectant mothers in meeting nutritional needs. Fee: $65.

"One Wonderful Day," an intensive day birth class prepares the expectant mother and companion for labor, birthing and early postpartum. A tour of the Clatanoff Pavilion is included. Fee: $70.

"Marvelous Multiples at AAMC," for families who are expecting twins, triplets or more. The program will prepare participants for pre-term labor, nourishing multiples, comfort measures, birth and recovery and surviving bed rest. Fee: $90.

"Dr. Dad," for fathers on caring for the new baby. Fee: $50.

"Bella Belly," a class of light fare and on learning to care for the body and baby throughout the pregnancy. Fee: $10.

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