Health Notes

May 28, 2008

A health day is scheduled for Sunday

Healthy Howard Day, a day of outdoor physical activities, health education and screenings, will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Games, crafts, performances and a Healthy Kid Zone specifically designed for children are also planned.

The event is presented by We Promote Health and supported by County Executive Ken Ulman, the Howard County school system, Howard County Health Department, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Howard County General Hospital, the Columbia Association, the Y of Central Maryland and the Horizon Foundation.

Healthy Howard Day is intended to challenge residents and public and private organizations to make a commitment to healthy living.

Information: http://HealthyHowardDay.org.

Introductory class in Pilates scheduled

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, North Laurel, will offer an introductory class in the Pilates technique with fitness instructor Carl J. Powell of the Magnificent Body at 1:30 p.m. June 8

Participants should take a mat or a towel.

Free blood pressure screening will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. June 9 at the Savage branch.

Information: 410-880-5980.

The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer free blood pressure screenings from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and June 16.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Drop-in knitting offered at center

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia, offers a drop-in knitting and crocheting group to make blankets, hats and other items for premature babies, cancer patients and survivors at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The knitting and crocheting group also meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Beginners are welcome (instruction is offered) and participants can take their own supplies or borrow from the center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The center will sponsor an early evening sketch-journaling class, with naturalist and artist Melinda Byrd, on Tuesday and June 10 and 17 at Centennial Park. Participants can learn relaxation techniques as they examine natural forms; then draw what they see. No experience is necessary.

Admission is free, but registration and a waiver are required. Directions to the meeting place will be provided.

Information: 410-740-5858.

Caution urged on plastic packaging

As a result of recent warnings about the hazards of some chemicals used in manufacturing plastic products for babies and children, the Howard County Health Department suggests limiting the use of plastic food packaging and serving containers to those labeled with a 1, 2, 4 or 5 in the recycling triangle.

Plastics marked with a 7 or 3 should be avoided by children and adults, according to a news release issued by the department.

The chemical BPA is used to make polycarbonate, a clear, rigid plastic used in baby bottles, "sippy" cups, teethers, food and drink packaging, water bottles, toys and other impact-resistant products.

The plastic can degrade over time, especially when heated or washed with hot water, causing leaching of BPA, which has been suspected of causing early puberty, breast and prostate changes, cancer, diabetes, fertility problems and behavioral disorders.

Send health announcements to howard.events@)baltsun.com. Fax: 410-715-2816.

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