Health Notes

August 22, 2007

Students to get health screenings

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health vision and hearing technicians and school nurses are conducting mandated vision and hearing screenings for children in pre-school, kindergarten and third and eighth grades and for new students.

Special education students receiving speech therapy may also be recommended for screening.

Vision and hearing technicians from the department also administer vision and hearing screenings at private schools, nurseries and day care programs to assure that the appropriate children are screened.

Students in the following schools and programs will be screened next week:

Aug. 29: Children's World Learning Center - NSA No. 285, Play and Learn at Annapolis and Play and Learn at Community Place.

Aug. 30: Childtime Child Care.

Aug. 30 and 31: Bay Country Children's Learning Center.

If a potential deficiency is detected, a letter is sent to parents . The parents are advised to contact the child's doctor for further testing and advice.

Information: Donna Dunton, lead vision and hearing technician, 410-222-6838.

Expectant parents pampered at resort

Expectant parents can combine birth classes with a vacation in Ocean City through Anne Arundel Medical Center's new BabyMoon at the Beach weekend.

AAMC designed the three-day BabyMoon weekend to provide pampering for the expectant parents, along with the same birth education classes offered at AAMC's Medical Park in Annapolis.

BabyMoon at the Beach includes gourmet breakfasts, gift baskets, wake-up prenatal stretching and yoga, bedtime meditation and birth education at the Inn on the Ocean on the boardwalk.

Prenatal massages are available for an additional fee.

The first BabyMoon will be Oct. 26-28, with addition sessions Dec. 7- 9, Feb. 8 -10 and April 4-6. A maximum of five couples can attend each session.

The fee for October's BabyMoon is $761.

Information: Inn on the Ocean at 888-226-6223 or visit www.innontheocean.com

Pain seminars planned by AAMC next month

Anne Arundel Medical Center will host the following free seminars next month to describe the causes and treatment of hip, knee and back pain:

Spine and Back Pain Seminar: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bowie Comfort Inn and Conference Center, 4500 Crain Highway, Bowie.

The Hip and Knee Pain Seminar: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie.

These seminars bring together doctors, nurses and physical therapists to discuss pain management and treatment, including surgical and non-surgical options.

Speakers will also conduct a question-and-answer session and respond to questions submitted in advance online at www.askAAMC.org.

The seminars are free, but registration is required.

Information: 443-481-4000.

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