Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

February 07, 2007

Display to promote smiles for children

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will mark Children's Dental Health Month with an informational display at the Glen Burnie mall's Summer Activity Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Center Court.

The display will feature tips and information to help children have healthy smiles. Department staff and Bugsy the puppet will demonstrate good brushing techniques. Children will receive a free toothbrush.

FOR THE RECORD - A Health Note in Wednesday's Anne Arundel section incorrectly identified the location of tomorrow's Summer Activity Expo. It will take place at Marley Station mall in Glen Burnie.

Information: 410-222-7138 or www.aahealth.org (click "Clinic & School Health" and "Dental Health Services").

Safety checks offered for child car seats

In observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer free child safety seat checks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

Tomorrow -- Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Tuesday and Feb. 20 -- Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis.

Appointments are required.

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries among young children in Anne Arundel County. A properly installed child car seat can help reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities. Parents should check the car manual and safety seat manufacturer manual for installation instructions.

Information: 10-222-7249 or www.aahealth.org.

People can hear stories on hospice

Hospice of the Chesapeake provides speakers who share the story of hospice with the community.

Topics can range from a general overview of hospice to an in-depth look at palliative care. Special-interest subjects include advance care planning, grief education, spirituality at the end of life and volunteer opportunities.

Styles vary from informal discussions with small groups to formal conference presentations. Hospice of the Chesapeake also provides presentations for continuing educational units for professionals. Speakers address consumers during business events, civic, social, community or religious organization meetings and at professional in-services.

Presentations are free of charge, but donations are welcome. To schedule a speaker, call 410-987-2003 or 800-745- 6132.

Screenings, talks at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following free screenings this month at its Outreach Center, Arundel Mills mall, between Dave and Buster's and mall entrance No. 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

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

Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings. Information: 410-787-4367

Flu vaccine offered at 3 health centers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide flu vaccines, including shots and FluMist nasal vaccine, to residents on the following dates:

Today -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. 410-222-7247.

Friday -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., 410-222-6633.

Tuesday -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road. 410-222-6660.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Appointments are not necessary.

Information: 410-222-4896 or www.aahealth.org.

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