Howard County health digest

March 14, 2014

Wellness classes

Howard County General Hospital will sponsor the following wellness classes. The classes are held at the HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, unless otherwise listed. Online registration at is advised for all programs. Information: 410-740-7601.

•Prenatal classes for early pregnancy. Parents-to-be and those in the first trimesters are invited to attend this class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.

•Care by certified nurse midwives. Learn about midwifery care and routine gynecology as well as family centered care during pregnancy. Presented by Jackie Notes, CNM, and Kay Mitchell, CNM, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

•Bariatric surgery. Learn about weight surgery from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Visit or call 410-550-0409.

•Living with diabetes. Learn from an endocrinologist, podiatrist, psychologist, diabetes nurse educator and dietitian, from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 25, in the Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at HCGH. A condensed version of this class will held from 6 p.m. to 9 .m. Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 20. Information about both classes 443-718-3000.

•Healthy aging. Seniors learn about the challenges and management options to live a healthy life. Presented by Susan Gibbons, CRNP, Ph.D., and Joseph Gibbons, M.D., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, Elkridge Senior Center, 6540 Washington Blvd.

•Living well. Learn to manage your health, develop a diet and fitness plan, deal with pain and communicate with health professionals from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 28. Cost is $28.

Blood donations

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

Dance classes

Presented by Vantage House, a retirement community, classes are held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays in the Vantage House auditorium, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Dance has shown to improve balance, gait and mood in those with Parkinson's disease. Registration and information: Megan Wallnofer at 410-992-1691.

Spiritual reflections

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours offers spiritual enrichment programs at 1525 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. Information and registration: 410-442-1320.


The county Health Department's North Laurel Community Health Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, offers HIV/AIDS testing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment. Call 410-313-0630. Also, the Columbia Health Center, 7180 Columbia Gateway, conducts HIV testing at 8 a.m. Mondays by appointment. Call 410-313-7500. Testing is free, anonymous and confidential.

VA outpatient clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs operates a 13,300-square-foot facility to serve veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The clinic is at 2479 Fifth St., adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade. Services include outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, medical screenings, TeleHealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Medical Health Care System. Information: 410-305-5300.

Look good, feel better

This free program teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. Participants receive cosmetics donated by major manufacturers as well as instruction and suggestions for wigs and head coverings. The class is taught by a licensed cosmetologist. Classes are held 3:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. Information and registration: 888-535-4555.

Caregivers and seniors

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland has received an 18-month, $500,000 challenge grant from the Maryland Home and Community Care Foundation, and additional funding from the Howard County Department of Citizen Services. A new program, SERVE (Services, Education and Resources for Vulnerable Elders), will work to improve the safety of seniors, enhance the quality of life for caregivers, help families find services, prevent premature institutionalization and reduce incidents of elder abuse and neglect. For information or to donate, go to

Support groups

Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center Offered free at 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050 in Columbia. Information (410-740-5858):

•Support group for men and women diagnosed with cancer meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

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