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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Checks, installations of child safety seats available each month

Anne Arundel County will be offering free child safety seat checks and installations on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at a county police facility at 8315 Grover Road, Millersville.

These checks and installations are being sponsored by the county police, sheriff's office, Health Department and Anne Arundel Community College.

In addition, the county Health Department offers year-round 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.

Screenings, massage, talks set for Arundel Mills site

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and activities at its Arundel Mills storefront:

Today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screening.

Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., neck and shoulder massage; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screening.

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

Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure screenings and information on heart health; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., discussion on diabetes, diet and lifestyle changes.

Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, back screening.

Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure.

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure. 410-787-4366.

Red Cross is offering CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland will offer several classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid this month. Classes include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and rescue for victims age 8 and older: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Edgewater and Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Severna Park; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR, 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 United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd. Cost: $42.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer, advanced-level course for those with a job-related duty to act in emergency situations such as lifeguards, law enforcement and health care professionals: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road. Cost: $45.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaching rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims 8 and older; and 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. today and Thursday, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Edgewater; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Edgewater. Cost: $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 8 to be in the care of someone 13 or older. The course will offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., 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 mbrooks@arc-cmc.org.

All courses are first-come, first-served. Preregistration with payment is required.

Information: 410-764-4609.

North Arundel Hospital plans screenings, activities

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and activities:

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

Friday, 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: 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 Department has 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, call Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or go to 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 extended 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.

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