Health Notes

September 19, 2007

Survey to focus on health habits

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is asking county residents to participate in a telephone survey this month on their health habits.

Holleran Consulting will make phone calls (land lines only) to ask questions about topics including smoking, exercise and nutrition.

The behavioral risk factor survey also measures chronic diseases such as diabetes, preventive health screenings, and access to health care and health insurance.

More than 1,000 county residents will be surveyed. The survey takes 12 to 15 minutes, and personal information will be kept confidential. "Holleran Consulting" will appear on caller ID, with a 717 area code.

For more information about the study, call 410-222-7002.

Forum to focus on health of blacks

Two local nonprofit groups will host a forum, "Health and Wellness in the Black Community," on Saturday.

Participants will discuss health issues in Anne Arundel County's African-American population and can meet four African and African-American doctors who practice at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Dr. Nnaemeka Agajelu practices internal medicine, Dr. Lester Bowser practices gastroenterology, Dr. Emmanuel Osuji practices anesthesiology and Dr. Cornelious Musara practices general and breast surgery.

The event is sponsored by the Anne Arundel chapters of the Coalition of 100 Black Women and Continental Societies.

The free forum will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital's Tate Center, 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. A continental breakfast will be served.

For reservations, call Diane Addo-Allotey at 410-437-4996 or Connie Pergerson at 410-969- 5143.

Cup of the Month seeks participants

County residents have until tomorrow to submit entries for the county's third annual Cup of the Month Challenge, a contest that uses decorated bras to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The contest is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and the Annapolis Quilt Guild. To participate, contestants create decorated "art bras" that inspire and support breast cancer awareness, screening and treatment.

Winning entries will be displayed at Anne Arundel Community College during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the Health Department's Web site, www.aahealth.org (under "Hot Topics," click "Cup of the Month Challenge 2007").

Retreat set for Cancer survivors

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Breast Center and the Annapolis community support group "Stepping Out for Breast Cancer" are hosting the fifth annual Breast Cancer Survivors Retreat.

The retreat will be held Sept. 28 to 30 at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center in Queenstown.

The theme is "Hope + Endurance + Strength = Survivorship!" It is designed for those who have completed radiation, chemical or surgical intervention for breast cancer.

The program will include education about new developments in breast cancer therapy, living with a cancer diagnosis, and the use of complementary healing techniques.

Speakers will include Kendel Ehrlich, the former first lady of Maryland, Dwight Randall, senior scientific adviser for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Foundation, and Dr. Beth Dupree, a breast surgeon and author of The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor's Journey to Healing. Also participating in the event will be AAMC staff physicians.

The fee is $150 for the weekend, $100 for two days and $65 for one day. There is an additional cost for overnight accommodations at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center.

Information: 443-481-5316 or e-mail repstein@aahs.org.

Fashion show to benefit AAMC

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary will showcase fall styles from local apparel stores at a luncheon fashion show, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park.

Proceeds from the "Fall Into Fashion" event will contribute to the auxiliary's $3 million pledge toward the hospital's Vision 2010 expansion.

The auxiliary, founded in 1944, has nearly 600 active members and over the years has raised more than $10.25 million to benefit AAMC.

Women's and children's attire from the following stores will be modeled at the show: Ahni, Avoca, Bailey's Maryland Avenue, Bleu and White, Bridals by Elena, Diva, Pink Crab, Paradigm, Talbots, The Giant Peach, Tiffany's and Epiphany.

Models will include auxiliary members and nurses from the AAMC critical-care unit. The show will include lunch and a Bellini bar.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the auxiliary office in the Acute Care Pavilion at AAMC, or by mail at: Auxiliary Office, AAMC, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis 21401.

Information: 443-481-5050.

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