Health Briefs

August 09, 2009

$30,000 raised to fight Crohn's disease, colitis

Funds raised to fight against Crohn's disease and colitis were collected by employees of Sandy Spring Bank in Olney. More than $30,000 was raised through the support of family members, friends and clients. In addition, on June 20 about 100 employees and family members walked in the "Take Steps to be Heard" event held by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) at the Tidal Basin in Washington.

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects about 600,000 people in the United States, many in their teens. The cause of Crohn's is not known and there is no known cure. To learn more about the foundation go to ccfa.org.

Spiritual care volunteer training offered

Training to provide multidenominational spiritual care for patients and their families will be offered at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The 16-week training program will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 15. Registration deadline is Aug. 17. Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of two hours a week, attend monthly support and training meetings and provide services for one year. For more information, call Chaplain Jack Dunlavey at 410-740-7898.

Calendar

Senior yoga : Classes will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or just drop in. Classes are slower-paced, emphasizing yogic breathing and stress reduction. Limited space; preregistration recommended. This program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail wlevents@columbiavillages.org.

Blood donations : The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors are asked to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

Health clinics : Howard County General Hospital will host a healthy pregnancy, healthy kids clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Mall in Columbia in the Lord and Taylor Court. The event features asthma, scoliosis, bone density and blood pressure screenings as well as height, weight, growth and development for children and BMI (body mass index) for adults.

Other services and programs include enhancing children's nutrition, an opportunity to ask a pediatrician or obstetrician questions, health and safety tips for kids, physical fitness information for the whole family and health insurance information for the uninsured.

* Noon: Kangaroo Kids precision jump rope team will give a demonstration.

* 2 p.m.: Dr. Rachel Plotnick will give a presentation about prevention and treatment of head lice.

Childbirth classes : A six-week program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 19 will be offered by Laurel Regional Hospital Maternity Center. In addition, two optional classes on breast-feeding and newborn care will be offered 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third and fourth Thursday of each session. Classes will be held at the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. For cost and registration, call 301-497-7983.

PACE program : Laurel Regional Hospital and the metropolitan Washington chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will offer an exercise program, "People with Arthritis Can Exercise" (PACE), 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Aug. 20 to Oct. 8 at the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. The program includes activities to improve endurance, joint mobility and body mechanics. Participants must be able to walk independently, with a device, or to transfer to a straight chair from their wheelchair. The fee is $25 per person, $15 for auxiliary members or $3 per class. For additional information, call 301-497-7914.

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