Health Notes


May 09, 2007

Program focuses on summer safety

To help parents and other adults keep children safe as the weather turns warm, the Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers free child safety resources.

The "Playing It Safe" brochure provides tips for protecting kids during outdoor activities, such as visiting the playground, biking and swimming.

The "Building Blocks" newsletter helps child care providers and parents raise healthy children, with topics such as child passenger safety, sun safety and healthful drinks.

Information: 410-222-7979, or download copies from www.aa

Birth Center plans open house, fair

Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, 1454 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house and a women's health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Families, pregnant women, nursing mothers, caregivers, doctors, nurses, childbirth educators, midwives, doulas and lactation consultants are invited to the open house. The health fair will feature anemia and blood pressure screenings, spinal screenings and health information for families.

The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy kids' activities, refreshments, door prizes and the opportunity to meet the staff.

Information: 410-626-8982 or

Support groups for grieving adults

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center announces bereavement support groups beginning this month.

Two groups are being formed for adults grieving the death of a spouse or life partner. One will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays from May 16 to June 20 and another from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays from May 17 to June 21. The registration deadline for both groups is Friday.

The registration fee is $60 except for families whose loved one was cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake. All groups will meet at Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center, 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Harbor Hospital sets health events

Harbor Hospital will offer the following activities this month:

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St., "Total Joint Tuesday": discussion on common causes of knee pain and treatment options. Participants should bring their latest weight-bearing knee X-ray for a free review. If you don't have an X-ray, one will be taken free. Registration.

May 23, 11 a.m., LifeResource Center , 2990 S. Hanover St., Harbor Senior Event: "Heart Health." Discussion on heart health and treatment. Registration.

May 23, 6 p.m., Loyola College Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Dinner and discussion on joint replacement procedures, techniques and materials. Registration.

May 24, 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium. 3001 S. Hanover St. A discussion on causes and the treatment of chronic headaches. Registration.

May 30, 5:30 p.m., Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium. 3001 S. Hanover St. A discussion of the causes of back pain, such as poor posture, minor injury, improper movement or other causes. Registration.

Information: 410-350-2563.

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