Health Notes

Health Department to offer workshops to help smokers quit

The Carroll County Health Department will offer the "Get Ready, Get Set, Quit" workshop for people who want to stop smoking.


The 2 1/2 -hour program provides information on what to expect when quitting, tips on how to quit, developing a plan, and a free box of patches.

Workshops will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. tomorrow and April 11 and May 23 at the Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster.


Registration is required.

Information: 410-876-4429.

Recreation council offers introduction to Pilates

The Freedom Area Recreation Council's Health and Fitness Center will hold a "Bring a Buddy Pilates Workshop," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the studio inside Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

The workshop will give an overview of Pilates fundamentals as an introduction for the novice and a refresher for the experienced.

Alignment, breathing, core muscles and stabilization will be covered. A brief history of Pilates and his theories will be presented.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Mats will be provided.

The instructor is Kim Crum-Derr, a certified health and fitness instructor.


The cost is $20, or $30 per couple.

To register, call 410-795-9101.

American Red Cross CPR, first aid classes

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St., Westminster; and Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:


Adult CPR: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at WSC and Feb. 19 at GELC and cost $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at WSC and cost $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at GELC and cost $42.

Baby-sitter's Training: For ages 11 to 15. Students learn to interview for a job, react to an emergency or sudden illness, play with children of different ages (infant to primary school age), and supervise children in all aspects of care. The class is nine hours and costs $40.

State law requires that children younger than 8 must be in the care of someone 13 or older.

Information and registration: Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-386- 2103.


Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-624-2060.

Hospital celebrates birth of 1st baby at center in '05

Rebecca and Eric Ball of Owings Mills are the parents of the first baby born at Carroll Hospital Center this year.

Their son, David, was delivered at 2:15 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.

To celebrate the arrival, the hospital presented the couple with a gift basket and gift certificate for a massage from the hospital's Women's Place for Rebecca Ball.