Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

April 11, 2007

Construction alters AAMC parking

Visitors and patients coming to the Wayson Pavilion at Anne Arundel Medical Center will have to park in the hospital's main parking garage starting this month.

Construction is to begin on a 400-space parking garage behind the pavilion as part of the an expansion of the hospital. Visitors may park for free in the Acute Care Pavilion garage off Medical Parkway.

The ground-floor rear entrance from the parking lot to Wayson Pavilion will be closed. Visitors will use the front entrance on the first level. During construction, many AAMC employees will park in the south parking lot, across Jennifer Road, to free up spaces for patients and visitors in the Acute Care Pavilion garage.

The new parking garage is scheduled to open early next year. Construction of an additional 200 parking spaces at the Sajak Pavilion is expected to begin in late spring and be completed late this year.

Information: 410-481-4700.

Midwifery Center marks 10th year

The Bay Area Midwifery Center is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its on-site birthing center.

Bay Area Midwifery, which is state-licensed, nationally accredited and located on the Anne Arundel Medical Center campus in Parole, was founded by certified nurse midwife Judith E. Parsley in July 1986.

The birthing center was established so the center's midwives could assist in client births in suites that replicate the environment of a patient's home.

Bay Area staff assists in the births of more than 60 babies a year at the facility. Another 240 babies are delivered at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Information: 410-573-1094.

YMCA sponsors Healthy Kids Day

More than 5,000 children and families are expected to visit eight locations in Central Maryland -- including Marley Station mall -- on Saturday for the 16th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day -- the nation's largest health day for children.

This daylong program uses fun activities to encourage children and families to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles.

Arts and crafts projects at the YMCA's Anne Arundel Center, African dance at the Druid Hill Center, a basketball shoot at the Ellicott City YMCA and wall-climbing activities at the Towson Center are among the more than 70 ways area children and families can participate in the event.

The center court of the mall in Glen Burnie will offer fitness activities, prizes, arts and crafts, games, healthy snacks and camp registration and information.

Information: 410-243-3790.

Help available for smoking cessation

For smokers who want to quit for the first time or have tried to stop before, the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers free quit-smoking kits.

The kit contains advice for stopping smoking, handling withdrawal symptoms and staying off cigarettes for good. It also includes a directory of local classes and support services.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org or www.smok ingstinks-aaco.org.

Annapolis sets annual health fair

Annapolis will hold its annual health fair in conjunction with Anne Arundel Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Griscom Building in Truxtun Park, 273 Hilltop Lane.

The following screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound, blood circulation test and bone density ultrasound. The cost is $179. Appointments are required.

Free wellness services will include blood pressure screenings, a nutrition seminar, a body mass index screening, a seated massage, Reiki sessions including gentle massage therapy and deep relaxation techniques.

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will offer a Pilates class from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and yoga from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. These activities can be done in street clothes.

Cafe Gurus will sell boxed lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: 888-822-FAIR.

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 mall Entrance 4:

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

Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the county Department of Aging will have information on its services and answer questions.

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

April 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

April 20, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

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

April 26, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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