Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

April 26, 2009

Korean Girls' Night Out on breast health

Korean Girls' Night Out, a free event designed to educate Korean-American women about breast health, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Palace (Goong Jeon) Restaurant, 202 Crain Highway North, Glen Burnie.

After a brief presentation in Korean on women's breast health, those who attend can talk with health-care professionals and enjoy dinner, exhibits and door prizes. Anne Arundel County women, ages 40 and older, can register by calling 410-222-4415.

The Girls' Night Out is sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the Breast Center of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Harbor Hospital, the Korean-American Women's Association of Maryland, Owensville Primary Care, Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

Tai Sophia events

Starting next month, Tai Sophia Institute's Natural Care Center will offer low-cost community acupuncture sessions and free practitioner consultations for all of the institute's services.

Community Acupuncture will be offered Wednesday evenings starting May 6. After an intake visit in a private setting, participants will receive an acupuncture treatment in a small group of about eight to 10 people. Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-888-9048, ext. 6698.

Free 20- to 25-minute Natural Care Center consultations will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting May 5. Anyone interested in seeing an acupuncturist, herbalist or nutritionist can meet with a member of the Tai Sophia staff, ask questions and learn how each modality can contribute to wellness.

Information or to schedule a free consultation: 410-888-9048 ext. 6614.

Community acupuncture sessions and free consultations will be held at Tai Sophia's Natural Care Center, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel.

Tai Sophia Institute, a private, nonprofit organization, is a center for wellness-based education, client care and public policy discourse. Graduate academic programs, continuing education, community wellness programs and clinical services are offered in acupuncture, nutrition and herbal medicine.

Information: 410-888-9048 or visit www.tai.edu.

Hospice CEO leaving

Erwin E. Abrams, president and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake, has announced that he will step down from his position as head of the nonprofit organization effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Abrams joined Hospice of the Chesapeake in 1993 and has dedicated his professional life to expanding its services and ensuring that patients and their families are treated with dignity.

During his tenure, Abrams helped demonstrate that community-based hospices can offer a home-like alternative to home care. Hospice of the Chesapeake now operates such a facility in Harwood in addition to its original residence in Linthicum.

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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 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, 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, lphelan@hospicechesapeake.org.

Healthy food : County residents can learn about eating for good health during Good Food for Good Health Weekends at local supermarkets. Health educators will answer questions about nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes and other information. The program is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Health Department's Learn to Live program and will be available at:

* Giant Food, 6626 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3.

* Safeway, 1781 Forest Drive, Annapolis, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 15; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17.

* Safeway, 2644 Chapel Lake Drive, Gambrills, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 29; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31.

Information: 410-222-7979, or learntolivehealthy.org: click on "Food and Fitness," then "Eat Smart."

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.

Information: Chris Wilson, 443-837-1530 or cwilson@hospicechesapeake.org.

Men's support group : Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a support group for men affected by prostate cancer. Man to Man, founded in partnership with the American Cancer Society, meets 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Clatanoff Pavilion.

The group offers members a chance to hear from physicians about the disease and its treatment and learn about new research and treatment options. Men with recently diagnosed prostate cancer, cancer survivors interested in helping others, and patients with prostate disease are welcome. Those who attend are welcome to bring family members. 443-481-5862 or aahs.org. Registration is not required.

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