Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

February 21, 2007

Hospital to offer heart-health event

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will join more than 50 hospital and health networks in the national Day of Dance for Cardiovascular Health from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College.

This free event, sponsored by the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, will celebrate the benefits of dance and exercise in the prevention of heart disease, while reinforcing community awareness and education about cardiovascular health.

Local dance studios will demonstrate country line dancing, belly dancing, hip-hop, square dancing, clogging, salsa and yoga in the student union dining hall. Participants will have an opportunity to try each dance style.

Health screenings, including cholesterol, bone density, body mass index, anemia and blood pressure screenings, and educational displays for cancer and heart health will be offered. Refreshments and promotional items will also be available. Registration is not required.

Anne Arundel Community College is at 101 College Parkway in Arnold.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Physicals offered for county students

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free sports physicals at the following sites:

North County Health Services, 791 Aquahart Road, Suite 200, Glen Burnie (410-222-6625), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Feb. 28.

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis (410-222-7247), from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Appointments are required. Students must bring a county school system physical evaluation form signed by a parent or guardian. Forms are available at www.aahealth.org.

Tickets on sale for AAMC gala

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation is selling tickets to its signature fundraising event on March 31 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.

The money raised at the gala will help keep the Annapolis hospital on the leading edge of health care technology.

Last year's gala raised more than $500,000 for AAMC's new neonatal intensive care unit, which opened in November.

Information: www.aahs.org or 443-481-4747.

AAMC welcomes volunteer auxilians

Anne Arundel Medical Center is welcoming volunteers to join its team of auxilians.

Auxiliary members staff the medical center's information desks and more than 25 service areas, helping patients and their families. The auxiliary also operates the Clothes Box consignment shop and the AAMC gift shop. The auxiliary is involved in AAMC fundraising, holding a variety of events throughout the year to benefit the hospital.

Those interested in learning more about the AAMC Auxiliary are invited to attend a volunteer information session at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

To register for an information session, call 443-481-5050.

Medical center sets health events

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities at its center and other locations this month:

Today, 4 p.m., Joint School education session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery. Reservations: 410-553-8282.

Today, 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, meets to discuss current issues regarding diabetes management. 410-787- 4940.

Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m., Journeys, a support group for cancer survivors, will meet in the first-floor conference room of the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410- 553-8129.

Monday, Tuesday and March 1, beginning and intermediate yoga and Pilates classes are being offered: "Introduction to Pilates" and "Pilates I" and "Intermediate Yoga/Pilates Combo." Cost is $30 for each six-week session, and pre-registration is required. 410- 787-4367.

Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Medical screenings 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.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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