HEALTH NOTES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Health department offers activities

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's sun safety mascot, "Alex the Alligator," will visit public libraries to teach children ages 3 to 7 about sun safety:

Today, 9:30 a.m., Mountain Road branch, 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Tomorrow, 9:30 a.m., Crofton branch, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton.

Monday, 1:30 p.m., Eastport branch, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Annapolis branch, 1410 West St., Annapolis.

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., North County branch, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie.

June 14, 9:30 a.m., Maryland City branch, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel.

June 15, 9:30 a.m., Severna Park branch, 45 McKinsey Road, Severna Park.

June 15, 1:30 p.m., South County branch, 5940, Deale-Churchton Road, Deale.

Sun safety presentations are also available to day care facilities with groups of 15 or more children. To schedule an Alex the Alligator appearance, call 410-222-7339.

BWMC plans free activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has scheduled free activities at county locations:

Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Hope and Healing Bereavement Support Group for adults meets in the Tate Center first floor conference room. 410-787-4599.

Saturday, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at North County High School. Registration and information: 410-721-4304.

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meets to discuss prostate cancer recovery and prevention. Tate Center Conference Room. 410-553-8130.

June 14, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

June 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free prostate screenings, Tate Center's first floor main lobby.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Health screenings set at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center, between Dave and Buster's and mall entrance No. 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. 10 a.m., foot screenings.

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

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11;30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

June 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

June 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers support groups

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers several support groups for the community:

Alzheimer's Support Group for caregivers. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 410-721-3258.

Amputee Support Group. Provides informative topics for amputees, their families and health care providers. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday. Call for location. 410-268-6080.

Cardiac Support Group. Meets at 7:30 on the first and third Tuesday, Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 443-481-1925.

Celiac Support Group. Meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday. 410-672-5834.

Crohn's/Colitis/IBD Support Group. Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 410-626-7755.

Endometriosis/Infertility Support Group. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. Endometriosis information: 410-721-2858. Infertility information: 410- 729-0864.

Sickle Cell Support Group. Meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday in Suite 250. 410-787-0294.

Information: 443-481-4700.

Healing arts group schedules programs

The American Healing Arts Alliance is sponsoring these programs:

Second Tuesday of the month, Meditation and Healing Exchange, Peace Point, Edgewater, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Peace Dove Meditation, and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Healing Hearts exchanges. 410-956-0055 for registration.

Fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Peace Point. Book study group meets. Registration: 410-956-0055.

Information: 410-956-0055.

County sets schedule for waste disposal

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has announced this schedule for household hazardous waste disposal days:

Saturday, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn.

July 15, Sudley Convenience Center, 5400 Nutwell Road, Deale.

Sept. 9, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Oct. 21, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility.

Nov. 18, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Drop-off times for all dates and locations are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 410-222-7951.

Harbor Hospital plans seminars

Harbor Hospital in Baltimore is offering the following activities:

Today, 5:30 p.m., Dinner with the Doc: The Link Between Reflux and Esophageal Cancer, dinner followed by discussion about heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Sheraton Columbia, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Friday, 9 a.m., Feel Good Friday, talk on knee pain. If you have a latest knee X-ray, bring it for a reading. If not, a free one will be taken prior to the event. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 14, 5:30 p.m., Dinner with the Doc: Get Your Summer Back, dinner, then a discussion on back pain and how to avoid it. Ecker Business Center 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 17, 8 a.m., free cholesterol screenings. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 19, 11 a.m., Harbor Senior Event: Navigating the Medicare Muddle, seminar on Parts A and B, new preventive coverage and other aspects of the program. Registration. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. 410-350-2563.

June 20, 6 p.m., Total Joint Tuesday. Discussion on knee problems. If you have a current weight-bearing X-ray of your knee, please bring it. If you do not, please inform the hospital when you call so that a free film can be scheduled. A light dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 27, 10 a.m., Yoga for Dummies. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 28, 6 p.m., Coping with PMS, discussion on premenstrual syndrome. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563 or harborhospital.org.

Medical center plans yoga classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering yoga classes:

"Beginning Yoga," the basics of Hatha yoga, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

"Continuing Yoga," an intermediate class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Mom and Baby Yoga and Infant Massage," 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $40 for four weeks.

"Mommy and Me," which covers postpartum issues, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Fridays.

"Yoga and Meditation," 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All levels welcome.

"Therapeutic Yoga," covers comfort levels, breathing exercises and focus, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

"Prenatal Yoga," for expectant mothers (all trimesters; physician's consent required), 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Unless otherwise noted, classes are $10 each and will be held on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion. Monthly registration required.

Information: 800-MD-NURSE or askaamc.org

Compiled by H.F. Brown

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