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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Health Department offers inspections of child safety seats

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

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.

Health screenings 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.

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

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

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

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

Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., blood pressure screenings. 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: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaching rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims age 8 and older; and first aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Edgewater Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Road . 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 be 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:

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

Tomorrow, 4 p.m., free educational session on hip and knee replacement surgery, Courtney Conference Center, lower level of the Tate Center. Reservations: 410-553-8282.

Thursday, 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 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. Classes meet 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.

Calendar

Cancer talk:

Tate Cancer Center at North Arundel Hospital will offer discussions for cancer patients from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 at Courtney Conference Center, lower level, at the hospital. 410-787-4367.

Challenge Walk briefing:

Maryland Chapter, National MS Society, will hold an "Explore the Challenge" meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crofton branch library, 1657 Crofton Center. The meeting is for prospective participants in the challenge walk, which will be held in September. The challenge is three days long and covers the 50 miles between Annapolis and Baltimore. 410-527-1770.

Sleep disorders:

Dr. Eyad Dughly, a neurologist, will speak about sleep disorders at 7 p.m. Monday at North Arundel Hospital's Tate Cancer Center's Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center. Reservations. 410-787-4367.

Naturopathic medicine:

Dr. Kevin Passero will speak on the importance of naturopathic medicine, the use of homeopathy, herbs and nutritional approaches in the treatment of various health concerns from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at Borders Bookstore, Annapolis Mall, the lower level, behind the escalators. Reservations. 410-266-5447.

Percolation tests:

The county Health Department will be taking applications for percolation tests for mound sewage disposal systems through March 1, and testing must be performed by March 20. All other applications must be received by April 1. Applications may be obtained on line at www.aahealth.org, or at 410-222-7193.

Blood drive:

Four Seasons Women's Club will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at Four Seasons Elementary School, 979 Waugh Chapel Road, Gambrills. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred. 410-672-5630.

Arthritis tips:

Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a free seminar, "The Top Ten Things to Do for Arthritis," at 11 a.m. March 9 in Room 250 of the Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. 443-481-4000.

Lymphoma and myeloma treatment:

North Arundel Hospital will offer the lecture "Meet the Doctor: New Developments in Lymphoma and Myeloma Treatment" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 11 in the first-floor conference room at the Tate Cancer Center. Reservations. 410-553-8129.

Quit smoking:

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering six-week smoking-cessation classes on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. 443-481-4000.

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