Health Notes

November 02, 2007

Gluten-free cooking to be topic Monday

The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will present a life enhancement lecture, "The Art of Gluten-Free Cooking and Living," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Local author Jules Shepard will share insights and conclusions she has developed over years of experimentation with gluten-free flours. Those newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance, their families and friends, as well as those who have been living with it for years are welcome to bring questions and share their insights.

Gluten-free refreshments will be served. Admission is $5.

Shepard is author of Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten Free Eating.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Classes scheduled at hospital

Howard County General Hospital will present "Essentials in Baby-sitting," a class in managing children, creating a safe environment and emergency techniques, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The cost is $46 and includes lunch and a certificate.

A free diabetes screening is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 13. Registration is requested.

"Maybe Baby," a seminar on financial planning for prospective parents, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Admission is free.

A free prenatal class for those in early pregnancy, for future parents in the first three months of pregnancy to learn about physical changes, the baby's growth and ways to support the pregnancy will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.

A free class, "Infertility Assessment and Treatment Strategies," will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

"Three Keys to Mastering Stress," a class scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, incorporates theory, games, personality tests and fun. Discussion will cover building support systems and incorporating physical activity, time management strategies and relaxation techniques to renew energy and enhance well-being.

Information or registration: 410-740-7601, or

Donations needed -- The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross says the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) to schedule a donation. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment. Donors must be in good health; at least 17 years old (in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent); weigh 110 pounds or more, and have not received a tattoo within the previous year or donated whole blood within the previous 56 days. 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Medicare workshop -- The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor a workshop on "Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage 2008 -- It's Again Time to Consider Options" at 10:30 a.m. today and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia; and 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. The annual open-enrollment period for the benefit begins Nov. 15 and will continue to Dec. 31. The workshop will cover how the benefit works and what choices are being offered. Those who attend can determine whether they are eligible for Extra Help, the low-income subsidy that helps with premium, deductible and prescription costs. The discussion will be led by representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. Admission is free. Registration is requested. 410-313-7391.

Heart walk/run -- The American Heart Association will hold its "Start! Heart Walk" at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. More than 7,000 walkers are expected to attend, the association says. The noncompetitive 5-kilometer walk/run is to begin at 9 a.m. Teams of employees of local companies, friends and families are expected to take part. Activities available to participants include a Kids' Corner; Lifestyle Change Awards; Eat Street, offering heart-healthy meals; information and physical activities; and stories of survivors. Participants will be asked to sign a pledge to lead a healthy life by incorporating exercise into their daily routines. 410-637-4529, or www.start

Health plan -- County Executive Ken Ulman and Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the county's health officer, will discuss the new Healthy Howard Plan at town hall meetings in Columbia, Cooksville and Savage. They will discuss who is eligible for the plan, what it costs, who pays and when the plan will become available. The meetings, at which questions will be accepted, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Columbia; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Savage Volunteer Fire Station, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage. Jonathan Margolick, 410-313-4253.

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