Health nut, couch potato? A topic to chew on GLEN BURNIE

Just how health conscious are you? Do you shop at Giant because they have that really cool blood pressure machine? Do you offer totally unsolicited advice about fat content to people trapped in line with you at the Motor Vehicle Administration? Do you floss every day -- and tell people?

Or maybe you're not quite as concerned for your health. For example:


* Your house is completely decorated with items from the Benson & Hedges 100 coupon catalog.

* Your idea of roughage is not chewing all of your McNuggets thoroughly.


* The only Jane Fonda video you own is "Klute."

* You think Honey Nut Cheerios is a health food.

* You're concerned about where you will get your health care information now that "Doogie Howser, M.D." has been canceled.

* You believe most vitamins are just Pez without the dispenser.

Say ahhhh, Glen Burnie.


First aid information, safety exhibits and health screenings are the focus of the Glen Burnie Family Health and Safety Fair, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's carnival grounds. This is the second year for the fair, which is co-sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and North Arundel Hospital.

Kathy DeGrange, event chairwoman, has put together a fair that will educate and entertain visitors.


Members of the Baltimore Spirit soccer team will demonstrate their skills while sports injury prevention is discussed.

Toothbrush looking a little ragged? The county Health Department is offering a "Toothbrush Exchange" along with related dental care information.

Throughout the afternoon North Arundel Hospital will offer screenings including blood pressure, back injuries and foot care.

Activities targeted at increasing the awareness of the younger family members include a fire prevention finger-painting contest scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children ages 10 and under can participate in a bike rodeo to test their skills. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with bicycle safety checks and offer bike and pedestrian safety tips.

All of the day's activities are free and open to the community.


For additional information call North Arundel Hospital's public information office, 787-4367.


Marley residents who stop by to meet their new neighbors-to-be Donald and Pat McConnell, may be asked to pick up a hammer and lend a hand. For the next several weekends the McConnell family will be hard at work building their home in partnership with the Arundel Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families become homeowners. Volunteers assist in almost every aspect of the project from the initial selection of a family to the final coat of paint.

Families selected to participate in the housing program are expected to contribute 350 hours of "sweat equity" on their house and other Habitat projects.

"We feel that you should help yourself with the help of others and then you should help the next guy," explained Linda Gray, Arundel Habitat board member.


The McConnell's four-bedroom house is the second of three Habitat houses scheduled to be built on Wendover Road. Construction is expected to continue through December.

Once the construction has been completed members of Habitat still work with the families to adjust to the new responsibilities that come with the change from renter to homeowner.

"Sometimes it's something as simple as needing a lawn mower," Ms. Gray said.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to work one or more Saturdays with Arundel Habitat For Humanity should call 267-8430.


Glen Burnie High School students in grades 10 through 12 are invited to participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Voice of Democracy program. Marley Post 434 will sponsor the local contest.


"My Commitment To America" is the theme of this year's contest. Students must record a three- to five-minute taped presentation of their essay for competition. The entry deadline is Nov. 15.

The winning essay selected by Post 434 will advance to the district competition with the potential to continue on to the finals in Washington.

Ray Johnston, counselor at GBHS and liaison with the post, has additional information available for interested students.

For further information, call Mr. Johnston, 761-8950, or VFW representative Henry Bullen, 761-8337.


Don't arrive late at the next Glen Burnie Toastmasters' Club meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the North County library.


The club is planning a reverse-sequence meeting and latecomers will only catch the beginning of the program.

Patricia Pines, a new member, will serve as Toastmaster of the evening.

The Glen Burnie Toastmasters' Club offers members the opportunity to practice and improve their speechmaking skills through constructive evaluation by other members. New members are always welcome.

For information call Harry Brown, 859-8899.


Artisans are encouraged to reserve a table early for the holiday craft fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 16 presented by VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.


A space with a table is available inside the building for a fee of $15. Outside spaces can be reserved for $10. Outside vendors will have their money refunded if the day brings bad weather.

For reservations, call 437-1099.


The Glen Burnie Park Civic Association is offering an opportunity to rid your attic and closets of unwanted odds and ends when it has a flea market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Recreation Area I next to Glen Burnie Park Elementary School.

Spaces can be rented for $5 to association members or $10 to nonmembers.

To reserve a space call Karen Brucksch, 768-2937.