Health Notes


April 19, 2009

Annual Annapolis Arthritis Walk

The 16th annual Annapolis Arthritis Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Southern Maryland will be held May 16 at Quiet Waters Park. Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton will participate in the "Lets Move Together" walk.

Proceeds will help fund educational seminars, informational brochures and aquatic and exercise programs in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, and support new research.

The theme of the walk is "Kids Get Arthritis & Dogs Too."

Participants can enjoy a 1K, 3K or 5K walk through the part. Pets are welcome. Activities for children, raffles, and pet contests are planned.

Teams formed by local groups, businesses, families or friends are welcome to participate.

Information or to register:

Registration on site begins at 7:30 a.m. A program begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m.

For information about arthritis: 410-544-5433.

Korean-American fair

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Office of Health Disparities will join local Korean churches and community service providers in sponsoring the Department of Health Korean-American Health Fair, to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

The free program will offer information on smoking cessation and prevention, along with assessments and advice.

Those who smoke or live with smokers will learn why they smoke and about free community resources that can help them quit smoking.

There will be health care displays with materials in Korean and English, and information on affordable health insurance options.

Participants can take a half-mile walk on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail; they can learn to make healthy Korean snacks and finger foods at cooking demonstrations.

Blood pressure, back, neck, foot and oral screenings will be available.

Information: J.J. Beckwith, 410-222-4415.


Hospice fundraiser : Hospice of the Chesapeake, in partnership with a group of Anne Arundel County students, will sponsor a fundraiser, Gowns for Giving, selling gently used prom dresses to raise money to help those in need.

This year's sale will benefit the hospice, which provides compassionate care to people in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties who are experiencing advanced illness or bereavement.

This month, dresses collected by participating students will be sold at Chesapeake Treasures, a consignment shop in the Park Plaza Shopping Center in Severna Park that benefits Hospice of the Chesapeake. Dresses will be added to the store's inventory every few days; dresses, evening purses and shoes may be brought to the store during store hours.

Chesapeake Treasures is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Information: Donna Richardson, 410-384-9260. For information about Gowns for Giving: Lori Phelan, Hospice of the Chesapeake, 443-837-1554 or e-mail, lphe

Gala : Hospice of the Chesapeake will hold its 13th "Beacon of Hope Gala, Celebrating 30 Years of Care," on May 2 in the Grand Ballroom at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

The white tie and pearl anniversary event honors hospice founding members Martha and Dr. Hilary O'Herlihy.

Food, a casino table, dancing to the sounds of Radio City and an auction are planned.

Proceeds will help support Hospice of the Chesapeake and its work providing end-of-life care and bereavement services for residents of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

Information: Chris Wilson, 443-837-1530 or

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