Howard County health digest

September 26, 2014

Classes at hospital

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

•"Getting more ZZZZZs." Learn strategies for beating insomnia from Dr. Louis Buenaver, Johns Hopkins behavioral sleep specialist, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

•CPR classes. Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Classes are held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 27. This is not a health care provider course. Cost $55.

•Depression. Includes lecture, video, self-assessment and an individual, confidential evaluation with a mental health practitioner. Held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

•Pre-diabetes. A certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian will teach how to make changes to prevent and delay diabetes, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 9. Cost $15.

•Kids' self-defense. Children 8 to 12 years of age learn basic safety awareness and age-appropriate self-defense techniques from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 11.

•Bariatric surgery. Join the discussion about weight-loss surgery from members of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and Nov. 4. Information: 410-550-5669 or

•Maybe baby. A certified financial planner will discuss financial issues involved in starting a family, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

•Living with diabetes. Learn how to manage diabetes from an endocrinologist, podiatrist, psychologist, diabetes nurse educator and dietitian from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 21 in the Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital.

•Choosing a pediatrician to promote your newborn's health, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

•Home alone. Children 8 to 12 years of age and their parents learn ways for children to stay at home alone safely, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 25.

•Parent wellness. Learn to make decisions before and during pregnancy, and the changes that will occur to your lifestyle, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

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 6:30 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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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