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February is perfect month for heart health [Montpelier/South Laurel]

February is, appropriately, Heart Month. This is a good time to review heart health practices. There are many helpful resources on the Internet regarding heart disease prevention and treatment. Some interesting ones are www.millionhearts.hhs.gov and www.heart.org, which is the American Heart Association site. It may be surprising to note that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. This is truly an equal opportunity disease. While a large portion of the current research on heart disease is geared toward men, there are also troves of related information on sites such as www.goredforwomen.org and www.womenheart.org, sponsored by the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

The Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation (www.SADS.org) provides resources for individuals and families who have a genetic heart condition that can cause death, often sudden and immediate, particularly in young people who are apparently healthy. This is often true for young athletes, and has led to efforts to ensure that defibrillators are available at school sporting events.

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Let's all promise to take measures to remain heart healthy so we can enjoy all the good times available in the South Laurel/Montpelier community.

The Prince George's County Police Department District 6 serves our area. On the first Thursday of most months, at 1 p.m., our Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) holds community meetings at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. The topics covered at these sessions include a wide variety of issues, concerns and programs available in our district. At the February meeting, we met a beautiful and well-trained police dog and his "person." It was a fascinating and informative presentation. Councilwoman Mary Lehman was also present, and updated the group on County Council initiatives.

Make a note on your calendars for the next meeting on March 2. All ages are welcome at the sessions. For more information on COPS, contact the district office at police_district6@co.pr.md.us, or call 301-937-0910.

Oaklands Presbyterian Church, 14301 Laurel-Bowie Road, is partnering with Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services in asking for volunteers to assist an elderly client. This 80-year-old lady is no longer able to walk her two friendly mixed breed golden retrievers. The dogs do need to be walked three times per day in order to maintain their health. The church's goal is to gather a group of volunteers willing to help. A rotating schedule will be developed so that the task does not overburden. Please contact Carla Lester at crles70@gmail to volunteer. Walking these dogs will also provide the volunteer with some heart-friendly exercise.

After the destructive gale-force winds recently, let's remember Percy Shelley's quote: "O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

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