Health Notes


November 20, 2008

Car rally benefits Light House

Light House, a homelessness prevention center in Annapolis, will be the beneficiary of a car rally sponsored by the Bayside Mustangs on Sunday. Pre-registration will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., or may be handled at Cost is $15, or $10 plus three cans of food.

The rally will start at the Giant parking lot, 3130 Solomons Island Road, and end at The Greene Turtle in Edgewater. The first 100 registrants will receive goodie bags and all registrants will receive a ticket to compete for a door prize.

Volunteers are needed. Information: 410-507-7899.

Teen parent workshop

M.E.L.L. Inc. (Mentor, Encourage, Lift and Love Inc.) will offer a workshop for male and female teen parents 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the West County Library in Odenton.

Participants will receive information about car-seat safety and how to obtain quality child care. Admission is free. To register: 410-903-9015, or e-mail, M.E.L.L. is a community organization providing resources for teen parents. Information:

Santa doll raffle

Chesapeake Treasures, a Severna Park consignment shop that benefits Hospice of the Chesapeake, is selling raffle tickets for a Santa doll. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 6, and are available through Dec. 1. The drawing will be held Dec. 5.

For the past 13 years, Chesapeake Treasures volunteer Virginia McConnell of Severna Park has donated a handmade Santa doll for the holiday raffle. McConnell is also donating a Santa to be sold on eBay.

The store, staffed by volunteers, is at 562B Ritchie Highway in the Park Plaza Shopping Center, in Severna Park. It is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The store will be open until 9 p.m. from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 410-384-9260.

Hope Full Holidays

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual & Bereavement Care Center will offer Hope Full Holidays seminars to help people who are grieving learn coping strategies for the holiday season.

Each seminar will provide small-group activities and information about self-care, as well as discussion about the increase in stress during the holidays; strategies for grieving during the holidays and winter season; and tools for reshaping traditions.

Information about the grief process and how grief manifests itself on the body, mind and spirit will be included.

A team of hospice bereavement counselors will present the Hope Full Holidays seminars for adults age 18 and older 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, or 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 301 Hospital Drive, 2nd Floor PHP Suite, Glen Burnie.

Children, ages 8 and older, are invited to attend either of the Annapolis sessions.

The cost is $10 a person; registration is requested.

Information or to register: 410-987-2129.


Health news : The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program offers free copies of its newsletter, Building Blocks, for child care providers and parents. The newsletter includes tips for physical activities and ideas for snacks. The newsletter lists community health resources and features an insert that may be copied and distributed.

Learn to Live publications for parents and child care providers can be ordered from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or downloaded from the Raising Healthy Kids Resource Center, The Learn to Live program helps residents reduce their risk of developing serious illnesses by making healthy choices.

Support for grieving : In partnership with Baltimore Washington Medical Center, a spiritual and bereavement counselor from Hospice of the Chesapeake will lead an adult bereavement support group 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 11. The group will meet on the second floor of the medical center, 301 Hospital Drive, PHP Suite, Glen Burnie.

Registration is required. The cost is $60; families whose loved one was cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake are exempt.

Information: 410-987-2129.

Joint school : Orthopedic specialists from Advanced Orthopedics at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer "Joint School," a free information session for people considering total joint replacement surgery, 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the center, 301 Hospital Drive. Attendees can ask questions and learn what to expect. Reservations are requested. Information: 410-553-8282.

Talking about diabetes : The Joslin Diabetes Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center offers monthly "Diabetes Discussions," 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the first Tuesday of each month at Arundel Mills. The topic for Dec. 2 will be "Stress Management." Reservations are not required. Information: 410-787-4367.

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