Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

March 28, 2007

Tobacco-free week aimed at children

From preschoolers to high-schoolers, more than 66,000 county youths are expected to take part in anti-smoking events through Friday during the county's annual Tobacco-Free Kids Week.

TFK Week is the county's largest grass-roots event rallying kids and adults against tobacco use by minors. More than 160 schools and other organizations have signed up to hold activities this week, including:

The Kick Butts Tour, a rock concert for teens from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis Harbour Center. The free show will feature the top four groups from this year's county Battle of the Bands competition: ... And Sometimes Why, Stockyard, The Tori Tullier Band and In Dead Last. The Kick Butts Tour combines music with anti-smoking messages. Besides music, fans will receive T-shirts, wristbands and other free items.

An anti-smoking TV commercial featuring an original song by ... And Sometimes Why, the winning group from Battle of the Bands competition. The ad, which offers a free Quit Kit for teens who smoke, will air on cable TV channels.

A countywide anti-smoking poster contest. Winning posters will be displayed on the showcase page of the Department of Health's Smoking Stinks Web site, www.smokingstinks-aaco.org, and winning artists will receive prizes.

TFK Week is a part of Smoking Stinks, a Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Information: 410-222-4223

Bereavement camps get scholarships

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Auxiliary has donated $15,000 to Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center.

Nine thousand dollars have been earmarked for scholarships to Camp Nabi, Phoenix Rising and the Wabanaki Retreat; the remaining money will go toward the annual Tree of Lights ceremony.

Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising are summer bereavement weekends held at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

Phoenix Rising, for teens in grades nine to 12, will be from July 20 to 22; Camp Nabi, for children ages 6 to 13, will be Aug. 17 to 19. The Wabanaki Retreat bereavement weekend, also held at Arlington Echo, will be Oct. 12 to 14.

The Tree of Lights ceremony is held to remember the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The ceremony consists of lighting the Tree of Lights, meditation and music. Participants receive hand-painted ornaments, with the name of their loved one, to put on the tree and to place on a memory wall.

Information: 410-987-2129.

AAMC to hold fundraising gala

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Foundation is holding the "There's No Place Like AAMC" gala, its signature fundraising event, Saturday at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, to help finance the purchase of equipment for its health care system, including a newly developed CT scan machine.

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

AAMC has a few gala sponsorship opportunities remaining. The event will host approximately 1,000 guests.

Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities: 443- 481-4747 or aamcfoundation@ aahs.org.

Courses to focus on mental illness

The Anne Arundel County Affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will sponsor a free 12-week course, beginning next week. for families of people with serious psychiatric disabilities.

The class will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 221 at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. The free course is limited to 20 participants.

The Family to Family course is appropriate for relatives of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disease (manic depression), major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Course components include: coping skills, handling crises and relapse, basic information on psychiatric medications, connecting with community services, getting better services and dealing with stigma. Registration is required.

Information: 410-626-0143.

Nutrition help at area stores

The county Department of Health's Learn to Live Program will offer "Good Food for Good Health" at Graul's supermarket, 607 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis, this weekend:

Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoppers can visit nutrition booths staffed by dietitians to learn more about healthy eating and cancer prevention and take home free low-fat recipes.

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

Medical discussions at Harbor Hospital

Harbor Hospital will sponsor the following activities this month:

Today, 5:30 p.m., Dinner with the Doc: "What to Do After an Unsuccessful Back Surgery." Holiday Inn, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Registration. 410-350 2563.

Friday 9 a.m., Feel Good Friday. Discussion of knee pain. Bring a current weight-bearing knee X-ray with you for evaluation. If you don't have a current knee X-ray, one can be taken free of charge. Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563.

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