Health Notes


August 24, 2008

Diabetes support group at Upper Chesapeake

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a Parish Nurse Diabetes Support Group at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 at the Aberdeen Senior Center.

For information and to register, call 410-273-5666.

Free informational class on bariatric surgery

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a free informational class on "Bariatric Surgery: New Course for Life" at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Participants can learn whether this surgery is right for them from the staff of Upper Chesapeake Bariatric Surgery.

A support group for those who have had the surgery will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, and Sept. 9 at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Support for prostate cancer patients, families

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center will hold a "Man to Man Prostate Support Group" at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Fallston Room.

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families are welcome.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Program to focus on diabetes education

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a free diabetes education support program at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Sara J. Stees, manager of Cardiovascular Fitness, will present "Diabetes & Cardiovascular Fitness."

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Support for caregivers of cancer patients

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer an IDEAS Cancer Caregiver Support Group for people caring for loved ones who have cancer.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Parents of deceased children to meet

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold two eight-week support groups for parents and family caregivers of children who have died suddenly or traumatically.

A group for parents of deceased children ages 1 to 13 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 11 to Oct. 30; and for parents of deceased children ages 14 to 25 at 6:30 p.m. Mondays Sept. 8 to Oct. 27, both at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Outpatient program focuses on healthy eating

Upper Chesapeake Health offers an Outpatient Nutrition Services Program for those needing to eat healthier.

A registered dietitian will evaluate your current eating habits, assess your nutritional needs, and discuss a meal plan that will fit your lifestyle. A written order or referral from your physician is required.

To register, call 443-843-7000 or 800-301-4799.

Education program offered for diabetes patients

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Outpatient Education program.

Patients can learn to control their diabetes with education. This program includes meetings with a diabetes educator to help you understand diabetes, and a registered dietitian to develop your individualized healthy meal plan.

Clients will need a written prescription or referral from their physician to participate in the diabetes program.

For appointments, call 443-843-7000 or 800-301-4799.

Priority Partners names health advocate

Priority Partners, a state-authorized managed care organization that provides health care services for Medicaid and Maryland Children's Health Insurance program recipients, has named Tonya Wilson as community health advocate for Baltimore and Harford counties.

She will arrange presentations on pregnancy, diabetes, caring for a sick child, smoking cessation, immunizations, nutrition and obesity, and other topics, for groups, organizations, government agencies and faith-based communities who request them.

She also will provide health information services to low- and moderate-income residents and community groups in both counties.

Priority Partners and Johns Hopkins Health Care have established a network of providers to help low- and moderate-income residents with various health issues.

Wilson can be contacted at 410-424-4744 or

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