Health Notes


Red Cross to offer classes in CPR, first aid next month

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland will offer several scheduled courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid next month at several sites in Anne Arundel County. Classes include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims age 8 and older: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 3, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater; 9 a.m. Feb. 7, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; Feb. 14, Edgewater; Feb. 14, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd.; Feb. 21, Severna Park; and Feb. 28, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR, provides training for use with adult, infant and child victims in a variety of emergency situations, including performing rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway and performing one-rescuer CPR: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21, Severna Park. Fee: $42.

CPR for the professional rescuer, provides advanced-level course for those with a job-related duty to act in emergency situation such as lifeguards, law enforcement and health care professionals: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7, Edgewater, Cost: $45.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaches rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims age 8 and older; first aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb 3 and 5, Edgewater; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Severna Park; Feb. 14, Edgewater; and Feb. 28, Edgewater. Fee: $42.

Baby Sitter Training, interactive program for youths ages 11 to 15, giving them knowledge , skills and confidence to care for infants through primary school-age children. Includes reacting to emergencies and sudden illness, playing with and supervising children. State law requires children younger than age 8 to be in the care of someone age 13 or older. The course will offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Annapolis. Cost: $65.

Crime Avoidance Training, interactive training that focuses on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class, organized around a typical day, covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an automated teller machine and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will go to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or

All courses are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration with payment is required. Information: 410-764-4609.

Hospital to offer screenings, activities

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and activities:

Today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., free foot screenings, Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., free security and safety seminar, Pasadena Senior Center. Reservations are required. 410-222- 0030.

Today, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., osteoporosis screenings, the hospital's Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor. Reservations are required. The cost is $20 (make checks payable to North Arundel Hospital). 410-787-4367.

Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening, Harundale Presbyterian Church. 410-787-4367.

Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screening in the hospital lobby.

Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., cancer screening, first floor of the Tate Cancer Center, 410-553-8129.

Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Westway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., cholesterol screening, O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, 410-222-6227.

Feb. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stroke Support Group to discuss stroke recovery and prevention, Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor. 410-787-4118.

Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Joslin Circle, a diabetes support group, will discuss current issues regarding diabetes management, at the Joslin Diabetes Center, lower level. 410-787-4940.

Feb. 18, 4 p.m., free educational session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery, Courtney Conference Center, lower level of the Tate Center. Reservations please. 410-553-8282.

Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., blood pressure screening, Marley Station Mall relaxation station.

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screening, at the Pasadena Senior Center, 410-222-0030.

Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road.

Health-related events set at Arundel Mills mall

North Arundel Hospital offers screenings and educational exhibits at its Arundel Mills storefront between Jillian's and mall entrance No. 4.

Tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the hospital's human resources department will present a job fair.

Monday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings. 410-787-4367.

Health-career orientations scheduled for this month

Anne Arundel Community College will offer free orientations about careers in health care. They include:

Today, 6 p.m., pharmacy technician, Florestano Building, Room 402.

Monday, 10 a.m., physical therapist assistant, Florestano Building, Room 402.

Monday, 6 p.m., medical assisting, Florestano Building, Room 402.

Jan. 29, 10 a.m., medical assisting, Florestano Building, Room 114.

Information: 410-777-7318 or

Health Department offers 13 information kits

The county Health Department offers 13 health information kits, including:

Healthy Eating Kit: Contains healthful recipes and menu ideas, and cancer-prevention ideas.

Women's Health Kit: Features facts on breast and cervical cancer prevention, screenings, immunization information and tips for healthy skin and bones.

Colorectal Cancer Kit: Provides brochures on the risk factors and prevention of the disease. It also contains information on nutrition and exercise.

Fifty-Plus Health: Features health and wellness tips for older people, including exercise safety, oral health and men's cancer prevention.

Safe-in-the-Sun Kit: Offers guidelines for prevention of skin cancer in children and adults.

Overcoming Colorectal Cancer in the Korean Community: A bilingual brochure on prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

Teen Quit Kit, Quit-Smoking Kit for adults, Spanish language Quit-Smoking Kit, Xtreme Quitting Kit for young adults, Clean Lung Kit for African-Americans and Smoke-Free Kids Activity Kit for parents.

To order: Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth. org.

Hospital adds hours for blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is seeking donors to help ease a blood shortage. The medical center's Blood Donor Center has expanded its hours for donor appointments to:

Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with evening hours by appointment.

Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on level one of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. Information: 443-481-4215.

AAMC offers yoga classes for beginners and experts

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers yoga instruction. Classes, unless noted, meet on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion:

"Beginning Yoga," 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

"Continuing Yoga" (experience required), 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Class meets at 25 Shaw St., Annapolis.

"Yoga for Beginning and Advanced Students," 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Yoga Mid-Day" (beginning and advanced), 11 a.m. and noon Tuesdays and noon Wednesdays.

"Weekend Stretch" (beginning and advanced), 5 p.m. Fridays.

"Gentle Yoga," 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

"Yoga for the Young at Heart," for ages 40 and older, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

"Yoga for Stress Management," 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays.

"Yoga for Weight Loss," 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Class meets at 25 Shaw St.

"Ashtanga, or Power Yoga" (yoga coupled with breathing exercises). Call for date and time.

"The Mix" (a combination of yoga and Pilates), 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Saturdays.

Information: 443-481-4000.

Health Department offers inspections of safety seats

The county Health Department offers year-round child car-safety seat inspections at three locations:

Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-6620.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month. No appointment required. 410-222-6660.

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 9 a.m. to noon, the first and third Tuesday of the month. By appointment only. 410-222-7249.

In recent inspections, 85 percent of child seats were found to be improperly installed.

Information: 410-222-4223.

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