Health Notes

February 14, 2010

Tai Sophia Institute will offer five new graduate certificate programs: health coaching, herbal studies, medical herbalism, transformative leadership and wellness coaching. Each course is 12 to 15 graduate credits and is offered in an executive format for nine to 11 weekends.

Founded in 1974 and located at 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel, Tai Sophia is a center for wellness-based education, clinical services in acupuncture, nutrition counseling and herbal medicine. The institute is accredited by the Maryland State Commission on Higher Education. For additional information contact the graduate admissions office at 410-888-9048 or

H1N1 vaccine Distribution sponsored by Howard Community General Hospital will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 in the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100 for all ages; 9 a.m. to noon March 27 for ages 9 and older, and ages 3 to 9 for second doses only. Vaccines cost $10 each. Registration is preferred but not required. For additional information contact the Wellness Center at 410-740-7601 or go to In the event of inclement weather call the hospital snow line at 410-740-7669.

PACE Program sponsored by Laurel Regional Hospital and the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation offers an exercise program titled People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) Mondays and Thursdays through March 8, at the hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Activities include improving endurance, joint mobility and body mechanics. Participants must be able to walk independently, with a device or transfer to a straight chair from their wheelchair. Fee is $25 per person or $3 per class. For further information call 301-497-7914.

Education programs Howard County General Hospital will feature the following programs. Space is limited; registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held at the HCGH Wellness Center's Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. To register, call 410-740-7601 or register online at

•Quit smoking and master long-term success, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 25, March 25, April 29 and May 20.

•Advancements in spine surgery, including spinal fusion and new minimally invasive techniques, will be discussed by Dr. Orem Blam. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 23.

•Heart matters, activities include cholesterol test and blood pressure screening. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25.

•Essentials in baby-sitting: create a safe environment, learn how to effectively manage children and apply emergency techniques. Cost $46 includes lunch and certificate of attendance. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 or March 27.

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