Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

March 21, 2007

Boys collect sheets for hospice patients

A team of 12-year-old boys has collected nearly 40 sets of twin sheets and a large supply of towels for clients of Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Connor Brooks, Hayden Cook, Drew Fraser, Kyle Moran, Max Seigrist, Justin Stehle and Michael Strange collected the items as a service project through Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville.

Thanks to the boys' efforts, Hospice of the Chesapeake's staff can supply home-based patients and their families with the appropriate sheets when an electric hospital-style bed is brought into a home.

Free kit promotes smoke-free kids

Parents who want their children to steer clear of tobacco and develop healthy habits can order a free smoke-free kids' activity kit from the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

The kit contains "Be Smart, Don't Start Using Tobacco," a booklet with anti-tobacco activities that parents and children can do together, and "Don't Let Us Get Hooked," a parents guide to keeping children away from tobacco.

It also includes a brochure, "Secondhand Smoke is Deadly: Protect Your Family and Friends," and a Smoke-Free Zone window cling to announce smoke-free homes and cars.

Other tips to help raise healthy children are included.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

Grieving support offered for children

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center announces that space is still available for the Stepping Stones (formerly KidSCENE) bereavement support group.

Stepping Stones is for children ages 6 to 17 who are mourning the death of a loved one. Group leaders will help participants learn how to cope with grief through arts and crafts, group discussions and journal writing. Parents and guardians will attend separate sessions at which they will learn to support their grieving children.

Stepping Stones will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays from April 4 to May 9 at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. The registration deadline is March 28.

The registration fee is $60, except for families whose loved ones were cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Tuberculosis Day set for Saturday

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will observe World Tuberculosis Day on Saturday with a display in the Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

The display features informational posters and a map demonstrating tuberculosis incidence rates around the world. Free pamphlets will be available.

Visitors can view the display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and Monday.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and is usually transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Since 2001, there have been more than 60 confirmed cases among county residents.

The Department of Health offers free tuberculosis testing to county residents who have lived in countries with a high incidence of the disease. The department offers free treatment to people infected with the disease.

Information: 410-222-7256 or www.aahealth.org.

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